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Damon
Real User
System Engineering at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

No more vendor lock-in, overpriced drives, or forklift upgrades. With DataCore SANsymphony, you can utilize just about any storage you wish with this product such as… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage. So, we can throw in our own enterprise-class hardware (including SSDs) and not pay… more»

What needs improvement?

There's very little that I can find in their software that I would say needs to be improved. Sometimes the updates are too frequent, where just as we finish updating all… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would recommend sending administrators through DataCore's DCIE training/certification. DataCore has many options from hyper-converged solution, to even providing their… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Yes - We had a mix of various, black-box, type SANs (Dell, HP, Lefthand, DottHill, and EMC to name a few). We switched to standardize the storage across the enterprise… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes - Dell, EMC, and HP.
Real User
User
May 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is auto-tiering, which allows for storage pools containing different speed storage systems and the data automatically moved to the most appropriate pool.

How has it helped my organization?

DataCore has helped provide flexible, highly available, high-performance storage that otherwise would have been outside our price range.

What needs improvement?

The cost is becoming prohibitive since they moved to a subscription model. 'Education' pricing is such in name only (we are a school). When we originally purchased Datacore (in 2014) it was on a… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When we initially purchased DataCore, it was extremely cost-effective with a perpetual license. They have since moved to a subscription model, which may prove too expensive for us in the future. Make… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously we had local storage on separate physical servers. DataCore seemed the ideal solution for our vSAN when moving to a virtualized environment in VMware.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

DataCore appeared to be the most suitable, best-value solution at the time and as such, we did not evaluate other alternatives.
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Rog Fed
Real User
Technical Services Manager (Enterprise Systems) at a non-profit with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 29 2019

What is most valuable?

DataCore's ability to seamlessly move virtual volume data between storage pools as well as their synchronous mirroring has made maintenance and disaster recovery planning achievable. DataCore's… more»

How has it helped my organization?

DataCore has been doing software-defined storage since back before SDS was even a buzzword. It has provided a great deal of flexibility, performance, and efficiency for our Enterprise SAN. We are not… more»

What needs improvement?

DataCore needs a more efficient and better way to keep track of metrics and counters so that we can do baseline analysis to measure performance. Datacore has some functionality where you can send… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In regards to Fibre Channel, buy a server that can handle the highest number of Quad Port HBA cards. Purchase as much memory for the server as you can afford. Anything you spec out, you will need to… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have always had DataCore as our Enterprise SAN.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other solutions prior to selecting this one.
Scott Lambourne
Real User
System Administrator at Superior Water And Air
Apr 13 2019

What is most valuable?

It is easy to create storage and assign them to the various datastores in my VMware environment.

How has it helped my organization?

DataCore gave us speed, redundancy, reliability, and works great with our backup system.

What needs improvement?

Installing updates could be a bit more straightforward and easier to install. I have only installed one update on the systems, and for that, I had to bring in outside help… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I had the vendor that sold me the software and hardware assist with setting up the systems. I also paid for three years of support at the same time when I purchased the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No. This is my first time using software-defined storage.

What other advice do I have?

As a side note, I use Veeam to backup my servers, including the DataCore servers, and I have had no problem doing so.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did look at using VSAN from VMware, but that was going to be more money, hardware, and time involved to implement.
MichaelP
Real User
Head of IT at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Mar 28 2019

What is most valuable?

* Redundancy of vdisk: It provides less downtime. * Continuous data protection: It is always good to have a possibility to "go back". * Technical support: Technical… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* SANsymphony gives us the possibility to get storage redundancy with a very good ROI. * It also helps us to get a more balanced performance of our storage systems.

What needs improvement?

* It will help if there is a possibility to backup the vdisks directly. * An idea could be that there is a second storage just for backup which doesn't count to the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have not calculated the ROI of the software. Only the benefits in redundancy and scalability were important for us. The licensing is very easy to understand/calculate… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No, we have only used DataCore SANsymphony as SDS.

What other advice do I have?

The installation is only supported if it is installed by a DataCore certified implementation engineer. Also, updates should be done by this DCIE. If you want to manage… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Real User
User
Aug 06 2019

What is most valuable?

Performance boost (MegaCash, Parallel I/O technology) and Continuous data protection (CDP) are the features we love most because security and being productive are big points for us. DataCore is helping us focus on our core business and keep… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the time of using DataCore SANsympohny Hyper-converged-Infrastructure, we had no storage-related downtime in our environment. The server and storage functionality works, and maintenance is easier to handle depending on the redundancy… more»

What needs improvement?

We are waiting for container support (on the roadmap), as well as a user-friendly full web-administration capability, and an improved API. Supporting newer Windows Server versions faster (e.g. Microsoft Windows Server 2019) would be nice.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have another SDS solution before this one.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, we are happy with innovations, but in the future, we will also look into more improvements.
Real User
User
May 06 2019

What is most valuable?

The features I have found most valuable are the active-active, or so-called grid technology, and the integration into our VMware vCenter. Our vCenter is now much easier to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

DataCore SANsymphony has improved our organization by using much less hardware for storage. The power consumption and heat have decreased, so we were able to shut down one… more»

What needs improvement?

An easier way to open a service call, right through the DataCore GUI, would be an improvement, especially when there is an urgent issue.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost is at the same level as other storage solutions and it is easy to understand the licensing.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used the IBM SAN Volume Controller and switched to DataCore. In our case, it was possible to use less hardware and get more performance.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend taking a look at DataCore because it is a simple-to-use product that saved us from spending more money on additional hardware and support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have some experience with IBM storage solutions.
sleisse
User
Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Dec 19 2018

What is most valuable?

* High availability of storage * Stability and performance * Fast implementation and integration. Installation time was about one day. Since then, it runs stable.

How has it helped my organization?

We are now able to run a hot standby solution for our virtual systems with separated server rooms (in case of fire), and so we can minimize downtimes of our IT… more»

What needs improvement?

The product runs stable in the background and does what it should do, so I don't have any special issues at the moment, but increasing performance and improving the user… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product was installed by our IT partner in one day, so the installation cost is OK. Pricing and licensing was also fair.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

No, we did not.

What other advice do I have?

Maybe using a good IT partner who already has some experience with the product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The product was offered by our system integrator, they had installed it several times for other customers without problems, so we trusted them and they were right.
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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).
Also known as
DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN
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