Storage Software Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
reviewer1223520 says in a NetApp ONTAP review
Storage Specialist at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
The high availability is one of the most valuable features. But it is also nice that it is easy to do snapshots and to recover things using SnapVault. Those are great features. View full review »
reviewer1155771 says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS review
Performance boost (MegaCash, Parallel I/O technology) and Continuous data protection (CDP) are the features we love most because security and being productive are big points for us. DataCore is helping us focus on our core business and keep it running, which is important for our customer success. Supporting of Automated-Storage-Tiering (AST) is a good feature that saves money. View full review »
Technical Services Manager (Enterprise Systems) at a non-profit with 5,001-10,000 employees
DataCore's ability to seamlessly move virtual volume data between storage pools as well as their synchronous mirroring has made maintenance and disaster recovery planning achievable. DataCore's auto-tiering feature also allows us to use our SSD arrays efficiently. View full review »
reviewer1090101 says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS review
The most valuable feature is auto-tiering, which allows for storage pools containing different speed storage systems and the data automatically moved to the most appropriate pool. View full review »
reviewer1069803 says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS review
SANsymphony is a very versatile product and its vendor's agnostic nature allows us to pick and choose our hardware platform. Its redundancy allows us to perform maintenance 'on the fly' and protects our data from all manners of failure. View full review »
Paul Rouger says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS review
IT manager 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 »
reviewer1068588 says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS review
The features I have found most valuable are the active-active, or so-called grid technology, and the integration into our VMware vCenter. Our vCenter is now much easier to manage. View full review »
kevinblachon says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS 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 SDS review
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 SDS review
System Administrator at Superior Water And Air
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 SDS 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 »
System Engineering at a tech company with 51-200 employees
No more vendor lock-in, overpriced drives, or forklift upgrades. With DataCore SANsymphony, you can utilize just about any storage you wish with this product such as another SAN, NAS, JBOD, FusionIO, etc. If Windows can see it as a non-removable drive, you can use it with SANsymphony. Also, you can use this to mirror any of these various types of storage, which is awesome for migration. Say, for example, you have an HP SAN and you want to migrate off it to your own JBOD-type storage, or you have two sites with two different storage SANs that you want to replicate data between. With DataCore, it is possible to mix and match just about any storage platform you want to use. As software-defined storage, the system is designed to run on top of Windows Server OS (which can be virtual or physical) and can utilize the server's RAM to provide disk cache. This makes our 7.2K HDDs class storage run really fast, allowing us to use a bottom-tier class of drive and get the performance of a much higher class of drive. Also, if we have to add capacity or replace drives then we can just order replacement drives off the web, saving us quite a bit of money. Of course, we still use "enterprise-class" drives but we don't pay through the nose to buy hardware. If we want to upgrade the Ethernet ports from 1Gb to 10Gb then we just do it. The same goes for FC. If we want to upgrade from 4Gb FC to 16Gb, we don't have to do a forklift upgrade. We just buy the HBAs and we're off the to races. The other great thing is DataCore keeps their product on VMware's approved HCL. So even if you have a SAN (backend storage) that falls off the HCL with VMware, because it's virtualized storage behind DataCore, you're covered. If you put the storage behind DataCore then you won't have to worry about VMware's HCL any longer. Because of this fundamental practice, DataCore was one of the first storage vendors to support VVOLs. The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs. View full 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 SDS 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 »
User at a agriculture with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the ability to migrate from one storage area to another one easily. The evolution of the solution by adding new storage without having to go through a difficult migration is very helpful. View full review »
reviewer1032471 says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS review
Commercial Director with 1-10 employees
Flexibility. You can install it on almost any hardware and/or hypervisor. View full review »
kevin.chagnon says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS 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 »
reviewer1003731 says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS review
User at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Auto-tiering moves data to fast disk if needed. Works great. I don't have to think about the second set of data. View full review »
Larchevesque says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS review
Administrator at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most useful feature is the continuity of service and the associated performance. It brings great flexibility. View full review »
Luis Henriquez says in a NetApp ONTAP review
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
* Total control of data in the cloud * Multiple consumption modes * Rapid deployment In addition, we have some databases hosted in this solution and are very impressed by the performance and speed of the solution. View full review »
Maxence VIODET says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS review
Technicien SIC at a government
DataCore is very fast storage, applications start faster, and database access is improved. You can attach different storage pool and DataCore chooses where to store data (the most accessed data are on the faster storage automatically). Replication helps us to replicate virtual servers on different sites easily. View full review »
Michael Ollesch says in a DataCore SANsymphony SDS review
IT System Administrator
* Three-way mirror synchronization of the data over three sections * Auto-tiering: effective utilization of fast to slow memory areas * CDP: Continuous data protection is an important part of our backup strategy. View full review »
IT Manager at IMS
* The parallel I/O function is very useful when there are many requests for read/write access to the disks. The administration is simple and easy. * It is possible to create a virtual disk very easily, and moving the virtual machines is fast. View full review »
Brad Schlicht says in a NetApp ONTAP review
Infrastructure engineer at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
The primary features that are most important to me, currently for ONTAP, are stability, first and foremost, and the ability to automate. ONTAP offers me PowerShell cmdlets and I can use Ansible via API to automate our day to day tasks. Previously, it was all the other software like, SnapManager, and Snapshotting, which a lot of other vendors didn't have. View full review »
Rob Cargill says in a NetApp ONTAP review
Technical Director at Venn IT Solutions
Definitely the most valuable features for ONTAP that we've come across are the Snapshot and cloning technologies. We take regular scheduled snapshots and from that we provision clones to SQL databases, which means that we can run multi-terabyte databases within literally minutes and do data analytics against those databases, pull them all down, and restart that process as many times as we like. It's a great use case because we used to be able to do that process every one to two weeks, but due to the restore procedure it would take twelve to sixteen hours to get any of those databases out back. Now, we can provision that in literally minutes. We can run that process a lot more frequently and get the answers back a lot more often. We've been able to save a lot of space in our NetApp storage mostly due to the deduplication engine that runs. Particularly in our VM datastores, we're looking up to 70 to 80 percent of space efficiency being achieved through that. Add into that compression and now compaction with the new ONTAP version it's certainly pushing those figures more up to 80 to 90 percent. View full review »
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