Red Hat Ceph Storage vs. StorPool

Red Hat Ceph Storage is ranked 1st in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 11 reviews vs StorPool which is ranked 6th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 9 reviews. The top reviewer of Red Hat Ceph Storage writes "Provides block storage and object storage from the same storage cluster". The top reviewer of StorPool writes "Review about StorPool". Red Hat Ceph Storage is most compared with VMware vSAN, ScaleIO and LizardFS. StorPool is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, ScaleIO and LizardFS. See our Red Hat Ceph Storage vs. StorPool report.
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Replicated and erasure coded pools have allowed for multiple copies to be kept, easy scale-out of additional nodes, and easy replacement of failed hard drives. The solution continues working even when there are errors.Ceph has simplified my storage integration. I no longer need two or three storage systems, as Ceph can support all my storage needs. I no longer need OpenStack Swift for REST object storage access, I no longer need NFS or GlusterFS for filesystem sharing, and most importantly, I no longer need LVM or DRBD for my virtual machines in OpenStack.Data redundancy is a key feature, since it can survive failures (disks/servers). We didn’t lose our data or have a service interruption during server/disk failures.We are using Ceph internal inexpensive disk and data redundancy without spending extra money on external storage.Without any extra costs, I was able to provide a redundant environment.The community support is very good.It has helped to save money and scale the storage without limits.We have some legacy servers that can be associated with this structure. With Ceph, we can rearrange these machines and reuse our investment.

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The team behind it was very engaged and had the skills and ability to support a service provider.The two 10GE networks provide redundancy and increased performance as they serve as two separate networks doubling the throughput and doing multipathing and load balancing. We now have a high performance shared storage system which enables us to run on private cloud. Our previous system used bare-metal hardware, which provided high performance but inflexible management. Now we have best of both worlds, SSD-class performance with flexibility of a private cloud system.With StorPool we were able to build live failover on top of our LXC infrastructure. This allows us both to live-migrate containers between compute nodes without any downtime and, in case of an entire node suffering any type of failure, we can bring all containers back online within a minute on a spare compute node.The speed of the storage solution also allows us to provide service to applications that are ​very I/O ​intensive.Performance, redundancy, scalability and cost-effectiveness. StorPool delivers superbly in all of these areas.

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It needs a better UI for easier installation and management.I have encountered issues with stability when replication factor was not 3, which is the default and recommended value. Go below 3 and problems will arise.Rebalancing and recovery are a bit slow.This product uses a lot of CPU and network bandwidth. It needs some deduplication features and to use delta for rebalancing.Geo-replication needs improvement. It is a new feature, and not well supported yet.In the deployment step, we need to create some config files to add Ceph functions in OpenStack modules (Nova, Cinder, Glance). It would be useful to have a tool that validates the format of the data in those files, before generating a deploy with failures.Ceph is not a mature product at this time. Guides are misleading and incomplete. You will meet all kind of bugs and errors trying to install the system for the first time. It requires very experienced personnel to support and keep the system in working condition, and install all necessary packets.Please create a failback solution for OpenStack replication and maybe QoS to allow guaranteed IOPS.

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Monitoring and statistics UI is a bit clumsy.At times we need to check the disks and do some minor operations. A friendlier user interface would be useful in such cases.It would be good if, with next releases, StorPool provide a better GUI for monitoring and statistics. This would make our experience even better and complete.he only place we feel they could improve is the time it takes to bring new features to production.Live and historical performance statistics would be useful, though my understanding is that this is on the way in a future release.

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If you can afford a product like Red Hat Ceph Storage then go for it. If you cannot, then you need to test Ceph and get your hands dirty.We never used the paid support.Most of time, you can get Ceph with the OpenStack solution in a subscription​​ as a bundle.​There is no cost for software.The other big advantage is that Ceph is free software. Compared to traditional SAN based storage, it is very economical.

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StorPool software is cost-effective and gives us a pricing advantage over our competitors.StorPool's pricing and licensing model is very transparent. As always, one has to due his due diligence when choosing a product like distributed storage solutions.It provides us with a significant reduction in TCO due to their pay-as-you-grow licensing model, which means we don’t have to pay upfront for hardware and licensing for capacity thStorPoolat we don’t yet need to use.

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Suha OnayReal User

We have been using StorPool for over 3 years now and we are extremely happy with it. Since then we have witnessed an increase in the performance, whilst the downtime simply disappeared. When choosing a storage vendor, we also tried out Ceph, because it is believed to be good for block storage, but when we ran tests on similar hardware with both Ceph and StorPool, StorPool outperformed Ceph by an order of magnitude

14 November 18
Naran McClungUser

From a mate of mine who’s closer these technologies - pasted verbatim:

“Ceph is an open source solution and part of the industry acknowledged OpenStack solution championed by Red Hat. StorPool is a startup out of Bulgaria with ties to Google and a couple of other industry darlings via alumni. It would all depend on the use case and the benefits of each solution against that, but I’d probably back Ceph as being more widely adopted and therefore widely tested, and with an army of Red Hatters behind it to remedy any issues and Red Hat support I doubt it will run out of funding like so many other niche players do without a benefactor.

That being said if StorPool proves itself then I imagine it will be snapped up by someone fairly quickly ala Nimble/HP. Possibly one to watch but in a crowded market it would be hard to differentiate.”

09 April 18
reviewer247605User

I don’t know Storpool and than I can recommend to you Ceph only.

10 April 18
Jailand MyandeeUser

Both are fine, though I have a small preference for Storpool, I would advise that they do a trial first to measure the latency.

10 April 18
Moin DinUser

I shall choose "Red Hat Ceph" . the reason is easy to use.

10 April 18
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Red Hat Ceph Storage is an enterprise open source platform that provides unified software-defined storage on standard, economical servers and disks. With block, object, and file storage combined into one platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage efficiently and automatically manages all your data.

StorPool is intelligent storage software that runs on standard servers and builds scalable, high-performance storage system out of these servers (software-defined storage). It focuses on the block-level storage and excels at it. It is incredibly flexible and can be deployed in both converged setups (on compute nodes, alongside VMs and applications) or on separate storage nodes.

StorPool has advanced fully-distributed architecture and is arguably the fastest and most efficient block-storage software on the market today. It is the best storage system when building a cloud.

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