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We performed a comparison between DataCore SANsymphony and IBM Spectrum Accelerate based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Software Defined Storage (SDS) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed DataCore SANsymphony vs. IBM Spectrum Accelerate report (Updated: August 2022).
635,513 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.""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.""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 valuable feature of DataCore SANsymphony SDS is its high availability. This solution also exhibits good performance and has high stability.""The most useful feature of SANsymphony is that it's able to manage any brand of block storage.""The documentation repository is really useful and kept updated.""The DataCore system has been rock solid since we have been using it - from 2007 on.""Storage is always available."

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"The most valuable feature is the robustness, which is typical of IBM because their software generally just works.""The ease of use is the solution's most valuable aspect. It's very user-friendly."

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Cons
"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.""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.""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.""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 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."

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"The reporting mechanisms need improvement.""he interface is not user-friendly so the ease of use could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "For a database, on a yearly basis, we pay approximately $3,500 for licensing fees. The solution is sold as a subscription on a yearly basis so there are no other ancillary costs."
  • "If you are cost-sensitive then this solution is not for you."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 have three different features, and you have to pay extra for those.
    Top Answer: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. It's a very expensive solution, and the… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the robustness, which is typical of IBM because their software generally just works.
    Top Answer:IBM licenses are quite expensive. If you are cost-sensitive then this solution is not for you.
    Top Answer:The interface is not user-friendly so the ease of use could be improved. There is a steep learning curve involved. I would like to have better integration with solutions like Veeam so that I can have… more »
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    Also Known As
    DataCore SANsymphony SDS, DataCore, SANsymphony-V, Hyperconverged Virtual SAN
    IBM XIV
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    Overview

    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.

    IBM Spectrum Accelerate is a software-defined block storage solution designed for rapid deployment across heterogeneous infrastructure for hybrid cloud and delivering consistent service levels to a dynamic workload mix. It is based on proven grid-architecture, enterprise-scale IBM XIV technology. IBM Spectrum Accelerate can be deployed, including as hyper-converged infrastructure, on any x86 server, on pre-installed third-party appliances or on public cloud infrastructure, and is available as a service on IBM Cloud infrastructure.

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    Sample Customers
    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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    Non Profit34%
    Government10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Government11%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    DataCore SANsymphony vs. IBM Spectrum Accelerate
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony vs. IBM Spectrum Accelerate and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    635,513 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    DataCore SANsymphony is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 12 reviews while IBM Spectrum Accelerate is ranked 13th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony is rated 9.4, while IBM Spectrum Accelerate is rated 8.0. 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 IBM Spectrum Accelerate writes "A robust solution with good performance and support". DataCore SANsymphony is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, StarWind Virtual SAN and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas IBM Spectrum Accelerate is most compared with IBM Spectrum Virtualize, IBM Spectrum Scale and Red Hat Ceph Storage. See our DataCore SANsymphony vs. IBM Spectrum Accelerate report.

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