Customer Reviews

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Provides HA Virtualized Storage Independent Of Storage Type Or Vendor

Damon, System Engineering at a tech company with 51-200 employees
5
What is our primary use case?

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).

How has it helped my organization?

This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage. So, we can throw in our own enterprise-class hardware (including SSDs) and not pay any extra based on the type of storage we use. This is the same model used with server virtualization. This has allowed us to keep the hardware separate from software. It is true "storage virtualization" at its finest. It has all the features of any high-end SAN such as fiber channel, iSCSI, thin provisioning, storage tiering, snapshots, continuous data protection/recovery, synchronous and asynchronous mirroring, performance reporting/graphing, and true HA design.

What is most valuable?

No more vendor lock-in, overpriced drives, or forklift upgrades. With DataCore SANsymphony, you can utilize just about any storage you wish with this product such as another SAN, NAS, JBOD, FusionIO, etc. If Windows can see it as a non-removable drive, you can use it with SANsymphony. Also, you can use this to mirror any of these various types of storage, which is awesome for migration. Say, for example, you have an HP SAN and you want to migrate off it to your own JBOD-type storage, or you have two sites with two different storage SANs that you want to replicate data between. With DataCore, it is possible to mix and match just about any storage platform you want to use. As software-defined storage, the system is designed to run on top of Windows Server OS (which can be virtual or physical) and can utilize the server's RAM to provide disk cache. This makes our 7.2K HDDs class storage run really fast, allowing us to use a bottom-tier class of drive and get the performance of a much higher class of drive. Also, if we have to add capacity or replace drives then we can just order replacement drives off the web, saving us quite a bit of money. Of course, we still use "enterprise-class" drives but we don't pay through the nose to buy hardware. If we want to upgrade the Ethernet ports from 1Gb to 10Gb then we just do it. The same goes for FC. If we want to upgrade from 4Gb FC to 16Gb, we don't have to do a forklift upgrade. We just buy the HBAs and we're off the to races. The other great thing is DataCore keeps their product on VMware's approved HCL. So even if you have a SAN (backend storage) that falls off the HCL with VMware, because it's virtualized storage behind DataCore, you're covered. If you put the storage behind DataCore then you won't have to worry about VMware's HCL any longer. Because of this fundamental practice, DataCore was one of the first storage vendors to support VVOLs. The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.

"100% available over the last 10 years"

Administrator, Mid-Market (201-500 employees)
4
What do you like best?

Because of the built-in mirror function, our DataCore storage cluster has an 100% availability quote over the last ten years. You can update, migrate, power off one server and the other one goes seamlessly active. Also the user-friendly admin interface helps new IT staff to handle the software when they are new in the company.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a very small in-house IT Team, and our systems have to be 100% available. DataCore helps us to reach this. Another plus is the price when you compare it to competitors, e.g., Dell EMC. DataCore often releases best practice guides that help you to configure the software and the systems that host it. You don't have to be a deep dive technician to get the most out of the software.

"DataCore SDS – Very Powerful!"

IT Professional State & Local Government
4
How would you describe DataCore SDS to a friend or colleague?

A very powerful piece of software for storage virtualization. A market leader from my point of view.

"Flexible / Stable Product, Excellent Support. Full SDS Solution Unhooked From Vendors"

— Infrastructure and Operations in the Healthcare Industry
5

“All needed documentation is available online: this helps to build projects quickly and effectively. Top-level tech support with excellent response time. Product functionalities and management tools are very good. Full-software licensing policy makes us free to move to a completely different hardware solution in the future if needed.”

Good Performance, Saves Money, And Has Eliminated Our Storage-Related Downtime

4.5
What is most valuable?

Performance boost (MegaCash, Parallel I/O technology) and Continuous data protection (CDP) are the features we love most because security and being productive are big points for us. DataCore is helping us focus on our core business and keep it running, which is important for our customer success. Supporting of Automated-Storage-Tiering (AST) is a good feature that saves money.

How has it helped my organization?

In the time of using DataCore SANsymphony Hyperconverged Infrastructure, we had no storage-related downtime in our environment. The server and storage functionality works, and maintenance is easier to handle depending on the redundancy. DataCore is an administrator's and users' friend.

David Oakes, IT Operations Manager SaiTech, Inc.
5
How would you describe DataCore SDS to a friend or colleague?

DataCore SDS is a tool that provides high performance, disk-volume mirroring, and high availability to your SAN infrastructure.

In a few sentences, describe the biggest benefits you have seen since implementing DataCore storage virtualization software:

SAN Mirroring has provided highly-available SAN volumes and protected the data center from outages during critical data processing periods.

IT Administrator Medium Enterprise Retail Company
An IT Administrator at a medium enterprise retail company would be very likely to recommend DataCore for this reason:

Because they have very good Support and their software is good and fast!

A Flexible And Efficient Solution For Disaster Recovery

Rog Fed
5
How has it helped my organization?

DataCore has been doing software-defined storage since back before SDS was even a buzzword. It has provided a great deal of flexibility, performance, and efficiency for our Enterprise SAN. We are not tied to any one hardware vendor and over the nineteen years that we've had DataCore, we have gone through various models of IBM servers to Dell servers as well as various storage arrays from IBM, Dot Hill, XIO, Kaminario, and Dell (all with some of the same data from year one).

What is most valuable?

DataCore's ability to seamlessly move virtual volume data between storage pools as well as their synchronous mirroring has made maintenance and disaster recovery planning achievable. DataCore's auto-tiering feature also allows us to use our SSD arrays efficiently.

Auto-Tiering Improves Performance By Automatically Balancing Demands For Storage

4.5
What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is auto-tiering, which allows for storage pools containing different speed storage systems and the data automatically moved to the most appropriate pool.

How has it helped my organization?

DataCore has helped provide flexible, highly available, high-performance storage that otherwise would have been outside our price range.

Enables Us To Use Much Less Hardware For Storage Which Leads To Lower Power Consumption And Less Heat

4
What is most valuable?

The features I have found most valuable are the active-active, or so-called grid technology, and the integration into our VMware vCenter. Our vCenter is now much easier to manage.

How has it helped my organization?

DataCore SANsymphony has improved our organization by using much less hardware for storage. The power consumption and heat have decreased, so we were able to shut down one air conditioner. Also, it is a faster storage system.

"I Have Found It To Be Easy At Increasing Storage Needs"

Scott Lambourne, System Administrator
5
What is most valuable?

It is easy to create storage and assign them to the various datastores in my VMware environment.

How has it helped my organization?

DataCore gave us speed, redundancy, reliability, and works great with our backup system.

System Integrator Large Enterprise Electronics Company
5
Would you recommend the DataCore Technical Support team, and if so, why?

Yes, I would. From what I've experienced so far, our problems were solved in just one or two calls/emails. The response time is also astounding.

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