We performed a comparison between DataCore SANsymphony and NetApp HCI 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.
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic."
"They offer top-tier support."
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."
"This was a great implementation for a small to mid-size business."
"The ROI is great on this product."
"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."
"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."
"The DataCore system has been rock solid since we have been using it - from 2007 on."
"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."
"Active-active is the most valuable aspect for us."
"Storage is always available."
"The most valuable feature of DataCore SANsymphony SDS is its high availability. This solution also exhibits good performance and has high stability."
"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 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 ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option."
"NetApp HCI is a stable solution."
"It is highly scalable. Their support is also extremely good."
"It is scalable, and NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) makes its deployment easier."
"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."
"I had to buy upgraded support, which was not a problem, but it wasn't a prorated amount, so I paid for the support, the full upgrade, but I only got a couple of months out of it because it was only good until renewal time."
"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."
"The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent."
"There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA."
"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 system failovers properly on its own without too much worry."
"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."
"It would be ideal if they were providing archive licensing with the ability to create a second pool on existing storage nodes."
"The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors."
"Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today."
"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."
"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."
"The graphical interface is not always very stable."
"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."
"The administration side of it needs to be improved. We expect an easier interface and a single upgrade for updating the infrastructure."
"Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash."
"At the moment, I am not looking for new features. Quality of Service (QoS) and capacity efficiency are the two things that I want to resolve in my customer's environment. QoS improves the performance of each tenancy, and with capacity efficiency, the customer can achieve more capacity as compared to the normal capacity."
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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.
NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.
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DataCore SANsymphony is ranked 7th in HCI with 12 reviews while NetApp HCI is ranked 18th in HCI with 4 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony is rated 9.4, while NetApp HCI is rated 6.6. 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 NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". DataCore SANsymphony is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series. See our DataCore SANsymphony vs. NetApp HCI report.
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