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We performed a comparison between DataCore SANsymphony and IBM Spectrum Scale 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 Scale report (Updated: August 2022).
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Pros
"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.""Storage is always available.""The most useful feature of SANsymphony is that it's able to manage any brand of block storage.""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.""The most valuable feature of DataCore SANsymphony SDS is its high availability. This solution also exhibits good performance and has high stability.""Active-active is the most valuable aspect for us.""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 DataCore system has been rock solid since we have been using it - from 2007 on."

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"The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better.""We are using it for monitoring all of our storage."

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Cons
"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.""The graphical interface is not always very stable.""The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors.""NVMeoF should be implemented. This protocol will play a major role in storage infrastructure in the future.""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.""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.""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."

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"It would be helpful if there was a graphical user interface that could walk you through the deployment process. The instructions surrounding setup aren't the best. They need to be more step-by-step.""Integration with other vendors is not available."

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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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    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 high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better.
    Top Answer:The solution would benefit from being simplified. The scalability could be a bit better. It needs to be more flexible when it comes to expanding. It would be helpful if there was a graphical user… more »
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    Also Known As
    DataCore SANsymphony SDS, DataCore, SANsymphony-V, Hyperconverged Virtual SAN
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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 Scale is a cluster file system that provides concurrent access to a single file system or set of file systems from multiple nodes. The nodes can be SAN attached, network attached, a mixture of SAN attached and network attached, or in a shared nothing cluster configuration. This enables access to this common set of data to support a scale-out solution or to provide a high availability platform. IBM Spectrum Scale has many features beyond common data access including data replication, policy based storage management, and multi-site operations. You can create a cluster of AIX nodes, Linux nodes, Windows server nodes, or a mix of all three. IBM Spectrum Scale can run on virtualized instances providing common data access in environments, leverage logical partitioning, or other hypervisors. Multiple IBM Spectrum Scale clusters can share data within a location or across wide area network (WAN) connections.
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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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    Top Industries
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    Non Profit34%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Government10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm71%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company14%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government8%
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    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise47%
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    Small Business13%
    Large Enterprise88%
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Buyer's Guide
    DataCore SANsymphony vs. IBM Spectrum Scale
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony vs. IBM Spectrum Scale and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    DataCore SANsymphony is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 12 reviews while IBM Spectrum Scale is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony is rated 9.4, while IBM Spectrum Scale 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 Scale writes "Offers high performance and fair pricing with excellent technical support". DataCore SANsymphony is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), whereas IBM Spectrum Scale is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, VMware vSAN, IBM Cloud Object Storage and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP. See our DataCore SANsymphony vs. IBM Spectrum Scale report.

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