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2020-10-19T09:33:38Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with IBM Spectrum Virtualize?

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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MD
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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Top 5Leaderboard
2021-04-01T09:28:00Z
01 April 21

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.

JJ
Solutions Platform Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
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2020-10-19T09:33:38Z
19 October 20

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.

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Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
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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
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19 October 20
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
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01 April 21
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.
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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
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.
MD
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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.
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