Storwize V7000 robustness and seamless integration
December 10, 2020

Storwize V7000 robustness and seamless integration

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Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM FlashSystem 7200 (formerly Storwize V7000)

We use it as out backbone storage solution, it addresses all the IBM Power environments we currently have and the VMware vSphere infrastructure at our organization, it's been rock solid to say the least, never break a sweat on supporting all our infra, so I personally think is the best core component we have as of today.
  • IT supports all the VMware Infrastructure we have.
  • It's the backbone for our IBM's power business.
  • We use it for our backup repository.
  • Getting spares sometimes it's very expensive.
  • Backup batteries sometimes have swell.
  • If you don't have a support contract you're so out of luck.
  • It's expensive but well worth it.
  • The ROI is one its best perks.
  • The learning curve could be annoying for some.
  • Speed really is another perk in this case.
  • Multi environment integration is something that I love about it.
It is effective in a way that every medium sized company could integrate it easily to whatever environment they're running, namely Windows, virtual ones like vSphere, Hyper-V, IBM's Power, even as an offline repository for cloud storage it's well supported as far as I know, so telling you why really relates to its efficiency, ease of use and probably its robustness.
We haven't use it like I mentioned before as a offline repository for our current cloud needs but what I have read it's seamlessly integrated with IBM's cloud and AWS, which in our line of work are a must for seeking storage backup or replication in case of failure, so when I heard about this integration I went directly to look for this information and was very pleased that we could integrate it in the near future.
Well, it definitely stacks up with product robustness, effective deployment, seamless integration, all of these I noted when we deploy it and have been running from the ground up since we're an IBM shop for the last 15 years so we have a bit of experience with this product, we use it at our core storage solutions, therefore I can only have very goods thoughts about it.
It could become your backbone storage component of any sized company, really need to look for the expandability first since it gets expensive when buying separately, look for Lenovo offer since they could offer you better deals than IBM sometimes, but overall you'll be satisfied with the product when deploying it.

IBM FlashSystem 7200 Feature Ratings

Flash Array Performance
10
Flash Array Integration
8
Data Compression
8
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
7
Simplicity
8
Power Savings
10

Using IBM FlashSystem 7200 (formerly Storwize V7000)

50 - From the company director board to the receptionist, our core storage relies on the V7200, from email, virtual infrastructure, replication, backups, bulk storage, all runs within the IBM's Storwize product line, so pretty much we rely on this amazing line of products, the V7200 does the VMs and IBM Power LPAR mostly but it also helps to use its flash capabilities for caching data on replication.
6 - Well we all have different skills sets, from vSphere admins to IBM's Power and Storage specialists, but all of us know how to operate the V7200 and V7000 administration consoles in case of failure, upgrade or just monitoring, like I mentioned we're an IBM shop so it's a must to fulfill all the requirements to easily upgrade and maintain these kind of storage arrays.
  • Virtual infrastructure.
  • LPAR Storage.
  • Replication caching storage.
  • Replication using little flash arrays with Veeam.
  • Speeding up virtual infra.
  • Ease of use from the previous generation (V7000).
  • We're in ways of expanding it for more bulk storage.
  • Cloud offline backup.
Definitely, it's so robust and effective that we definitely will be expanding it in the near future.

Evaluating IBM FlashSystem 7200 (formerly Storwize V7000) and Competitors

  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
I would not, we would choose IBM FlashSystem lineup in this case V7200, it is very stable for our use case.

IBM FlashSystem 7200 (formerly Storwize V7000) Support

It is just IBM, it is pretty good
ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
None
Not really, well we have not gotten to that point just yet, sorry.