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DataCore SANsymphony vs. StorMagic SvSAN
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony vs. StorMagic SvSAN and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"High Availability is the best feature of product.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""StarWind support has been great in helping resolve other issues not caused by their software.""The top-notch support before, during, and after deployments are better than any other vendor I have come across.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""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."

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"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.""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 DataCore system has been rock solid since we have been using it - from 2007 on.""Active-active is the most valuable aspect for us.""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."

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"What I found most valuable in StorMagic SvSAN is integration. As a software-defined storage solution, it's also very easy to use and it's the trend in the market today. StorMagic SvSAN also made the customer happy because the customer could use his existing hardware with it. The customer had rack-mounted storage, so he didn't want to purchase a dedicated hardware for storage purposes. He just upgraded his hard disk drives.""It gives zero downtime and it works with two nodes rather than three nodes, unlike other solutions.""StorMagic SvSAN's best feature is that it is platform agnostic.""This synchronization is easy with StorMagic, and we can establish availability between servers.""StorMagic SvSAN is a very effective solution and the interface is good."

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Cons
"It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations.""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.""The main issue we ran into was the documentation. We attempted to set up the product in our test environment by ourselves and ran into several areas of the documentation that were unclear to us.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""Feature-wise we are only waiting for the release of a "planned disaster" feature that would allow us to patch a hypervisor node without having to take the full storage offline.""A central management console may be nice to see all nodes.""The documentation could be clearer in terms of explaining the installation.""For me, the product could be improved by it being made cheaper."

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"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.""Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial.""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.""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 solution could be better packaged and marketed."

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"The deployment of StorMagic SvSAN is very small. However, you need some time to do it. It's important to make a test deployment before the real deployment.""In terms of what could be improved in StorMagic SvSAN, I don't have a major issue with it, but its user interface should be more customer-oriented.""In the next release, StorMagic SvSAN should include multi-node clusters, which would allow storage spaces to be used more efficiently.""The only improvement area I can see is their licensing. For example, the memory caching feature is only available in an advanced license. Normally, it's in a standard license. It would be better if they had memory caching features in the product. Some backup features should also be in the product""There are two features missing: there's no REST API functionality, and there is no date duplication in it."

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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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  • "It's fairly cheap when compared to other options. But it can be improved as some features may not be available in the standard license. The vendor positions it as an edge product, so it isn't suitable to compare with VMware vSAN or Nutanix because that's another product altogether."
  • "The pricing of StorMagic SvSAN is fairly good because if you compare it with VMware, it's at a better price. This is an important thing to remember."
  • "The licensing cost is $7,000 per two nodes for two terabytes."
  • "70% cheaper than competitors and provides all the enterprise feature requirements at low cost."
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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:This synchronization is easy with StorMagic, and we can establish availability between servers.
    Top Answer:It's fairly cheap when compared to other options. But it can be improved as some features may not be available in the… more »
    Top Answer:The only improvement area I can see is their licensing. For example, the memory caching feature is only available in an… more »
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    Also Known As
    DataCore SANsymphony SDS, DataCore, SANsymphony-V, Hyperconverged Virtual SAN
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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.

    StorMagic SvSAN simplifies storage at the edge. It is a virtual SAN, virtualizing the internal storage of two servers and creating an active-active mirror that ensures an exact copy of data resides on both servers at any time. Needing just two nodes in each cluster, using any x86 server, any CPU and any storage combination, SvSAN gives you the flexibility to deploy lightweight, low cost highly available storage as you wish. 

    A single, incredibly lightweight witness provides quorum to as many as 1000 SvSAN clusters and they can all be deployed and managed from a central location. Stretch your SvSAN clusters across entire cities for added resiliency. Deploy on VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Linux KVM hypervisors and avoid vendor lock-in. Leverage sophisticated caching algorithms when superior performance is required. If security is a priority, implement StorSecure - SvSAN's integrated encryption and key management feature. And if redundancy is a concern, deploy three nodes per cluster to withstand two node failures and still keep your applications online.

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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.
    E.ON, Bayer, NHS, Keiser Corp., TDK, Oxford University, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Bridgestone, Argos, UnitedHealthcare, Harris Corp.
    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company12%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization9%
    Healthcare Company5%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Non Profit34%
    Government10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business61%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise60%
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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 Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
    DataCore SANsymphony vs. StorMagic SvSAN
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony vs. StorMagic SvSAN and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    DataCore SANsymphony is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 12 reviews while StorMagic SvSAN is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 5 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony is rated 9.4, while StorMagic SvSAN 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 StorMagic SvSAN writes "Effective redundancy, good interface, and responsive support". DataCore SANsymphony is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and VxRail, whereas StorMagic SvSAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Veeam Backup & Replication, Red Hat Ceph Storage and VxRail. See our DataCore SANsymphony vs. StorMagic SvSAN report.

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