IBM System Storage DS8000 Series Archived Reviews (More than two years old)
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Jun 04 2017
What is most valuable?It has redundancy and is user-friendly.
How has it helped my organization?The benefits are that you don't need to manage it very often, administration is less.
What needs improvement?We need the GUI feature to be improved. If the GUI is good. then it is easier to manage with just the clicks, rather than going in with CLI and commands to do the stuff.
What other advice do I have?I really recommend the IBM DS8000 solution as it is the most advanced technology available for storage solutions. Whilst looking for a vendor, it is important for us that both the product and support should be reliable.
Jun 04 2017
What is most valuable?There are a lot of valuable features, but the primary one is that it gave us an end-to-end solution for high availability and disaster recovery. Performance was a big factor, but the reliability of… more »
How has it helped my organization?The high availability and having HyperSwap has taken us beyond five nines for reliability. Our CTO said that we have now reached 100%. We have had no outages now for literally six years and that's… more »
What needs improvement?I think things are going in a great direction right now. It's been very, very reliable. I think everybody in customer service tries to do more with less. It comes down to the number of people you have… more »
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?The other vendor's solution was no longer meeting our requirements to provide disaster recovery. The actual response times and the performance to the host were okay, but the DR solution was not. We… more »
What other advice do I have?The overall performance of the product is unparalleled. If you're looking for an end-to-end solution, there is no better choice.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?We were using one of the major vendors and we looked at the other two. It was, quite frankly, a very easy decision when we compared. It's a big investment to switch to GDPS. However, once we saw… more »
Jun 04 2017
What is most valuable?The disk replication, the high availability, the performance, and the speed are the valuable features.
How has it helped my organization?The main benefit is from the standpoint of recovery; recovery time and being able to quickly replicate data. We've had a lot of success and it's taken us a long way to get to where we've come from. There were a lot longer times that it took… more »
What needs improvement?I would like it to be easier to use. Some of it is so complex that we've got a lot of scripts and automation and things tied around it. I would like a way to simplify any of that. It will help with debugging too. When you do have a problem… more »
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?Obviously, support is huge. You have to have really good support and reliability overall. All the big vendors normally offer customer service, valued added for what the product provides and supports. Support is huge. Performance is huge… more »
What other advice do I have?You have to have a lot of testing time and a lot of understanding of the product. Obviously, support from the vendor is huge. It's just a long process. It takes a long time to implement and manage a big tool and a big piece of work like… more »
Jun 01 2017
What is most valuable?The most valuable features for us are the box itself, the controller, and the DS 8800s. You are able to store more data on them. They have the neat little features that we use these days. These are… more »
How has it helped my organization?You have fewer boxes to maintain. The throughput increases, and the features are the same, just better.
What needs improvement?When it comes to the 8800s, other than capacity and speed and then, of course, continuing to use the same features that they have today. It's important to have replications. It's important to have… more »
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We didn't have a previous solution. It's like anything, in that hardware gets improved. We were using 8800s and the 8870s. Now we just went into the 8886s. Again, hardware changes and we had to change… more »
What other advice do I have?I would advise them to look into it. See if it matches what they want to do. Most vendors provide these features. If they want to sell their boxes, then they have to have these features. Otherwise… more »
Which other solutions did I evaluate?I don't know about alternative solutions considered. I don't do procurement. We're pretty much an IBM shop, so everything in there is IBM.
What is IBM System Storage DS8000 Series?IBMÂ System StorageÂ DS8000Â series is a high-performance, high-capacity series of disk storage that supports continuous operations. The DS8000 series includes theÂ DS8800 (Models 951 and 95E) and theÂ DS8700 (Models 941 and 94E).
Also known asSystem Storage DS8000
IBM System Storage DS8000 Series customersRenfe, Park Nicollet Health Services, Ricoh Americas Corporation, SK Energy, SWK STADTWERKE KREFELD AG