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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Nicolae Chirea - PeerSpot reviewer
System and Solutions Architect at Seidor
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Top 5
2022-09-19T09:43:41Z
Sep 19, 2022

I would recommend IBM Spectrum Virtualize because it is very robust, stable, and affordable. It has a very good performance and it is relatively easy to implement and use. I would rate IBM Spectrum Virtualize a nine out of ten.

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PK
Storage Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Top 5
2021-05-29T12:23:36Z
May 29, 2021

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.

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.

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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it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 19, 2022
Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with IBM Spectrum Virtualize. What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
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JJ
Solutions Platform Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Oct 19, 2020
I hate I/O groups. If you start swapping I/O groups, they can be potentially risky. If they could get rid of the whole I/O group principle, the risk is not there anymore. I understand the fundamental thing about I/O groups, but they are risky.
MD
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 1, 2021
It is limited in terms of a single system to eight nodes or four, what they call IO groups. However, this is still 32 petabytes worth of capacity, so it is substantial. In theory, you could have tens of thousands of volumes, so it can be considered a limitation.
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 19, 2022
Hi Everyone, What do you like most about IBM Spectrum Virtualize? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
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JJ
Solutions Platform Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Oct 19, 2020
There are many benefits to this solution. Storage virtualization and the ability to migrate massive amounts of data to other systems without impacting your client are the most valuable. It is non-disruptive for my users. We migrated 350 terabytes of data in one night to a new machine without a small system going down and a single user complaining about the performance. You have to fine-tune a lot of storage machines constantly for performance and for making sure that they are optimal, but IBM Spectrum Virtualize does this by itself. It does the adjustment on its own, and it does it right. That's what makes it different. I had a huge VSP from Hitachi, which is also a type of virtualization-based engine but with a decent size. It was a continuous performance-tuning exercise. I never had that issue with IBM Spectrum Virtualize.
MD
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 1, 2021
I like all the features, but the most impressive recently has been the introduction of IBM's Flash Core Modules. They are a form of a flash drive, but they have many more features.
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