DataCore SANsymphony SDS Valuable Features

System Engineering at Patriot LLC
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 another SAN, NAS, JBOD, FusionIO, etc. If Windows can see it as a non-removable drive, you can use it with SANsymphony. Also, you can use this to mirror any of these various types of storage, which is awesome for migration. Say, for example, you have an HP SAN and you want to migrate off it to your own JBOD-type storage, or you have two sites with two different storage SANs that you want to replicate data between. With DataCore, it is possible to mix and match just about any storage platform you want to use. As software-defined storage, the system is designed to run on top of Windows Server OS (which can be virtual or physical) and can utilize the server's RAM to provide disk cache. This makes our 7.2K HDDs class storage run really fast, allowing us to use a bottom-tier class of drive and get the performance of a much higher class of drive. Also, if we have to add capacity or replace drives then we can just order replacement drives off the web, saving us quite a bit of money. Of course, we still use "enterprise-class" drives but we don't pay through the nose to buy hardware. If we want to upgrade the Ethernet ports from 1Gb to 10Gb then we just do it. The same goes for FC. If we want to upgrade from 4Gb FC to 16Gb, we don't have to do a forklift upgrade. We just buy the HBAs and we're off the to races. The other great thing is DataCore keeps their product on VMware's approved HCL. So even if you have a SAN (backend storage) that falls off the HCL with VMware, because it's virtualized storage behind DataCore, you're covered. If you put the storage behind DataCore then you won't have to worry about VMware's HCL any longer. Because of this fundamental practice, DataCore was one of the first storage vendors to support VVOLs. The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs. View full review »
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. View full review »
Rog Fed
Technical Services Manager (Enterprise Systems) at Maimonides Medical Center
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 auto-tiering feature also allows us to use our SSD arrays efficiently. View full review »
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Scott Lambourne
System Administrator at Superior Water And Air
It is easy to create storage and assign them to the various datastores in my VMware environment. View full review »
Head of IT at United Planet GmbH
* Redundancy of vdisk: It provides less downtime. * Continuous data protection: It is always good to have a possibility to "go back". * Technical support: Technical support is amazing. It is very fast and always has a solution in no time. View full review »
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 it running, which is important for our customer success. Supporting of Automated-Storage-Tiering (AST) is a good feature that saves money. View full review »
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 manage. View full review »
Senior Manager at Leisse & Soehne GmbH
* High availability of storage * Stability and performance * Fast implementation and integration. Installation time was about one day. Since then, it runs stable. View full review »
Michael Ollesch
IT System Administrator at Molkerei Ammerland eG
* Three-way mirror synchronization of the data over three sections * Auto-tiering: effective utilization of fast to slow memory areas * CDP: Continuous data protection is an important part of our backup strategy. View full review »
Administrateur Systèmes et réseaux at Centre Hospitalier de PAU
* The better features are the synchronous replication and the management console. * The synchronous replication gives us the ability to make business continuity planning. * I like the management console which is very easy to use. View full review »
Mike Felber
User at Kommunaler Sozialverband Sachsen
* The most useful features are the continuity of service, mirroring and auto-tiering, and the associated performance. * We enjoy great reliability, flexibility, and performance. * DataCore helps to use memory efficiently. View full review »
IT manager at SRADDA
Redundancy and improved performance in terms of storage with auto-tiering are the most valuable features. It needs just two nodes for the operating system and licensing. View full review »
SANsymphony is a very versatile product and its vendor's agnostic nature allows us to pick and choose our hardware platform. Its redundancy allows us to perform maintenance 'on the fly' and protects our data from all manners of failure. View full review »
IT Service Manager at EKIUM
The performance is good. The interface is user-friendly. View full review »
Maxence VIODET
Technicien SIC at SDIS 58 - Service Départemental d'Incendie et de Secours
DataCore is very fast storage, applications start faster, and database access is improved. You can attach different storage pool and DataCore chooses where to store data (the most accessed data are on the faster storage automatically). Replication helps us to replicate virtual servers on different sites easily. View full review »
User at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
Auto-tiering moves data to fast disk if needed. Works great. I don't have to think about the second set of data. View full review »
Johann R.
User at Groupe d'Aucy
The most valuable feature of this solution is the ability to migrate from one storage area to another one easily. The evolution of the solution by adding new storage without having to go through a difficult migration is very helpful. View full review »
IT Manager at IMS
* The parallel I/O function is very useful when there are many requests for read/write access to the disks. The administration is simple and easy. * It is possible to create a virtual disk very easily, and moving the virtual machines is fast. View full review »
Paul Rouger
IT manager at Sciences Po Bordeaux
We have gained in scalability. The most valuable feature for us is that we can adjust the size of the storage very easily, without stopping production. The product is easy to administrate. View full review »
Network Administrator at LAN Professionals
The ease with which I can create and manage storage for my entire network from one easy-to-use interface. View full review »
Mirrored vDisk, and creating a third node with asynchronous replication to get the data out of the datacenter. The new third node is great for an always-on experience. View full review »
Administrator at Conseil Departemental 93
The most useful feature is the continuity of service and the associated performance. It brings great flexibility. View full review »
Christian Baldauf
Senior IT Consultant / Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
* Synchronous mirror with transparent failover * High performance * CDP * Thin provisioning * Easy management These features greatly simplify operations and provide high availability for data and operations. View full review »
Commercial Director with 1-10 employees
Flexibility. You can install it on almost any hardware and/or hypervisor. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about DataCore SANsymphony SDS. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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