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Noel Teng
Real User
Technology Specialist at myIAN
Feb 25 2020

What is most valuable?

I think probably the most important feature in this product is the caching capabilities using the storage-class memory.

What needs improvement?

Actually the technology is heading in the right direction so it is a little difficult to criticize the product itself for what we use it for. I think the online documentation needs a lot of work and so do the sizing tools. Considering what… more»

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

Cost-wise the product is one of the more affordable within the category of products.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We do use multiple brands depending on client needs so our situation is not so much that we switch or adopt something and leave something else behind as the client might. From brand to brand there are differences and advantages. The Dell… more»

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… more»
Real User
Infrastructure Lead at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 15 2019

What is most valuable?

Resiliency. There were many situations I put myself in while testing, and the data was never at risk.

How has it helped my organization?

The performance is immediately noticeable by end users of all our on-premise applications. The cost (we were a Hyper-V customer anyway) was significantly less than… more»

What needs improvement?

RDMA ease of deployment. The performance benefits only came with all the new technology, and not only was RDMA a big requirement, but it was also the most challenging to… more»

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

If you still use VMware as your hypervisor, you should consider Hyper-V. Since 2012 R2, it is as good as VMware, and with S2D it is much more cost effective.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Dell Compellent as our storage previously.

What other advice do I have?

Stop using mechanical spinning disks; it costs more in the long run for all the performance challenges. Consider iWarp if you don't already have advanced experience with… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't test any other options, but we did research and evaluate other options (Nutanix, Nimble, vSAN, etc.).
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Real User
System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jan 26 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that there is no single point of failure. There are many individual places that can fail, but you do not have general failures.

What needs improvement?

With this solution, you have to invest much more in hardware than is required with some other solutions. An example is that costly SSD drives are needed for caching. The overall cost of this solution… more»

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

With the data center licensing and everything that is connected to that, this solution is relatively costly.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have used and implemented many different storage solutions, depending on the client. For example, for smaller implementations, we have used iSCSI. It is much cheaper, is easier to manage, and has… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

So far, for our implementations, this solution has not been suitable for us.
Real User
Enterprise Architect/Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 24 2020

What is most valuable?

It's mainly about the storage expansion, like in hyper-converged solutions.

What needs improvement?

There is room for improvement in their network capabilities. Right now, if I'm going with the on-prem Storage Spaces Direct then I need to have a toll switch. They have a requirement: If I'm going for more nodes, they need to have raw traffic — which means FCoE traffic — that can only be through a toll switch. All other OEMs that have hyper-converged do not require a toll switch; I can just plug… more»

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… more»

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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.