SwiftStack Valuable Features

Jim Merritt
Enterprise Architect at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
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 decision, back when we initially deployed. It took my installation time from days to hours, for deployment in our environment, versus deploying OpenStack Swift ourselves, manually. Since then, there has been a lot of value-add that we've gotten out of it with the SwiftStack Gateway and ProxyFS, and the Metadata Search that they've added over the years. It performs much better than I expected. We have a fairly large capacity network that supports our SwiftStack hardware. So performance, for us, has really never been a large issue. As a backup target, which is probably the one place that it would matter, our max ingest rate is about 2 TB per hour, which is more than adequate for our needs. View full review »
Scientific Information Officer at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
* 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 who is selling you your solution. * It is platform independent, so you bring your own hardware. It doesn't matter if you get a Dell EMC, HPE, IBM, etc. Its hardware agnostic capabilities are great. Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo are obviously big players, but sometimes they don't have the best prices. You are not tied to any one particular vendor, and it gives you great flexibility as far as pricing is concerned. You can go out, and say, "Give me the most capacity in the smallest number of use spaces." Sometimes that's not the big vendors, it's the small vendors who provide this. * The forward thinking in their cloud solution creates a global namespace across the major public clouds. It allows you to go from on-premise to the cloud seamlessly. They have made it easier to move data between the different cloud vendors and move those flows from on-premise to the cloud, then from the cloud back to on-premise. That freedom that they facilitate is hard to put a price on, because it gives you flexibility. * The metadata search capabilities are something that we look forward to being able to use, though we haven't fully had a chance to get into them. However, in the life sciences area, it could be tremendously beneficial. * Ease of operation: We got it up and running, and it's been solid. We can upgrade the capacity of our drives at any point in time. * The flexibility that the solution provides, both for hardware and on-premise, then to the cloud. That flexibility is great. View full review »
Engineering Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
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 look at performance metrics. It is a top feature and reason to choose the product. View full review »
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Ron Trompert
Group Leader Online Data Services at Surfsara
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 anything. That's something we like very much. We have a storage policy where we have three copies of the data. We migrate that data to another storage policy and we use the 1space feature for that. I very much doubt that the developers envisioned that use case when they developed it but it does work. When working with petabytes of data, we find that data can be ingested and accessed at a fast rate. SwiftStack is also quite flexible when it comes to hardware. It depends, of course, on the use case and the kind of hardware you want to buy. But you have quite a bit of choice in hardware. The SwiftStack software itself does not impose anything on you. View full review »
Head of Cloud Operations at a tech vendor
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. View full review »
Chris Gatch
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
* 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 proxyFS capability. * We have had good technical and operational support, which has been an important factor for us. * The hardware is flexible. They provide a wide range of options. View full review »
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