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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... 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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We are not in a good position to answer this question because we have worked with IBM for all these years. But I... 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... more»
Alfred Morgan Jones
Consultant
Senior Systems Consultant at a tech services company
Sep 17 2017

What is most valuable?

Storage virtualisation: Use o storage pool to spread I-O load across as many disks as possible, reduces “hot spots”.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using V7000, the storage administrator has complete visibility into the I-O load and response times of the volumes,... more»

What needs improvement?

The replication of data between IBM Storwize arrays in V1 of the product had some major limitations. A lot of the... more»

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

It pays to go back and get the best price you can from your supplier. The first offer is not always at the best... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Previous storage solutions included the HPE 3PAR array family. We switched to IBM for 3 reasons: * Upgrade cost *... more»

What other advice do I have?

* Download the IBM Redbook on best practices to implement. * Engage IBM support or your integration partner/reseller at... more»
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StorageAe612
Consultant
Storage Admin at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

We do replication and other things. For us, compression, deduplication, and the space saving features are important to us. The price to value... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are using replication for our backup solutions and it costs us less compared to other solutions. For space saving features, it definitely... more»

What needs improvement?

There is a limit on the flash memory for fresh copy, i.e., a memory limit. So there are limits within the software, for buffering and then... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were using SVC and DS83. We are actually using that app, but for us, IBM Storwize V7000 was more cost effective in our environment. That's... more»

What other advice do I have?

If they are cost conscious and have a release table solution, this is probably the best solution available.
Christopher Fajardo
Real User
Senior Technical Specialist at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The valuable features are high availability, compression, and a failover mechanism. It's a very highly available storage solution. It can virtualize external rewrites and you have... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows the company to be highly available and be able to recover the storage if there are some issues.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the snapshot management embedded within the GUI. Right now, the snapshot management, if you want to schedule, or do multiple scheduling in a day, you have to... more»

What other advice do I have?

I highly recommend it.
SystemsEb063
Real User
Systems Engineer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Jun 02 2017

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

Most of my customers love it because it's easy to use and easy to manage. They can get their applications up and running very fast. They can buy it at a good price.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the connection to cloud service providers, although I think that's already there. There's not much more that I can tell you. There are some issues on a firmware... more»

What other advice do I have?

Just buy it. Support for sure is important when considering which vendor to go for, as well as ease of use and the track record of the code base.
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... more»

How has it helped my organization?

IBM Storwize It makes management of the IT environment much easier, High availability and enhanced security; Proven... more»

What needs improvement?

GUI interface should be enhanced more as there is some issues in copy services GUI interfaces should be enhanced as... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
Josue Urgel Arribas
Real User
Gestor de Capacidad at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 18 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the v7000 is versatile, reliable, and gives really good performance in the configuration you choose. The V7000... more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product has improved the speed of disk access where I have mounted, but I do not think that is its best feature... more»

What needs improvement?

Of course the cost, it's expensive compared to other solutions.

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

As I have already noted, everything depends on how you want it set up. I think there are others in the market that are... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have used many solutions, having mounted many projects with storage (NetApp, HPE, Clarion, etc.) but if I had to... more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are going to go with a V7000, you will not regret it. Be sure to clarify what you need, and it will give you the... more»
Tactical4f98
Real User
Tactical Expert at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jun 06 2017

What is most valuable?

Easy to use GUI, both for me and the customers is the most valuable feature of this solution. It's very self-explanatory, very easy to install... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are pretty much the same as I have mentioned herein, i.e., it's the time that takes to do an installation as compared to the old... more»

What needs improvement?

I really don't have any preference for it, this is very easy to install and is actually a customer setup. I've talked to many customers, and all... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We are a business partner and what we sell are IBM Storwize products. That's our main focus, we don't sell any other vendors. So, it was a... more»

What other advice do I have?

This product is so easy to use. Have it checked over, test it out and try it. Compare it to the other competitors and make a decision from... more»
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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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