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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for IBM Spectrum Virtualize?


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Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Top 5Leaderboard
01 April 21

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.

Solutions Platform Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
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Top 10
19 October 20

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.

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Hi Everyone, What do you like most about IBM Spectrum Virtualize? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
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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.
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SDS is very flexible and can be adapted to the most diverse requirements. Many solutions are able to provide storage via iSCSI, iSER, Fibre channel or NVMeOF. The storage services are offered across all connected storage sources (e.g. mirroring, replication, snapshots, thin provisioning, etc.) It is quite easy to implement new services or protocols. An SDS solution can be much cheaper to purchase, as standard servers are used. The disadvantage of an SDS can be the complexity. Many different sources can be combined into one solution. These sources can be managed differently, or incompatibilities can occur. The support of such an environment can then be very difficult. Another disadvantage is that performance and latency depend very much on the hardware used. This can be a limiting factor. Another disadvantage is that the manufacturer of the SDS has hardly any influence on the OS on which the solution runs, which can lead to problems, especially with updates and patches. Here it must be tested in advance whether the SDS software continues to work properly. But for me SDS is superior to any conventional solution. You can reach a goal easier, more flexible and cheaper.
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