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Software Defined Storage (SDS)
June 2022
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Storage Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Allows VMs, informative instructions, and reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "The ability to add the virtual machine on the Spectrum environment to sort out the data movers(DMs) and their schedules is a valuable feature. You are able to have, for example, four data movers to balance them so you do not have too much work on one data mover."
  • "The only errors I find sometimes is the solution tells me I cannot operate it because a service has turned off, you can just go back to the VM, go to services, and turn back the services. However, this should improve."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to run our virtual machines.

What is most valuable?

The ability to add the virtual machine on the Spectrum environment to sort out the data movers(DMs) and their schedules is a valuable feature. You are able to have, for example, four data movers to balance them so you do not have too much work on one data mover.

Once you know how to run the commands it tells you what has been backed up and which DM did not get backed up. You have what you call DSM errors. The system talks to the schedule and then it knows why and what happened with a certain backup that was not completed. When you are trying to troubleshoot you are able to go back to the DSM or OPT error files and scroll down and see why the backup did not run. It gives you the error number allowing you to go back to see what the issue was.

What needs improvement?

When comparing this solution to others it is running 1.5 but should be on a 2.0 and the difficulty is a little higher to operate at first which could be improved.

The only errors I find sometimes is the solution tells me I cannot operate it because a service has turned off, you can just go back to the VM, go to services, and turn back the services. However, this should improve.

For how long have I used the solution?

We use the solution to backup data.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found the solution to be very stable.

How was the initial setup?

There is no maintenance required because it runs very smoothly.

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

This solution came as an additional cost for the TSM package we chose.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated Cohesity, Veeam, and Commvault.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to those wanted to implement this solution would be it is very useful and will give you all the details you need; how to set up the data movers, make sure they are balanced so that the load is distributed evenly, how to set it up and get all the documents in place once you log in.

I rate IBM Spectrum Virtualize an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Buyer's Guide
Software Defined Storage (SDS)
June 2022
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