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Jim Merritt
Real User
Enterprise Architect at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The biggest feature, the biggest reason we went with SwiftStack, rather than deploying our own model with OpenStack Swift, was their deployment model. That was really the primary point in our purchase… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest impact, which really doesn't get noticed until you need it, is in our data protection environment. Up until we utilized SwiftStack, we were spinning physical tapes. We now have a disaster… more»

What needs improvement?

When I started, SwiftStack was just a deployment model for OpenStack Swift. It did what it needed to do. There may have been some room for refinement procedurally in how to do certain management… more»

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

All in, with hardware and everything else - and I hate to say a dollar amount because it's been awhile since I computed it - I know I'm under the $300 to $500 per terabyte mark. I call that my "all… more»

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

At a previous employer I had experience with Amplidata, Core System, and DDN WOS. The way we got to SwiftStack is that I came from a medical facility where they did research into genomics, Big Data… more»

What other advice do I have?

You don't need the fanciest hardware out there but you need enterprise-grade equipment. The real important thing is to map out the connectivity of all your nodes and know how the data gets traversed… more»
Real User
Scientific Information Officer at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
Jul 10 2019

What is most valuable?

* You can bring your own drives, which don't have to be certified. This usually means that they cost significantly more to insert a certified drive with the manufacturer… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped us with the ability to distribute data to different data centers. As part of our DR strategy, we have nodes automatically replicating data from one data… more»

What needs improvement?

On the controller features, there needs to be a bit more clean up of the user interface. There are a lot of options available on the GUI which might be better organized or… more»

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

There is no vendor lock-in. The ongoing support and maintenance costs are not through the roof like some vendors, especially those that specialize in backup appliances… more»

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

We did use a different solution. We switched because of cost and scalability. The initial purchase price, ongoing support, and maintenance costs, also coupled with the… more»

What other advice do I have?

Know your use cases and how you plan on utilizing it. As part of that use case, understand the flow of your data and how you want that to look. If you're going to send it… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We sort of reevaluated the use of our Spectra Logic tape library. We also reevaluated the Data Domain that we had been using. We looked at a couple other object storage… more»
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Real User
Engineering Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The SwiftStack Controller, which is the web UI, provides out of band management. This has been one of the best features of it. It allows us to be able to do upgrades and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to dynamically grow storage at a lower cost. We can repurpose hardware and buy commodity hardware. There is a huge cost savings, on average $100,000 a year… more»

What needs improvement?

The file access needs improvement. The NFS was rolled out as a single service. It needs to be fully integrated into the proxy in a highly available fashion, like the… more»

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

The pricing model is great and makes sense. We have talked about how to get into more of a frequent billing cycle than once a year. That would be an interesting concept to… more»

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

It was the first object storage product that we ever installed. We had more traditional storage, like a NetApp or a Dell-type solution with a traditional NAS or SAN. This… more»

What other advice do I have?

Give it consideration. A lot of people don't know about it or how it works. The biggest advice: You don't require OpenStack to run SwiftStack. That is the biggest product… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have looked at IBM Cleversafe, which is now IBM Cloud Object Storage. We had discussions about Scality and Cloudian. We looked at NetApp StorageGRID Webscale, which was… more»
Ron Trompert
Real User
Group Leader Online Data Services at Surfsara
Aug 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its versatility. We use 1space and we can use it for almost anything: for our cloud service, for backups of VMs. You can use it for almost… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We do have archives, but for a lot of use cases people cannot deal with the latency that comes with such storage. What we needed, and what a number of our users needed… more»

What needs improvement?

At the moment we are using Erasure coding in an 8+4 setting. What would be nice is if, for some standard configurations like 15+4 and 8+4, there were more versatility so… more»

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

We find the pricing rather steep. Of course, you get quality for your money, that's absolutely true. But I do get questions about it from my management. When you look at… more»

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

We didn't have a previous solution. I had read about the solution and was very interested in it because, as I mentioned before, we were looking for some kind of… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would absolutely recommend SwiftStack. The quality is really good, the stability is fantastic. It requires very little manpower. The performance of SwiftStack is… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At Surfsara we already had several different storage solutions. In that sense, we did do a comparison because we were already running some of the competitive solutions… more»
Headcld09876
Real User
Head of Cloud Operations at a tech vendor
Apr 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are its * resiliency * deployment cost. The resiliency gives us uptime that is better than what we're able to deliver with competing products.

How has it helped my organization?

I don't think it has improved the way the organization functions. It just delivers a better cost point. We can sell storage more cheaply by utilizing this product and it… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better client integrations, support for a broader client library. SwiftStack could be a little bit more involved in the client side: Python, Java, C… more»

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

Other than the standard licensing fees, you need to have the hardware.

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

I have used different solutions in the past, but only ever open-source, never anything commercial. This organization was using open-source Swift prior. We switched to… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to get familiar with the open-source product first because it is more difficult to use but it gives you better fundamentals on how the actual system… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The only question we had was staying with open-source or buying the commercial version.
Chris Gatch
Real User
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Apr 01 2019

What is most valuable?

* The scalability: The ability to scale the platform to very large capacities, while remaining manageable. * You can do file and object in the same platform using their… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We launched a product. We don't use it internally for our own use. We deliver it as a service to other customers. The impact on our business was that we launched a new… more»

What needs improvement?

* The biggest room for improvement is the maturity of the proxyFS solution. That piece of code is relatively new, so most of our issues have been around the proxyFS. *… more»

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

One of their advantages of being a commercial open source platform is, for the scale that they offer, the pricing is pretty competitive.

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

We switched to SwiftStack due to technical problems with the previous company.

What other advice do I have?

It is a really good object storage. I would be careful about use cases around proxyFS, because it's a less mature, earlier stage component. It is a good platform, as long… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Scality and Cohesity. It helped us to decrease our costs for storing and utilizing data. This was based on a comparative basis versus other choices that… more»

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SwiftStack enables you to do more with storage. Store more data, enable more applications and serve more users. We do this by delivering a proven object storage solution that's built on an open-source core and is fully enterprise ready. Our object storage software is an alternative to complex, expensive, on-premises hardware-based storage solutions. SwiftStack delivers the features and flexibility you need to easily manage and scale object storage behind your firewall. Customers are demanding storage where they can pay as they grow, find it is easier to consume, and can infinitely scale. Today, our customers use SwiftStack for archiving active data, serving web content, building private clouds, sharing documents and storing backups.
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