IBM XIV Overview

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.

IBM XIV is also known as XIV.

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Sr. System Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Streamlines report production, enables easy and fast provisioning and Remote mirroring

Pros and Cons

  • "Very easy to produce reporting data (Snaps). Very easy and fast for provisioning devices and Remote mirroring."
  • "Installation is amazingly easy."
  • "The change form synchronous mirroring to asynchronous (and vice versa) without reconfiguration from scratch would be helpful."
  • "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."

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. Smallest provisioned capacity is 17GB (increments by 17GB), has easy CLI, and alerting.
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Systems Engineer II at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Needs to add an SSD tier to improve the latency demand. It can be a good fit for nonproduction environments like test, dev, uat, and cat.

Pros and Cons

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

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.
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it_user736191
Senior Storage Engineer with 10,001+ employees
MSP
Just pay once and forget about licenses; Performance and robustness of the systems are very good

Pros and Cons

  • "The performance and robustness of the systems are very good."
  • "Until the drive is replaced, the pool_resizing is locked."

What other advice do I have?

The product is good but only if you have a small datacenter.
it_user735234
Systems Engineer V, Enterprise Storage Systems at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
This is the easiest storage platform on the market to manage

Pros and Cons

  • "Hands down, this is the easiest storage platform on the market to manage."
  • "I would rather have a web GUI served directly from the unit, and a CLI accessible directly through SSH."

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 range, but rather is pushing people toward its new A9000 platforms, which can be tied together with XIV-like functionality.
it_user523104
Sr. Systems Programmer at Sharp
Vendor
Using it behind the SAN volume controller, latency is predictable and it is reliable.

What other advice do I have?

We have had no problems with it and it exceeded expectations as far as speed, latency and reliability. If it starts out being perfect and then there are problems, the rating would go down. But so far there haven't been any problems. The interface is fine. We don't use it that much because we just take big chunks of it and present it as MDisks to the IVM. This system, for us, is actually a set and forgot type of system. We have presented the array to San volume controller, and manage it from there, and we are also using flashsystem 900 for our super fast storage (we are very lucky to have this…
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