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.
How would you describe DataCore SDS to a friend or colleague?
Use off-the-shelf hardware to gain HA storage.
In a few sentences, describe the biggest benefits you have seen since implementing DataCore storage virtualization software:
We buy discs below retail costs and can use standard disks instead of extra costly branded disks.
"Technical Support Is Amazing, Very Fast, And Always Has A Solution In No Time"
What is our primary use case?
We use the DataCore software to provide (virtual) storage hardware to our virtualisation environment (VMware ESX).
How has it helped my organization?
• SANsymphony gives us the possibility to get storage redundancy with a very good ROI. • It also helps us to get a more balanced performance of our storage systems.
"You Won't Be Disappointed With DataCore!"
“I run a very small hyper-converged virtual environment when compared to what this software is capable of running. I have now been running it for almost 2 years now and it has run flawlessly in my VMware environment. What little support I have needed has been EXCELLENT and that was only when I installed the latest updates. I have had no complaints from the employees with regards to slowness as to what programs that reside on the 2 servers that run the DataCore software. It has been a very excellent experience with DataCore!”
"Brilliant SAN Software"
What do you like best?
SANSymphony provides 100% uptime from it's mirrored disks and redundant paths.This means that maintenance can be performed at any time on disk subsystems without interruption to business systems. This coupled with it's vendor agnostic hardware support, speed from it's data caching and easy to administer interface make it an excellent product for data storage. Datacore support is very good, they have a very quick response times and good diagnostics are built right into the software to analyse any issues that may occur. I've found a lot of support is also offered outside the scope of SANSymphony, for instance host configuration tips and they showed me a brilliant reference in their knowledge base for fibre optic grades recently - not something I'd expect a software vendor to offer!
"DataCore SDS – Cost Effective Freedom from Vendor Lock-in"
“The main benefit of DataCore’s solution is the free choice of storage types to use. You’re not tied down by a massive and expensive dual and replicating System from the same vendor. You can choose different vendors and storage types to gain your needed performance and data availability/security. With a moderate setting of ‘use really only NEEDED features’ you will be able to receive a high-quality solution with performance for all your needs.”
“As it virtualizes all physical storage, we can upgrade our equipment in small steps. i.e. we don’t need to buy a new all-flash-super-performing array – we can start with replacing one RAID group with SSD drives and create a new tier on it.”
"DataCore SDS Protects your Most Valuable Asset – Your Data"
“We only used Standard RAID Controller Systems before changing to DataCore. We first used with DataCore Standard RAID Controller Systems, too. But with the storage mirror functionality, the problems of those controllers were solved, directly. We encountered a disk firmware error on both node sides at the same time for 14 of 250 HDDs. Some RAID arrays were damaged. We solved the problem WITHOUT any data loss and outage, thanks to DataCore.”
“Robust and reliable solution.”
What other solutions did you evaluate before choosing DataCore?
“HP 3PAR, too expensive, VMWare VSAN, didn’t fit all the needed storage features.”
"DataCore Simplifies Your Migration to a Software-Defined Datacenter"
“Since DataCore doesn’t differentiate between the storage presented, integration of new storage types is very easy. With the capabilities and the logic being inside of DataCore, the storage ASICs are less important. Raw performance throughput and connectivity play a much stronger role than before.”
The Better Features Are The Synchronous Replication And The Management Console
How has it helped my organization?
Previously, we had some Windows and Linux servers with direct-attached storage. Our server's farm increases faster than our server room. So, we thought about virtualizing our applications. We chose to use VMware ESXi and DataCore SANsymphony to create our new infrastructure and then began to deploy our infrastructure on one server room. Then in 2018, we chose to dispatch them for more security in two server rooms.
What is most valuable?
- The better features are the synchronous replication and the management console. - The synchronous replication gives us the ability to make business continuity planning. - I like the management console which is very easy to use.