IBM XIV Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
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Sr. Systems Programmer at Sharp
Dec 22 2016

What is most valuable?

For us, the XIV is pretty much set-it-and-forget-it storage. We use it behind the SAN volume controller. Having presented that storage to the SAN, we find that the latency is very predictable, the capacity is excellent and the reliability is... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It saved a lot of time. We haven't had any outages and outages in the healthcare industry are terrible. They're like earthquakes that have repercussions for years afterwards.

What needs improvement?

It could be cheaper, but considering they give you a rack of 325 TB usable, if you buy a fully loaded system, it's really not that expensive. As part of the base package, it comes with a lot of value-add (snapshots,etc...) too, so those... more»
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Systems Engineer V, Enterprise Storage Systems at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Sep 12 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of operation. Hands down, this is the easiest storage platform on the market to manage. It's essentially a fire-and-forget sort of solution. In our situation, we have these behind-the-scenes storage brokers (SVC), so we really never... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It does not improve function as much as it doesn't hinder function it. Since it is so reliable and easy to use, we spend almost zero time managing it.

What needs improvement?

Management accessibility. Both the GUI and the CLI require installation of a Java-based thick client, which is ridiculous, plus a drain on resources. Also, if you have a large complex version of XIV, the GUI must contact and load each one of... more»
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Anonymous avatar x80
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Sr. System Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jan 16 2018

What do you think of IBM XIV?

Improvements to My Organization Very easy to produce reporting data (Snaps). Very easy and fast for provisioning devices and Remote mirroring. • Valuable Features Implementing Remote mirroring and local Snaps is very easy. The ROW (Redirect-On-Write) of Snaps has no impact on production data. • Room for Improvement Copies The power supplies Expansion Some Snap operations, regarding consistency groups The change form synchronous mirroring to asynchronous (and vice versa) without reconfiguration from scratch • Use of Solution One to three years. • Stability Issues I encountered stability (performance) issues during enclosure or disk rebuild. Also some power supply issues due to malfunctions of circuits. Sometimes "internal" Snap sessions hang and consume pool capacity....
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Senior Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 17 2017

What is most valuable?

No-license-required policy, unlike others where you need a license for everything. Just pay once and forget about licenses.

How has it helped my organization?

The XIVs here are only being used for non-production and dev systems, but still the performance and robustness of the systems are very good.

What needs improvement?

There are a few. One that comes to my mind is the pool resize restriction in the case of drive failure. Until the drive is replaced, the pool_resizing is locked. This has been an issue a lot of times, especially when the contract says IBM... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
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Systems Engineer II at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Sep 25 2017

What do you think of IBM XIV?

Valuable Features Data availability: As it spreads, a chuck of 1MB across the board means using all available spindles on the backend. • Room for Improvement This product was not a good fit for our organization as we have a ton of latency sensitive applications and XIV was not able to keep up with IO + latency demand. Adding an SSD tier to improve the latency demand as this product was sold as being a Tier 1.5 array, but it is far from that. • Use of Solution Seven years. • Stability Issues Nope. • Scalability Issues Nope. • Customer Service and Technical Support Good. • Previous Solutions We switched to XIV as it was marketed as being almost a high-end array. • Initial Setup XIV setup is very straightforward and easy to configure. • Pricing,...

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What is IBM XIV?

IBM XIV is a high-end, grid-scale storage system that excels in tuning-free consistent performance, ease of use and exceptional data economics, including inline, and IBM Real-time Compression. IBM XIV is ideal for hybrid cloud, offering predictable service levels for dynamic workloads, simplified scale management, including in multi-tenant environments, flexible consumption models — and robust cloud automation and orchestration through OpenStack, RESTful API and VMware. It offers security and data protection through hot encryption, advanced mirroring and self-healing and investment protection with perpetual licensing.

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