DataCore SANsymphony vs. NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP

DataCore SANsymphony is ranked 12th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews vs NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP which is ranked 1st in Cloud Software Defined Storage with 23 reviews. The top reviewer of DataCore SANsymphony writes "A well-proven, automated management tool in all dynamic provisioning, auto-tiering, and parallel I/O​". The top reviewer of NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP writes "Dedupe and compression save us significant space; it's so cost-effective we're considering reducing what we charge". DataCore SANsymphony is most compared with EMC FAST, Hitachi Tiered Storage Manager and VMware vSAN. NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, IBM Spectrum Scale and ScaleIO.
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It is a well-proven, automated management tool in all dynamic provisioning, auto-tiering, great performance, parallel I/O​, cache speed mechanism, etc.Oracle OLTP benchmark to test how it improves the performance while using flash drive NVMP.

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Its usability, scalability, and dependability are very good.SnapMirror is a good solution, because we can take our production data and replicate it over to our DR data center with minimal administrative effort, which is huge.Technical support is good. NetApp's solution engineers are good at architecting designs which are standard, but also future thinking. I've only opened a few tickets, and they've answered my questions each time. NetApp takes less than four hours to respond.It has multiple uses. It does everything in one box.Scalability is awesome with a cluster node, not only can you scale up, but you can also scale out.The deduplication is valuable.The cluster version is flexible and easy to use.Stability and performance have been great.

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Unified storage (all block, objects, and files) should be in a single storage pool with unified storage concepts, hence providing the user with whatever they want.

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We are always looking for more security enhancements and ways to continue to provide security encryption, whether it's data in rest or security in transit. We would also like to have more enhanced encryption beyond the regular TLS and 256-bit.I would like to see FlexGroup volumes come to parity in terms of software features with Flex volumes. It seems like FlexGroup volumes have massive scalability, but their features set is not the same as Flex volumes, so we are currently unable to use it.While the data efficiency features are great, I want to see more efficiency and compression type of technology.The only thing I don't like is that firmware upgrades require downtime. It would be beneficial if we could do upgrades without as much downtime.In Africa, especially in West Africa, NetApp doesn't chat with their customers. Therefore, we always have to go through the local partners or vendors.Because most of us were new to the product, the initial setup was a bit cumbersome. Once we were trained, it was fine.I would like it to be more user-friendly. When you open the main dashboard, anyone should be able to know exactly what is going on, even without a tech background. Minimal training should be required.I would like to see Synchronize Snap mode in the next release.

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We have been able to save about 3TB to 5TB of storage. We still need to do more on the compression bit, then provisioning, to save more going forward.The product costs an arm and leg; it's expensive.The data compression and deduplication have kept us from buying more disks these past three years.It's not an all inclusive model. You have the option to purchase modules to make the entire ecosystem coherent. I would like the option to pay one price and get everything all inclusive, like OnCommand.They could reduce the price.Recently, we have seen ROI.The solution has helped us reduce the overall cost of storage by doing an OPEX agreement with NetApp, we are paying based on utilization. Instead of fronting 30 petabytes worth of storage, we are paying for what we're using.We save a lot because of the deduplication and compression.

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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 ONTAP Cloud is a data management solution that provides protection, visibility and control for your cloud-based workloads. It enables you to control both cloud and on-premises resources from a single, centralized management console. With ONTAP Cloud, you can expect enterprise class application availability and a smaller storage footprint, that come from NetApp's highly available design and storage efficiency technologies.
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