We performed a comparison between Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and DataCore SANsymphony based on real PeerSpot user reviews.Find out in this report how the two HCI solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
"I save both physical and virtual space."
"It's quite easy to manage."
"Integration with virtualization platforms helped us to resolve many issues we were facing while using the physical storage."
"We went from "no way DB applications would have good performance" to "Wow! We can now actually have a DB running and have some VMs running at the same time.""
"It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it."
"The install itself is easy as pie."
"The backup is readily available for use, and the restoration process is easy."
"The fact that we can expand our storage and add on to our compute nodes easily and how amazing the StarWind technical support team is really adding value to our purchase."
"Support is very responsive."
"The implementation process is okay."
"It is a stable and scalable solution."
"The solution scales extremely well."
"The most valuable feature of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is its performance."
"The initial setup is easy."
"I like Cisco Intersight."
"Great integration with backup software."
"The most valuable feature of DataCore SANsymphony SDS is its high availability. This solution also exhibits good performance and has high stability."
"It is a very stable solution."
"The DataCore system has been rock solid since we have been using it - from 2007 on."
"I am very happy with this product's ability to adapt, increase, and modify existing infrastructures."
"Storage is always available."
"CDP is an important feature for avoiding data loss in the event of ransomware attacks. You need more storage capacity, however, you get the possibility to return at any time and use the data saved up to that point. The recovery is much faster than with a classic restore."
"I found the solution to be very stable."
"SANsymphony is flexible, with many potential options for implementation. SANsymphony's can be used with VMware, Hyper-V, or even with a hypervisor agnostic approach. It can also be used for strictly physical non-virtualized solutions."
"The interface of the management console of the StarWind Virtual SAN is complex, and it's difficult for the novice user to interact with the management having less knowledge or training in the product."
"StarWind Virtual SAN could benefit from better integration with other tools and technologies, such as backup and disaster recovery solutions."
"For someone entering the IT sector with little knowledge of storage, iSCSI, and virtual disks, they might not find the GUI immediately obvious."
"Regular updates to the software are required, and subtle design changes would be welcome."
"The setup and documentation for the installation with the free version could definitely be improved."
"For me, the product could be improved by it being made cheaper."
"Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items."
"One main thing this product needs to work on is reporting."
"The utilization needs to be better. It needs more options."
"The solution could improve by having more customization."
"Lacks easy integration with other vendors."
"The initial setup could be faster, due to the prerequisites."
"The initial setup can be complex."
"HyperFlex could be improved by reducing the minimum number of nodes supported from three to two."
"You have to get the same servers with the same storage; they need to be identical. However, in vSAN or in VMware we don't have to do that. We can just add storage and manage it in the same server."
"Cisco HyperFlex should decrease the amount of memory needed from the Controller VM that controls the physical discs. They control the discs by using the virtual VM over every ESXi host and the VM consumes memory and consumes more hardware resources. They have to improve that by decreasing the amount of required memory and CPUs to control this disc on the server."
"Its interface could be better."
"SANsymphony is missing some features that vSAN has. For example, vSAN has a special feature called continuous data protection. It provides the ability to go back in time to a given moment. You can see what was on your disk in the past up to two weeks. That's a great feature because ransomware attacks are increasingly common, and that provides you some kind of protection."
"If you're dealing with big databases or transactional databases, it might not be the best-suited solution. The design of DataCore's solution isn't oriented towards this type of data."
"One limitation of this solution is that it's Windows-based, e.g. one requirement to install DataCore SANsymphony SDS is putting it on a Windows server machine. It relies on Windows and that is a limitation because there are some customers who are looking for non Windows systems."
"NVMeoF should be implemented. This protocol will play a major role in storage infrastructure in the future."
"The graphical interface is not always very stable."
"There is room for improvement in the graphical interface."
"We'd like to manage the raid on the disk directly in SanSymphony."
StarWind Virtual SAN provides high availability and fault tolerance for virtualized environments without the need for dedicated SAN hardware. It allows for real-time replication between servers, shared storage for Hyper-V clusters, and enables vMotion and High Availability features for VMware vSphere. The solution reduces costs and leverages existing hardware while providing a scalable and reliable infrastructure. Valuable features include ease of use, scalability, top-tier support, hardware agnosticism, and the ability to use off-the-shelf standard servers to increase storage space. StarWind VSAN has helped organizations improve performance, data availability, and data security while reducing downtime and providing cost-saving storage options.
The Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform is a purpose-built, high-performance, scale-out file system with a wide array of enterprise-class data management services. The data platform’s innovations redefine distributed storage technology, giving you complete hyper-convergence with enterprise storage features:
DataCore SANsymphony is a very powerful software-defined storage (SDS) solution that makes it easy for organizations to take control of their data storage operations. It makes it so that users can choose the way that their data storage infrastructure is built and operates. Businesses that choose DataCore SANsymphony find that potential threats to their data are either removed completely or mitigated.
DataCore SANsymphony Benefits
Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by choosing to deploy DataCore SANsymphony include:
DataCore SANsymphony Features
Some of the many features DataCore SANsymphony offers include:
Reviews from Real Users
DataCore SANsymphony is a solution that stands out even when compared to its top competitors. Two major advantages it offers are its synchronous mirroring capability and the high level of reliability that it provides.
A Systems and Network Engineer at a computer software company writes, “The synchronous mirroring is great. Storage is always available. This is the main feature of DataCore SANsymphony SDS which allows very high storage availability and better protection against environmental incidents (electrical, flooding, etc.).”
Fernando V., a LAN Engineer at Maimonides Medical Center, says, “The software just works and is reliable. Downtime due to storage maintenance or upgrades is long gone. We have multiple types of software running to differentiate our applications. This gives us more value due to the fact that we can use the application to segment workloads if needed. The bottom line is that the software runs our applications on whatever storage vendor we choose - and it does so reliably.”
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Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is ranked 7th in HCI with 24 reviews while DataCore SANsymphony is ranked 8th in HCI with 14 reviews. Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is rated 8.0, while DataCore SANsymphony is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series writes "High performance solution that makes it easy to efficiently manage VM resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of DataCore SANsymphony writes "Easily scalable with great technical support and very good snapshot capabilities". Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and HPE SimpliVity, whereas DataCore SANsymphony is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Pure Storage FlashArray, Red Hat Ceph Storage and VxRail. See our Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series vs. DataCore SANsymphony report.
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