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"The interface is user-friendly.""It provides high performance and business-critical storage.""The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.""During the maintenance periods, on any part of the storage or VMware migration, we have had no downtime.""Supporting of Automated-Storage-Tiering (AST) is a good feature that saves money.""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 has helped provide flexible, highly available, high-performance storage that otherwise would have been outside our price range.""The features I have found most valuable are the active-active, or so-called grid technology, and the integration into our VMware-vCenter."

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"The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability.""The most valuable feature is high availability.""We're doing a lot of VMware for IT so this solution is really valuable from a VMH point of view. We're trying to assist our customers mainly with management, because that's what they want. The most important aspects are ease of management, as well as ease of configuration, allowing them to attach additional nodes and resources for the applications.""The solution is quite stable.""Perfectly suits customers dealing with the combination of future storage needs and, at the same time, keeping up their computing power.""The most valuable feature of this solution is integration.""The program is stable.""The setup was very straightforward."

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"I would like to see reporting added, such as a monthly connectivity report.""I miss dedupe and decompression.""Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial.""I think the performance reporting can be improved by adding historical statistics into a database for the purpose of comparing.""We are waiting for container support (on the roadmap), as well as a user-friendly full web-administration capability, and an improved API.""DataCore needs a more efficient and better way to keep track of metrics and counters so that we can do baseline analysis to measure performance.""The cost is becoming prohibitive since they moved to a subscription model.""I think an easier way to open a service call, right through the DataCore GUI, would be an improvement, especially when there is an urgent issue."

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"The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem.""I would like to see a more user-friendly interface.""I think there might be some room for improvement when it comes to pricing, because although I know how to convert customers, at the end of day, it's quite expensive. Sometimes your feature architecture is still coming out much cheaper than hardware costs for your infrastructure.""The solution needs to offer more documentation and educational materials.""Including instrumentation would be a helpful improvement.""There should be more functionality available for routing.""I am not really impressed by the technical support of this solution.""Needs some more monitoring tools."

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"Pricing has improved but it is still expensive.""This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage.""Make sure you are made aware of the annual subscription cost when purchasing.""The cost is at the same level as other storage solutions and it is easy to understand the licensing.""The pricing and licensing are better with DataCore."

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"The pricing for this solution is good."

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Top Answer: It provides high performance and business-critical storage.
Top Answer: I miss dedupe and decompression.
Top Answer: It provides high performance and business-critical storage.
Top Answer: The solution was connected to alternate storage. It provides great scalability and reliability.
Top Answer: The biggest issue with the solution is that it doesn't support Hyper V. It's a big problem. The solution needs to adjust its pricing to make it more reasonable.
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Also Known As
DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SANVxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
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DataCore™ SANsymphony™ enterprise-class Software-defined Storage (SDS) platform provides a high-performance, highly available and agile storage infrastructure with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

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Sample Customers
Volkswagen, Maimonides Medical Center, The Biodesign Institute, ISCO Industries, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, United Financial Credit Union, Derby Supply Chain Solutions, Mission Community Hospital, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Colby-Sawyer College, Mount Sinai Health System, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Quorn Foods, Bitburger, University of Birmingham, Stadtverwaltung Heidelberg, NetEnt to name a few.Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
Top Industries
Manufacturing Company14%
Non Profit14%
Transportation Company14%
Computer Software Company27%
Real Estate/Law Firm14%
Comms Service Provider8%
Computer Software Company56%
Comms Service Provider10%
Manufacturing Company4%
Company Size
Small Business52%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise30%
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise40%
Large Enterprise34%
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise45%
Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
439,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 24 reviews while Dell EMC PowerFlex is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 10 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.2, while Dell EMC PowerFlex is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of DataCore SANsymphony SDS writes "Provides HA virtualized storage independent of storage type or vendor". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerFlex writes "A great centralized platform with excellent technical support". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis, HPE SimpliVity, StarWind Virtual SAN and Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, whereas Dell EMC PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and HPE SimpliVity. See our DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. Dell EMC PowerFlex report.

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