Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Overview

Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct is the #8 ranked solution in our list of top Software Defined Storage (SDS) tools. It is most often compared to VMware vSAN: Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct vs VMware vSAN

What is Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct?

Storage Spaces Direct uses industry-standard servers with local-attached drives to create highly available, highly scalable software-defined storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN or NAS arrays. Its converged or hyper-converged architecture radically simplifies procurement and deployment, while features like caching, storage tiers, and erasure coding, together with the latest hardware innovation like RDMA networking and NVMe drives, deliver unrivaled efficiency and performance.

Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Buyer's Guide

Download the Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: February 2021

Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Customers

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct pricing:
  • "Cost-wise the product is one of the more affordable within the category of products."
  • "With the data center licensing and everything that is connected to that, this solution is relatively costly."

Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Reviews

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Noel Teng
Technology Specialist at myIAN
Real User
Top 20
Feb 25, 2020
Has good caching capabilities using storage-class memory but the online documentation needs improvement

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for this solution is mostly for various consolidations. The most common use case is for ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) and consolidation like EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), knowledge bases, SQL server, and other databases. I require a very high IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) for clients and this is what the solution provides.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature are the caching capabilities using the storage class memory."
  • "I think the online documentation needs a lot of work and so do the sizing tools."

What other advice do I have?

Anyone considering this solution should make sure that they test the features that they are specifically looking for to be confident that the solution has all the capabilities that they need. This is the advice I always give all participants in the events and the training that I conduct. Users need to be comfortable with a solution that they are choosing and they have to make their choices for good reasons. You need to be exposed to it and do not just jump into any solution without being trained on it and learning more about it. Do not make excuses just for a chance to buy any solution made by…
Lawrence Tse
Founder, Professional Services Director, Lead Architect at Falcon Consulting
Real User
Top 10
Aug 17, 2020
A great solution for fostering the natural expansion of the traditional hybrid culture

What is our primary use case?

There are specific use cases. For the time being, most of our customers use this solution to foster the natural expansion of the traditional hybrid culture. There are two versions: they can use the hybrid form and sometimes they use the development VMware form. The goal is to optimize the cost for the data expanse, to expand the expenses. That's why the VMware customers have trouble with VMware, because of the expansive high maintenance fees. Primarily, our customers use this solution for site recovery. They are using the STD platform to form a hybrid-converged infrastructure.

Pros and Cons

  • "The flash ability, in terms of tiering and caching, is amazing"
  • "Documentation management could be improved"

What other advice do I have?

This solution has an on-premise clouding bridge, but actively, there is no cloud version. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine. For me, it's very difficult to deal with marketing, I need to handle it for Microsoft. When we try to engage with customers, they are not interested because Microsoft doesn't have the corresponding credit, and due to this, we lose customers. If I am going to be confident enough to promote this Microsoft solution, I need my customer to have 100% trust in me. I am not comfortable promoting this solution to new customers.
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reviewer959067
System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jan 26, 2020
A robust solution that is straightforward to set up and has no single point of failure

What is our primary use case?

We are a system integrator and we work with many storage solutions, including Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that there is no single point of failure."
  • "More optimization could be done in terms of mirroring."

What other advice do I have?

Croatia is relatively small and we don't have many big companies. The most common implementation has 10 or 20 terabytes of storage, but you don't need high performance for all of it. Often, you only need the best performance for running a database that is perhaps one terabyte in size. The ideal thing would be to have this solution work with Windows standard licensing. For larger installations, it will be very good to have access to all of the Windows data center features. On the other hand, if you only have four or five virtual machines running in a hyper-converged cluster then you don't gain…
reviewer901842
Enterprise Architect/Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Mar 24, 2020
Scalable, but only if you go with more than two nodes

Pros and Cons

  • "It's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions."
  • "It is scalable, but only beyond two nodes. If I go for two nodes it's not scalable. I need to build a complete cluster from the beginning if I'm going for two nodes."

What other advice do I have?

You need to evaluate what your requirements are because the market is moving on with the cloud. You need to look at which cloud you are going with. If you're going with Microsoft cloud, it's good to go with the Storage Spaces Direct. But you need to see how it compares in the market right now. Look at the industry reviews that have already been done. If you look at industry reports, Storage Spaces Direct is not at the highest, leading level right now. Nutanix or VxRail are the market leaders for hyper-converged right now, overall. You need to see their roadmap and how they are going to proceed…