Compare DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. Dell XC Appliance [EOL]

DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 24 reviews while Dell XC Appliance [EOL] is ranked unranked in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 7 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.2, while Dell XC Appliance [EOL] is rated 8.6. 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 XC Appliance [EOL] writes "Turnkey solution with low management costs that is easy to use". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix, HPE SimpliVity, StarWind Virtual SAN and Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, whereas Dell XC Appliance [EOL] is most compared with VxRail, Dell PowerEdge VRTX, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, Dell EMC PowerFlex and Nutanix.
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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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When we compare it to normal hardware servers, I'd say it is quite easy to configure and deploy.The solution's hardware is great.The most valuable feature is that you can assign a volume to an off-shore workload on the fly.What I like the most is that it is easy to implement, easy deployment and that it's easy to manage.The most valuable feature is the low management overhead, and the lower skill set required to manage it.The solution's best feature is its simplicity. It's so simple to deploy it. You've got the VMware, and it's own appliance. It is really helpful. The system is online within half a day and saves so much time.The most valuable features are the deduplication and the compression features.

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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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In the next release, I would like to see support for Docker and containers.The solution's storage size could be improved.Currently, there is no support for the servers that are not in the cluster.We are not always advised of new features or updates, so we must research to stay up to date.The cost of using the public cloud deployment is astronomical.There should be more provisioning capabilities within the solution.Dell needs to do a lot of work to simplify the maintenance and life-cycle upgrades for the product.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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 Dell EMC solutions is quite expensive and not really made for small or medium-sized businesses.The pricing is good.The pricing is dependent on the technology and is in direct relation to the manufacturer and the components.We received a good price from Dell.The price point is very fair for a product in this category but can vary depending on the components selected within the family of products.

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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).

XC Series hyper-converged appliances integrate Dell EMC 14th generation PowerEdge servers with Nutanix software to offer one of the industry’s most versatile and scalable hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) platforms. By supporting a choice of hypervisors, XC Series appliances can be deployed quickly for all virtualized workloads to reduce management complexity and total cost of ownership.

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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.Cardlytics, AEW Energie, Aubert, Zhongtong Information Service, Commune de Villepinte, Teikyo University Hospital
Top Industries
Manufacturing Company14%
Non Profit14%
Transportation Company14%
Computer Software Company25%
Real Estate/Law Firm15%
Comms Service Provider8%
Computer Software Company65%
Comms Service Provider12%
K 12 Educational Company Or School4%
Company Size
Small Business52%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise30%
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise40%
Large Enterprise36%
Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise25%
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