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Pros
"Supporting of Automated-Storage-Tiering (AST) is a good feature that saves money.""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.""It provides high performance and business-critical storage.""The interface is user-friendly.""It's a software storage solution that can scale as we like. There is also has a parallel feature that enhances the performance of the storage solution. We can separate storage and computing, and we can scale these two parts of the platform to meet business needs efficiently."

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"The most valuable feature is that there is no single point of failure.""The most valuable feature are the caching capabilities using the storage class memory.""It's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions.""The flash ability, in terms of tiering and caching, is amazing"

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Cons
"We are waiting for container support (on the roadmap), as well as a user-friendly full web-administration capability, and an improved API.""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.""I miss dedupe and decompression.""I would like to see reporting added, such as a monthly connectivity report.""Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today."

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"More optimization could be done in terms of mirroring.""I think the online documentation needs a lot of work and so do the sizing tools.""It is scalable, but only beyond two nodes. If I go for two nodes it's not scalable. I need to build a complete cluster from the beginning if I'm going for two nodes.""Documentation management could be improved"

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"With the data center licensing and everything that is connected to that, this solution is relatively costly.""Cost-wise the product is one of the more affordable within the category of products."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Pricing has improved but it is still expensive. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.
Top Answer: I would like to see reporting added, such as a monthly connectivity report. Things like performance and usage can be shown. It would be helpful to have better monitoring tools.
Top Answer: The flash ability, in terms of tiering and caching, is amazing
Top Answer: It's a one-off price. Storage Space Direct is a bundled feature of the Windows server. There are no on-going costs and of course, you can purchase the software through it and enjoy the free upgrades… more »
Top Answer: Most of the VMware customers I have been engaging with say they have experienced engagement problems. VMware is trying to sell off the VMware enterprise cost and the whole solution is being sold down… more »
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DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN
MS Storage Spaces Direct, MS Storage Spaces Direct, MS Storage Spaces Direct
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Overview

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).

Storage Spaces Direct uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays. Its converged or hyper-converged architecture radically simplifies procurement and deployment, while features like caching, storage tiers, and erasure coding, together with the latest hardware innovation like RDMA networking and NVMe drives, deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance.

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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.
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Non Profit40%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government12%
Computer Software Company8%
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Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Real Estate/Law Firm8%
Government6%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government7%
Media Company5%
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise48%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise41%
Large Enterprise15%
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Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
511,607 professionals have used our research since 2012.

DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 5th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 7 reviews while Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is ranked 8th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.6, while Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is rated 7.6. 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 Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct writes "Has good caching capabilities using storage-class memory but the online documentation needs improvement". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, StarWind Virtual SAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, HPE SimpliVity and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, whereas Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is most compared with VMware vSAN, StarWind Virtual SAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Red Hat Ceph Storage and HPE StoreVirtual. See our DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct report.

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