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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Score 9.4 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • SANsymphony is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

SANsymphony

91%
7 Ratings
9.0

StarWind SAN & NAS

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

SANsymphony

100%
1 Rating

StarWind SAN & NAS

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

SANsymphony

100%
2 Ratings

StarWind SAN & NAS

N/A
0 Ratings

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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StarWind

StarWind is best suited for the integration and deployment part and for the storage part as well. The product is budget-friendly and helps us to improve business agility. Can't think of negative scenarios as of now.
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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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StarWind

  • mirroring internal disks and flash between hypervisor servers.
  • Creates powerful environment at low cost.
  • Allows maintenance in zero down time.
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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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StarWind

  • Can improve documentation.
  • Can more focus on user training.
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Pricing Details

SANsymphony

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SANsymphony editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    StarWind SAN & NAS

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    StarWind SAN & NAS editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      DataCore Software

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

      No answers on this topic

      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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      StarWind

      No answers on this topic

      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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      StarWind

      Overall the combination is really doing great and helping the business to perform smoothly. The main reason behind selecting StarWind is, It's budget-friendly, has good support and it's great product functionalities.
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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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      StarWind

      • Can't see any such negative impact so far.
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