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"DataCore has helped provide flexible, highly available, high-performance storage that otherwise would have been outside our price range.""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.""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 scalability is great, because it can scale independently.""It's an all-flash solution. NetApp guarantees 3-to-1 or more than 3-to-1. It has guaranteed performance, like 15K IOPS per node.""We like SnapMirror and we've been using it for many years. We also like the object storage tools, as well as cloud sync for customers wanting to integrate between the cloud and local.""It allows me to move a VM set and require extra performance. I can easily move them onto it and have it just run.""When you are doing lifecycles for your equipment, you can just swap out pieces of equipment. We used to do one big iron to another big iron, and that's a major migration hassle. Whereas, with this environment, you can go with small nodes, one at a time, and do a refresh.""It is easy to set up, and you don't have to do much work to get it to do what it needs to do.""It has reduced our hypervisor footprint by around 20%.""The NetApp Deployment Engine that comes with it makes the actual deployment and usage very easy. That's our primary focus and it's hyper-converged. That's something that we want to use as well."

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"The cost is becoming prohibitive since they moved to a subscription model.""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.""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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"In the next version I would like to see bigger GPU types and insurance for including transparency.""The price should be lowered. It's a little expensive.""It would be great if they took something like kernel storage and integrated straight into the NetApp as well.""Because I like block mode, I'd like to see SAN connectivity. I would like to be able to easily put it into my current environment.""There have been some drive type of issues where we have to apply a new code level. Storage nodes kick certain drives until they act as though they have failed when really they haven't. You just have to reinsert them, then they go on about their happy way. It's sort of a bug.""I would like to see a better upgrade process, like the one that ONTAP has.""HCI has not enabled us to consolidate workloads or break down silos and has not increased application performance. It has also not resulted in more efficient use of compute resources.""The deployment process has room for improvement. I would like for it to be a cookie-cutter deployment."

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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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"All the licenses are included when you buy the program.""You still have to pay for the licensing for VMware and Red Hat licenses separately. It's not all inclusive at this point.""This solution reduced our maintenance costs. We were going to have to pay one to two million dollars to put in compute nodes. We are avoiding those costs.""Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee.""The licensing fees are renewed annually."

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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.
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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).

NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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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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Comms Service Provider25%
Real Estate/Law Firm9%
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Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. NetApp HCI and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
479,323 professionals have used our research since 2012.

DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 9 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 8th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 22 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.6, while NetApp HCI is rated 7.8. 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 NetApp HCI writes "A strong and efficient product that can scale storage and compute independently". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, StarWind Virtual SAN, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. NetApp HCI report.

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