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Likelihood to Recommend

Oracle ZFS

In our case, we use ZFS to store MySQL data. Our MySQL data is of paramount importance, and we need to ensure that the storage that it is kept on is not only fast but also reliable. We can not risk an event that would wipe out all our data. For this reason, we use ZFS to create software RAIDZ to maximize storage redundancy on each MySQL server. We also utilize the ZFS instant snapshot tools to get fully consistent backups of our data without needing to take servers offline for hours at a time.The snapshotting tools are excellent, and allow you to migrate the snapshot data off disk very easily, and import it onto new disks just as easily (so restoring from backups is a cinch).We find ZFS to be a perfect solution for this use case, and I'd expect anyone with similar requirements would see the same benefits.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorageCraft OneXafe

For SMB file storage Exablox is great, but as an ESXi datastore it still needs work.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Oracle ZFS

  • Software RAIDZ. Create storage arrays using best available RAID technologies for excellent disk stability
  • Array images and backups. Allows administrators to instantly create disk snapshots, to minimize time disk is unavailable (on the order of seconds, not minutes or hours).
  • Automatic de-deduplication/compression. ZFS will automatically de-dedup data on disk, allowing for more efficient use of the entire disk for unique data. It will also automatically compress data stored on the disk, allowing for even more usage of the available disk space. Great for infrequently accessed backups (There is some performance cost to compression).
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorageCraft OneXafe

  • Exablox is simple to setup and relatively easy to use.
  • Exablox is priced very competitively and is a good value for the cost.
  • Exablox has good customer service.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Oracle ZFS

  • The CLI tools have a bit of a learning curve to them, there are a lot of tools and commands available. Learning all of them is a large task.
  • The documentation is very dense. This is great, but makes it hard to get up to speed, incrementally, quickly.
  • It's still (relatively) new, so I'd expect getting buy-in from larger enterprises to be a bit of an up-hill battle.
  • Deploying on an existing system requires a completely separate storage array, as you need to reformat and set-up the storage devices without any data on them. This might be prohibitively expensive on time or resources to deploy on existing storage infrastructures.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorageCraft OneXafe

  • Exablox is still in its infancy as a company and in some respects the product feels like a version 1.0.
  • Integration with VMware ESXi has some bugs that need to be figured out.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Oracle ZFS

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StorageCraft OneXafe

StorageCraft OneXafe 7.0
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The price for Exablox was very appealing. If we can resolve the NFS datastore issues we are seeing in VMware, this is a perfect solution for a ESXi datastore. Once that issue is resolved, I will give Exablox a higher rating.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Oracle ZFS

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StorageCraft OneXafe

StorageCraft OneXafe 10.0
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Again, the initial install, setup and config was simple through a web browser.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Oracle ZFS

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StorageCraft OneXafe

StorageCraft OneXafe 10.0
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Since the day we installed Exablox we have not had any down-time. The storage resources have been available 100% of the time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Oracle ZFS

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StorageCraft OneXafe

StorageCraft OneXafe 10.0
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SMB file access has been very responsive. We have not seen any slowness. Also, in using Exablox as tier 1 storage in our VMware environment, the VMs performed great. No slowness issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Oracle ZFS

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StorageCraft OneXafe

StorageCraft OneXafe 9.0
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Exablox has been very responsive to our requests. They communicate very well and are extremely knowledgable
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

Oracle ZFS

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StorageCraft OneXafe

StorageCraft OneXafe 10.0
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Straightforward and simple implementation. We completed the implementation in less than 2 hours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Oracle ZFS

ZFS is so far beyond the other filesystems available right now, offering full suites of tools for data management, backup, recovery, maintenance, monitoring, etc. It's not even fair to compare them.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorageCraft OneXafe

Exablox was much less expensive than other storage arrays and I think there are a lot of reasons to purchase them. I believe that as the product matures, it will be a great option for storage.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Oracle ZFS

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StorageCraft OneXafe

We have not tried to scale Exablox so we are not familiar with this.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Oracle ZFS

  • Less risk in data loss, due to higher stability and better disk level backup features
  • Faster recovery times in the event of failure, minimizing offline time in the event of failure
  • Great disk performance and stability, less failures means less down time.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

StorageCraft OneXafe

  • We purchased Exablox specifically for our ESXi environment, so we are hoping to get the wrinkles worked out to see a greater return on our investment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Oracle ZFS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

StorageCraft OneXafe

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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