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We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Scale and SwiftStack 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 IBM Spectrum Scale vs. SwiftStack report (Updated: August 2022).
634,550 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"We are using it for monitoring all of our storage."

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"The graphs are most valuable. They have a lot of graphs and reports that you can run to see what's happening in the background to configure OpenStack Swift.""The SwiftStack Controller, which is the web UI, provides out of band management. This has been one of the best features of it. It allows us to be able to do upgrades and look at performance metrics. It is a top feature and reason to choose the product."

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Cons
"Integration with other vendors is not available."

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"It's very well done for what it's supposed to do, and I don't have anything to add, but I would like them to keep it available to the public. SwiftStack is going out of the market. NVIDIA purchased SwiftStack a couple of years ago, and they won't be making it available to the public anymore. Our license is up to March 31st.""The file access needs improvement. The NFS was rolled out as a single service. It needs to be fully integrated into the proxy in a highly available fashion, like the regular proxy access is. I know it's on the roadmap."

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  • "We are able to dynamically grow storage at a lower cost. We can repurpose hardware and buy commodity hardware. There is a huge cost savings, on average $100,000 a year compared to traditional storage for what we have at our size."
  • "The pricing model is great and makes sense. We have talked about how to get into more of a frequent billing cycle than once a year. That would be an interesting concept to add into the product, having the ability to have monthly billing instead of having to do a one-year licensing renewal. However, the way the license works by charging for storage consumed is definitely what makes them the most competitive."
  • "Dollar per gigabyte, it costs us more because we are storing more. However, if you look at it from a cost per gigabyte perspective, we have dropped our costs significantly."
  • "It's pricey for us because we're a nonprofit. I'm not privy to any amount or cost, but I have been told that it is pricey. There are no costs in addition to the licensing fees, and it seems to come with the support."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:The graphs are most valuable. They have a lot of graphs and reports that you can run to see what's happening in the background to configure OpenStack Swift.
    Top Answer:It's pricey for us because we're a nonprofit. I'm not privy to any amount or cost, but I have been told that it is pricey. There are no costs in addition to the licensing fees, and it seems to come… more »
    Top Answer:It's very well done for what it's supposed to do, and I don't have anything to add, but I would like them to keep it available to the public. SwiftStack is going out of the market. NVIDIA purchased… more »
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    Overview
    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.
    SwiftStack enables you to do more with storage. Store more data, enable more applications and serve more users. We do this by delivering a proven object storage solution that's built on an open-source core and is fully enterprise ready. Our object storage software is an alternative to complex, expensive, on-premises hardware-based storage solutions. SwiftStack delivers the features and flexibility you need to easily manage and scale object storage behind your firewall. Customers are demanding storage where they can pay as they grow, find it is easier to consume, and can infinitely scale. Today, our customers use SwiftStack for archiving active data, serving web content, building private clouds, sharing documents and storing backups.
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    Pac-12 Networks, Georgia Institute of Technology, Budd Van Lines
    Top Industries
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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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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Government8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business13%
    Large Enterprise88%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Spectrum Scale vs. SwiftStack
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Scale vs. SwiftStack and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    634,550 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Spectrum Scale is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review while SwiftStack is ranked 9th in File and Object Storage with 2 reviews. IBM Spectrum Scale is rated 8.0, while SwiftStack is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Scale writes "Monitors all of our storage but lacks integration with other vendors". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SwiftStack writes "We are able to dynamically grow storage at a lower cost". IBM Spectrum Scale is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, VMware vSAN, IBM Cloud Object Storage, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Red Hat Gluster Storage, whereas SwiftStack is most compared with MinIO, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Dell ECS, Cloudian HyperStore and Scality RING8. See our IBM Spectrum Scale vs. SwiftStack report.

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