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What is StorPool?

StorPool is intelligent storage software that runs on standard servers and builds scalable, high-performance storage system out of these servers (software-defined storage). It focuses on the block-level storage and excels at it. It is incredibly flexible and can be deployed in both converged setups (on compute nodes, alongside VMs and applications) or on separate storage nodes.

StorPool has advanced fully-distributed architecture and is arguably the fastest and most efficient block-storage software on the market today. It is the best storage system when building a cloud.

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it_user689271
President at eApps Hosting
User
Enabled us to increase both our gross margins and performance while also decreasing latency

What is our primary use case?

We initially started using StorPool at three locations with a capacity of 250+ TB.
By implementing StorPool, we managed to increase both our gross margins and performance, while decreasing the latency to 0.19-0.26 ms up to 125,000 IOPS.

How has it helped my organization?

We now deliver all-flash performance and improved uptime with an SSD-based shared storage system. The reliability was increased due to the resilience and quality of StorPool.

What is most valuable?

Managing StorPool is much simpler than our previous storage system, especially having a CLI option which our previous storage system was lacking. Monitoring a StorPool cluster is also simple with the built-in JSON API.

What needs improvement?

Support for VMware is with iSCSI at this point. This is fine, but we're waiting for the full VMware integration they are working on.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have experienced no stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

StorPool has seamless scalability. Add more hardware, and usable space grows seamlessly.

How are customer service and technical support?

Тhe StorPool support team has been just great. They provided expert advice on all aspects of the hardware configuration, including recommendations on how to maximize performance, while reducing investments. Their responsiveness and technical proficiency were very impressive. This helped us to deploy the solution very quickly.

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

Before StorPool, we used a traditional redundant SAN with off the shelf hardware and commercial SAN soſtware. The previous system was not based on SSD, and the old SAN soſtware required a lot of overhead. Thus we went shopping for a new solution.

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

For us, StorPool offered scalable SSD based solution with high uptime and enterprise-grade support, at affordable prices.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

After extensive research on software-defined storage options and thorough tests, we selected StorPool for its product quality and high resource utilization.

What other advice do I have?

We would recommend StorPool without reservation, to anyone who needs what they offer. The StorPool solution has met or exceeded our expectations. StorPool’s staff has been highly responsive, competent, and has performed their duties in a professional manner.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MV
User
User
The team behind it was very engaged and had the skills and ability to support a service provider

Pros and Cons

  • "The team behind it was very engaged and had the skills and ability to support a service provider."
  • "Monitoring and statistics UI is a bit clumsy."

What is our primary use case?

We have 12 active locations around the world and a number of new locations in development, which makes our case more complex. We were looking for flexibility in the deployment model, allowing us to tailor the storage solution to the specific requirements of every location.

    StorPool’s storage solution integrated seamlessly with the networking and computing pieces. For instance, in Zurich, our largest cloud, StorPool was deployed in a semi-converged setup which combines converged all-SSD nodes (running both applications and storage) with separate storage-only HDD nodes. In other locations where the power density is lower, the optimal setup is different and in that case a fully converged setup is used.

    We are very happy and can finally say that the collaboration that we have had with StorPool has been excellent. We’ve been very happy with the reactions of the operational team both in terms of managing the solution and expanding it, but also in terms of dealing with issues and working together. We found StorPool to be a great partner in terms of our service delivery.

    How has it helped my organization?

    From a commercial perspective, aſter adopting StorPool we’ve been able to achieve a much more efficient fabric that’s allowing us to sell more services on the same hardware.

    What is most valuable?

    One of the attractions of StorPool was that it is a very technology-focused company and has highly talented individuals. We are confident, not only that the product was the right product, because of the design and the architectural aspects, but also that the team behind it was very engaged and had the skills and ability to support a service provider.

    For a cloud provider, the storage is a system which cannot be taken down, even for maintenance, because it’s impossible to coordinate thousands of customers regarding downtime. With StorPool, however, we don’t have to worry about that.

    What needs improvement?

    Monitoring and statistics UI is a bit clumsy, although StorPool is currently working on a new version.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Three to five years.
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    it_user849921
    Head of IT Services Operations Center at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Gives us top performance from our cloud service with low latency

    Pros and Cons

      • "At times we need to check the disks and do some minor operations. A friendlier user interface would be useful in such cases."

      What is our primary use case?

      We started our cloud platform almost six years ago with OnApp. At that time, software defined storage was only a dream and we were forced to use traditional SAN. We were focused on performance, stability, and the possibility of expanding storage without changing hardware or buying new equipment. 

      StorPool gave us all of these: unbeatable performance from our cloud service, low latency, and great support. Our customers are more than happy with the quality of our cloud platform and we are more than happy with StorPool storage.

      How has it helped my organization?

      We started our platform with ordinary storage solutions, but they led us to many problems that took a lot of time to debug and resolve. Since implementing StorPool we have not had any downtime. We have high-performance storage that we can expand if needed. We can also provide custom solutions, based on StorPool, that work for our clients.

      StorPool software is also cost-effective and gives us a pricing advantage over our competitors.

      What is most valuable?

      When we first tested StorPool, we were impressed by the performance and the option to expand our storage almost without limit. In the beginning, we used several servers and expanded storage when needed. Doing so, we gave our clients stability and ensured their needs would always be met.

      What needs improvement?

      At times we need to check the disks and do some minor operations. A friendlier user interface would be useful in such cases.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      Three to five years.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We have never encountered any issues with stability. Even when some of our hypervisors went down, the data was protected and re-balanced over working servers.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We have upgraded disk space several times. It's easy and takes place without any interruptions.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Storpool support is top-notch. We can contact them at any time if we have problems or questions. We receive quick and detailed response.

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

      We used a standard storage solution from QSAN, but we had issues with it at times. Also, it was impossible to scale without either buying a new one or requiring downtime.

      How was the initial setup?

      All setup was done by Storpool, along with all necessary tests. They helped us a lot in upgrading the version of our platform to match their needs. Also, if there is a new version, they do full research into what we must do to update.

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

      The licensing model is very flexible and is cost-effective.

      What other advice do I have?

      If your choose Storpool, you will receive a very good product, stability, top support, and absolutely qualified technical staff who are always ready to help.

      StorPool has a great team of professionals that we can always rely on. That is why we are sure that our service will be uninterrupted.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user851862
      CEO at a tech vendor
      Real User
      Enabled us to replace our SSD-only local storage without any performance penalty

      Pros and Cons

      • "The two 10GE networks provide redundancy and increased performance as they serve as two separate networks doubling the throughput and doing multipathing and load balancing. We now have a high performance shared storage system which enables us to run on private cloud. Our previous system used bare-metal hardware, which provided high performance but inflexible management. Now we have best of both worlds, SSD-class performance with flexibility of a private cloud system."
      • "It would be good if, with next releases, StorPool provide a better GUI for monitoring and statistics. This would make our experience even better and complete."

      What is our primary use case?

      As we needed an all-SSD level of performance, StorPool implemented its SSD-Hybrid system, which keeps a full copy of data on SSD and redundant copies on HDDs to get the best of both - hundreds of thousands of IOPS and lower cost.

      How has it helped my organization?

      The two 10GE networks provide redundancy and increased performance as they serve as two separate networks doubling the throughput and doing multipathing and load balancing.

      We now have a high performance shared storage system which enables us to run on private cloud. Our previous system used bare-metal hardware, which provided high performance but inflexible management. Now we have best of both worlds, SSD-class performance with flexibility of a private cloud system.

      What is most valuable?

      StorPool is a software-only solution with practically unlimited expansion capabilities. Its performance is very high. We were able to replace our SSD-only local storage systems without any performance penalty.

      What needs improvement?

      It would be good if, with next releases, StorPool provide a better GUI for monitoring and statistics. This would make our experience even better and complete.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      One to three years.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      When we need to grow capacity we simply upgrade to bigger drives or add more drives/servers to the StorPool cluster. 

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

      We were running on bare-metal servers and using local RAID 10 BBWBC disk systems. We first started with SAS disks and later switched to all-SSD solutions. We had custom data migration and backup systems to manage this bare-metal configuration. However, as the number of servers grew, management and lack of flexibility became problems. Our initial experiments with building a private cloud were promising but we needed a shared storage system. In our experience, hardware storage solutions are expensive to build and run, so we started looking into software defined storage solutions.

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

      Its performance to price ratio is very high.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We first tested open source solutions, Ceph and GlusterFS. GlusterFS is a good solution for file-based storage but it is slow for sync writing disk images. Ceph is also a good block storage solution but our test showed that on similar hardware StorPool outperformed Ceph by a large margin.

      What other advice do I have?

      I rate it a 10 out of 10. We are very happy with StorPool. Performance is impressive and expansion is as simple as adding an additional node. Furthermore, all this is offered with a professional support team that advises you on all aspects, from hardware selection to private cloud software solutions.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user851859
      CEO
      Vendor
      Speed of the solution allows us to provide service to I/O intensive applications

      Pros and Cons

      • "With StorPool we were able to build live failover on top of our LXC infrastructure. This allows us both to live-migrate containers between compute nodes without any downtime and, in case of an entire node suffering any type of failure, we can bring all containers back online within a minute on a spare compute node."
      • "The speed of the storage solution also allows us to provide service to applications that are ​very I/O ​intensive."
      • "he only place we feel they could improve is the time it takes to bring new features to production."

      What is our primary use case?

      We needed a distributed storage system to provide high-available solutions to our customers as well as to add a redundancy layer to our hosting infrastructure. Due to the high level of service we're offering and the high level of resource demands, we also needed the distributed storage system to be at least as fast as local SSD storage.

      How has it helped my organization?

      With StorPool we were able to build live failover on top of our LXC infrastructure. This allows us both to live-migrate containers between compute nodes without any downtime and, in case of an entire node suffering any type of failure, we can bring all containers back online within a minute on a spare compute node.

      What is most valuable?

      Built-in redundancy for both storage nodes and network gives us peace of mind in case of a hardware failure, be it a storage node or a network component. The speed of the storage solution also allows us to provide service to applications that are very I/O intensive.

      What needs improvement?

      We have generally been happy with StorPool's product. As previously mentioned we haven't had any issues since deploying their solution. The only place we feel they could improve is the time it takes to bring new features to production.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      One to three years.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We haven't had any stability issues since deploying StorPool.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We haven't scaled our production cluster yet, but we have previously tested adding more storage nodes and that worked without any issues.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      We have received timely and knowledgeable support from StorPool on the rare occasions we've contacted their support.

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

      We hadn't really used any enterprise grade storage solution prior to StorPool.

      How was the initial setup?

      The initial process was very straightforward. We provided the hardware to StorPool and had a working cluster in a couple of days. Joining new members in the cluster is also a very straightforward process.

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

      StorPool's pricing and licensing model is very transparent. As always, one has to due his due diligence when choosing a product like distributed storage solutions.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We have tested several storage network solutions that our service providers had at the time: a Dell distributed storage used by SoftLayer (not sure on the exact platform/name but it was discontinued after if tailed spectacularly several times) and EMC (before it was acquired by Dell).

      What other advice do I have?

      I would give StorPool a solid nine out of 10. We haven't had any issues since we've deployed the solution. StorPool offers a great product at a very affordable pricing, given the capabilities of the solution.

      Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My employer is a StorPool investor.
      it_user650274
      Operations Director at Kualo Limited
      Consultant
      We have experienced no unplanned outages or performance issues

      Pros and Cons

      • "Performance, redundancy, scalability and cost-effectiveness. StorPool delivers superbly in all of these areas."
      • "Live and historical performance statistics would be useful, though my understanding is that this is on the way in a future release."

      How has it helped my organization?

      Since deploying StorPool, we have experienced no unplanned outages or performance issues. Our technical and engineering teams no longer live in a permanent state of high alert due to storage outages or throughput degradation due to ‘hot spots’ and as a result have more time to devote to other endeavours.

      Our sales team is now confident to design solutions involving our cloud product because we're confident with the stability of the storage which underpins everything on the platform.

      What is most valuable?

      Performance, redundancy, scalability and cost-effectiveness. StorPool delivers superbly in all of these areas - something no other product we have either tested or deployed has been able to do consistently.

      What needs improvement?

      Live and historical performance statistics would be useful, though my understanding is that this is on the way in a future release. This could likely be combined with general health monitoring via some sort of dashboard.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No, on the contrary. StorPool has ‘just worked’ for us – it has handled everything that we’ve thrown at it over the past two years with ease.

      StorPool has allowed us to resume actively marketing and selling our cloud product – we’d stopped doing so prior to StorPool as we didn’t have full confidence in the underlying storage.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      We’re very pleased with the way in which we can scale our StorPool deployments as our storage requirements grow. One tremendous benefit of scaling with StorPool is that it also results in increased performance due to the fact it automatically re-balances existing data in the background across the additional drives to proactively prevent hot spots. As we grow the cluster, it just gets faster and faster.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      The assistance we’ve received from our first contact to date has been remarkable - markedly higher than elsewhere. Their team have really gone the extra mile for us in all areas of deployment, including making recommendations for other areas of our virtualisation infrastructure. Everyone in their team seems to be committed to providing great customer service.

      Technical Support:

      StorPool’s technical team has been incredible from day one. They always go out of their way to provide fantastic support, and frequently step outside of what would be their 'official' remit to provide advice and insight into how we can improve other areas of our infrastructure to make the most of their solution. Their team are highly competent, and we consider them partners who truly want the best for us.

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

      Since our first AppLogic based cloud deployments in 2009, storage speed and capacity limitations have been a reoccurring headache. Enterprise solutions had the potential to solve these problems, but were not financially viable for the client base we serve.

      How was the initial setup?

      StorPool’s team facilitated our initial deployment and went above and beyond to assist us. The process was handled smoothly and we were able to easily transition our existing clients to it with most not even noticing.

      What about the implementation team?

      StorPool’s team helped us with the implementation. Unlike other vendors, they took full care of the implementation and the ongoing smooth running of the deployment. They also continue to assist with system design for other areas of our platform to ensure we could get the most out of the StorPool deployment.

      What was our ROI?

      This isn’t easy to calculate largely because we were able to re-use existing equipment so we don’t have precise costs to base this on. The ability to use commodity hardware is of course a massive advantage in itself.

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

      StorPool provides us with a significant reduction in TCO due to their pay-as-you-grow licensing model, which means we don’t have to pay upfront for hardware and licensing for capacity that we don’t yet need to use. The result is that we can scale our storage incrementally as we require it.

      It also enables us to deploy in a converged fashion, whereby the same servers can be used for both storage and compute.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Over the years we have deployed numerous soſtware solutions including Nexenta, FreeNAS and OpenFiler, but in all cases we rapidly encountered scalability issues, performance problems or both.

      What other advice do I have?

      StorPool is the solution to storage performance and scalability problems that we’ve been battling with for years. It has delivered the performance and reliability our clients require at a viable cost, virtually eliminated the time our engineering team spends dealing with storage related problems and it provides us with access to a fantastic team who excel at what they do and always go the extra mile to exceed our expectations. StorPool’s technical team have been exceptional from day one. They facilitated our initial test deployment and went above and beyond to assist us with benchmarking. They are relentless in their quest to get the best possible performance from our deployments and frequently make optimisation suggestions to further improve our data throughput.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      Account Manager at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
      Vendor
      Review about StorPool

      What is most valuable?

      CloudSigma has 10 locations around the world and a number of new locations in the pipeline, which makes it more complex. We were looking for flexibility in the deployment model allowing us to tailor the storage solution to the specific requirements of every location. This should be the biggest advantage.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Using StorPool we had about 15% increase in our gross margin and that is huge for a service provider. At the same time we increased the performance significantly. That’s really a major change.

      What needs improvement?

      We have increased our gross margin, we’ve increased the performance, we’ve reduced the customer churn!

      For how long have I used the solution?

      2 years

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?


      No, we noticed an improvement from the first deployment and it went fast and easy.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      The system has been running stable, performing very well, we haven’t hit really major issues and the product road map is coming in with different thing that’s going to have commercial benefit like compression, back-ups, and other features that would be really useful to us on the line.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      StorPool is deployed in all six operating CloudSigma locations and is being rolled-out in more locations under development worldwide. We are more than convinced that the solution is fully scalable.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Exceptional.

      Technical Support:

      Extremely good!

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

      CloudSigma used to run three storage solutions in parallel: an internally developed solution, based on ZFS, an all-flash array and several scale-out magnetic deployments with a commercial vendor.

      How was the initial setup?

      It was easy and fast.

      What about the implementation team?

      In-house.

      What was our ROI?

      According to our calculation we increased the gross margin with approx. 15%, so it is good.

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

      Not the cheapest solution on the market, but it worth's the investment.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Yes, but we had bad experience with other vendors.

      What other advice do I have?

      We increased our gross margin, we’ve increased performance, we’ve reduced customer churn. We are very happy and finally we can say – the liaison we have had with StorPool has been excellent. We’ve been very happy with the reactions of the operational team both in terms of managing the solution and expanding it but also in terms of dealing with issues and working together. We found StorPool to be a great partner in terms of our service deliver.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      ITCS user
      CEO & Founder at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
      Real User
      Now we have more resources to concentrate on other research like virtualization layer, networking layer and automation.​

      What is most valuable?

      StorPool’s team has deep understanding about technology and help us:

      - Tune our system or consult for further vHost.vn growth

      - Coach our System Engineering to higher level with more information about tech in this industry.

      How has it helped my organization?

      In the past, if the server had problems, our system administrators had to go to the datacenter to fix and repair the hardware, the downtime increased even more. Nowadays, the whole sys admin team can work remotely and just start VPS on another spare dedicated server in datacenter with less downtime to our traditional VPS services.

      What needs improvement?

      1. Decreased TCO

      2. Scalability

      3. Increased revenue

      4. Time saving

      5. Downtime reduction

      6. Save more time and concentrate on other tasks.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      Almost one year.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      No, everything went smoothly.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      No, everything is good.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      Great, and fast response.

      Technical Support:

      Excellent support team with deep understanding about technique.

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

      We used OnApp IS and all VPS always had errors due to OnApp Integrated Storage backend. OnApp IS made our VPS go down daily.

      How was the initial setup?

      It was fast and easy, and StorPool’s team helped us a lot with deep knowledge and know-how.

      What about the implementation team?

      No, it was not through a vendor.

      What was our ROI?

      We have not calculated the cost per IOPS but our cost per GB is very good.

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

      It was a good investment. Now automates our vMotions, so it has helped us keep congestion on our hosts way down, and has been more effective than DRS.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      We are testing many software from open source to commercial solution for our distribution storage to host all our VPS like: Ceph Block Device, ZFS, Virtuozzo Storage, OnApp Integrated Storage, vSAN (VMware).

      What other advice do I have?

      I would absolutely recommend StorPool. Commercial solution is better than open source, especially in support.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user689271
      President at eApps Hosting
      User
      StorPool delivers significantly enhanced performance

      What is most valuable?

      Managing StorPool is much simpler than our previous storage system, especially having a CLI option which our previous storage system was lacking.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Due to the reliability of StorPool and the high level of support by StorPool staff, we expect to spend less system admin time to run and operate the solution. This will allow our technical staff to focus on other duties and projects.

      What needs improvement?

      In terms of areas for improvements, honestly there is nothing we dislike. We have provided feedback on some desired features in the future but we like the system just as it is.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      Less than a year.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      No.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      No.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      No. A StorPool cluster is very easy to expand, we will be adding additional servers in the future to grow our usable space in the cluster.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      StorPool’s staff has been highly responsive, competent, and has performed their duties in a professional manner.

      Technical Support:

      Very good and extremely competent.

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

      Yes, we are replacing a traditional redundant SAN using off-the-shelf hardware and StarWind SAN software.

      How was the initial setup?

      It was straightforward.

      What about the implementation team?

      StorPool’s team did the implementation.

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

      You'll receive an enterprise solution at an affordable price.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Yes, compared to the storage system we used previously, StorPool is almost twice as fast.

      What other advice do I have?

      We would recommend StorPool without reservation. The StorPool solution has met or exceeded our expectations.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      Suha Onay
      CEO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
      Real User
      It is a software-only solution with valuable expansion capabilities and provides SSD-class performance.

      What is most valuable?

      StorPool is a software-only solution with practically unlimited expansion capabilities. Its performance is very high. We were able to replace our SSD-only local storage systems without any performance penalty. Its price/performance is very high!

      How has it helped my organization?

      As the number of servers grew, management and lack of flexibility became a problem. Our initial experiments with private clouds were promising but we needed a shared storage system.

      We now have a high-performance shared storage system which enables us to run on a private cloud. Our previous system used bare-metal hardware, which provided high performance but inflexible management. Now we have the best of both worlds, SSD-class performance with the flexibility of a private cloud system.

      What needs improvement?

      Although controlling the system from console has lots of capabilities, an interface to view the performance of the StorPool System and control some cases is a need.

      StorPool has no native support of VMware & Hyper-V yet. StorPool does it through a standard protocol (iSCSI), like a regular SAN.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I have used it for a year and a half.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      We have not encountered any deployment issues. StorPool’s team took care for everything.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      We have not encountered any stability issues; everything was as expected.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Expansion is as simple as adding additional converged nodes. We know the price of a possible expansion; we can use whatever hardware is suitable for the job.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      Customer Service:

      StorPool’s engineers helped us during every step: demonstration, hardware selection, switch and NIC advice, installation, configuration and even open-source cloud management software selection. They were very helpful and advised us wisely.

      Technical Support:

      Technical support is excellent; always with the correct answer.

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

      We first tested open-source solutions, Ceph and GlusterFS. GlusterFS is a good solution for file-based storage but it is slow for sync writing disk images. Ceph again is a good block storage solution but our test showed that on similar hardware, StorPool outperforms Ceph by a large margin.

      How was the initial setup?

      Initial setup was straightforward.

      What about the implementation team?

      StorPool’s team took care for the implementation, initial setup and fine tuning.

      What was our ROI?

      TCO decreased substantially.

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

      It is worth the investment and you will decrease your infrastructure costs.

      Which other solutions did I evaluate?

      Before choosing this product, we also evaluated Ceph and GlusterFS.

      What other advice do I have?

      We are very happy with StorPool. Performance is impressive and expansion is as simple as adding an additional node. Furthermore, all this is offered with a professional support team who also advise you, from hardware selection to private cloud software solutions.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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