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"The most valuable feature is the ability to share files across different platforms.""We are using it for monitoring all of our storage.""The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better."

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"The single management panel is the main feature that is wonderful for the customer.""The best part of the solution is that you can actually scale up to a large number of operating systems without additional hardware."

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"It would be helpful if there was a graphical user interface that could walk you through the deployment process. The instructions surrounding setup aren't the best. They need to be more step-by-step.""Integration with other vendors is not available.""The pricing and licensing model for this solution are complex and it is sometimes difficult to explain it to customers."

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"I'd like to see improved hardware compatibility""It doesn't have the ability to be deployed on any kind of hardware and network connectors."

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  • "The licensing model is complex and depends on factors such as the number of processing cores and the amount of storage."
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  • "A single socket costs you around US $6,000 for three years. At a minimum, you have a three load cluster for a medium or enterprise-scale company. It can get quite expensive because you're likely to need four to six sockets on the other side. It comes to around $30,000."
  • "I believe there is a yearly licensing fee of around $2000 - $5000. I don't think there are additional costs above that but it depends on the type of infrastructure you're booting."
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    IBM Spectrum Scale is a cluster file system that provides concurrent access to a single file system or set of file systems from multiple nodes. The nodes can be SAN attached, network attached, a mixture of SAN attached and network attached, or in a shared nothing cluster configuration. This enables access to this common set of data to support a scale-out solution or to provide a high availability platform. IBM Spectrum Scale has many features beyond common data access including data replication, policy based storage management, and multi-site operations. You can create a cluster of AIX nodes, Linux nodes, Windows server nodes, or a mix of all three. IBM Spectrum Scale can run on virtualized instances providing common data access in environments, leverage logical partitioning, or other hypervisors. Multiple IBM Spectrum Scale clusters can share data within a location or across wide area network (WAN) connections.

    VMware software-defined storage is a simple, yet intelligent, storage data center architecture that aligns with business and application demands—eliminating static, purpose-built and inefficient hardware with dynamic, agile and automated solutions.

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    Financial Services Firm71%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider19%
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Import And Exporter9%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Scale vs. VMware Software Defined Storage and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    IBM Spectrum Scale is ranked 14th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 3 reviews while VMware Software Defined Storage is ranked 13th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews. IBM Spectrum Scale is rated 8.0, while VMware Software Defined Storage is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Scale writes "Good performance and facilitates multi-platform file sharing, but the licensing is complicated". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Software Defined Storage writes "Comes in a single management panel and doesn't require the need to buy separate dedicated storage". IBM Spectrum Scale is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage, VMware vSAN, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and StarWind Virtual Tape Library, whereas VMware Software Defined Storage is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS and LINBIT SDS. See our IBM Spectrum Scale vs. VMware Software Defined Storage report.

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