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C832
Reseller
COO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The user interface is very mature and it's becoming more mature all the time. They made it very easy for the user, very friendly to work with. They have a virtualization… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The virtualization feature shortens the time to convince customers, to sell the solution, and to implement it. From the moment we first see a customer and tell him that we… more»

What needs improvement?

IBM gets a lot of input from the field, from system engineers, regarding what needs to be done and I believe they have a roadmap to try to constantly make the user… more»

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

The pricing has been very competitive for the last few years. IBM got to the point where they changed the pricing model and we feel very comfortable with the pricing. It's… more»

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

We are not in a good position to answer this question because we have worked with IBM for all these years. But I believe the way it came about was that we had a situation… more»

What other advice do I have?

IBM is really open and available to those who want to find out what kinds of solutions will fit their needs. More than that, if it becomes more serious, with potential… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also do sell HPE if we have to, but IBM is usuall the first choice because of the pricing and performance.HPE has tried to work with us a lot and we tried to work… more»
Hashem Dabbas
Real User
Senior Systems Engineer & Support Contracts Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 14 2018

What is most valuable?

Virtualization and Data Migration. V7000 is built with IBM Spectrum Virtualized software, which is part of the IBM Spectrum Storage family. V7000 software: * Provides a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

IBM Storwize It makes management of the IT environment much easier, High availability and enhanced security; Proven dependability; Data compression with hardware… more»

What needs improvement?

GUI interface should be enhanced more as there is some issues in copy services GUI interfaces should be enhanced as this will not let the customer doing wrong… more»

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

Storwize software for Storwize V7000 license has the following feature codes: * Base software * Full feature set * Easy Tier * FlashCopy * Remote Mirroring * Compression… more»

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

No, I have only used used IBM solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I advise everyone to have a look at their current use of storage and think of single management and live migrations of their data, and how they will save money instead of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
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Real User
Senior System & Storage Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 12 2019

What is most valuable?

* Migration effort * Site recovery plan.

How has it helped my organization?

- Migration efforts - Site recovery using SRM - Highly scalable while backend storage can be of many vendors - Ideal solution if you have a mixed intel/power infrastructure Ease of use

What needs improvement?

- CLI though intuitive, no other API available - Lacks scheduling or a cron - Has no built in short term performance graphs - IBM TPC overexceeds the montoring needs, had to fall back on Stor2RRd -… more»

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

- setup cost is cheap as you can do it yourself - IBM SVC licensing on non IBM back-end storage used to cost a lot in terms of licenses per shelf or even per TB. The equipment on itself is relatively… more»

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

IBM SVC -> HP 3PAR -> Storwize v7000f

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

- HPE 3PAR StoreServe - EMC Unity ( /products/dell-emc-unity-reviews )
Real User
Systems Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Sep 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are deduplication and compression. The interface is also good.

What needs improvement?

The ease of installation should be improved. We had issues with the configuration model. In the next release, there should be and flash and caching features. Customers also have problems accessing their files from the storage. That's what they usually complain about. This is something they should… more»

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

The price is good. We are also IBM partners and the give big discounts for the same product.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it an eight out of ten.
Consultant
Senior Technology Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Oct 24 2017

What is most valuable?

The good thing is that it is very easy to use and anybody can allocate Launch to the systems. The GUI is very easy and performance is also good.

How has it helped my organization?

It is easy to deploy. We use this product for a variety of the applications and databases. This is one of the best features I think.

What needs improvement?

Replication features need improvement. Currently, they are there in the product, but I'm not sure as to how it works exactly. They are other IBM products that are better than this such as IBM XIV and IBM disk storage (the old one); they have better performance.

What other advice do I have?

You can use this product for your applications, databases or for whatever other solutions that you have. Cost and performance are the two things that we consider while selecting a vendor.
Real User
Chief Engineer at a government with 1-10 employees
Sep 25 2019

What do you think of IBM Storwize?

What is our primary use case?

I am using the private deployment model. 

What is most valuable?

The ability to create LUNs and modify them is the most valuable feature of this solution. It has a very good storage system. 

What needs improvement?

Enterprise data storage needs improvement. They should create a feature for data and file storage. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Storwize for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has good scalability abilities. 

How are customer service and technical support?

They have good technical support. IBM has offices in Ukraine that have knowledgable engineers. They speak Ukrainian. 

How was the

Sergio Bulak
Real User
Diretor de TI at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 02 2018

What do you think of IBM Storwize?

What is our primary use case?

I use it for virtualization and databases.

What is most valuable?

It is simple but stable storage. I use the Snapshot feature.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Excellent.

How is customer service and technical support?

I have never used technical support for this solution. I haven't needed support.

How was the initial setup?

I did the initial setup based on the documentation it came with. It was very simple.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at Dell and HPE solutions. I probably wouldn't buy a 3PAR but it does have more features than Storewize.

What other advice do I

Franco Sallusti
Real User
Project Manager with 51-200 employees
Jan 30 2019

What do you think of IBM Storwize?

What is our primary use case?

Storage virtualization. Two Storwize V7000 systems in a cluster configuration serve about 500 servers (physical and virtual).

How has it helped my organization?

Storage virtualization simplifies space management.  Thin provisioning saves space. Copy services simplify environment replication.

What is most valuable?

Virtualization, because it abstracts hardware and allows to use other storages (old DS series) as unique storage spaces.

What needs improvement?

The cluster should be improved because non-disruptive failover was supported only on a few operating systems.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.
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What is IBM Storwize?

Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize software, the IBM Storwize family provides hybrid solutions with common functionality, management and flexibility. These products include built-in functions such as Real-time Compression and Easy Tier technology, which optimize flash and hard disk drives to deliver high performance and extraordinary levels of efficiency. Available in a wide range of storage systems, the Storwize family delivers sophisticated capabilities that are easy to deploy, and help control costs for growing businesses.
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