Customer Reviews

DataCore software-defined storage is proven in more than 10,000 deployments worldwide. See what our customers have to say.

DataCore vFilO: Stable, Easy To Set Up, And Offers Good Caching Ability

Eric Garrison, Customer Engineer
5
What is our primary use case?

We're primarily using the solution as a redundancy method.

How has it helped my organization?

As a team, we work on various projects, and certain documents tend to be accessed more frequently. Certain documents as a project closes tend to not be asked from us at all. The ability to auto-archive those documents and keep the frequent documents on SSD storage or some of the faster local NFS storage pools tends to really help with the opening, closing, and editing of the locks, et cetera.

What is most valuable?

The ability to prioritize the location to determine the number of copies and where they're kept is one of the solution's most valuable aspects. The priority of keeping the caching ability and keeping things in a quick setting is very useful to our organization. The solution is very engineer friendly. The setup is pretty straightforward.

"Cost Effective Data Storage Solution"

IT Analyst at Infrastructure and Operations Company
4

“Hyper-converged Virtual SAN is a Storage solution provided by Datacore. It has very rich features to maintain a simple, cost-effective and compact infrastructure. Here you have multiple modes of choice like only software or hardware-software bundle. It is very flexible and can support high-speed data read.”

"Fast And Reliable Access To Storage Across A Cluster Of Servers At Remote Sites"

R&D/Product Development Manager at Manufacturing Company
4

“This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage. The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge savings in space and costs. Do have good documentation that covers known issues with various hardware items.”

"Resilient and manageable storage system"

Administrator in Computer Networking, Mid-Market(51-200 employees)
4.5
What do you like best?

Datacore storage is extremely reliable and easy to configue and maintain.

What do you dislike?

The user interface can become buggy on major revision changes. They do resolve on next update.

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

DataCore provides a platform agnostic resilient and stable SAN solution.

"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.”

"Data fast accesss"

Mohammed P., Lead Administrator in Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees
5

Data through put is good

Pros:

It gives more speed of read and write of the data and easy management.

Cons:

Nothing as such to mention.

"Datacore SANsymphony"

Indira G., Associate Consultant in Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees
5

Storage optimization, no need to spend so much amount on SAN or NAS , thin-provisioning his huge saving.

Pros:

I love write cache of this product. it work well and increases the performance Grouping of heterogeneous storage and intelligent tiering Storage optimization and de-duplication really good Concept of software SAN is really useful thin-provisioning Its user friendly. Good monitoring and performance reports Over all i would say this is wonderful storage virtualization software.

Cons:

More features need in Alerting system and health checks.

“DataCore SAN Symphony: Storage virtualization software”

Information Services, 10,001+ employees
4

Its been a decent experience until now and its been almost 3 years since I used this product.

Pros:

DataCore SAN Symphony is one of the best software defined storage virtualization software for small enterprises who can't afford SAN/NAS storage hardware. It helps in creating software defined storage environments for VDI environments which can provide optimization of storage by combing SSDs and HDD which gives you auto tiering option especially for hyper-v environments.

Cons:

Works well with Windows Hyper-v however on other hypervisor platforms DataCore SAN Symphony is not a suitable option and licenses are also expensive which basically depends on the amount of storage being considered for virtualization.

"Provides High Performance And Business-Critical Storage"

Christian Baldauf, Senior IT Consultant / Architect
5
What is our primary use case?

It provides high performance and business-critical storage.

How has it helped my organization?

Less downtime, higher availability, and reliable operations.

What is most valuable?

Synchronous mirror with transparent failover, high performance, CDP, thin provisioning, and easy management. These features greatly simplify operations and provide high availability for data and operations.

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