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DataCore SANsymphony vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""The virtual tapes can be uploaded to the object storage of your choice with object locking/governance which gives you an extra layer of protection.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""It's quite easy to manage.""The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."

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"The DataCore system has been rock solid since we have been using it - from 2007 on.""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 most useful feature of SANsymphony is that it's able to manage any brand of block storage.""The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.""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.""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.""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 documentation repository is really useful and kept updated."

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"We have the ability to increase the storage without any additional costs.""So far, the solution's performance is very good.""Nimble DHCI is really user friendly and not complex""The solution is useful for taking storage snapshots, has high performance, and the CASL architecture is good for optimizing workloads.""The nice thing about it is that it truly integrates with the cloud, so I can move my volumes bi-directionally in and out of the cloud.""I love InfoSite. That gets you a lot of good detailed information.""Nimble Storage is a capable platform with high availability.""HPE's InfoSight software, which does the comparative analysis and artificial intelligence built-in in the box, and with Nimble they do well against the competition. Additionally, the dashboards are good."

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Cons
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things.""The only way I can see this product needing improvement is the consultation level of the StarWind sales and engineers.""Security on the ISCSI protocol could be improved by adding features like OS-type control access, especially for the data center environment.""A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node.""Currently, the StarWind management console is a bit clunky to navigate and isn't the most user-intuitive interface.""There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA."

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"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.""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.""It would be ideal if they were providing archive licensing with the ability to create a second pool on existing storage nodes.""NVMeoF should be implemented. This protocol will play a major role in storage infrastructure in the future.""Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today.""The graphical interface is not always very stable.""The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors.""Right now, the version used is run on Microsoft Windows Server. Having a Linux version or even an appliance would be better as it would eliminate the use of additional licensing for another piece of hardware."

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"Lacking integration to the cloud.""This year 2022, we have the possibility to include new kinds of storage with a high disk availability, such as Alletra 6000 and Alletra 9000. Those are the new storage available. If we would like to improve the quality and the capability and the high availability of these products, we can choose between different costs. This is another benefit from this HPE Nimble Storage dHCI solution of hyper-converged.""Sometimes the technical support would get back to us in two hours, but other times it would take them two or even three days to respond.""The only issue I'm really running into is we have a SQL server that we're having a lot of high IO latency on one of my drives and it's my data drive from my SQL server. It's not really giving me any good information as to where that latency is coming from, so that's what I'm trying to track down and troubleshoot.""Their documentation needs to be simpler to read yet more detailed so it's easy to compare models and easier for clients to pick.""The initial setup is a little bit complicated.""Nimble Storage's integration with the management software could be better.""The solution could improve by providing better file-level restoration and DVX system options."

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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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  • "I think it's priced right and it's extremely intelligent."
  • "The customers have found the solution to be expensive. However, when compared to the competition the price is reasonable."
  • "The cost of the licensing is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The features that I found most valuable are ease of use of the software that StarWind offers - with the first setup… more »
    Top Answer:The initial setup cost will be great, especially with the new hardware. The StarWind pricing isn't that expensive… more »
    Top Answer:Some users have commented on online forums and others that the documentation and KB articles could be clearer or better… more »
    Top Answer:Users need to remember that they just need to buy what they use.
    Top Answer:The graphical interface is not always very stable. In a dense infrastructure with many volumes and disks, slowness and… more »
    Top Answer:So far, the solution's performance is very good.
    Top Answer:The pricing is okay. Out of five, the pricing is about a three, I would say. It was not cheap. However, it's not as… more »
    Top Answer:I'm not sure if there are features lacking.
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    Also Known As
    DataCore SANsymphony SDS, DataCore, SANsymphony-V, Hyperconverged Virtual SAN
    Nimble Storage dHCI
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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 Nimble Storage dHCI an intelligent platform with the flexibility of converged and the simplicity of HCI. It disaggregates compute and storage and integrates hyperconverged control to give enterprises simple infrastructure management on a flexible architecture.

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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.
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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company10%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Transportation Company6%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Non Profit34%
    Government10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise15%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    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 Business70%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise10%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
    DataCore SANsymphony vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    DataCore SANsymphony is ranked 7th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 12 reviews while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is ranked 9th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 10 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony is rated 9.4, while HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is rated 8.6. 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 HPE Nimble Storage dHCI writes "Provides the flexibility needed to scale storage and compute independently". DataCore SANsymphony is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and HPE StoreVirtual, whereas HPE Nimble Storage dHCI is most compared with HPE SimpliVity, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. See our DataCore SANsymphony vs. HPE Nimble Storage dHCI report.

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