IBM Spectrum Virtualize Pros and Cons

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Pros

Steven O'brien
Storage Chief Architect at Unisys
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.
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Joshua Meyer
Technical analyst 3 at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's got full features, so we can compress volumes. We can do thin volumes and we can change them on the fly.
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Sr. Technical Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has the ability to seamlessly move hardware in and out as we refresh technology.
It provides transparency, because of its advanced copy features.
The SVC gives excellent performance with tiered storage behind it.
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Dominic Moham
Media Storage Services Manager at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Using SBC, a valuable feature is the mirroring, which is the virtualization of the disk between disparate places.
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Michael West
Senior Storage Engineer at ADT Corporation
The abstraction flair and the abstraction layer. We had a mixture of different storage arrays, and the wonderful thing about SVC is is that it normalizes all it into a single driver. A single view that all hosts see simultaneously.
We acquire 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.
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JohnThomson
Principal Specialist and Solution Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Migration from configurations where servers have storage provisioned from older SAN disk systems to newer storage systems is almost seamless using image mode migration techniques, with only a short outage of the servers.
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Lance Hawkes
Solutions Architect at Direct Systems Support
The ability to have a feature-rich software set which extends the capabilities of the back-end storage arrays.
It is a single pane of glass management interface, so once the storage is allocated to SVC, they only have one place to go to manage it for everything.
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Curtis Anderson
Storage Admin Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is its reliability.
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Christopher Okerberg
Storage/SAN Administrator at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are the simplicity of use, the flexibility, and the options included. I mean, it's just a big time saver.
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Michael Drapkin
Enterprise Architect at QCM Technologies
It lowers cost. It does so by getting more efficient use out of the technology behind it.
The scalability is very good. It can handle anywhere from very small to large enterprise class.
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IBM Spectrum Virtualize Cons

Steven O'brien
Storage Chief Architect at Unisys
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.
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Joshua Meyer
Technical analyst 3 at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The integration would be an option that we would like, but I understand that's not how it's going to be implemented.
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Dominic Moham
Media Storage Services Manager at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
For improvement considerations, I would probably say multiple sites.
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Michael West
Senior Storage Engineer at ADT Corporation
NBME support and support for a higher Fibre Channel lengths could be improved, but those are already on the roadmap.
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JohnThomson
Principal Specialist and Solution Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Adding features for data deduplication is one area of improvement.
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Lance Hawkes
Solutions Architect at Direct Systems Support
Level 1 technical support needs improvement.
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Curtis Anderson
Storage Admin Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
They are actually working on one bug we found, which was with flash restore. This was the user interface design for virtual environments.
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Christopher Okerberg
Storage/SAN Administrator at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I already discussed possible improvements with some of the guys from Hearnsley. One of our frustrations is when you go to expand volumes in a global mirror environment, you have to stop everything in order to expand. So that's one of the things.
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Michael Drapkin
Enterprise Architect at QCM Technologies
Tighter integration with cloud storage might be useful as a target for a variety of use cases.
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zanemaynard
Manager of Infrastructure at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
GUI should be developed in HTML5 as opposed to Java.
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