Compare DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. IBM Spectrum Virtualize

DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 23 reviews while IBM Spectrum Virtualize which is ranked 8th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 6 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.2, while IBM Spectrum Virtualize is rated 9.2. 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 IBM Spectrum Virtualize writes "Seamlessly moves hardware in and out as we refresh technology". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas IBM Spectrum Virtualize is most compared with VMware vSAN, EMC ViPR and IBM Spectrum Scale. See our DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. IBM Spectrum Virtualize report.
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During the maintenance periods, on any part of the storage or VMware migration, we have had no downtime.The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.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.I'd have to say that the biggest improvement gained by using SANsymphony has to be the performance of the product.The most valuable feature for us is that we can adjust the size of the storage very easily, without stopping production.

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It has the ability to seamlessly move hardware in and out as we refresh technology.It provides transparency, because of its advanced copy features.The SVC gives excellent performance with tiered storage behind it.It lowers cost. It does so by getting more efficient use out of the technology behind it.The scalability is very good. It can handle anywhere from very small to large enterprise class.When we add storage behind it, the product is good for the customers because their customers do not notice that anything is happening due to the virtualization.The abstraction flair and the abstraction layer. We had a mixture of different storage arrays, and the wonderful thing about SVC is is that it normalizes all it into a single driver. A single view that all hosts see simultaneously.We acquire companies (and things), so we end up with odd hardware. We bring it behind the SVC and it allows us to migrate stuff off of it seamlessly. SVC can also cover up a host of defects of the underlying storage.

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I think the performance reporting can be improved by adding historical statistics into a database for the purpose of comparing.Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial.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.There is no way of quickly matching the exact size of a vDisk to a disk pool.The alert system could have more features.

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Tighter integration with cloud storage might be useful as a target for a variety of use cases.The Storwize port is not so stable.The disk reliability is not that good.There are big arrays now, and if a customer wants add more disks to it, you have to have another array. Adding disks to existing arrays is one of the most demanded things from our customers.NBME support and support for a higher Fibre Channel lengths could be improved, but those are already on the roadmap.Anything which improves performance and the ability of our systems would be a nice.In general, the migration is complicated. Though, it is case-by-case.Level 1 technical support needs improvement.

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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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It has a lot of advanced functions for a reasonable price.Do a proof of concept, if you are not comfortable jumping in, but do it.We would like the CPU cycle to save more on the licensing costs for us.We have struggled with Pure Storage, but people are understanding that much of Pure has been consumer grade SSDs. Therefore, when the customer is really understands what they are getting, they realize that IBM presents the same sort of value as existing vendors.

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DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN
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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).

IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a dependable solution that improves data value, security, and simplicity for new and existing storage infrastructure. Proven over 12 years in thousands of deployments, its innovative virtualization capabilities help organizations achieve better data economics by supporting new workloads that are critical to their success. IBM Spectrum Virtualize software helps make new and existing storage more effective and standardizes functions traditionally deployed separately in disk systems for greater flexibility and potentially lower costs.

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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. Pelephone, Sprint IT Enterprise Services
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Government23%
Non Profit15%
Manufacturing Company15%
Transportation Company15%
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Manufacturing Company20%
Outsourcing Company18%
Government18%
Software R&D Company11%
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Healthcare Company20%
Manufacturing Company13%
University13%
Financial Services Firm13%
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