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Mark Cecil
Real User
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… 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… more»

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

Never pay face value. There is always a discount. Also, if you are a mostly-blue shop, the discounts get super deep. If you are going to use the product behind an SVC, IBM… more»

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

DS8000 and ESS. Cost was significantly higher on the DS platform, and the management was much more complex.

What other advice do I have?

The product is exceptionally reliable and very easy to manage. It's a solid, mature product. However, there are indications that IBM is not looking to extend the product… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were pretty tied to IBM, so only DS units. Lately, we have been considering the V-series units, as well.
SysAdm 7291
Real User
Sr. System Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jan 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Implementing Remote mirroring and local Snaps is very easy. The ROW (Redirect-On-Write) of Snaps has no impact on production data.

How has it helped my organization?

Very easy to produce reporting data (Snaps). Very easy and fast for provisioning devices and Remote mirroring.

What needs 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… more»

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

Working with VMAX. Company changed due to economic reasons. (They still use multi-vendor storages).

What other advice do I have?

I see XIV as a mid-range (not high-end) storage. Easy to install, small size factor/capacity, easy to use, quick to provision. Not for heavy load, especially sequential due to wide/mirror stripping… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

EMC VMAX 10K, 3PAR, DS.
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Hitesh Thappa
Consultant
Senior Storage Engineer with 10,001+ 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… more»

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

Excellent.

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

No, DS8K or SVC has always been the primary solution for this customer. For all my customers, XIV has always been a backend storage.

What other advice do I have?

The product is good but only if you have a small datacenter.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am not the direct customer. We can only recommend various solutions to the customer.
Real User
Systems Engineer II at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 25 2017

What is most valuable?

Data availability: As it spreads, a chuck of 1MB across the board means using all available spindles on the backend.

What needs 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… more»

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

Licensing is straightforward.

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

We switched to XIV as it was marketed as being almost a high-end array.

What other advice do I have?

Don't use it for heavy workloads and latency sensitive workloads. It can be a good fit for nonproduction environments like test, dev, uat, and cat.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, as we were moving away from our old CX3 Clariion arrays.

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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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