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IBM STORWIZE V5000 3YR MAINTENANCE is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Back end command line interface is very comfortable for scripting, though needs improvement in number of disk shelves Valuable FeaturesIn 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.Improvements to My OrganizationV7K 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).Room for ImprovementIt should increase sociability with respect to number of disk shelves and capacity.Use of SolutionOverall, five years.Stability IssuesNo.Scalability IssuesNo.Customer Service and Technical SupportEight out of 10.Previous SolutionsSwitched to decommission older hardware (XP12K and EVA from HPE).Initial SetupVery simple setup, especially for FC SAN network.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingI cannot comment on this as I used it as an IBMer.Other Solutions ConsideredI compared the product with IBM DS8K. Due to a huge gap in price, and not having very high-level needs, I selected V7000.Other AdviceThis 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: 2018-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Versatile, reliable, performs well and makes admin simple Valuable FeaturesI 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.Improvements to My OrganizationThis 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.Room for ImprovementOf course the cost, it's expensive compared to other solutions.Use of SolutionI've been using for more than five years.Stability IssuesNo problem, in fact it is a characteristic that I like.Scalability IssuesNo problem, there are very scalable models, everything depends on planning and the requirements.Customer Service and Technical SupportThe 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.Previous SolutionsI 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.Initial SetupThe 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.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingAs 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.Other AdviceIf 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: 2018-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We use this product for a variety of the applications and databases. Valuable FeaturesThe 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.Improvements to My OrganizationIt 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.Room for ImprovementReplication 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.Stability IssuesIt is stable.Scalability IssuesWe can add more disks or JBODs into it. So, it is scalable and easy to scale.Technical SupportTechnical support is good.Initial SetupThe setup was easy.Other AdviceYou 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: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provides external virtualization, compression, and a failover mechanism. Valuable Features: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.Improvements to My Organization:It allows the company to be highly available and be able to recover the storage if there are some issues.Room for 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.Stability Issues:It's a very stable product. I like it, and I have a lot of customers using it.Scalability Issues: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.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.Initial Setup:The initial setup was easy, very easy.Other Advice:I highly recommend it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-11
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. Valuable Features: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.Improvements to 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.Room for 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.Use of Solution:Since 2012Deployment Issues:Very easy so no problems.Stability Issues:The stability is very good.Scalability Issues: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.Customer Service:Out af 10 I would say 8 for none advanced usersTechnical Support:Very good when it's needed.Previous Solutions: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.Initial Setup:Actually, I've done many of the installations; it is very straightforward.Other Advice: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: 2017-06-13
Rated 1 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 Features:We 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 Organization:It has not improved anything yet within our environment.Room for Improvement:They could increase the maximum storage capacity so more disk shelves can be added.Use of Solution:We'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 Issues:Software functionality issues that were not known until our NAS data migration failed. We hit further ACL Permissions issues as well.Stability Issues:We have performance and spiking issues of which IBM applied a work-around patch.Scalability Issues:There have been no issues with the scalability.Customer Service:6/10Technical Support:It's average.Previous Solutions:We 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 Setup:Fairly simple as it took about two hours to rack and get on-line.Implementation Team:It was installed through one of our partners who did a good job.Cost and Licensing Advice:We feel that the pricing is fair and the licensing process was easy.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated EMC (which we already had), DELL and HP.Other Advice:The 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: 2016-01-27
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