Software Defined Storage (SDS) Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
MarkMgr says in a StarWind Virtual SAN review
IT Manager at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
We just use it for the storage replication. We haven't really utilized any of the other StarWind functionality in it. View full review »
Director of Technology at FAFCO, INC.
Without question, the support. StarWind has been a valuable technology partner for us from the beginning. On the rare occasion when we have had a problem, or have simply needed to do an upgrade, they have provided first-rate support. Anyone who has dealt with common off-shore support understands the frustration in dealing with incompetent and difficult to communicate with support staff. This is not so with StarWind, as their support staff is comprised of true experts who can also communicate clearly. For highly technical products this is essential. The best part about their tech support though, is that you probably won't need it much! On the technical side, the performance has been excellent. I have never found a reason to regret not going with a traditional SAN. The configuration is so much simpler, with fewer points of failure to worry about. Integration with Microsoft clustering has been perfect, allowing us to leverage our investment in MS server licensing to the fullest. Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair. It's the best! View full review »
Tamer Embaby says in a Red Hat Ceph Storage review
Unix Solutions Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Data redundancy, since it can survive failures (disks/servers). We didn’t lose our data or have a service interruption during server/disk failures. View full review »
Ivailo Nikolov says in a StorPool review
CEO
Built-in redundancy for both storage nodes and network gives us peace of mind in case of a hardware failure, be it a storage node or a network component. The speed of the storage solution also allows us to provide service to applications that are very I/O intensive. View full review »
it_user506580 says in a HPE StoreVirtual review
Socio at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Enables us to build highly available shared storage from a standard rack server, such as HPE Proliant DL. However, it is not limited to that. Thin provisioning lets us get the most value from the hard drives. I found the architecture to have less single point failure than a traditional SAN. View full review »
KualoCraig says in a StorPool review
Operations Director at Kualo Limited
Performance, redundancy, scalability and cost-effectiveness. StorPool delivers superbly in all of these areas - something no other product we have either tested or deployed has been able to do consistently. View full review »
davidstrom says in a DataCore SANsymphony review
Owner at David Strom Inc.
Easy to manage disk pools, different storage tiers and virtual storage repositories Continuous data protection just takes a single click to enable View full review »
Николай Фокин says in a StarWind Virtual SAN review
User
The most valuable features for our company, Cloud4Y, in this system are: * Convenience of work * Working speed * Usage of SATA for a large volume * PCIe Flash * A 40 GB Ethernet View full review »
Paul Rouger says in a DataCore SANsymphony review
DSI at a government with 201-500 employees
We have gained in scalability. The most valuable feature for us is that we can adjust the size of the storage very easily, without stopping production. The product is easy to administrate. View full review »
reviewer1068294 says in a StarWind Virtual SAN review
User
StarWind Virtual SAN was designed with virtualization workloads in mind. It employs server-side Flash/RAM caches and minimalist/short I/O path to provide performance unmatched by typical virtual appliances and physical shared storage. View full review »
Artur Kamalov says in a StarWind Virtual SAN review
Head of Local Area Network Department at JSC Ufanet
The most valuable feature is the ability to offer high availability service without purchasing external storage systems. It is quick, easy, and simple. This is a good, economical solution compared to data storage systems. We saved a lot of money. The system will increase the level of backup, adding an additional copy of the data for the same money. View full review »
Evgenii Korsak says in a StarWind Virtual SAN review
User
The ability to use existing hardware, with no need to purchase hardware appliances is the most valuable feature. View full review »
Regional IT Manager at a K-12 educational company or school with 5,001-10,000 employees
It has a user-friendly interface and a straightforward implementation. Support is great and their staff is experienced. View full review »
kevinblachon says in a DataCore SANsymphony review
IT manager at SRADDA
Redundancy and improved performance in terms of storage with auto-tiering are the most valuable features. It needs just two nodes for the operating system and licensing. View full review »
reviewer1061202 says in a DataCore SANsymphony review
User
Mirrored vDisk, and creating a third node with asynchronous replication to get the data out of the datacenter. The new third node is great for an always-on experience. View full review »
Scott Lambourne says in a DataCore SANsymphony review
System Administrator with 51-200 employees
It is easy to create storage and assign them to the various datastores in my VMware environment. View full review »
Mike Felber says in a DataCore SANsymphony review
User at a government with 501-1,000 employees
* The most useful features are the continuity of service, mirroring and auto-tiering, and the associated performance. * We enjoy great reliability, flexibility, and performance. * DataCore helps to use memory efficiently. View full review »
GrzegorzEBX says in a StarWind Virtual SAN review
Owner at a security firm with 11-50 employees
* It was really very easy to implement, but without support, I couldn't optimize the system, and StarWind gave me technical support on a very good level. * A good price is also considerable. View full review »
Tommy Grignon says in a StarWind Virtual SAN review
User
Real-time synchronization to make sure we don't have a single point of failure because our company works seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and doesn't have the time to cut the production infrastructure. View full review »
MichaelP says in a DataCore SANsymphony review
Head of IT at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
* Redundancy of vdisk: It provides less downtime. * Continuous data protection: It is always good to have a possibility to "go back". * Technical support: Technical support is amazing. It is very fast and always has a solution in no time. View full review »
AndrewBouwhuis says in a DataCore SANsymphony review
Network Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The ease with which I can create and manage storage for my entire network from one easy-to-use interface. View full review »
reviewer1032471 says in a DataCore SANsymphony review
Commercial Director with 1-10 employees
Flexibility. You can install it on almost any hardware and/or hypervisor. View full review »
User
The ease of management through one console for the storage of all of our datacenters worldwide: Going from managing multiple SANs with each of their own consoles and software versions to having a single console to handle all of the company's storage simplified things a lot for us. Another thing worth mentioning that isn't really a feature: The support provided by StarWind is among the best we've ever got for any solution. During the implementation of one of our datacenters, our team took an action that made all storage on a cluster unavailable. StarWind got notified of that situation by the cluster. They contacted us, provided us with a fix and also gave us a procedure for the next time we need to perform this type of maintenance. View full review »
User
StarWind HCA delivered us a complete solution that works out of the box. There was no need to buy additional hardware; everything came in a box. Also, the software was preinstalled. View full review »
kevin.chagnon says in a DataCore SANsymphony review
Administrateur Systèmes et réseaux at Centre Hospitalier de PAU
* The better features are the synchronous replication and the management console. * The synchronous replication gives us the ability to make business continuity planning. * I like the management console which is very easy to use. View full review »

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