Compare DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. StarWind Virtual SAN

DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 5th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 23 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 1st in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 49 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.2, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. 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 StarWind Virtual SAN writes "It is more flexible than most VSAN solutions. You can run it across two hosts. You don't need a third host observing it". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and StarWind Virtual SAN, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Nutanix. See our DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.
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The most valuable feature was the backup - it was easy to back up. It was also very easy to administrate and manage the system; much easier and faster. Finally, it was easy to extend the disk capacities.The integration between the storage and the server applications is the most valuable feature of this solution. It cuts down on the necessity to buy a secondary storage system.. It saves money in the long-run.The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX is that it is self-contained.Cisco HyperFlex HX has improved the way our organization functions in the way that the time to deliver a VM takes me five minutes. In comparison, my cloud team's response is a couple of days based on all their overhead policies, procedures, and ticket requests. This is substantial.The most valuable features of this solution are the connectivity, consistency, and that we now have fewer vulnerabilities on the network.The most valuable features of this solution are scalability, performance, and reliability. It scales well inside of a large data center.The most valuable feature for our company is that it works internally. We have a lot of internal projects for optimization.The most valuable feature is that it is something small that can be more easily deployed than a full data center set of servers.

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The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.During the maintenance periods, on any part of the storage or VMware migration, we have had no downtime.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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We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.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.A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.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.The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.High Availability is the best feature of product.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.

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I would have liked it to be able to back up the system to a cloud, to be able to work from any other placeWe would like to have the ability to not have to reboot while doing updates. Being able to work through updates with as minimal amount of impact to users.The initial setup of the Cisco HyperFlex HX platform was medium-level difficult. It's a little bit different from traditional servers. It takes getting used to the learning curve.Cisco's technical support originally was outstanding, but it has declined over the last 12 months. I've heard they're trying to do better, but I haven't been overly impressed with their support recently for HyperFlex.The additional feature I would like to see included in the next release of this solution is more security. We want to add more data servers to all the hosts all over the world. We have 140 hosts that connect to one data center in Manila.The scalability could use improvement.The deployment could be made a little bit easier, as we still seem to struggle with it a little bit for a day or so to get it running.We would like to see better integration in the next release of this solution.

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Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial.I think the performance reporting can be improved by adding historical statistics into a database for the purpose of comparing.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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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.For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.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.I wish there was online support because email return takes a long time and a faster solution should be found.Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.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.

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It's much more expensive than rack servers. It was an issue, but when you compare it to the number of people who were administrative assistants before, it's on the positive ROI side. It's much cheaper.We currently have a perpetual license, which is kind of unlimited, so we don't have the normal licensing cost, yet.Our licensing costs are large, but it is combined between all of the Cisco products that we have.One of the challenges we have with HyperFlex is that they have a subscription fee for the operating system that runs on it, and if I remember correctly, it costs approximately $15,000 USD per month.It is relatively expensive, but it can easily return value by freeing up other resources.It's roughly $30,000 per Hyperflex license, so that would be about $60,000 a year.Our licensing is Hybrid. We have all of our applications for billing and outage management through this.They are not the cheapest on the market. But there's an old saying I like to quote: "If you know that you are getting what you pay for, it's fine if it's expensive."

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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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The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.The free version is great to use for labs or test environments.This solution has a great price for the functionality.Licensing is based on nodes rather than TBs, which means that the users are free to increase storage capacity without putting thought into licensing.I would suggest that you download the free version, deploy in your lab, and play with it.

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DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN
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Overview

The Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform is a purpose-built, high-performance, scale-out file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services. The data platform’s innovations redefine distributed storage technology, giving you complete hyper-convergence with enterprise storage features:

  • Enterprise-class data management
  • Continuous data optimization
  • Securely encrypted storage
  • Dynamic data placement
  • Clusterwide parallel data distribution
  • Linear and incremental scaling
  • API-based data platform architecture
  • A simplified approach
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).

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.

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Sample Customers
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Ready Pac Foods, Bryant University, Bellevue Group, KPIT Technologies, City HarvestVolkswagen , 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. Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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Manufacturing Company18%
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Comms Service Provider12%
Healthcare Company9%
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Software R&D Company36%
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Retailer6%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Government23%
Non Profit15%
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Real Estate/Law Firm22%
Software R&D Company15%
Government10%
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Engineering Company8%
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Software R&D Company17%
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Small Business14%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise75%
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Small Business57%
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