IBM Spectrum Virtualize vs NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP comparison

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We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Virtualize and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Software Defined Storage (SDS) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"I like that it can virtualize more than three hundred storage providers.""Compared to other storage vendors, the solution is quite convenient to use."

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"It offers ease of use and a comprehensive suite of applications, including features like SnapMirror, SnapVault, and unified snapshot management, all bundled into a single product.""CVO gives us the ability to access data as quickly as possible, which is critical because of the mission set we handle. Some things cannot wait. For example, we tried having the data in the cloud itself, but it took too long for us to retrieve it from cold or deep storage. If we have it ONTAP or on-prem, it's so much easier to pull it within minutes.""The ease of use in terms of how the product works is valuable. We are able to work with it and deploy the storage that we need.""It's very easy to set up, and within 40 minutes, you can apply storage notes in Azure.""The main benefit we get from this product is the ability to deploy it anywhere we want, whether that's on-prem, a remote physical location, or in the cloud. It doesn't matter from an operational perspective where it is. The command line and operating system are the same.""One thing I have noticed is that it is very simple to move the data where we need to move it, delete it, or archive it if we need to archive it to StorageGRID.""One of the features our customers like is that it can be used from one cloud provider to another. They can use it from Azure to AWS or vice versa. That way, they don't need to use the same provider for backups. If something goes wrong on the primary site, having the same data in another cloud service provider is important.""The Cloud Manager application that's on the NetApp cloud site is easy to use. You can set up and schedule replications from there, so you don't have to go into the ONTAP system. Another feature we've recently started using is the scheduled power off. We started with one client and have been slowly implementing it with others. We can cut costs by not having the VM run all the time. It's only on when it's doing replication, but it powers off after."

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"I would like to see more baseline replication and integration with the operating system between Vmware and IBMI.""The solution could have a better built-in performance monitor."

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"I rate the scalability a five out of ten.""We've just been dealing with general pre-requisite infrastructure configuration challenges. Once those are out of the way, it is easy.""I would want more visibility and data analytics where we can see anomalies within the shares within the GUI.""NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP needs to have customizable pricing options such as 10 TB increments. They seem to have only two options: 10 TB or 250 TB.""I would like to see more information about Cloud Volumes ONTAP using Google Cloud Platform on NetApp's website.""The cost needs improvement.""There is room for improvement in tier one support, especially with potential language barriers and communication challenges.""Cloud Volumes ONTAP's interface could use an overhaul. Sometimes you have to dig around in Cloud Manager a little bit to find certain things. The layout could be more intuitive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I think it is a good value for the price."
  • "The pricing is pretty good."
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  • "The pricing of this solution is definitely higher than what the typical Azure Files and AWS solutions charge, but given the features and the stability NetApp has provided, we are okay with it. We are not complaining about the pricing."
  • "Overall, the pricing of NetApp is aggressive and the pricing becomes more aggressive as the amount of data increases. The cost for a given volume of data that you are storing becomes lower. The greater the volume of data, the cheaper the license."
  • "Make sure you investigate what your requirements are going to cost you using the native cloud solutions versus what NetApp is going to cost you, to make sure you have a business case to go with NetApp."
  • "The pricing could be improved. It is a good product, but it is very expensive for me."
  • "It is not a cheap solution because we need to pay for the license and pay for Azure resources as well."
  • "If we wanted to use the AWS solution, we would have to manage two or three different platforms and pay more money than what we should have to pay, as some of the features don't even exist. If we wanted to, we could use AWS cloning, but it is useless because it uses more space, is more expensive, and takes more time."
  • "The cost is quite high."
  • "We find the pricing to be favorable due to the educational sector we belong to."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Compared to other storage vendors, the solution is quite convenient to use.
    Top Answer:The pricing is pretty good. I rate the solution’s pricing a five out of ten. We have to pay for additional licenses.
    Top Answer:The solution could have a better built-in performance monitor. I use a different product for performance monitoring.
    Top Answer:CVO gives us the ability to access data as quickly as possible, which is critical because of the mission set we handle. Some things cannot wait. For example, we tried having the data in the cloud… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing of CVO is fair across the board. It's exactly where it should be for the data we're getting. The price-performance ratio is right where we need it to be. I've seen solutions that cost more… more »
    Top Answer:I would want more visibility and data analytics where we can see anomalies within the shares within the GUI.
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    Also Known As
    ONTAP Cloud, CVO, NetApp CVO
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    IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a dependable solution that improves data value, security, and simplicity for new and existing storage infrastructure. Proven over 12 years in thousands of deployments, its innovative virtualization capabilities help organizations achieve better data economics by supporting new workloads that are critical to their success. IBM Spectrum Virtualize software helps make new and existing storage more effective and standardizes functions traditionally deployed separately in disk systems for greater flexibility and potentially lower costs.

    NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is a versatile solution that is used primarily for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, disaster recovery, backup tiering, DAR, and file sharing and networks. The solution offers valuable features such as cloud manager, backup and compliance, data analysis, and unified storage. 

    Cloud Volumes ONTAP helps organizations improve performance, reduce costs, and simplify management. It is easy to use, cost-effective, and can be deployed in the public cloud, making it an ideal choice for organizations looking to optimize resource usage.

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    Sample Customers
    Pelephone, Sprint IT Enterprise Services
    Rohit, AdvacnedMD, D2L, Trinity Mirror, Eidos Media, WireStorm, Cordant Group, JFK Medical Center, ALD Automotive, Healthix, City of Baton Rouge, ON Semiconductor
    Top Industries
    Healthcare Company20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Educational Organization7%
    Healthcare Company18%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Educational Organization43%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Small Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise49%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Spectrum Virtualize vs. NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Virtualize vs. NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    IBM Spectrum Virtualize is ranked 15th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews while NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is ranked 1st in Cloud Software Defined Storage with 19 reviews. IBM Spectrum Virtualize is rated 9.0, while NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Virtualize writes "A highly scalable product that is relatively easy to use and set up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP writes "It's easy to set up and schedule replications from the cloud manager". IBM Spectrum Virtualize is most compared with Dell VPLEX, VMware vSAN, IBM Spectrum Scale, VxRail and Red Hat Ceph Storage, whereas NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is most compared with Azure NetApp Files, Amazon S3, Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), Portworx Enterprise and Google Cloud Storage. See our IBM Spectrum Virtualize vs. NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP report.

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