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We performed a comparison between IBM Cloud Object Storage and StarWind Virtual Tape Library based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Cloud Object Storage vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library report (Updated: August 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"IBM Cloud Object Storage integrates well.""One of Cloud Object Storage's best features is infinite capacity. This is one of the main advantages if you don't want to use your own storage. You also have the ability to write only, write once, and read many. It's like tape storage but software-based. This feature is essential for financial institutions that require that kind of protection if you write backup or data there.""IBM has the most number of additional services, this is the main advantage."

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"The most valuable feature of the StarWind Virtual Tape Library is the archiving to the AWS cloud.""I like the fact that we can simultaneously upload the virtual tapes to different cloud providers, and the settings can be adjusted to speed up the upload times even further."

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Cons
"The performance could improve in IBM Cloud Object Storage. The throughput or objects per second can have degradation.""The performance could be better. It isn't bad, but everything is network-based, so you have a performance penalty on the network. You can never achieve the same performance as hardware. That's the disadvantage of cloud storage solutions in general. Cloud performance is one of the main issues clients have.""IBM Cloud storage is not cheap, but it could be."

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"The main thing that I felt could be improved was having an estimated time of completion for the virtual tape uploads to the cloud."

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  • "Pricing is not cheap."
  • "You have the option of a monthly or yearly license. Most customers choose the monthly option. I understand what you would like to say. IBM also lets you choose among four types of Cloud Object Storage. The difference is usage, performance, etc. Of course, high-performance storage is more expensive, while low-performance storage is for cold data, and it's really cheap."
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  • "The initial setup and deployment are also covered in the purchase at no additional cost."
  • "The pricing of the solution could be more flexible to meet the needs of smaller to mid-market size companies."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IBM has the most number of additional services, this is the main advantage.
    Top Answer:IBM Cloud storage is not cheap, but it could be.
    Top Answer:Perhaps in price and they don't have a large number of additional services.
    Top Answer:I like the fact that we can simultaneously upload the virtual tapes to different cloud providers, and the settings can be adjusted to speed up the upload times even further.
    Top Answer:The initial purchase already includes one year of maintenance support. The initial setup and deployment are also covered in the purchase at no additional cost.
    Top Answer:The main thing that I felt could be improved was having an estimated time of completion for the virtual tape uploads to the cloud. There is no easy way to determine how long an upload took to complete… more »
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    Overview

    IBM Cloud Object Storage is a web-scale platform that stores unstructured data - from petabyte to exabyte - with reliability, security, availability and disaster recovery without replication.

    For SMB and Enterprises, who either look to get rid of backup tapes completely, or are willing to accelerate backup process and add an extra level of protection, our solution is StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL). It is an appliance that eliminates the need in physical tape and “pretends” to be a supported tape drive or autoloader, keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks.

    Even with explosive data growth, StarWind VTL fits the backup into backup window by accelerating it, so the process does not overlap with production time. Optionally, it creates additional copy of backup data for better safety. It is also available in a software-only form, as part of StarWind VSAN functionality. 

    StarWind VTL targets those, who need to replace existing tape backup infrastructure or accelerate it if regulatory requirements prohibit replacement. In case the goal is just virtualizing tape backup or creating a stretched backup infrastructure, StarWind Tape Redirector will come in handy. 

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    Sample Customers
    Bitly, Dreamstime, Prime Research
    Volvo, Sony, Samsung, Hitachi
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government8%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government9%
    Insurance Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise74%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Cloud Object Storage vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Cloud Object Storage vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Cloud Object Storage is ranked 13th in File and Object Storage with 3 reviews while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is ranked 7th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews. IBM Cloud Object Storage is rated 6.6, while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of IBM Cloud Object Storage writes "It has virtually infinite capacity but doesn't perform as well as hardware solutions". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual Tape Library writes "Cost-effective, reliable, and the initial setup and deployment are included in the price". IBM Cloud Object Storage is most compared with Dell ECS, IBM Spectrum Scale, Cloudian HyperStore, Red Hat Ceph Storage and VMware vSAN, whereas StarWind Virtual Tape Library is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, HPE StoreVirtual, IBM Spectrum Scale, VMware Software Defined Storage and VMware vSAN. See our IBM Cloud Object Storage vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library report.

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