As always, IBM does a good job at making a user friendly product that works well
September 15, 2021

As always, IBM does a good job at making a user friendly product that works well

Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud for IBMi

Overall Satisfaction with IBM Power System Virtual Server

IBM Power System Virtual Server is used across the department to make managing data easier to accomplish. The business problem addressed by IBM's Power System is data management, used exclusively by the individuals responsible for ensuring that the data infrastructure is consistently available and reliable. I guess in a way it's used across the whole organization because IT affects everyone, but IT is the only department that would actually know what it is.
  • Easy to implement
  • Ease of use
  • Seems to be consistent and reliable
  • Notifications are useful
  • The software seems powered towards a no-programming mindset, which means if you want to make changes, making them is more difficult.
  • I have to trust that the software is doing what it says it is doing because I have no easy way of verifying it's activity.
  • I'd like to see how others are using the system to gain more insight. The user base is small.

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Did IBM Power System Virtual Server live up to sales and marketing promises?


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Would you buy IBM Power System Virtual Server again?


  • The software has increased the peace of mind that the infrastructure behind important business functions will not fail and the infrastructure has not failed, which in my mind is a positive ROI. I'd have to actually develop a probability model to see whether the positive ROI assumption is correct.
  • The software has been a positive ROI in that it is easy to use and saves time.
  • The software costs money, and as such has been a negative ROI if the effects I think it is supporting really are very low probability possibilities.
I think the one thing I like most about IBM's products is that they are incredibly user friendly, and IBM's Power System Virtual Server is no different. The software is easy to understand (at least in theory) what it is doing. In contrast, Oracle's and Dell's solutions are good as well, but not as easy to implement and use than IBM's.
From what I can tell, the answer is yes, although in many instances I just have to trust the IBM Power System notifications that it is doing what it says it is doing. I have noticed that data are always available and I haven't had any problems with business interruptions while using the system.
I think this is the top reason to use IBM Power System Virtual Server. The software operates as a single platform, which makes it much easier to use and implement. It also gives users a peace of mind that they can figure out problems quicker than what otherwise would be the case.
The software is quite useful for industries that need to ensure that their infrastructure has no risks associated with it. As such, I think IBM's Power System Virtual Server fits well within many different sectors. I think it's important to ensure that you actually need the support that the virtual server offers. If you're in a high risk environment but don't need to worry about infrastructure failure, then the system is probably not for you.

IBM Power System Virtual Server Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Dynamic scaling
Elastic load balancing
Pre-configured templates
Monitoring tools
Pre-defined machine images
Operating system support
Security controls