2019-01-02T12:28:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What needs improvement with SwiftStack?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with SwiftStack.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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JG
Engineering Manager at BAE Systems
Real User
2019-08-12T05:55:00Z
Aug 12, 2019

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. With some of the hierarchy, old management storage policies, I would like to be able to move data between different types of storage policies. One of the things that has come up before was being able to do distributed erasure coding. Right now, erasure coding is only supported locally redundant. Products, like Scality, support the ability using multiple rings to do erasure coding that's globally redundant.

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RT
Group Leader Online Data Services at Surfsara
Real User
2019-07-29T10:12:00Z
Jul 29, 2019

At the moment we are using Erasure coding in an 8+4 setting. What would be nice is if, for some standard configurations like 15+4 and 8+4, there were more versatility so we could, for example, select 8+6, or the like.

PS
Head of Cloud Operations at a tech vendor
Real User
2019-04-08T05:44:00Z
Apr 8, 2019

I would like to see better client integrations, support for a broader client library. SwiftStack could be a little bit more involved in the client side: Python, Java, C, etc. We don't have a lot of issues, but if we do, we don't really get any support from them at all. It's not really in their business model, but it would be easier to integrate if they supported the clients a little bit better.

Chris Gatch - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-03-31T09:41:00Z
Mar 31, 2019

* The biggest room for improvement is the maturity of the proxyFS solution. That piece of code is relatively new, so most of our issues have been around the proxyFS. * Having the full feature set and the management APIs available, there is a lot of room for improvement there. * The code upgrade process at scale, managing code upgrades at large scale.

BD
Scientific Information Officer at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-02-10T10:06:00Z
Feb 10, 2019

On the controller features, there needs to be a bit more clean up of the user interface. There are a lot of options available on the GUI which might be better organized or compartmentalized. There are times when you are going through the user interface and you have to look around for where the setting may be. A little bit more attention to the organization of the user interface would be helpful. They should provide a more concise hardware calculator when you're putting your capacity together.

JM
Enterprise Architect at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2019-01-02T12:28:00Z
Jan 2, 2019

When I started, SwiftStack was just a deployment model for OpenStack Swift. It did what it needed to do. There may have been some room for refinement procedurally in how to do certain management tasks. Over the years with ProxyFS, I don't know where the improvement would lie - whether it lies with SwiftStack or other vendors - but, in general, we need a model where more third-party companies support REST APIs, open REST APIs into object stores such as OpenStack Swift. I really don't see any great strides being taken to do so. There are a few, but a lot of them do the big players, like Amazon S3, and not the open-source players. The other thing that I've been looking for, for years as an end user and customer, for any object store, including SwiftStack, is some type of automated method for data archiving. Something where you would have a metadata tagging policy engine and a data mover all built into a single system that would automatically be able to take your data off your primary and put it into an object store in a non-proprietary way - which is key. A lot of them say they do it, but they do it with their own proprietary wrappers and then, if you don't have their system sitting in front of it, you can't access your data anymore. I think SwiftStack, with its value-add, that's where they're going. If they do that, they have a storage system that would kill all the others.

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it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 12, 2022
How do you or your organization use this solution? Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences. Thank you!
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BD
Scientific Information Officer at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
Feb 10, 2019
Right now, it's a backup storage system, so it's used as a backup repository. We point our Commvault backups to it and soon to be Veeam backups.
RT
Group Leader Online Data Services at Surfsara
Jul 29, 2019
We have a number of use cases. The most important one is that we run a data-sharing service for Dutch universities and higher education and research institutes. The service is used to share research data. It's based on cloud software which uses the object store as a storage backend. That is our most important user. We have another user from Leiden University, which has the most data in it. They have a few very huge electron microscopes. They do research with them and distribute the data through SwiftStack to their customers. It's all in the nonprofit sphere.
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 12, 2022
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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BD
Scientific Information Officer at a consultancy with 201-500 employees
Feb 10, 2019
There is no vendor lock-in. The ongoing support and maintenance costs are not through the roof like some vendors, especially those that specialize in backup appliances. So, they're very economical in regards to their ongoing support and maintenance. The pricing and licensing are capacity-based, so it's hard to put my finger on them, because so many different vendors charge in different ways. We are still saving significantly over any of the other options that we evaluated because we can choose the best hardware at the best price, then put SwiftStack software on it. So, it's hard to complain, even though a part of me goes, "It would be nicer if it were less expensive."
RT
Group Leader Online Data Services at Surfsara
Jul 29, 2019
We find the pricing rather steep. Of course, you get quality for your money, that's absolutely true. But I do get questions about it from my management. When you look at the prices of the licensing and the prices of your hardware, it's quite substantial.
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