We use this solution for providing software-defined storage that is virtualized, in a true HA configuration. It provides SAN storage services to VMware vCenter hosts and VMware Horizon hosts, as well as some physical Windows and Linux servers. This platform allows us to leverage any storage that Windows can leverage, including other vendor SAN devices. This allows us to keep existing storage, mirror SANs from 2 different vendors and even allow very easy migration from one vendor to another. Most of our locations just use RAID attached storage (as it is the least expensive) with enterprise-class drives (both HDD and SSD).
Presales Engineer at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Mar 13, 2021
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.
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The license is paid twice per year.
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.
Users need to remember that they just need to buy what they use.
DataCore is a good and valuable solution. The licensing costs depend on the storage and the volume of use. They were leveling on a good basis.
I'd advise users to do their homework. This software gives you good reliability and performance.
The solution is cost effective. When it comes to a simple 2 node cluster business continuity solution for SMB companies, the downtime can be expensive. The solution has very advanced storage features, accompanied by a cost effective application or license.
The main work in building a SANsymphony solution is to design and select the correct hardware parts. The setup is quite easy and the configuration is too. The licensing is by terabyte and can be quite expensive.
Good planning is always very important. SSY is very flexible and can cover very different requirements. Therefore, it is important to keep a close eye on the requirements. If you have questions before implementation, ask support or a partner. Also, pay attention to licensing. It may be cheaper to license a few TB more if you can make a jump in the discount scale. Also note: Using DAS (internal storage) can be very cost-effective compared to external storage.
Pricing has improved but it is still expensive. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.
In regards to Fibre Channel, buy a server that can handle the highest number of Quad Port HBA cards. Purchase as much memory for the server as you can afford. Anything you spec out, you will need to double if you want redundancy.
When we initially purchased DataCore, it was extremely cost-effective with a perpetual license. They have since moved to a subscription model, which may prove too expensive for us in the future. Make sure you are made aware of the annual subscription cost when purchasing.
The cost is at the same level as other storage solutions and it is easy to understand the licensing.
The pricing and licensing are better with DataCore.
I had the vendor that sold me the software and hardware assist with setting up the systems. I also paid for three years of support at the same time when I purchased the software. Again, I found it affordable.
For installation and upgrades, work with a good IT partner with a DCIE.
I would recommend sending administrators through DataCore's DCIE training/certification. DataCore has many options from hyper-converged solution, to even providing their own storage appliances if that's what you are looking for.
We have not calculated the ROI of the software. Only the benefits in redundancy and scalability were important for us. The licensing is very easy to understand/calculate since the new license model. You just have to license the storage and additional features.
Check what's out there.
Check what really needs fast storage and migrate it to DataCore and let low access data be on other storages.
A very good price-performance ratio. The license model is very successful.
The product was installed by our IT partner in one day, so the installation cost is OK. Pricing and licensing was also fair.