Top 8 Software Defined Storage (SDS) Tools

Nutanix Acropolis AOSStarWind Virtual SANStarWind HyperConverged ApplianceDataCore SANsymphony SDSZadaraHPE StoreVirtualRed Hat Ceph StorageMicrosoft Storage Spaces Direct
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    The most valuable feature is the integration of all parts in Prism Element, the browser-based management tool. In terms of scalability, adding a number of nodes, I find that it will not be any issues.
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    StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.
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    The presence of built-in storage saved the company from having to purchase a separate storage array and related network equipment.The full suite of redundancy gives a nice sense of security for the whole environment.
  5. It's a software storage solution that can scale as we like. There is also has a parallel feature that enhances the performance of the storage solution. We can separate storage and computing, and we can scale these two parts of the platform to meet business needs efficiently.
  6. One of the most useful features is that they provide iSCSI as a service.The most valuable feature is the flexibility in terms of deployment options.
  7. A very flexible solution. All of the administrative tasks are easy and everything is centralized.
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  9. The configuration of the solution and the user interface are both quite good.Ceph is the software defined storage of the future.
  10. The flash ability, in terms of tiering and caching, is amazingIt's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions.

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author avatarMatt Baltz
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Rather than evaluating based solely on feature set, make sure the SDS platform will meet all of the business objectives.

author avatarMichael Samaniego

You have to know the converged infrastructure vs. the hyperconverged infrastructure, and the differences lie mainly in the SAN in a converged environment, making a SAN a single point of failure, as opposed to an HCI solution in which there is no single point of failure and can reach the same number of IOPs and higher than a converged infrastructure. However, many companies are slow to make the change for the initial investment cost, in the long run, companies choose HCI and know that HCI solution is the right one enters another analysis.

author avatarNorman Allen
Real User

After evaluating all of the requirements, the first and main aspect should be reliability and data integrity.

author avatarTim Williams
Real User

The aspect that is most important depends entirely upon the business objectives and needs of the client. Some need scalability, some need a specific application compatibility, some need specific hypervisors, some need to focus on DR/backup capability. It's not a great question.

author avatarVictor Koshka
Real User

Do a careful POC and make very very sure the solution does not corrupt data when you have a major storage issue like an array failure.

author avatarreviewer1435386 (System Engineer at Mouser)

Company Reputation, Costs, scalability; features for Cloud or DR.

author avatarreviewer1377597 (User)

Price and support for when problems happen.

author avatarit_user721851 (CEO and President DataCore Software Corporation at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees)

Start with the economics and in your evaluation criteria, stress not only the new features and capabilities being touted but on how much disruption will it cause to your current environment, does it protect and leverage your existing investments and is it software that can bridge different deployment models (serverSAN, pure software, appliance, hyperconverged or hybrid cloud) since we live in a 'hybrid' world and how much true agility it brings to meet change and growth. To often vendors tout specific new models or features and describe these new 'shiny objects' as panaceas, but the reality is often the new comes with a 'rip and replace' mindset that forgets about existing investments and how to add agility and future-proofing to your infrastructure to readily accept new technologies and absorb them within the overall management versus creating yet another independent silo to manage. Look at the economics and think big picture to avoid stop-gap solutions that actually add complexity and cost.

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