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Senior Expert Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Dec 29 2019

What is most valuable?

GPFS monitoring is the best feature. The performance is very good and so is the scalability. The NFS CL solution is impressive because if you have a power loss for any reason from the consumer host, the system switches seamlessly to the… more»

What needs improvement?

The biggest problem is that it is not able to provide block storage. It can consume block storage, you can put it on from the storage and present the span over the fiber channel or iSCSI. The problem is that they have not been able to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing is based on the number of terabytes. We have an enterprise license agreement with IBM and it doesn't reflect the moment price list. I think that it's a good price but it is quite expensive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Currently, we are also using Nutanix, Vison, ScaleIO, and Huawei as an STS solution. The problem is that we want to use one solution in the future and not five. I have to compare all of these and decide which one is the best for the future.

What other advice do I have?

We are using this solution in our Opcos and the challenge in my role as an architect is staying informed of what solutions are to be used in the future. What is the best solution to carry that will cover all of the requests that we have and… more»
Real User
Technical Assoc at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The ease of use and the stability of the product. It has been pretty reliable throughout the years. As far as capacity is concerned, it can handle most heavy loads, unlike NFS or even NAS. In this particular case, it is seamless. That is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It makes our file system sharing a lot easier, even across different continents. We have had file systems shared across different continents with no performance degradation. In this sense, it has helped us.

What needs improvement?

Maybe it needs integration with HA.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We still use NAS and NFS (mainly NFS), which we used prior to Spectrum Scale. We added Spectrum Scale because of its scalability. There are just large amounts of data, especially with Ab Initio, NFS would not cut it.

What other advice do I have?

There is nothing else that even compares to Spectrum Scale. We have had customers who switched to AIX just because of it. It is doing more than it is expected to do as far as file sharing.
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Real User
Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

Its great servicing high availability. That is what it is used for.

How has it helped my organization?

We need the CPU power to do all of our work. You can't do it on just one node. You need multiple nodes. That is what makes it beneficial. It provides more power. We have thousands of users. They need bandwidth to be able to do everything. If they do not have it, they can't run.

What needs improvement?

The main issue that we have now is with the encryption. They want to use more metrics in encryption, which is not working very well. Thus, we need to decide whether we need to actually use an IBM solution. However, that decision is way above my level.

What other advice do I have?

The product is good. There are other products out there. You should look to see what you really need. Main criteria for selecting a vendor: The bandwidth. It has the data available to do a lot of nodes at the same time. This product was available at the time.
Real User
Senior Unix Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

It has less overhead. We do a lot of training on our SAS environment. We had JFS2 file systems, and we made things so fast that JFS2 could not keep up with it. It took us down to a crawl. Spectrum… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Keeps the SAS people happy. * Keeps SAS running. * Allows us to share files across multiple environments: Unix and Windows. * Managing the environments outside of the high availability cluster has… more»

What needs improvement?

It does everything we need it to do. Though, making it a little easier to add bad file sets would help. There is a transition to how you add storage and how you add a file set, so making that a little… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using the JFS2. We switched because it was the recommended solution to our SAS problems, and it worked.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend Spectrum Scale.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other solutions were evaluated. Spectrum Scale fixed the problem and we were good with that.
Real User
Client Server Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 21 2018

What do you think of IBM Spectrum Scale?

What is our primary use case?

We use it for distributed file systems.

How has it helped my organization?

We use it primarily in our SAP organization. It allows us to have a centralized location where we can put our files and distribute them among different applications.

What is most valuable?

We can have multiple systems within the same file system. The performance right now on the file system is better than NAS.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Overall, the stability is pretty good. We do have some issues where Spectrum Scale does not work as expected. We have seen our Spectrum Scale servers go down unexpectedly, but because we have a cluster, it does not take out the entire organization. …

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What is IBM Spectrum Scale?

IBM Spectrum Scale is a cluster file system that provides concurrent access to a single file system or set of file systems from multiple nodes. The nodes can be SAN attached, network attached, a mixture of SAN attached and network attached, or in a shared nothing cluster configuration. This enables access to this common set of data to support a scale-out solution or to provide a high availability platform. IBM Spectrum Scale has many features beyond common data access including data replication, policy based storage management, and multi-site operations. You can create a cluster of AIX nodes, Linux nodes, Windows server nodes, or a mix of all three. IBM Spectrum Scale can run on virtualized instances providing common data access in environments, leverage logical partitioning, or other hypervisors. Multiple IBM Spectrum Scale clusters can share data within a location or across wide area network (WAN) connections.
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