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1 StorageTechie commented Permalink

At some time or another, I have worked with products from all of the "Big 3" - and I've always been of the opinion that IBM's products are AT LEAST as good as the others. The problems I've always found with the IBM midtier storage line are that it is pricey and isn't marketed well. I'm very excited about the Storwize V7000 and it's built-in virtualization and migration functionality. Let's hope the pricing remains competitive! <div>&nbsp;</div> I'm anxious to see how our customers react to having XIV, V7000, and the DS5000 line-up to choose from for their open systems storage requirements! <br />

2 anthonyv commented Permalink

Thanks for your comment (and for reading my blog). <br /> I agree that we don't always price things right. I also agree that we don't always market things right. <br /> In many cases our competitors portray us in such a negative light, we just blink in astonishment and let them get away with it. <div>&nbsp;</div> As for the mixed product range: XIV remains the best 'zero-touch' and 'self-managing' system we have in our portfolio. Only XIV prevents hot spots occurring in the first place. Only XIV has a zero-license approach... there are no cases where you would need to go back and order an extra XIV license later... there are no licenses (mmm sounds like a good blog title). <div>&nbsp;</div>

3 NeverEnoughIOPS commented Permalink

Apologies for digging up an old post. Good Summary, but I have to know - with all of these options, what does IBM recommend to customers? And, Is RAID5 in or out for enterprise customers? Wikipedia claims IBM says "No R5." I found the referenced article Dell published but not one for IBM. []