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DataCore SANsymphony SDS is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Storage Software tools. It is most often compared to VMware vSAN: DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs VMware vSAN

What is DataCore SANsymphony SDS?

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).

DataCore SANsymphony SDS is also known as DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN.

DataCore SANsymphony SDS Buyer's Guide

Download the DataCore SANsymphony SDS Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: September 2021

DataCore SANsymphony SDS Customers

Volkswagen, 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.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about DataCore SANsymphony SDS pricing:
  • "This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage."
  • "This product has a good ratio between quality and price. In many cases, it's less expensive to work with DataCore than other storage systems."
  • "Pricing has improved but it is still expensive."

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Damon
System Engineering at Patriot LLC
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Provides HA virtualized storage independent of storage type or vendor

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for providing software-defined storage that is virtualized, in a true HA configuration. It provides SAN storage services to VMware vCenter hosts and VMware Horizon hosts, as well as some physical Windows and Linux servers. This platform allows us to leverage any storage that Windows can leverage, including other vendor SAN devices. This allows us to keep existing storage, mirror SANs from 2 different vendors and even allow very easy migration from one vendor to another. Most of our locations just use RAID attached storage (as it is the least expensive) with… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs."
  • "Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial."

What other advice do I have?

While they support de-dup, it is recommended that you not de-dup the storage used for operating systems or high-change rated type data. The requires some planning to ensure the storage that is targeted for de-dup only have data that end users would be using (such as MS Office files, etc.)
CB
Senior IT Consultant / Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Easily scalable with great technical support and very good snapshot capabilities

What is our primary use case?

The solution is used for the provision of high performance and high availability block storage. By using auto-tiering, many applications can benefit from the high performance of current NVMe SSDs. At the same time, cold data is kept on low-cost storage resources. The separation of data streams from different applications (e.g. SAP HANA, SQL server, virtualisation) also increases overall performance and availability. The use of snapshots for data backup is already planned and scheduled. For this purpose, Veeam Backup 11 will be connected to SSY. The backup will then be LANless via Fibre… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "CDP is an important feature for avoiding data loss in the event of ransomware attacks. You need more storage capacity, however, you get the possibility to return at any time and use the data saved up to that point. The recovery is much faster than with a classic restore."
  • "NVMeoF should be implemented. This protocol will play a major role in storage infrastructure in the future."

What other advice do I have?

I am glad to have used SSY. The solution is very stable and performs well. It requires very little effort. What you do have to do, however, is regularly apply Windows patches. To do this, the node has to be restarted. You should therefore always use a pair with synchronous mirrors to avoid downtime.
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RJ
Architecte Infrastructures at IT-Med
User
Great continuous data protection with a helpful implementation wizard and efficient technical support

What is our primary use case?

We're using SANsymphnony for our primary storage in a HA environment for sensitive production data. Storage nodes are HPE servers with SSD drives in them. They serve storage to two servers blades enclosures in a Fibre Channel storage network. We have a total of 50TB in a mirror. 16 servers use this storage in a VMware vSphere environment. This infrastructure has run without any issues since 2017 and we update it twice a year. Before that, we had other SANsymphony infrastructure running on an old HMP MSA storage array. We migrated without any interruption.

Pros and Cons

  • "The documentation repository is really useful and kept updated."
  • "The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors."
YD
Systems and networks engineer at EOS Informatique
User
Top 20Leaderboard
Great support, good storage performance, and allows for asynchronous replication to a third site

What is our primary use case?

SANSymphony is used to provide HA storage block services to the vSphere Streched Cluster. The backend virtualized storage is a mix of internal node storage and SAN (Dell Compellent, IBM Storwize). It can be fiberchannel connected or iscsi or both. By using this solution we provide a High Availability storage solution. We can do the running of VMs in classic Windows or Linux workload and Citrix virtual Apps. This is a software solution, so new functionality does not rely on any hardware.

Pros and Cons

  • "Continuous data protection (CDP), can be used to "protect" again ransomware by recording all write on disk in a log. You can recover your data with incredible time granularity."
  • "Datacore is developing a new WebUI with new dashboards. It is a good idea as the classic GUI is lacking dashboards."
SG
Presales Engineer at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
A stable enterprise-class software-defined storage platform that's highly scalable.

What is our primary use case?

I work with many customers that ask us to put their solution near the production because they can't stop the production. It's easier to protect the network this way.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a software storage solution that can scale as we like. There is also has a parallel feature that enhances the performance of the storage solution. We can separate storage and computing, and we can scale these two parts of the platform to meet business needs efficiently."
  • "Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from one to ten, I would give DataCore SANsymphony SDS a ten.
Sigfrid CECILLON
IT Service Manager at EKIUM
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
User-friendly interface, performs well, and the technical support is good

What is our primary use case?

We use this product as a storage network.

Pros and Cons

  • "The interface is user-friendly."
  • "I would like to see reporting added, such as a monthly connectivity report."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering SANSymphony is that it is flexible, user-friendly, and a product that I recommend. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.