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"They allow a special price if you are working closely with them. Since we have a lot of NetApp systems, we got some kind of discount. That's something they do for other customers, not just for us. The price was fair. In addition to the licensing fees, you're paying Amazon for your usage...""The standard pricing is online. Pricing depends. If you're using the PayGo model, then it's just the normal costs on the Microsoft page. If you're using Bring Your Own License, which is what we're doing, then you get with your sales contact at NetApp and start figuring out what price is the best, in the end, for your company.""In addition to the standard licensing fees, there are fees for Azure, the VMs themselves and for data transfer.""Cloud is cloud. It's still expensive. Any good solution comes with a price tag. That's where we are looking to see how well we can manage our data in the cloud by trying to optimize the costs.""I know the licensing is a bit on the high-end. That's when we had to downsize our MetroCluster disks and just migrate to disks that were half used. We migrated into those just to reduce maintenance costs.""Cost is a big factor, because a lot of companies can't afford enterprise grade equipment all the time. They skimp where they can. I would recommend that they improve the cost.""Our licensing costs are folded into the hardware purchases and I have never differentiated between the two.""For NetApp it's about $20,000 for a single node and $30,000 for the HA."

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"Make sure you are made aware of the annual subscription cost when purchasing.""This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage.""Pricing has improved but it is still expensive.""This product has a good ratio between quality and price. In many cases, it's less expensive to work with DataCore than other storage systems."

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Top Answer: We're able to use the SnapMirror function and SnapMirror data from our on-prem environment into Azure. That is… more »
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ONTAP Cloud, CVO, NetApp CVO
DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN
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The leading enterprise-grade storage management solution, delivers secure, proven storage management services and supports up to a capacity of 368TB. Software service supports various use cases, such as: File shares and block-level storage serving NAS (NFS, SMB / CIFS) and SAN (iSCSI) Disaster Recovery, Backup, and Archive DevOps Databases (SQL, Oracle, NoSQL) Cloud Volumes ONTAP is offered in a standard single-node configuration or in a High Availability (HA) configuration.

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).

Software Defined Storage LizardFS is a distributed, scalable, fault-tolerant and highly available file system. It allows users to combine disk space located on many servers into a single name space which is visible on Unix-like and Windows systems in the same way as other file systems. SDS LizardFS makes files secure by keeping all the data in many replicas spread over available servers. It can also be used to build space-efficient storage, because it is designed to run on commodity hardware. Disk and server failures are handled transparently without any downtime or loss of data. If storage requirements grow, it's possible to scale an existing SDS LizardFS installation just by adding new servers _ at any time, without any downtime. The system will automatically move some data to newly added servers, because it continuously takes care of balancing disk usage across all connected nodes. Removing servers is just as easy as adding a new one.

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Sample Customers
Rohit, AdvacnedMD, D2L, Trinity Mirror, Eidos Media, WireStorm, Cordant Group, JFK Medical Center, ALD Automotive, Healthix, City of Baton Rouge, ON Semiconductor
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.
Orange Polska, Platige Image, United State Department of Agriculture, Virtu Financial
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Healthcare Company26%
Comms Service Provider10%
Computer Software Company10%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider21%
Manufacturing Company9%
Media Company6%
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Non Profit40%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government12%
Transportation Company8%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider25%
Real Estate/Law Firm9%
Government5%
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Comms Service Provider42%
Financial Services Firm12%
Computer Software Company7%
Government5%
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Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise80%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise74%
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business41%
Midsize Enterprise39%
Large Enterprise20%
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DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 9 reviews while LizardFS is ranked 19th in Software Defined Storage (SDS). DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.6, while LizardFS is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of DataCore SANsymphony SDS writes "Provides HA virtualized storage independent of storage type or vendor". On the other hand, DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, StarWind Virtual SAN, HPE SimpliVity and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas LizardFS is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat Gluster Storage, VMware vSAN, StarWind Virtual SAN and StorPool.

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