IBM Spectrum Virtualize Pros and Cons

IBM Spectrum Virtualize Pros

it_user12768
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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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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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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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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ITArchit5ff0
IT Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
When we add storage behind it, the product is good for the customers because their customers do not notice that anything is happening due to the virtualization.
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SysEng551561
Systems Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We can failover easily, because a lot of our data is replicated from family to the second replication.
We are happy with the support that IBM provides us.
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IBM Spectrum Virtualize Cons

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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Lance Hawkes
Solutions Architect at Direct Systems Support
Level 1 technical support needs improvement.
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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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ITArchit5ff0
IT Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The Storwize port is not so stable.
The disk reliability is not that good.
There are big arrays now, and if a customer wants add more disks to it, you have to have another array. Adding disks to existing arrays is one of the most demanded things from our customers.
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SysEng551561
Systems Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Anything which improves performance and the ability of our systems would be a nice.
In general, the migration is complicated. Though, it is case-by-case.
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