IBM Storwize Pros and Cons

IBM Storwize Pros

C832
COO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
They have a virtualization feature and, even if you do not want to buy that feature, you can have it as a trial for two to three months. If you have another brand of storage from another company, you can use this tool to transfer all your data from the old system to the new Storwize system, which really shortens the migration time.
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Alfred Morgan Jones
Senior Systems Consultant at a tech services company
Ability to manage third-party arrays and virtualise them: One screen to control multiple arrays. Simplified administration.
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Christopher Fajardo
Senior Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The valuable features are high availability, compression, and a failover mechanism. It's a very highly available storage solution.
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SystemsEb063
Systems Engineer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
The valuable features for us are the extra add-ons, such as the FIM provisioning, the compression, the disaster recovery capabilities, and the storage pooling functions.
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Hashem Dabbas
Senior Systems Engineer & Support Contracts Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
High availability and enhanced security; Proven dependability; Data compression with hardware acceleration; Advanced copy services features are all in this product.
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Lazar Grubor
Systems Integration Expert & IT Consultant at a tech services company
Virtualization of external storage, while adding cache and speed to the external storage.
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SeniorTeb154
Senior Technology Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
The GUI is very easy and performance is also good.
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it_user541197
General Manager Information Technology Department at a university with 501-1,000 employees
User friendly management interface.
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IBM Storwize Cons

C832
COO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I have looked at a few pages of a report I download and I saw a graph there regarding software-defined vendors. IBM is not in a good position on this graph. I know that they are working very hard on this, to make it much better and to get to a level where it's not only hardware but also software to provide a complete solution.
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Alfred Morgan Jones
Senior Systems Consultant at a tech services company
One area for improvement is in the GUI, where host clusters are not properly dealt with. With Hypervisor host clusters, all hosts must see the same volumes in the same order. Using the concept of a “host-group” has been around (even with IBM) for many years, so why not with the V7000?
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Christopher Fajardo
Senior Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I know they have a flashcopy manager, but it is extra software, an additional license, and some customers don't like to add addition costs to their infrastructure. If IBM could create, or include snapshot management within the GUI, that would really be helpful.
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SystemsEb063
Systems Engineer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
AHV is Acropolis Hypervisor – A relatively new Hypervisor, robust and stable as VMware vSphere, has built-in advanced analytics and powerful operations, Self Service Portal and components for DevOps included, managed by a single pane of glass (Prism) via HTML5 and it is free of charge – That is why Nutanix is so advanced and revolutionary.
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Hashem Dabbas
Senior Systems Engineer & Support Contracts Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
GUI interface should be enhanced more as there is some issues in copy services.
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Lazar Grubor
Systems Integration Expert & IT Consultant at a tech services company
Events/log analysis tools.
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SeniorTeb154
Senior Technology Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Replication features need improvement. Currently, they are there in the product, but I'm not sure as to how it works exactly.
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it_user541197
General Manager Information Technology Department at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Product support is restricted to IBM only. It must be decentralized to IBM partners as well.
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