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DataCore SANsymphony vs. Dell PowerFlex
July 2022
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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks.""It is extremely stable.""The top-notch support before, during, and after deployments are better than any other vendor I have come across.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."

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"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.""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 solution's most valuable feature is its versatility, with there being support for all new hardware technologies and platforms, disc mirroring and very effective auto tiering.""It's a software storage solution that can scale as we like. There is also has a parallel feature that enhances the performance of the storage solution. We can separate storage and computing, and we can scale these two parts of the platform to meet business needs efficiently.""The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.""The most valuable feature of DataCore SANsymphony SDS is its high availability. This solution also exhibits good performance and has high stability.""Continuous data protection (CDP), can be used to "protect" again ransomware by recording all write on disk in a log. You can recover your data with incredible time granularity.""The most useful feature of SANsymphony is that it's able to manage any brand of block storage."

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"We've had no issues with scaling the solution.""The catalog of APIs for automation has been most valuable, although they are quite limited.""It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place."

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Cons
"I would like an automated installation/configuration despite the fact that their service is very collaborative, a customer should be able to deploy the solution by themselves.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""If it's possible to make a driver/solution that does not make use of the iSCSI targets of Windows, that would be great. I don't know if that's possible, however, it could make the configuration a little easier.""There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA.""It would be nice to see a new UI for the windows client, as it is not the easiest to find settings.""Management tools could be improved, sometimes the usage seems to be slowed down and confusing. A native web interface could also be an option. I love to see in the future port of the software on a general Linux distribution like RedHat or Ubuntu in order to avoid windows license costs. I would also like to see features like erasure coding implemented. On the VSAN software, I would like to see some improvements in the storage pools (eliminate the usage of the file as a data container and use the raw partition).""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""I would like to see different levels of support offered."

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"The solution could be better packaged and marketed.""It would be ideal if they were providing archive licensing with the ability to create a second pool on existing storage nodes.""Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today.""Datacore is developing a new WebUI with new dashboards. It is a good idea as the classic GUI is lacking dashboards.""If it could integrate to a cloud gateway, then we could carry it directly to storage, instead of having middleware in between the storage and the cloud.""The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors.""The graphical interface is not always very stable.""Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial."

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"It would be great to get earlier access to beta builds because we have to develop providers on our own. The APIs and enablers for custom automation could also be improved.""We've had some issues around the licensing.""The installation is complex."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
  • "I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
  • "The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
  • "I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
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  • "This product has a good ratio between quality and price. In many cases, it's less expensive to work with DataCore than other storage systems."
  • "This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage."
  • "The solution is cost effective."
  • "We have licensing costs on a yearly basis. They charge per terabyte, so in terms of cost, it can be very costly. They have three different features, and you have to pay extra for those."
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  • "The price of the solution is fair, it is priced in the average range amongst competitors."
  • "The cost of this solution is fair."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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    Top Answer:The catalog of APIs for automation has been most valuable, although they are quite limited.
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    Also Known As
    DataCore SANsymphony SDS, DataCore, SANsymphony-V, Hyperconverged Virtual SAN
    VxFlex, VxRack FLEX, PowerFlex
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    Overview

    For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

    StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

    DataCore SANsymphony enterprise-class Software-defined Storage (SDS) platform provides a high-performance, highly available and agile storage infrastructure with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for SAN and HCI environments.

    VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.

    The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.

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    Sample Customers
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    Volkswagen, Maimonides Medical Center, The Biodesign Institute, ISCO Industries, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, United Financial Credit Union, Derby Supply Chain Solutions, Mission Community Hospital, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Colby-Sawyer College, Mount Sinai Health System, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Quorn Foods, Bitburger, University of Birmingham, Stadtverwaltung Heidelberg, NetEnt to name a few.
    Canopy, 8x8Inc., Atos, Canadian Pacific, City of Denton, CenturyLink, BNP Paribas, Asyaport, EDF, CSC, Fox Sports, Insight, Hunter, KPIT, Paetec, Rosetta Stone, Sonda, Xerox
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization6%
    Non Profit6%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Non Profit34%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Government10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    DataCore SANsymphony vs. Dell PowerFlex
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony vs. Dell PowerFlex and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    DataCore SANsymphony is ranked 7th in HCI with 12 reviews while Dell PowerFlex is ranked 13th in HCI with 3 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony is rated 9.4, while Dell PowerFlex is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of DataCore SANsymphony writes "Provides HA virtualized storage independent of storage type or vendor". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Dell PowerFlex writes "Stable with good technical support and the capability to scale". DataCore SANsymphony is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and StorMagic SvSAN, whereas Dell PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Rubrik. See our DataCore SANsymphony vs. Dell PowerFlex report.

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