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Steven O'brien
Consultant
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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We did a fairly extensive industry search about five years ago, when we were deploying this call initially. We were not using a different product. It was a new offering;... more»

What other advice do I have??

If you're going to implement this, we have a highly technically skilled team. We hired them and put them together for this purpose. So, if you're in a traditional environment... more»
Joshua Meyer
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... 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... 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... more»

What other advice do I have??

Get a demo of it. If you haven't seen the product and you have not had somebody step you through all of the features and all the things that you can do with it, then I think it... more»
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John Schaefer
Real User
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.... 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... 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.
Dominic Moham
Real User
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... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We were using something very similar previously. It was competitor unit that was a little bit more complex. It did some of the same things, but... more»

What other advice do I have??

It fills the use case quite well. I would recommend it.
Michael West
Real User
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... 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... more»
JohnThomson
Consultant
Principal Specialist and Solution Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 30 2017

What is most valuable?

There are several good features, many of which have similarities to that of competitive offerings from other vendors... more»

How has it helped my organization?

My view of how the product has aided my customers varies. The replication functions have assisted in the relocation of... more»

What needs improvement?

Adding features for data deduplication is one area of improvement.

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

Generally the bundled licensing is more cost effective and gives flexibility to the solution. Linking into the Spectrum... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Going back to the SVC edition of Spectrum Virtualize, I do not recall any comparable alternative storage virtualisation... more»

What other advice do I have??

Spectrum Virtualize has a long history, with the original SAN Volume Controllers (SVC) using early versions of the... more»
Curtis Anderson
Real User
Storage Admin Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its reliability.

How has it helped my organization?

It has been integrated into our production systems, thereby not having as much online storage. We're using the archiving functionality. When I say reliability, I mean that we are... more»

What needs improvement?

They are actually working on one bug we found, which was with flash restore. This was the user interface design for virtual environments. Supposedly, it was going to be corrected... more»

What other advice do I have??

We look for reliability of the product itself. It's an excellent product. I would not be penny wise and pound foolish, though. I would honestly utilize as much IBM as I could. I'm... more»
Lance Hawkes
Real User
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... more»

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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... more»

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: *... more»
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