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IBM Spectrum Scale is the #3 ranked solution in top Cloud Software Defined Storage tools and #15 ranked solution in top Software Defined Storage (SDS) tools. PeerSpot users give IBM Spectrum Scale an average rating of 8.6 out of 10. IBM Spectrum Scale is most commonly compared to Red Hat Ceph Storage: IBM Spectrum Scale vs Red Hat Ceph Storage. IBM Spectrum Scale is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 74% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 20% of all views.
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What is IBM Spectrum Scale?
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.
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Janith Ranasinghe - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager - IT at LankaClear
Real User
A stable solution with valuable profile-sharing features

What is most valuable?

The profile share is a valuable feature. We only use the parallel file system at my company.

What needs improvement?

I rate this solution a nine out of ten. I believe there is no graphic user interface, so they should include it.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution since 2014, and it is deployed on-premises.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable and has not given us any trouble. We are a national payment institute, so we facilitate all the inter banks and some ATMs, so I am unsure how many people use the solution. We have about six people using IBM Spectrum Scale.

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How was the initial setup?

IBM completed the initial setup.

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

We are using the standard license. In addition to this standard license we purchased separately, we have IBM DB2 pureScale. I believe we got a bundled size because we purchased all the hardware.

What other advice do I have?

We have had no issues with the solution, and I would recommend it.

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Ahmed Sabry - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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Top 5Leaderboard
Monitors all of our storage but lacks integration with other vendors

What is our primary use case?

Spectrum Scale is one of the most important products in our environment now. We are using it for monitoring all of our storage. We have about 60 users.

What needs improvement?

Integration with other vendors is not available. This feature would be very helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using IBM Spectrum Scale for four to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

it's stable. We had some issues before while deploying but it is good now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

IBM Spectrum Scale is scalable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I would rate IBM Spectrum Scale at a six out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was pretty complex. It takes several days to deploy the network advisor.

What about the implementation team?

We used a consultant from IBM for our deployment.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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