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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… 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… more»

What other advice do I have?

We use Commvault and also have some NetBackup in our environment for our backup software. We are moving primarily to Commvault right now from NetBackup.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

EMC originally was on my list when we were refreshing again six years ago. I decided to introduce EMC back into the fold to create competition. The reason IBM Storage won out over EMC and Hitachi was just performance. It scaled and performed better in our tests and PoCs. There was not enough of a… more»
Michael West
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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… more»

What needs improvement?

NBME support and support for a higher Fibre Channel lengths could be improved, but those are already on the roadmap.

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

Do a proof of concept, if you are not comfortable jumping in, but do it. Look at it.

What other advice do I have?

I love the SVC. I would recommend it. Main criteria when selecting a vendor: extraction. It was to reduce the complexity of the drivers that we had to deal with. Because at the time we brought it in, we had SSA, DS8100s, Compellent, and a… more»
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Lance Hawkes
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Solutions Architect at Direct Systems Support
May 16 2018

What is most valuable?

* The virtualization layer * Easy tier * The ability to have a feature-rich software set which extends the capabilities of the back-end storage arrays.

How has it helped my organization?

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. Then, my Power customers using Power VC can… more»

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

We have struggled with Pure Storage, but people are understanding that much of Pure has been consumer grade SSDs. Therefore, when the customer is really understands what they are getting, they realize… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Nine times out of 10, customers are looking to invest in a new solution because their previous/existing solution is at the end of life of its existing storage.

What other advice do I have?

I love Spectrum Virtualize. It is my favorite. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. Customers' most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Price * Performance * Stability * Supportability.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The typical three competitors that I hear about nowadays: * EMC has always been a strong one, but they have faded a little bit. * Pure has come on strong. * Hitachi seems to have gained some traction… more»
Michael Drapkin
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Enterprise Architect at QCM Technologies
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Scalability * The product comes in hardware, software, and appliance models, so I have a lot of choice on how we deploy it and its interoperability.

How has it helped my organization?

It lowers cost. It does so by getting more efficient use out of the technology behind it. It also simplifies access. You set it and forget it for a lot of things.

What needs improvement?

Tighter integration with cloud storage might be useful as a target for a variety of use cases.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Spectrum Virtualize. Across the industry, nobody matches it. Do your homework and architect the solution upfront. The technology will stand by itself if you have done it right. Customers' main criteria when selecting a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our customers usually evaluate Dell EMC and Hitachi, but also some of the other newer flash environments, like Compellent.
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IT Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

Its versatility, as it has a lot of advanced functions for a reasonable price.

How has it helped my organization?

The versatility is the main benefit. Since it virtualizes everything, they use it for so many different things. It is also good for them when we do upgrades, etc. When we add storage behind it, the product is also good for the customers because their customers do not notice that anything is… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like the right support and the ability to add disks concurrently to arrays. 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.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend IBM Spectrum Virtualize. Mainly, our customers are IBM friendly and have mostly IBM equipment. Customers' most important criteria when selecting a vendor: cost.
SysEng551561
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Systems Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 17 2018

What is most valuable?

* The replication * The flash copies

How has it helped my organization?

We can failover easily, because a lot of our data is replicated from family to the second replication.

What needs improvement?

We would like the CPU cycle to save more on the licensing costs for us. Also, anything which improves performance and the ability of our systems would be a nice.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. Main criteria when selecting a vendor: Upgrading our systems and migrating to newer storage products, as we are always on a time crunch.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate any other competitors.

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What is IBM Spectrum Virtualize?

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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