2020-10-19T09:33:38Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What advice do you have for others considering IBM Spectrum Virtualize?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering IBM Spectrum Virtualize, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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MD
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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2021-04-01T09:28:00Z
Apr 1, 2021

My advice would be to talk to someone who knows the product and learn it well enough. It is such a capable product that a sales, five minute or 30-minute brief could not possibly do it justice. The way they should approach looking for a product if they're looking for storage is to indicate what they need the product to achieve exactly. That's how you determine whether the product is suitable or not. Of course, consider your budget. It is best to have all your requirements available upfront. This product operates in the old legacy world where you have data centres and servers on your floor with racks in your data centre. It operates in a containerized world that began in 2014 with Kubernetes, and it operates flawlessly and seamlessly in all those environments. It even has a component, which I would say is a bit lacklustre. I'm not sure I understand how much people would need it, but it even has a component that will operate in a cloud environment. So in an AWS or Azure, or Google cloud, the spectrum virtualize component actually works there. It's a bit less capable in the cloud because it has limitations in that environment, but it enables you to move between those environments if you wish seamlessly. I'd rate this product a 9 out of 10.

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JJ
Solutions Platform Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
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2020-10-19T09:33:38Z
Oct 19, 2020

I would absolutely recommend this solution for any big company that has storage devices and is moving towards things like software-defined storage. It is definitely a key tool to have, but you need to make sure that you can afford it, and you do it right. Otherwise, you will not get any sleep. You have to get it right from the word go, and that is important. Once you get it there, it just runs, and you can forget about it. According to me, this is the leading exporting storage utilization engine in the world. There are only a few solutions that can do what this solution does. Most of the other solutions are years behind this solution. I would rate IBM Spectrum Virtualize a nine out of ten. The only issue in this solution is related to the firmware that is released.

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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
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Sep 19, 2022
How do you or your organization use this solution? Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences. Thank you!
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JJ
Solutions Platform Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Oct 19, 2020
It is used for continuity, protecting stuff in the cloud, and migrating data from a legacy device to a new device. The big solution that I last implemented was called IBM HyperSwap on SVCs. It is now called IBM Spectrum Virtualize. The solution we build was basically a high availability data center. I replicated all my data with IBM HyperSwap so that if a data center gets destroyed, you can fire up everything on the other side in minutes. It was very fast.
MD
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 1, 2021
We use it for all our block storage requirements. I was a user of the storage between 2004 and 2017, i.e. 13 years. We sell service, assist others with storage. We have been using it since 2004, and we have used all versions of the product. It is currently up-to-date. We are a platinum business partner of IBM, but we also have competing business partnerships with other companies, such as Dell. It is a product line as opposed to a singular product. There are entry mid-level and enterprise-level tiers of products, the lowest end entry, which is comprehensive in terms of being able to deliver millions of IOPS and microsecond latencies all the way up to the upper level of that product line. All the products have high availability. My clients are generally government agencies. We also have some commercial businesses, and they range overall categories, but mostly it's used by the government. However, even in government situations, there are ranges of business in terms of small, medium and large business size, given the environment we are deploying into. Some agencies have minimal budgets, and I would classify that as a very small business, but some are large. We deploy it both on the cloud and on-premise.
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 19, 2022
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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JJ
Solutions Platform Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Oct 19, 2020
I am very happy with the pricing. There is no comparison when it comes to pricing. I have looked at all solutions from EMC, Veritas, Hitachi, Dell, etc. None of them compares to IBM when it comes to pricing. I get great pricing from them.
MD
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 1, 2021
The entry point of pricing for this product is the most amazing price ever in the industry. You'd have to compare it with others. I would say their price is excellent given their support, the capabilities of the product, and knowledge of their product. There are tens of thousands of these units, maybe hundreds of thousands, deployed throughout the world. Nobody can beat the price of the low end, especially for the performance. You couldn't even beat it with spinning disk technology.
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