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"In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support.""It has allowed me to effectively and confidently manage the maintenance of hosts where I can power off a host and have its VMs migrate to another one.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.""It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget.""A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.""When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios."

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"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.""The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.""Continuous data protection (CDP), can be used to "protect" again ransomware by recording all write on disk in a log. You can recover your data with incredible time granularity.""CDP is an important feature for avoiding data loss in the event of ransomware attacks. You need more storage capacity, however, you get the possibility to return at any time and use the data saved up to that point. The recovery is much faster than with a classic restore.""The documentation repository is really useful and kept updated."

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"The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.""The most valuable features are the replication of data and the continuous snapshot that we can take from the disc.""At this point, I don't know anything that they could provide in a better way.""I like its speed. It has all the features that I need.""It's very fast and very easy to use. It performs well and is both flexible and compatible. We like it because it's easy to use.""The mobile app is very helpful.""This solution is very scalable.""Pure Storage is extremely reliable — it's never failed."

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Cons
"Perhaps the developer should refine the product management through PowerShell.""The product can include a more simple way of synchronization after a forced shutdown as the current process has a few more steps to check that hosts have synchronized and this can be automated.""I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.""I would like to see some additional, and possibly clearer, implementation videos with some slower and possibly more detailed descriptions of what the various steps of implementation are for someone who is unfamiliar with high availability and failover clustering in Windows.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.""If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful."

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"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.""Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial.""Datacore is developing a new WebUI with new dashboards. It is a good idea as the classic GUI is lacking dashboards.""NVMeoF should be implemented. This protocol will play a major role in storage infrastructure in the future.""The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors."

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"It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.""The problem is that we can only make a few groups, around five or six groups. I like groups and we need a lot of them. We had to put all the information in only a few groups and cannot make a more detailed separation of them.""It would be nice to have a better view of the allocated capacity on their Platform as a Service solution because we have to do some manual calculations to understand how much we are going to pay every month to use the storage that is allocated.""Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""The integration capabilities could be improved.""The solution is not cheap.""I feel like there is too much automation; the user doesn't have any manual input.""On a couple of occasions, the waiting time for an upgrade has been pretty substantial."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."

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"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.""This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage."

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"Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""The price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more.""They have a standardized fee; it's been the same price for 10 years straight. I am happy with the price — I think it's good.""We do not incur additional costs beyond the licensing fee.""My organization has a yearly license, but I believe that Pure Storage FlashArray has capacity-based licenses as well. I'm definitely happy with the pricing.""There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution.""Pure is typically more expensive than everyone else. You get what you pay for, but I have lost deals to similar solutions because of pricing. They include everything, and that's another positive about Pure Storage. They aren't trying to nickel and dime their customers for different features. It is all included in one price. The license is by capacity, and the price depends on the capacity and the discount we're getting from the vendor. You get the SKU of the physical appliance, support, and maintenance, and that's it. You're licensed for whatever feature they offer. It is all rolled up into the price of the appliance.""The pricing is reasonable."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
Top Answer: The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
Top Answer: Continuous data protection (CDP), can be used to "protect" again ransomware by recording all write on disk in a log. You… more »
Top Answer: Good planning is always very important. SSY is very flexible and can cover very different requirements. Therefore, it is… more »
Top Answer: Datacore is developing a new WebUI with new dashboards. It is a good idea as the classic GUI is lacking dashboards. We… more »
Top Answer: Both are great platforms, but if you are considering all flash solutions, I would recommend you to consider Pure… more »
Top Answer: You do have a license that is required and you also have to pay for support. The license we have is not a monthly… more »
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DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN
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Overview

For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

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).

Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. Without forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.

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Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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.
Nielsen, Lamar Advertising, LinkedIn, Betfair, UT-Dallas
Top Industries
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Construction Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Engineering Company7%
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Comms Service Provider23%
Computer Software Company21%
Government8%
Healthcare Company6%
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Non Profit38%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government12%
Computer Software Company8%
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Comms Service Provider31%
Computer Software Company27%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm19%
Healthcare Company15%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
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Small Business63%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise16%
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Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise24%
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Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise46%
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Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise41%
Large Enterprise13%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise58%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise76%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, StarWind, DataCore and others in Software Defined Storage (SDS). Updated: September 2021.
536,053 professionals have used our research since 2012.

DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 6 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 14 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.8, while Pure Storage FlashArray 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 Pure Storage FlashArray writes "Provides protection against ransomware threats with immutable snapshots, and it is well known for its scalability, ease of use, and non-disruptive upgrades". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, StorMagic SvSAN and Red Hat Ceph Storage, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, Dell EMC PowerStore and IBM FlashSystem.

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