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Attribute Ratings

  • SANsymphony is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating
  • Scale Computing Platform is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

SANsymphony

91%
7 Ratings
9.6

Scale Computing Platform

96%
216 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

SANsymphony

100%
1 Rating
9.4

Scale Computing Platform

94%
22 Ratings

Usability

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9.4

Scale Computing Platform

94%
38 Ratings

Availability

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9.1

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91%
2 Ratings

Performance

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9.1

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91%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

SANsymphony

100%
2 Ratings
9.4

Scale Computing Platform

94%
379 Ratings

In-Person Training

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1.0

Scale Computing Platform

10%
1 Rating

Online Training

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9.1

Scale Computing Platform

91%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

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91%
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Configurability

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9.1

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91%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

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91%
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Vendor post-sale

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Likelihood to Recommend

DataCore Software

Now that you have virtualized your server's CPU and memory resources, you should look to do the same for your storage. Separation of hardware and software has many added benefits not only for CPUs and memory but for storage as well. Without this solution, we would not have been able to afford black-box type SANs at every location. This allowed us to virtualize over 90% of the server environment saving costs and power consumption/cooling and provides all the features costly black-box SANs, including true-HA (which most SAN vendors don't have). Migration from variant SAN storage and using mixed back-end storage solutions is as easier than ever before because the storage being virtualized.
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Scale Computing

Scale Computing seems to be a good solution for small to medium size organizations. I can't speak to large organizations and how well it supports scaling with their resources. For our case, we considered VMWare, HyperV, Scale, and others. We were initially going to choose Hyper-V; however, with the rumors of it being discontinued, we with Scale due to its price and ease of management.
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Pros

DataCore Software

  • Fast pools should go to your most used data, and not static files.
  • Redundancy is a must for all aspects of our IT jobs. Who wants to explain when there's no data?
  • Works on Windows server 2012/2016 much better. Solid stability.
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Scale Computing

  • Customer support and service is outstanding.
  • Updates and upgrades are hassle-free with no downtime.
  • No need to worry about hardware, BIOS, drivers, firmware.
  • Outstanding handling of snapshots with thousands of snapshots possible with almost no disk cost and no IO costs. We snapshot each VM every hour and keep snapshots for 48 hours and 2 weeks.
  • REST API can be used to create your own reports and scripts.
  • The Hypervisor just runs. No downtimes since it was integrated 2 years ago.
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Cons

DataCore Software

  • Our needs are very small when compared to what this product can do. We don't use all of what it is capable of doing. Honestly, I have no cons.
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Scale Computing

  • One of the things we have to do is manage a group of virtual drives that are attached to our Windows servers. With growth, we find that we need to increase the size of some of these drives. The method used by the HC3 system is cumbersome. I will say that I believe that this has changed in the latest firmware upgrade we did, but I haven't had a need to try it since we did the upgrade recently.
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Pricing Details

SANsymphony

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SANsymphony editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Scale Computing Platform

    Starting Price

    $0 Per Node

    Editions & Modules

    Scale Computing Platform editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    HC1200$8,5001
    HC1250D$15,1702
    HC1250$9,6653
    HC1250DF$16,7504
    HC5250D$25,7005

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing shown in U.S. Dollar. Pricing for other regions available on request.

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    Likelihood to Renew

    DataCore Software

    I'm currently in the process of renewing my support.
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    Scale Computing

    Since I have had no issues with downtime; easier management of my cluster and the ability to lower the number of devices in my Infrastructure, I will gladly renew my support contract with Scale Computing HC3 and upgrade my equipment with them when it comes time for it.
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    Usability

    DataCore Software

    No answers on this topic

    Scale Computing

    Everything you need to do is point-and-click easy. If you are the kind of admin who wants to edit every config file and endlessly customize your environment, then Scale may not be for you. On the other hand, if you just want it to work really well, and do what they told you it will do, then Scale is the ideal system.
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    Reliability and Availability

    DataCore Software

    No answers on this topic

    Scale Computing

    Never had an outage or an error. Once a hard drive failed, but Scale kept on working flawlessly without interruption.
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    Performance

    DataCore Software

    No answers on this topic

    Scale Computing

    Performance has been just as outstanding as reliability. I have never experienced delays in any aspect of usage.
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    Support Rating

    DataCore Software

    In the 3 years I have been running this, I have contacted support around 4 or 5 times and that was for minor questions with exception of one time when I was performing an update on the system. And in that one time, they were very timely in assisting me with correcting the problem. Top notch customer support!
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    Scale Computing

    Scale support has been great; the initial setup was done over a series of scheduled calls, they really hit the nail on the head with their onboarding process, and everything was written out so you were ready to go once your next call started. Kudos to the Scale Support Team and their continued service!
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    In-Person Training

    DataCore Software

    No answers on this topic

    Scale Computing

    I did not do in-person training.
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    Online Training

    DataCore Software

    No answers on this topic

    Scale Computing

    Because Scale is so simple, the training is just as quick and easy.
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    Implementation Rating

    DataCore Software

    No answers on this topic

    Scale Computing

    The implementation was very easy. We had Scale support on standby and they were ready and eager to help if needed. The process went so fast the employees in the organization did not even know it was done.
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    Alternatives Considered

    DataCore Software

    DataCore is far easier to manage as well as deal with when it comes to hardware (as DataCore works with any hardware). It also seems way more affordable.
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    Scale Computing

    To be honest hyper-converged infrastructure products dramatically show improvement from start up. Providing a single pane of glass management is important in any of these HCI products. I like any/all of the HCI products I've worked with thus far.
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    Scalability

    DataCore Software

    No answers on this topic

    Scale Computing

    HC3 is one of the best products I have purchased for our district. It is unbelievably reliable to the point that they shoot themselves in the foot on support contracts.
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    Return on Investment

    DataCore Software

    • More uptime - Typical SANs have redundant controllers, redundant power supply's and can make the drives redundant by leveraging RAID-0, 5, 6, and 10. The claim to be HA but they are not. That is because if I spay water all over them or catch the SAN on fire, the storage will go down. With DataCore's solution we have identical systems (maybe even at different datacenters connected with long-haul-fiber) including duplicate storage. So one side of the solution can totally be taken offline by water, fire, etc. and the other side will remain up providing true-HA storage. Because of this, we can upgrade the SANs during the day and still keep storage services running (zero-downtime).
    • Lower Costs - Ability to use 3rd party hardware which lowers the costs, not only for the initial investment but as storage capacity grows.
    • All the features one can want - High Availability, Thin Provisioning, Asynchronous and Synchronous mirroring/replication, snap-shotting, continues data protection, deduplication, storage reporting, trending with graphs, centralized console for easier management and many more.
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    Scale Computing

    • 0% downtime or loss of revenue due to downtime.
    • The simplicity of testing backups in a live environment in the event of a technical catastrophe.
    • Ease of mind and a lot less stress worrying about a raid system within a standalone server dying in the middle of the night.
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