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IBM Spectrum Scale is #2 ranked solution in top Cloud Software Defined Storage tools and #14 ranked solution in top Software Defined Storage (SDS) tools. PeerSpot users give IBM Spectrum Scale an average rating of 8 out of 10. IBM Spectrum Scale is most commonly compared to Red Hat Ceph Storage: IBM Spectrum Scale vs Red Hat Ceph Storage. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 29% of all views.
What is IBM Spectrum Scale?
IBM Spectrum Scale is a cluster file system that provides concurrent access to a single file system or set of file systems from multiple nodes. The nodes can be SAN attached, network attached, a mixture of SAN attached and network attached, or in a shared nothing cluster configuration. This enables access to this common set of data to support a scale-out solution or to provide a high availability platform. IBM Spectrum Scale has many features beyond common data access including data replication, policy based storage management, and multi-site operations. You can create a cluster of AIX nodes, Linux nodes, Windows server nodes, or a mix of all three. IBM Spectrum Scale can run on virtualized instances providing common data access in environments, leverage logical partitioning, or other hypervisors. Multiple IBM Spectrum Scale clusters can share data within a location or across wide area network (WAN) connections.
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What users are saying about IBM Spectrum Scale pricing:
"The licensing model is complex and depends on factors such as the number of processing cores and the amount of storage."

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PhilippeVAILLANT
Infrastructure Architect at Getronics UK Limited
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
Good performance and facilitates multi-platform file sharing, but the licensing is complicated
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is the ability to share files across different platforms."
  • "The pricing and licensing model for this solution are complex and it is sometimes difficult to explain it to customers."

What is our primary use case?

I am a pre-sales engineer in an IT company and we provide a variety of solutions to our clients. IBM Spectrum Scale GPFS is one of the products that we resell and I have experience with.

We provide IBM Spectrum scale as a high-availability storage solution. One of our customers is in the business of making and transforming videos and they use different platforms such as Linux, AIX, and Windows. Using this solution allows access to all of the files on all of these platforms from a single place.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to share files across different platforms. It is platform agnostic and not attached to IBM, AIX, Windows, or Linux.

What needs improvement?

The pricing and licensing model for this solution are complex and it is sometimes difficult to explain it to customers.

It is not always easy to sell this product because certain aspects seem complicated for the customer.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have between ten and fifteen years of experience with this product.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is very important and it is one of the reasons that we chose to sell and market this product. Our clients vary in range from small companies to big banks that have a lot of servers, so this solution works regardless of the company size.

How are customer service and technical support?

I do not speak with technical support, although I am close to the installation process and I do not recall any problems that required contacting support for help.

How was the initial setup?

I have not personally installed this solution but it is my understanding that it is pretty simple. There have been no problems that I have heard of.

The deployment can take a few days. It depends on different phases because you have to meet with the customer and it may influence what you are going to do. Installing it is very quick and then you move into the testing phase, which takes a little longer.

What about the implementation team?

We provide our customers with assistance during the deployment by way of knowledge transfer. This can last a few days. If they ask questions then we give them support.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing model is complex and depends on factors such as the number of processing cores and the amount of storage.

What other advice do I have?

This is a very powerful product. It can be optimized for performance, although our clients do not use it with this aspect in mind. Over the past five or ten years, IBM has developed this solution and it has improved a lot. With the latest release, I think that this is a very complete product.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
IT Technical Architect at AVALIS
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Offers high performance and fair pricing with excellent technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better."
  • "It would be helpful if there was a graphical user interface that could walk you through the deployment process. The instructions surrounding setup aren't the best. They need to be more step-by-step."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for a parallel file system. I have one big file system for a thousand or so users.

What is most valuable?

The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better.

The pricing is pretty good.

What needs improvement?

The solution would benefit from being simplified.

The scalability could be a bit better. It needs to be more flexible when it comes to expanding.

It would be helpful if there was a graphical user interface that could walk you through the deployment process. The instructions surrounding setup aren't the best. They need to be more step-by-step.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been working with the solution for a couple of years at this point.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is pretty scalable. I'd rate it a ten out of ten for scaling. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I've contacted technical support in the past. I've had a couple of cases that I've had to pass to them to assist with, and they were great. They are knowledgable and responsive.

They are also really helpful with a variety of things. I remember once I had to download some software to demo, IBM technical support gave me a demo without charging me. It was a very nice gesture.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty complex. It's not too straightforward. 

To deploy it, it takes about one week.

I'd rate the deployment process at a six out of ten. 

What about the implementation team?

I didn't need a consultant or reseller to assist in the initial setup. I handled the implementation myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing isn't too expensive. It's reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with IBM.

We use both on-premises and hybrid deployment models.

I'd rate the solution overall at eight out of ten.

I don't know too many other products, however, I'd recommend either IBM or NetApp to others to use if they need a similar solution for their company.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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Ahmed Sabry
Team Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Monitors all of our storage but lacks integration with other vendors

What is our primary use case?

Spectrum Scale is one of the most important products in our environment now. We are using it for monitoring all of our storage. We have about 60 users.

What needs improvement?

Integration with other vendors is not available. This feature would be very helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using IBM Spectrum Scale for four to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

it's stable. We had some issues before while deploying but it is good now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

IBM Spectrum Scale is scalable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I would rate IBM Spectrum Scale at a six out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was pretty complex.…

What is our primary use case?

Spectrum Scale is one of the most important products in our environment now. We are using it for monitoring all of our storage. We have about 60 users.

What needs improvement?

Integration with other vendors is not available. This feature would be very helpful.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using IBM Spectrum Scale for four to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

it's stable. We had some issues before while deploying but it is good now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

IBM Spectrum Scale is scalable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I would rate IBM Spectrum Scale at a six out of ten.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was pretty complex. It takes several days to deploy the network advisor.

What about the implementation team?

We used a consultant from IBM for our deployment.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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