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We performed a comparison between DataCore SANsymphony and HPE Hyper Converged 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.

To learn more, read our detailed DataCore SANsymphony vs. HPE Hyper Converged report (Updated: September 2022).
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The support has been amazing and quick to reply.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""This was a great implementation for a small to mid-size business.""The license price is one of the cheapest in the market.""The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it.""This software lets us maintain storage redundancy across both of our Hyper-V hosts, so if one goes down the environment fails over to the other and we have minimal to no downtime."

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"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.""Active-active is the most valuable aspect for us.""Storage is always available.""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.""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 most useful feature of SANsymphony is that it's able to manage any brand of block storage.""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.""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."

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"Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.""There are multiple advantages. Typically, being an all-flash storage, which is available through either SimpliVity or dHCI, the performance is much better because the IOPS goes high, so it's more powerful in terms of performance. Secondly, if I'm talking of SimpliVity Hyper Convergence solution from HPE, unlike the competition, even if three hard drives fail, you are still running the solution.""It provides unmatched performance, productivity and reliability.""No concerns or issues with stability.""The solution has good backup resolution updates.""Hyper Converge is easier to manage and performs better than traditional infrastructure."

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Cons
"There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""It took a bit of knowledge and support to put in place but once installed it works fine. Migration (HyperV) from one server to another sometimes takes longer than expected but there is no data loss even if the host crashes.""It would be helpful if StarWind provided more precise and detailed documentation explaining how to configure the solution in various scenarios, including the advantages and disadvantages of each.""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.""If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""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.""StarWind Virtual SAN architecture is slightly complex and requires the team to carefully identify and study how the solution integrates with VMware vSphere."

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"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.""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.""Datacore is developing a new WebUI with new dashboards. It is a good idea as the classic GUI is lacking dashboards.""NVMeoF should be implemented. This protocol will play a major role in storage infrastructure in the future.""It would be ideal if they were providing archive licensing with the ability to create a second pool on existing storage nodes.""The solution could be better packaged and marketed.""The graphical interface is not always very stable.""Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today."

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"In the Hyper Converged environment, some of the brands only support the OS VMware and not Hyper-V from Microsoft or even Red Hat or KVM.""We have faced some challenges when upgrading. With Hyper Converged, you have to fully upgrade because there are no incremental upgrades available in this solution. For example, let's say we have two nodes. If we want to upgrade storage, we also need to upgrade computing. That means a full upgrade EME.""This solution is very costly.""Installation and setup could be easier.""Could be more secure and more economical.""Scalability requires using additional nodes."

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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."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
  • "This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
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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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  • "If I'm comparing with Dell, HPE Hyper Converged is definitely cheaper in my experience."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
    Top Answer:The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
    Top Answer:The most useful feature of SANsymphony is that it's able to manage any brand of block storage.
    Top Answer:We have licensing costs on a yearly basis. They charge per terabyte, so in terms of cost, it can be very costly. They… more »
    Top Answer:If it could integrate to a cloud gateway, then we could carry it directly to storage, instead of having middleware in… more »
    Top Answer:Reasonably priced and easy to manage for small to medium size companies that don't have an IT department.
    Top Answer:The downside of the solution is the scalability because they grow using nodes, but it's not desegregate. If you want to… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    DataCore SANsymphony SDS, DataCore, SANsymphony-V, Hyperconverged Virtual SAN
    HPE Hyper Converged 380, HPE Hyper Converged 250, HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS
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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.

    HPE Hyper Converged solutions combine intuitive software with the reliability of a world class platform to deliver cloud-like simplicity to your business.

    Now, IT can become an internal service provider to end-users by quickly delivering the resources they need for application development and consumption. With HPE Hyper Converged systems companies can operate with cloud efficiency to simplify IT operations with one comprehensive control panel to deploy, monitor, analyze and update – with a single generalist; consume with cloud flexibility to deliver a cloud-like experience, with multi-tenant workspaces that eliminate stranded resources and flexes on demand; and deploy at cloud speed to empower developers and lines-of-business with a self-service portal that can instantly compose and recompose VMs in minutes. Built-in enterprise grade features, such as performance and resiliency enable HPE Hyper Converged systems to easily handle a wide variety of virtualized workloads, including general purpose virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and cloud.

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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.
    North Lindsey College, FireWhat?, HudsonAlpha
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization9%
    Healthcare Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Non Profit34%
    Government10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company22%
    Marketing Services Firm11%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Legal Firm11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise57%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise48%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise52%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    DataCore SANsymphony vs. HPE Hyper Converged
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony vs. HPE Hyper Converged and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    DataCore SANsymphony is ranked 7th in HCI with 12 reviews while HPE Hyper Converged is ranked 11th in HCI with 6 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony is rated 9.4, while HPE Hyper Converged is rated 9.2. 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 HPE Hyper Converged writes "High performance that gives an advantage over traditional virtualization". DataCore SANsymphony is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Pure Storage FlashArray and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), whereas HPE Hyper Converged is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Dell vSAN Ready Nodes. See our DataCore SANsymphony vs. HPE Hyper Converged report.

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