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Storage Chief Architect at Unisys
Jun 06 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the main features of Spectrum Virtualize is it virtualizes the servers from the storage. We have a very large infrastructure. A major advantage is when you get the aged storage arrays and you have to replace all of those. Last summer, we replaced four petabytes of aged storage arrays. They were old and past end-of-life. But we did that seamlessly, without... more»

What needs improvement?

There are things that occur when you get to this size and capacity. We're very large, i.e., petabytes. When you get to that sheer volume of the numbers of things, it is too big for people to keep track of. So, it's okay if you have 50 volumes, and I can watch them. I can assign people to watch them. But when you have 5,000, it's not possible anymore. So you need... more»
Real User
Technical analyst 3 at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is probably data migration so we can bring in back-end systems and swap data out. Our end-users, and even our other system administrators, don't have any idea that we've moved storage around. It's got full features,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Reducing our costs: We used to have all tier DS8 storage. Even though we had Spectrum Virtualize in front of almost all of that, we still had almost all DS8. * We've been able to bring in multiple tiers, flash systems, and V7000s * We can... more»

What needs improvement?

A feature that is already there, if I remember correctly, is encryption. I think it is coming out, or it is already there. That is a key management piece. Right now, we're doing an encryption on the back-end flash systems on the V7000s. It's... more»
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Sr. Technical Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The SVC gives excellent performance with tiered storage behind it, and the Spectrum Control suite. The newest versions that I have now are very useful in terms of managing, monitoring, and alerting. The full suite handles everything I need. We have had a lot of success through the years with Virtualize, which was originally just SVC, and we use it heavily. My... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has the ability to seamlessly move hardware in and out as we refresh technology. It provides transparency, because of its advanced copy features. Our disaster recovery has also improved drastically because I am able to use a lot of the Spectrum Virtualize features to create multiple copies that we use to test and do development. Our disaster recovery plan... more»
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Media Storage Services Manager at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

Using SBC, a valuable feature is the mirroring, which is the virtualization of the disk between disparate places. One of the things that we use it for, is that we can bring any storage underneath it. Not only will it recognize it and put it... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I think probably one of the biggest benefits of this solution is that it is relatively easy to use and easy to understand. It's intuitive. The front interface is very intuitive. I can have any of my administrators know what to do with it with... more»

What needs improvement?

For improvement considerations, I would probably say multiple sites. Right now, I'm doing two, and I believe we can go to a larger scale than that. But I think that having to go into three or four sites, where I would have more of a grid-type... more»
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Senior Storage Engineer at ADT Corporation
May 17 2018

What is most valuable?

The abstraction. Hands down, it is the top reason for having it.

How has it helped my organization?

ADT acquires companies (and things), so we end up with odd hardware. We bring it behind the SVC and it allows us to migrate stuff off of it seamlessly. SVC can also cover up a host of defects of the underlying storage. Dell Compellent, which... more»

What needs improvement?

NBME support and support for a higher Fibre Channel lengths could be improved, but those are already on the roadmap.
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IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a dependable solution that improves data value, security, and simplicity for new and existing storage infrastructure. Proven over 12 years in thousands of deployments, its innovative virtualization capabilities help organizations achieve better data economics by supporting new workloads that are critical to their success. IBM Spectrum Virtualize software helps make new and existing storage more effective and standardizes functions traditionally deployed separately in disk systems for greater flexibility and potentially lower costs.

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