Compare DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library

DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 22 reviews while StarWind Virtual Tape Library which is ranked 12th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.2, while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is rated 10.0. 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 Tape Library writes "Enabled us to finally get rid of our Pelican cased sneakernet hard drive transport system for good". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas StarWind Virtual Tape Library is most compared with StarWind Virtual SAN, StorMagic and Red Hat Ceph Storage.
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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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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 and Enterprises, who either look to get rid of backup tapes completely, or are willing to accelerate backup process and add an extra level of protection, our solution is StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL). It is an appliance that eliminates the need in physical tape and “pretends” to be a supported tape drive or autoloader, keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks.

Even with explosive data growth, StarWind VTL fits the backup into backup window by accelerating it, so the process does not overlap with production time. Optionally, it creates additional copy of backup data for better safety. It is also available in a software-only form, as part of StarWind VSAN functionality. 

StarWind VTL targets those, who need to replace existing tape backup infrastructure or accelerate it if regulatory requirements prohibit replacement. In case the goal is just virtualizing tape backup or creating a stretched backup infrastructure, StarWind Tape Redirector will come in handy. 

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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. Volvo, Sony, Samsung, Hitachi
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company19%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Comms Service Provider13%
Healthcare Company9%
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Financial Services Firm29%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider10%
Logistics Company7%
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Government23%
Non Profit15%
Manufacturing Company15%
Transportation Company15%
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Manufacturing Company27%
Government23%
Software R&D Company13%
Health, Wellness And Fitness Company13%
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Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise75%
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Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise76%
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Small Business52%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise29%
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