IBM 2076 24F Storwize V7000 SFF Expansion Enclosure

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The IBM 2076 is the hardware component of the IBM Storwize V7000 disk system. Storwize V7000 is a highly scalable virtualized, enterprise-class, flash-optimized storage system designed to consolidate workloads into a single system for ease of management,
IBM 2076 24F Storwize V7000 SFF Expansion Enclosure is rated4.15 out of5 by26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can run it on several different configurations.What is most valuable?The ease-of-use and ease-of-setup are the most valuable features. You can get one up and running in a couple hours. I do it quite frequently for customers. The simplicity of it is the big benefit for me, compared to some others that I've used.How has it helped my organization?A lot of features are beneficial. It's a robust solution from my standpoint. We've got it running on several different configurations. You've got tiering and a lot of nice features to have in today's world. You can put flash in them. It is a good system to use.What needs improvement?As far as for what we use it for, they have got it spot on for our market. I'm sure others might have some additions, but our market is more in the SNB space. It is everything we've ever needed.With the latest releases of software, it's pretty robust. They've pretty well nailed it. I don't see any further weaknesses with the interfaces or anything.What do I think about the stability of the solution?I have not had any real issues. I think it is very stable. We have not had any outages or any unexpected issues. I would say it’s very stable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It is definitely very easy to scale. It's like everybody says, "plug and play". It just works.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support is very good.Which solutions did we use previously?We had a few customer requests for it. I attended conferences and they showed me that they have really put a lot of time and effort into this. It's a good solution. It was worth our time to push it for our customers.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was very straightforward.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We did not look at other vendors. We are a business partner for IBM on the storage side. Primarily, they're the only game we mess around with.What other advice do I have?Definitely give it your time. Give it your time, get some IBM folks to show you some benefits and maybe do a demo. It's a great solution.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are a business partner for IBM on the storage side.
Date published: 2017-06-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ?User friendly interface and robust hardware but deduplication is limitedWhat is most valuable?* User friendly interface* Robust hardware* Good supportHow has it helped my organization?VMware and Hyper-V datastore (with Fiber Connect). All virtual systems are running on the Storwize V7000 storage in our company.What needs improvement?Deduplication and DRC synchronization. Deduplication is small, limited. We need better deduplication and disaster recovery.For how long have I used the solution?Since 2014.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Good stability.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?No.How is customer service and technical support?Global support is good.Which solutions did we use previously?Yes, I myself have used. The customer decided to switch.How was the initial setup?Yes, it is easy in terms of management and installation.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Yes, I evaluated HPE, Dell EMC.What other advice do I have?Check IOP values and disk speed. Check often for updates and firmware. Make absolute SNMP settings for warnings and alerts.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-13T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The easy GUI is the most valuable feature.What is most valuable?The easy GUI is the most valuable feature.What needs improvement?As I said When you Sync V7000 to Another V7000 that are located in my case more than 10km and with DWDM as dark fiber , first you need license for long distance from brocade.Than you can change the buffer credit on the SAN switch to at least 49 . the point is that you need to test the parameter to get the best value .This depend on the line you have and also check if there is any limitation from your DWDM Provider.The problem is that if the buffer is not configured correctly this increase the latency because of this delay and the retransmit .For how long have I used the solution?I have been using it for four years.What was my experience with deployment of the solution?Remote copy performance impacts latency on the local storage: Must be configured with the correct buffer credit.How is customer service and technical support?Customer Service: Customer service is very good.Technical Support: Technical support is very good.Which solutions did we use previously?We previously used a different solution. We switched because Storwize v7000 is easy to manage.What about the implementation team?A vendor team implemented it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-27T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All of the company's storage infrastructure can be done underneath this single product.What is most valuable?Ease of use and the GUI are the most valuable features of this product. It's the same platform all over across the same product type.How has it helped my organization?The benefit of this product is how easy it is to use always. All this storage infrastructure can be done underneath one IBM Storwize product and this is how it has impacted our organization. For example, if they get the IBM Storwize V7000 then they can put the other to be decommissioned storage right underneath and they can get their work done on that.What needs improvement?There is a need for a little bit more of a drill down in the GUI part. There is a lot that they actually did, which is already available in the GUI but still, there's a lot that can't be done. So, I would like to see more improvements to be brought about in the GUI.For how long have I used the solution?I've been using IBM Storwize for about 10 years, it is pretty good.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It is very stable. I see a lot of code upgrades being done on the system. Probably twice or three times in a year, they get new upgrades and code upgrades. That's pretty stable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability is neat as well. It can grow massively. We usually deal with SMB environments and it's pretty good for that environment.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support has been good as well. Other than, maybe a few five or six different incidents in the past, they've been pretty impressive.How was the initial setup?The setup was pretty straightforward.What other advice do I have?For us, it's all about the commodity while selecting a vendor. In addition, the other important factors are their support level, infrastructure, how good they are, and what is their roadmap for keeping the product around.Give it a try and look at the demos. You will like it and you will want to get it.It's pretty good; I've been happy with it. I've worked with other infrastructures as well such as HPE, Dell, Logic and Nutanix but I like IBM Storwize.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Valuable features include compression, disaster recovery, and storage pooling functions.What is most valuable?The valuable features for us are the extra add-ons, such as the FIM provisioning, the compression, the disaster recovery capabilities, and the storage pooling functions.How has it helped my organization?Most of my customers love it because it's easy to use and easy to manage. They can get their applications up and running very fast. They can buy it at a good price.What needs improvement?I would like to see the connection to cloud service providers, although I think that's already there. There's not much more that I can tell you. There are some issues on a firmware level. It's not very transparent. The option to connect to a Cloud storage provider seems to be available but there is not much detail on how it's implemented.As a field engineer I’m used to how the systems work. Some customers however have expressed to me , well for lack of better word “anxiety” at not being able to see more of what goes on in the background (as an option). They would like a more detailed progress of the firmware upgrade process. (i.e. NVRAM,controller, etc…).AHV is Acropolis Hypervisor – A relatively new Hypervisor, robust and stable as VMware vSphere, has built-in advanced analytics and powerful operations, Self Service Portal and components for DevOps included, managed by a single pane of glass (Prism) via HTML5 and it is free of charge – That is why Nutanix is so advanced and revolutionary.The challenge here is in order to replace massively Install base of VMware vSphere they need to expand their ecosystem with ISVs (i.e. F5, PaloAlto, Citrix, TrendMicro etc.) to provide a wider range of solutions running as a virtual appliance (vApp) just like VMware did years ago.Currently there is an ecosystem but I think it is around 30-40 providers.What do I think about the stability of the solution?So far, it's been a very stable platform. There have been some issues lately with some bad codes, but for the most part, it's been very stable. It is something that I can recommend at any time.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability has improved so far. It seems like every year there are more and more expansion added to that.How is customer service and technical support?I have used the technical support and so far it has been very good. The response was a little bit lacking last year, but it looks like it's been improving.What other advice do I have?Just buy it. Support for sure is important when considering which vendor to go for, as well as ease of use and the track record of the code base.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-02T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We use this product for a variety of the applications and databases.What is most valuable?The good thing is that it is very easy to use and anybody can allocate Launch to the systems. The GUI is very easy and performance is also good.How has it helped my organization?It is easy to deploy. We use this product for a variety of the applications and databases. This is one of the best features I think.What needs improvement?Replication features need improvement. Currently, they are there in the product, but I'm not sure as to how it works exactly.They are other IBM products that are better than this such as IBM XIV and IBM disk storage (the old one); they have better performance.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It is stable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?We can add more disks or JBODs into it. So, it is scalable and easy to scale.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support is good.How was the initial setup?The setup was easy.What other advice do I have?You can use this product for your applications, databases or for whatever other solutions that you have.Cost and performance are the two things that we consider while selecting a vendor.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-25T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It virtualizes storage and provides thin provisioning and compression.What is most valuable?The most valuable features are the ability to virtualize other storage behind it, thin provisioning, compression, and flash systems.How has it helped my organization?The benefit of the product is the ease-of-management. It has significantly reduced the IT operation costs to our organization.What needs improvement?I don’t really have a feature that I’d be using. Other storage technologies such as 3D drives or 3D flash would be cool to see, but for the users who I’m selling to, I don’t have this to offer. I don’t think that there is any improvement required.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Stability has been excellent and we never had any problems.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It’s massively scalable, so I’ll never run into that problem.How is customer service and technical support?I have used tech support and they are excellent. They always have an answer for me.Which solutions did we use previously?When selecting a vendor, the support mechanism and the reliability are the most important elements.How was the initial setup?I was not involved in the initial setup. I have done it for other clients, and it’s very straightforward to set up and use.What other advice do I have?Take it for a test drive. You’ll be impressed.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One screen to control multiple arrays means simplified administrationWhat is most valuable?Storage virtualisation: Use o storage pool to spread I-O load across as many disks as possible, reduces “hot spots”.Ability to manage third-party arrays and virtualise them: One screen to control multiple arrays. Simplified administration.Auto-tiering with Easy-Tier: High usage volumes and parts of volumes are automatically moved to high performance disks in manageable “chunks”. This means volumes with heavy I-O usage are are moved to SSD for the best response. Zero admin overhead.How has it helped my organization?Using V7000, the storage administrator has complete visibility into the I-O load and response times of the volumes, storage pool. Together with “Easy Tier”, this means volumes with high workloads are automatically moved to the highest performing disks (SSD) in the array. There is almost zero administration required once the storage pool is established.Data migration: The migration wizard made migration from old to new an absolute doddle. Something that historically had been “hard and difficult” became a background task, once the old array was managed by the V7000.What needs improvement?The replication of data between IBM Storwize arrays in V1 of the product had some major limitations. A lot of the limitations were overcome in V2 of the product. Some improvement can still be made in scalability using clustered V7000 nodes.One area for improvement is in the GUI, where host clusters are not properly dealt with. With Hypervisor host clusters, all hosts must see the same volumes in the same order. Using the concept of a “host-group” has been around (even with IBM) for many years, so why not with the V7000?For how long have I used the solution?Four years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Some isues were encountered during upgrades in the early firmware versions. This has now been resolved.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?The V7000 can scale up to 10 enclosures (disk shelves), each up to 24 disks per enclosure. A cluster of 2 x V7000 has twice the capacity.Using the V7000 you must be careful not to overload the CPU and disk backplane. When planning to implement any storage array, you must plan your workload carefully. IBM have a superb tool, Disk Magic, that predicts the I-O performance of the array configuration you have selected. This is an invaluable tool in planning any IBM storage array.How is customer service and technical support?I was lucky to have a very good relationship with the local IBM storage support experts. The implementations were done under IBM guidance and, knowing this, any issues that came up at my sites were quickly dealt with. The support staff knew the arrays had been installed with expert guidance and had no inherent issues in design.Which solutions did we use previously?Previous storage solutions included the HPE 3PAR array family. We switched to IBM for 3 reasons:* Upgrade cost* Complexity with administration tasks and day-to-day running* Support costsHow was the initial setup?The IBM V7000 initial setup was straightforward, as I had engaged IBM support early on and was given very good advice on how to size, configure and implement the array(s), including data migration from the old to the new.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?It pays to go back and get the best price you can from your supplier. The first offer is not always at the best discount.Ensure that all the features you need (including replication) are included in the license options.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Several vendors were evaluated in addition to IBM: HPE, NetApp, EMC.What other advice do I have?* Download the IBM Redbook on best practices to implement.* Engage IBM support or your integration partner/reseller at a detailed level.* Know what you want to do and document your requirements.* Investigate upgrade costs and five-year maintenance options.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-17T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The cost was low when we purchased it. Some of the platform limitations need to be addressed.What is most valuable?The cost was low when we purchased it.How has it helped my organization?It has not improved how we function.What needs improvement?ACLs should be more compatible with other NAS-based platforms. Some of the platform limitations need to be addressed.For how long have I used the solution?I have used this product for two years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?We have had to bounce services several times over the past two years.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support is horrible. IBM doesn't have much expertise with the product.Which solutions did we use previously?We were using EMC VNX.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was fairly simple.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We migrated from EMC VNX.We performed a new enterprise storage refresh and kicked out EMC.We moved from EMC VMAX to Pure Storage All-Flash, and then got this product to replace EMC VNX.What other advice do I have?DON'T use it unless you have a new and small NAS environment.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-16T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SRM, Highly Scalable, multivendor backend storage support, Easy Migration PathWhat is our primary use case?In a bank.How has it helped my organization?- Migration efforts - Site recovery using SRM - Highly scalable while backend storage can be of many vendors - Ideal solution if you have a mixed intel/power infrastructure Ease of useWhat is most valuable?* Migration effort* Site recovery plan.What needs improvement?- CLI though intuitive, no other API available - Lacks scheduling or a cron - Has no built in short term performance graphs - IBM TPC overexceeds the montoring needs, had to fall back on Stor2RRd - Support response times are bad -What do I think about the stability of the solution?Node conditions in specific workload conditions might trigger a node reset.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?- Multivendor support for backend storage - Clustering and adding in another IO--group - supports many shelves, large disks, several clustersHow are customer service and technical support?- Bad response timesIf you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?IBM SVC -> HP 3PAR -> Storwize v7000fHow was the initial setup?- Easy and straighforwardWhat about the implementation team?- selfservicedWhat was our ROI?Biggest return is the easy migration/upgrade path as well as the scalability options - IBM added in compression and deduplication in its portfolio, as well as Garbage collection and space reclamation.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?- setup cost is cheap as you can do it yourself - IBM SVC licensing on non IBM back-end storage used to cost a lot in terms of licenses per shelf or even per TB. The equipment on itself is relatively cheap. Watch out for license costs !Which other solutions did I evaluate?- HPE 3PAR StoreServe - EMC UnityDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-04-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stable storage but other solutions have more featuresWhat is our primary use case?I use it for virtualization and databases.What is most valuable?It is simple but stable storage. I use the Snapshot feature.For how long have I used the solution?One to three years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It is very stable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Excellent.How is customer service and technical support?I have never used technical support for this solution. I haven't needed support.How was the initial setup?I did the initial setup based on the documentation it came with. It was very simple.Which other solutions did I evaluate?I looked at Dell and HPE solutions. I probably wouldn't buy a 3PAR but it does have more features than Storewize.What other advice do I have?My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are price, stability, support, and scalability.I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. It is a good storage solution, but there many other options out there with more resources.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-05-02T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We migrated from EMC storage and it was virtualized.What is most valuable?It was quite easy to migrate from EMC storage because everything is virtualized. Easy Tier is quite nice to use.How has it helped my organization?We're a public sector organization. One of the benefits was that it was the lowest bid for us. It basically came down to cost.What needs improvement?I had wish lists, but I found out that they have already been completed.At our current code level, when I extend any volume that is using Metro Mirror, I have to remove the Metro Mirror relationship. Once the Metro Mirror relationship is removed, I can extend the volumes and I have to re-create the Metro Mirror relationship and sync the entire volume.For example, if I have a 1TB volume and I want to extend to 1.5TB instead of 0.5TB being replicated using Metro Mirror, 1.5TB has to be replicated.The next version will include an update for this problem.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Stability has been good. We haven't had any issues, besides those that were our own fault when we pushed the work loads too high.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability is quite easy. We've been expanding pretty much every year.How is customer service and technical support?We have always used support. We have a main contact person, and he's a really good technical resource.Which solutions did we use previously?We don't really have a choice of vendors because we are public sector. To me, it's history. Our trusted partner is Horizon, and they're great people to work with. When I work with someone else, I'm not sure if they can deliver what I want. But Horizon goes the whole nine yards.How was the initial setup?I was not initially involved in the setup. I was tasked with other projects at the time.What other advice do I have?If cost is not a factor, I would definitely say IBM is good. Their business partners are good. For instance, they will try to get you vouchers to get training. With EMC, we never really got any training. It was all a cost for us in the public sector. We have to evaluate what training we can take, because I have a jack-of-all-trades type of role.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We have not seen many drive failures. It should have built-in reporting to understand the health of the array.What is most valuable?The hardware is the best feature of the product. We have not seen many drive failures. The V9000 all-flash is constructed well.How has it helped my organization?It has not made us more efficient from a deployment standpoint. That is why we have been migrating to a hyper-converged solution.What needs improvement?* The overall code.* The ability to have built-in reporting to understand the health of the array.* Stability within the code.* Clear upgrade paths for the code.* Support is horrible. It takes weeks to get simple answers. We had a LUN down and support refused to get on a WebEx without the array being completely down.For how long have I used the solution?We have had the system for over two years.We currently have about 1PB worth of storage that spans IBM Storwize V5000, V7000, and V9000. This is across two datacenters.What do I think about the stability of the solution?We had stability issues as stated elsewhere.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?The V9000 can only hold two shelves of flash, at which point you need new controllers.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support is the worst in the industry, as mentioned elsewhere.Which solutions did we use previously?We previously used EMC. We switched based on cost.How was the initial setup?Setup is not difficult.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Not worth the money.Which other solutions did I evaluate?EMC was evaluated.What other advice do I have?There are far better products with better support for less cost.The hardware itself is good, but the code that runs on it is not good at all. We have LUNs that will just go offline, and support has no clear answer. Each result is a code upgrade that does not resolve the problem. There is no built-in historical reporting. That is a costly add-on for an already overpriced system.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile, reliable, performs well and makes admin simpleWhat is most valuable?I think the v7000 is versatile, reliable, and gives really good performance in the configuration you choose. The V7000 can be configured in different ways. It has proved to me that it is reliable, that the disks do not constantly break down, and that any administration work is simple. It also has a very complete assistant that helps you to solve the problems that arise.How has it helped my organization?This product has improved the speed of disk access where I have mounted, but I do not think that is its best feature since others give you the same performance. As I said for me what recommends this product is its reliability and the peace of mind it brings.What needs improvement?Of course the cost, it's expensive compared to other solutions.For how long have I used the solution?I've been using for more than five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?No problem, in fact it is a characteristic that I like.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?No problem, there are very scalable models, everything depends on planning and the requirements.How is customer service and technical support?The technical support in general of IBM, in my personal opinion, could be much better. The truth is that I have never had any problem with them at a hardware level, the service is agile. Things get a bit complicated if the issue is not solved with a replacement part. I would give technical support a seven out of 10.Which solutions did we use previously?I have used many solutions, having mounted many projects with storage (NetApp, HPE, Clarion, etc.) but if I had to choose one based on value for money, I think I would stick with V7000.How was the initial setup?The initial configuration is simple, but critical because at this point you can make it not work or even damage it completely. I think configuration should be done by a specialist. A storage specialist who had never set up a V7000 would not have problems.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?As I have already noted, everything depends on how you want it set up. I think there are others in the market that are equal in cost but much worse.What other advice do I have?If you are going to go with a V7000, you will not regret it. Be sure to clarify what you need, and it will give you the expected results.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-18T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Initial setup is pretty straightforward with a nice GUIWhat is most valuable?Virtualization of external storage, while adding cache and speed to the external storage. You don't have to completely take out the datacenter of your old storage. Just add it to the Storwize, continue using it, but with added performance/speed.How has it helped my organization?It has saved money for our clients by not replacing all of their current storages (with new storages).What needs improvement?* The IP replication* Events/log analysis toolsFor how long have I used the solution?I've never used it myself for long periods of time, since as a system integrator and partner, I have only configured these systems for the end user. However, our clients have been using them since 2011, both Gen 1 and 2.What do I think about the stability of the solution?No.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?No.How is customer service and technical support?Since our company staff and I are an authorised IBM service partner with certifications in servicing Storwize V7000, all the technical support towards our clients have been done by ourselves. Only when some part fails have claimed it from IBM, and that went fast.Which solutions did we use previously?Yes, IBM DS5300. We switched because of the external storage virtualization.How was the initial setup?It is pretty straightforward with a nice GUI. One has to know the basic concepts and terminology.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?No special advice about pricing. Regarding licensing make sure you add at least three years software maintenance from IBM at the beginning, because you will not be able to download firmware updates or any fixes/patches without this. Even if you have hardware maintenance, they will not allow a download without this SW maintenance contract.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Yes, IBM SVC, which has essentially the same software, but it has no place for disk drives. Therefore, you must attach some storage to it.What other advice do I have?Get the control box first, without any expansion boxes, and make sure you add at least three SSD drives, because this system has an auto tiering option. Thus, your frequently used data will be automatically placed on SSDs and be accessed faster by hosts. Data for shared folders, which is not so important, you can keep on older storages virtualized by the V7000, or put on bigger, cheaper, and slower disks.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:An authorised IBM service partner with certifications in servicing Storwize V7000.
Date published: 2017-09-25T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Storage virtualization simplifies space managementWhat is our primary use case?Storage virtualization. Two Storwize V7000 systems in a cluster configuration serve about 500 servers (physical and virtual).How has it helped my organization?* Storage virtualization simplifies space management.* Thin provisioning saves space.* Copy services simplify environment replication.What is most valuable?Virtualization, because it abstracts hardware and allows to use other storages (old DS series) as unique storage spaces.What needs improvement?The cluster should be improved because non-disruptive failover was supported only on a few operating systems.For how long have I used the solution?Three to five years.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-01-30T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The services to help us migrate our NAS data from an existing EMC VNX system has failed once already with ACL permissions issues specifically on how the V7000U NAS works.Valuable FeaturesWe have not had a good experience with this platform.The installation and service was very good. But, the services to help us migrate our NAS data from an existing EMC VNX system has failed once already with ACL permissions issues specifically on how the V7000U NAS works. I have had to involved IBM Global Support by actually contacting high level Vice Presidents. As of January 26, 2016, we have not successfully migrated our NAS data.Improvements to My OrganizationIt has not improved anything yet within our environment.Room for ImprovementThey could increase the maximum storage capacity so more disk shelves can be added.Use of SolutionWe've had it for eight months, but still have not successfully migrated our NAS data yet. Also, it contains drives for AS/400 system and Exchange Archive data.Deployment IssuesSoftware functionality issues that were not known until our NAS data migration failed. We hit further ACL Permissions issues as well.Stability IssuesWe have performance and spiking issues of which IBM applied a work-around patch.Scalability IssuesThere have been no issues with the scalability.Customer Service and Technical SupportCustomer Service: 6/10Technical Support: It's average.Previous SolutionsWe switched to Pure Storage because of the way the system performs and does everything in 32K sizing. The IOPS are high and the support and customer server are exceptional.Initial SetupFairly simple as it took about two hours to rack and get on-line.Implementation TeamIt was installed through one of our partners who did a good job.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingWe feel that the pricing is fair and the licensing process was easy.Other Solutions ConsideredWe evaluated EMC (which we already had), DELL and HP.Other AdviceThe sales team was great as was the technical team. I now feel the EMC VNX and NetApp are both better NAS systems. If I had to do it over again, I would stayed with the EMC VNX for NAS.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-01-27T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compression and deduplication are important to us. There is a limit on the flash memory.What is most valuable?We do replication and other things. For us, compression, deduplication, and the space saving features are important to us. The price to value ratio, for us, was good.How has it helped my organization?We are using replication for our backup solutions and it costs us less compared to other solutions. For space saving features, it definitely saves us in a virtual environment in terms of space and money.What needs improvement?There is a limit on the flash memory for fresh copy, i.e., a memory limit. So there are limits within the software, for buffering and then caching. We want to see those items increased.There are a lot of bugs and they are still adding features in the product. The system has matured from 6.X to 7.X. It has improved a lot, but it still has room for more improvement.What do I think about the stability of the solution?This is not an enterprise solution, and our team doesn't sell that. That's how it is. So we shouldn't expect an enterprise level solution. Whatever is marketable for the segment serves a purpose.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?You can scale out as much as you want. We use up to four in a cluster, four to six nodes, so it's working fine for us.How is customer service and technical support?Other than bug fixes, the technical support is really good. If you actually hit a bug in your environment, it's definitely going to take time. It has to be escalated all the way to the third level and then to the engineers. It's a little bit challenging over there. But overall, it's okay.Which solutions did we use previously?We were using SVC and DS83. We are actually using that app, but for us, IBM Storwize V7000 was more cost effective in our environment. That's why we chose that specific product.How was the initial setup?The setup is straightforward if you want to do a basic setup. But if you want to do customization specific to your environment, then you need to be more intimately involved with it.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We are not, at this point, considering other vendors. These days, it's specifically cost which is more important when selecting a vendor. We are not part of a financial environment or something like that where we would have a lot of penalties. So for us, as long as it is stable enough, we are okay. So for us, it is stability and then cost.What other advice do I have?If they are cost conscious and have a release table solution, this is probably the best solution available.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use GUI, both for me and the customers is the most valuable feature of this solution.What is most valuable?Easy to use GUI, both for me and the customers is the most valuable feature of this solution. It's very self-explanatory, very easy to install and of course, the IBM Easy Tier function is easy to maintain.How has it helped my organization?The benefits are pretty much the same as I have mentioned herein, i.e., it's the time that takes to do an installation as compared to the old products. So, everything is time-related, i.e., the less time you use then it's also cost-effective.What needs improvement?I really don't have any preference for it, this is very easy to install and is actually a customer setup. I've talked to many customers, and all of them agree that "This is so simple, so easy, and straightforward", so IBM has done a very good job so far.For how long have I used the solution?Since 2012What was my experience with deployment of the solution?Very easy so no problems.What do I think about the stability of the solution?The stability is very good.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability is also very good because in the first product you could add four expansions to it, but then today, with the later code you can add nine to the controller units. So, it's very good and also, if you put an SVC product on top of it, then it works very well together as we see in all of the products as well.How is customer service and technical support?Customer Service: Out af 10 I would say 8 for none advanced usersTechnical Support: Very good when it's needed.Which solutions did we use previously?We are a business partner and what we sell are IBM Storwize products. That's our main focus, we don't sell any other vendors. So, it was a pretty straightforward decision to invest in this solution. But according to what I have seen in the past and worked with than this is without a doubt the most user friendly product.How was the initial setup?Actually, I've done many of the installations; it is very straightforward.What other advice do I have?This product is so easy to use.Have it checked over, test it out and try it. Compare it to the other competitors and make a decision from there, because I think this will definitely be a winner.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are a business partner.
Date published: 2017-06-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We don't have to learn more than one interface to manage the storage arrays.What is most valuable?The ease-of-use and scalability are the most valuable features.How has it helped my organization?The common interface has improved the way we work. We don't have to learn more than one interface to manage the storage arrays.What do I think about the stability of the solution?So far, it seems pretty stable. We haven't had any major issues.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?We find the product very scalable. We've been able to implement many storage arrays in our environment with very little effort.How is customer service and technical support?We have used technical support. So far, we haven't had any bad experiences with them. We have been able to get the proper support we needed.Which solutions did we use previously?When selecting a vendor, I want stability, years in the industry, and overall stability.How was the initial setup?The setup was straightforward.What other advice do I have?Make sure you look at a wide variety of products. That way you can come to an intelligent decision on what platform you are going to go with.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-04T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Virtualization and Data Migration help make management of IT environment easierWhat is our primary use case?Using IBM storwize V7000 as storage to be used in daily operation as well using the virtualization capability along with doing data migrations of old storage data.How has it helped my organization?IBM Storwize It makes management of the IT environment much easier,High availability and enhanced security; Proven dependability; Data compression with hardware acceleration; Advanced copy services features are all in this product.Thanks to the product's benefits.What is most valuable?Virtualization and Data Migration.V7000 is built with IBM Spectrum Virtualized software, which is part of the IBM Spectrum Storage family.V7000 software:* Provides a single or multiple pool(s) of storage* Provides logical unit virtualization* Manages logical volumes* Mirrors logical volumesV7000 hardware provide the below features:* Large scalable cache: thru IO groups methodology* Copy services: metro mirror, global mirror, Data Migration, point in time copy, active-active copy (Hyperwap)* Space management: thin provisioning, Easy Tier, and compressionThe Storwize V7000 nodes in a clustered system operate as a single system and present a single point of control for system management and service.What needs improvement?GUI interface should be enhanced more as there is some issues in copy services GUI interfaces should be enhanced as this will not let the customer doing wrong configurationsFor how long have I used the solution?Still implementing.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Yes, some bugs in the system, like nodes warm-started.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?No.How is customer service and technical support?Nine out of 10.Which solutions did we use previously?No, I have only used used IBM solutions.How was the initial setup?Two methods of initial setup are straightforward, either by using USB port through Init tool or by using the technical port. sgafdWhat about the implementation team?In-House implementationWhat was our ROI?15 - 20 %What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Storwize software for Storwize V7000 license has the following feature codes:* Base software* Full feature set* Easy Tier* FlashCopy* Remote Mirroring* CompressionIBM V7000 has a new license and price structure which provides intuitive licensing based on the functions customers wish to enable and use the most.Which other solutions did I evaluate?No.What other advice do I have?I advise everyone to have a look at their current use of storage and think of single management and live migrations of their data, and how they will save money instead of having multiple vendors to reinstall and migrate data.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are an IBM Business Partner.
Date published: 2017-09-17T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provides virtual capabilities and enables us to move data between tiers.What is most valuable?The most valuable features are the virtual capabilities that you get from the system and being able to move your data between tiers. We use that feature and we also optimize that with the SAN.How has it helped my organization?It has helped improve our organizational functionality with the ease of replacement of hardware. We use it a lot for that, for swapping in and out of old hardware to new hardware.What needs improvement?I can't really think of any specific improvements which I would like to see.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Stability has been great. Every time that we had a failed drive or a failed piece of hardware, it's been no problem. The systems have stayed up, with no problems at all.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?We haven't scaled it to the maximum. It does scale quite a bit more than we've actually ever used it.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support has been great. As far as responding, we usually get a resolution, or we have somebody calling us from higher up in the chain.Which solutions did we use previously?We're an IBM shop, so we've always been on some kind of IBM platform.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was straightforward. It's pretty simple.What other advice do I have?I would tell them, "The ease of use of the system. If you have a small storage team, then this is the platform for you. It's really easy to manage, really easy to use, and it doesn't take a lot of training." The biggest key to deciding on the product is the support and replacement capabilities.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provides external virtualization, compression, and a failover mechanism.What is most valuable?The valuable features are high availability, compression, and a failover mechanism. It's a very highly available storage solution.It can virtualize external rewrites and you have a single pane of management. Instead of having multiple managements for different storage products, you can have a single pane to manage everything. The external virtualization is a really good feature.High Availability – any server, physical or virtualized accessing the IBM Storwize can be in a high-availability configurations. This will make applications available all the time to provide service to the end users.Real-time Compression – it reduces storage costs by compressing it up to 80%, therefore saves rack space and power consumption.Storage Virtualization – it can virtualize different storage from different vendors, thus helps ease of use by providing single pane of management and device drivers.Storage Tiering – automatically migrates data between different storage tiers depending on the usage of the data. This will help reduce costs by avoiding to purchase dedicated SSD or Flash drives to applications that needed performance.How has it helped my organization?It allows the company to be highly available and be able to recover the storage if there are some issues.What needs improvement?I would like to see the snapshot management embedded within the GUI. Right now, the snapshot management, if you want to schedule, or do multiple scheduling in a day, you have to use scripting. Customers are not highly technical, and they really cannot do scripting. If IBM could include the snapshot management within the interface, then that would be good.I know they have a flashcopy manager, but it is extra software, an additional license, and some customers don't like to add addition costs to their infrastructure. If IBM could create, or include snapshot management within the GUI, that would really be helpful.I have a lot of customers who are really interested in the Storewize product and they are using snapshot management. It's really good to have this kind of investment, because this product is really good.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It's a very stable product. I like it, and I have a lot of customers using it.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Storewize is scalable, especially the V-7000. The GEN-28 can scale up to 20 expansions. It's highly scalable and you can have a maximum of 8 nodes.How is customer service and technical support?I have used the technical support on occasion, but not a lot. It's good. As long as you provide them with the correct information about the problem, they will respond very quickly.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was easy, very easy.What other advice do I have?I highly recommend it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Back end command line interface is very comfortable for scripting, though needs improvement in number of disk shelvesWhat is most valuable?In the Unified model it supports SAN and NAS solutions very smoothly. Also, there is a back end command line interface which is very comfortable for scripting, especially for snapshot and business copy solutions.How has it helped my organization?V7K has better I/O performance than some other storage, such as HPE XP12K, HPE EVA (4K and 8K) and IBM DS (3K and 4K). Because of this, I have seen improvements in long-term business operations (like billing run in a telecom company and end-of-month operations in a financial institution).What needs improvement?It should increase sociability with respect to number of disk shelves and capacity.For how long have I used the solution?Overall, five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?No.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?No.How is customer service and technical support?Eight out of 10.Which solutions did we use previously?Switched to decommission older hardware (XP12K and EVA from HPE).How was the initial setup?Very simple setup, especially for FC SAN network.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?I cannot comment on this as I used it as an IBMer.Which other solutions did I evaluate?I compared the product with IBM DS8K. Due to a huge gap in price, and not having very high-level needs, I selected V7000.What other advice do I have?This is highly reliable storage. Other than not having very high IOPS requirements, RAID5 would be good enough for application and database LUN. But before creating the RAID group/array, the implementer should have proper projections.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-13T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You don't need to buy hardware solutions that are vendor-bound.What is most valuable?It is software defined.How has it helped my organization?It's flexible. You don't need to buy big hardware solutions that are vendor-bound. It's one of the first, fully software-defined solutions on the market available. It's actually built in-house, so it's very robust, tested, and it works right.What needs improvement?I would like it to be more scalable.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It's very stable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It's not extremely scalable as of today. There are certain limits of the hardware that it runs on. Essentially, it does provide for medium to large enterprises in a single appliance solution.How is customer service and technical support?I have used support and it needs improvement. I don't like the way that levels of support are organized. Level-1 never provides any support anymore. It just relays communication to the actual Level-2 support. Level-1 support barely understands the problem at first.Which solutions did we use previously?It's been well established in the market for probably over 10 or 11 years now. This was one of the first solutions available.How was the initial setup?The setup was straightforward.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We are open to competitive market solutions, but a single vendor solution is something that definitely makes sense for our enterprise.What other advice do I have?When looking for a vendor, support is important, as well as market position.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thin Provisioning and Flash Copy are valuable but stability has been an issueWhat is most valuable?* Thin Provisioning* Flash Copy* User friendly management interfaceHow has it helped my organization?We run our business applications on it. Also OS was booted from SAN.What needs improvement?Product support is restricted to IBM only. It must be decentralized to IBM partners as well.For how long have I used the solution?Six years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Yes, we faced power supply failure, Multiple SAS drives failure, and at the end both controllers were dead.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?We are able to add additional drives easily.How is customer service and technical support?One out of 10.Which solutions did we use previously?No, it was our first experience with any kind of SAN.How was the initial setup?Initial SAN configuration was smooth.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?If you are planning to purchase a new SAN then go for all flash. Do not invest in a hybrid SAN.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Yes, HPE and Fujitsu.What other advice do I have?Please make sure that you will be getting proper after-sales support from IBM.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-13T00:00:00-04:00