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"GPFS monitoring is the best feature.""The most valuable feature is the ability to share files across different platforms.""We are using it for monitoring all of our storage.""The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better."

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"The management interface is the most valuable feature for us.""Another good feature is that you can pause the appliance if you want to move it from one location to another and then once it's moved you can resume it, this way you can physically move the whole cluster or storage without any downtime. Its really easy to use, if you have a good foundation in storage and clustering then you will need less then one hour to figure out how to operate it.""Having instant failover redundancy helps me sleep easier at night."

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Cons
"The biggest problem is that it is not able to provide block storage.""The pricing and licensing model for this solution are complex and it is sometimes difficult to explain it to customers.""Integration with other vendors is not available.""It would be helpful if there was a graphical user interface that could walk you through the deployment process. The instructions surrounding setup aren't the best. They need to be more step-by-step."

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"They could improve by providing integration with HP.""It needs more integration with backup vendors so there is native integration with it that will allow storage level backup/snapshots. I would love to see integration with Veeam and Commvault so it can be recognized by them directly and added as network storage.""StarWind no longer sells HDDs for primary storage."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The licensing is based on the number of terabytes.""The licensing model is complex and depends on factors such as the number of processing cores and the amount of storage."

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"It costs about 50,000 euros.""StarWind by far provides the best bang for the buck."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better.
Top Answer: The pricing isn't too expensive. It's reasonable.
Top Answer: The solution would benefit from being simplified. The scalability could be a bit better. It needs to be more flexible when it comes to expanding. It would be helpful if there was a graphical user… more »
Top Answer: Having instant failover redundancy helps me sleep easier at night.
Top Answer: StarWind by far provides the best bang for the buck. The big players are a stretch price-wise for the clients in this range, and StarWind beats them every time.
Top Answer: StarWind no longer sells HDDs for primary storage.
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Overview
IBM Spectrum Scale is a cluster file system that provides concurrent access to a single file system or set of file systems from multiple nodes. The nodes can be SAN attached, network attached, a mixture of SAN attached and network attached, or in a shared nothing cluster configuration. This enables access to this common set of data to support a scale-out solution or to provide a high availability platform. IBM Spectrum Scale has many features beyond common data access including data replication, policy based storage management, and multi-site operations. You can create a cluster of AIX nodes, Linux nodes, Windows server nodes, or a mix of all three. IBM Spectrum Scale can run on virtualized instances providing common data access in environments, leverage logical partitioning, or other hypervisors. Multiple IBM Spectrum Scale clusters can share data within a location or across wide area network (WAN) connections.

For SMB and Enterprises who are looking for high performance primary storage for server virtualization, VDI, database and Big Data scenarios, or inexpensive secondary backup tier, our solution is StarWind Storage Appliance. It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, and associated software into an easily scalable storage platform.

Additionally, the appliance features an optional gateway to Azure public cloud, which helps to implement an effective Disaster Recovery plan or meet regulatory requirements. StarWind SA scales up by adding individual disks and flash modules, or JBODs, while adding ready controller nodes allows scaling out. 

StarWind SA targets those, who need high-performance primary storage or secondary storage for backup. In case there is a whole virtualization infrastructure to build from scratch, StarWind HCA will come in handy. Otherwise, if all the required hardware is present, StarWind Virtual SAN will be enough to build a high-performance virtualization setup. 

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Bosch, EC2 IT, Solid Earth Inc., Canon
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Financial Services Firm71%
Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company14%
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Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm8%
Educational Organization6%
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Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company18%
Wholesaler/Distributor7%
Construction Company7%
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Large Enterprise88%
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IBM Spectrum Scale is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews while StarWind Storage Appliance is ranked 7th in NAS with 3 reviews. IBM Spectrum Scale is rated 8.0, while StarWind Storage Appliance is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Scale writes "Storage system with good performance that has GPFS monitoring and NFS support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Storage Appliance writes "Works as a service and does not require too many resources on the host". IBM Spectrum Scale is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, VMware vSAN, Red Hat Gluster Storage, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and IBM Spectrum Virtualize, whereas StarWind Storage Appliance is most compared with FreeNAS, StorMagic SvSAN and Dell EMC PowerScale (Isilon).

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