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SANsymphony
DataCore
86.57% WhatMatrix Score
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Overview

DataCore enterprise-class software-defined storage (SDS) platforms, SANsymphony and Hyper-Converged Virtual SAN, provide a high-performance, highly available and agile storage infrastructure with the lowest total cost of ownership. Compared to enterprise storage arrays and other SDS products, DataCore offers the following advantages:
- Go faster: Faster I/O for databases, enterprise applications, and virtualized environments means more transactions processed, more data analyzed quicker, and increased customer satisfaction, leading to more revenue.
- Always on: Highly-available infrastructure dramatically reduces application downtime, avoiding business disruptions and lost sales.
Save money: Consolidate and simplify your storage infrastructure. Run more workloads with better performance and availability by pooling diverse storage assets, deferring hardware refreshes and simplifying administration. This results in remarkable upfront cost savings (CapEx) as well as savings on ongoing operations (OpEx, power, cooling and space).
- Less risk: High-performance, highly available, agile infrastructure means efficient operations, reduction in disruptions to operations, and productive users (employees, customers and partners).
The result is faster performance, higher availability and greater cost savings across your organization.
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  • Title
    Scenario
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  • Need for speed
    Whether virtualized or physical, databases and enterprise applications require high-performance I/O. DataCore SANsymphony has been proven, both in the lab and in customer deployments, to provide low-latency I/O as well as high IOPS and throughput.
    Performance-Critical
  • Need for business continuity
    DataCore prevents the most frequent sources of storage-related disruptions from affecting applications. This is done in a cost-effective manner that leverages potentially different devices for redundancy.
    Business-Critical
  • Need for investment protection
    DataCore offers a software-based approach to storage infrastructure that enables you to get more from whatever storage you already have, repurpose existing storage and systems to extend their useful lives while drastically reducing CapEx and OpEx.
    Cost-Conscience

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Tape backup
+1
Hypervisor
+2
Deduplication
+2
Multiuser
+1
Cloud connector
+1
Total Improvement
+7
 
  • General
Content
Content Creator
WhatMatrix
Assessment
Overview
NEW
Name: SANsymphony / Hyperconverged Virtual SAN / SANsymphony Bulk
Type: Software-only (SDS)
Development Start: 1998
First Product Release: 1999
Maturity
NEW
SSY 10.0 PSP7 U2: may 2018
SSY 10.0 PSP7: dec 2017
SSY 10.0 PSP6 U5: aug 2017
SSY 10.0 PSP6 U3: apr 2017
SSY 10.0: jun 2014
SSY 9.0: jul 2012
SSY 8.1: aug 2011
SSY 8.0: dec 2010
SSY 7.0: apr 2009
SSY 5.2: jun 2003
SSY 5.1: mar 2003
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SSY 3.0: 1999
Pricing
Hardware Pricing Model
N/A
Software Pricing Model
NEW
Capacity based (per TB)
Support Pricing Model
NEW
Capacity based (per TB)
 
  • Architecture
General
Consolidation Scope
NEW
Storage
Data Protection
Management
Automation&Orchestration
Evaluation Methods
Free Trial (30-days)
Proof-of-Concept (PoC; up to 12 months)
Deployment Method
BYOS (some automation)
Deployment Architecture
Single-Layer
Dual-Layer
Network Topology
1/10/25/40/100 GbE (iSCSI)
8/16/32 Gbps (FC)
 
  • Workload Support
Virtualization
Hypervisor Deployment
Virtual Storage Controller
Kernel (Optional for Hyper-V)
Hypervisor Compatibility
NEW
VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5-6.7
Microsoft Hyper-V 2008-2016
Linux KVM
Citrix XenServer 6.1-7.4
Oracle VM Server 3.4
Hypervisor Interconnect
iSCSI
FC
Bare Metal
Bare Metal Compatibility
NEW
Microsoft Windows Server 2008-2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5/6.6/7.3
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.0SP3+4/12.0SP1
Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS
CentOS 6.5/6.6/7.3
Oracle Solaris 10.0/11.1/11.2/11.3
Bare Metal Interconnect
iSCSI
FC
FCoE
Containers
Container Integration Type
N/A
Container Platform Compatibility
Docker EE/Docker for Windows 17.06+
Container Platform Interconnect
OS-integrated software + CSV/SMB
Container Host Compatibility
Virtualized container hosts on Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor
Container Host OS Compatbility
Windows Server 2016
Container Orch. Compatibility
Kubernetes 1.7+
Container Orch. Interconnect
Kubernetes PersistentStorage API
VDI
VDI Compatibility
VMware Horizon
Citrix XenDesktop
VDI Load Bearing
VMware: 110 virtual desktops/node
Citrix: 110 virtual desktops/node
 
  • Server Support
Server/Node
Hardware Choice
Many
Models
Many
Density
1, 2 or 4 nodes per chassis
Mixing Allowed
Yes
Components
CPU Config
Flexible
Memory Config
Flexible
Storage Config
Flexible
Network Config
Flexible
GPU Config
NVIDIA Tesla
AMD FirePro
Intel Iris Pro
Scaling
Scale-up
CPU
Memory
Storage
GPU
Scale-out
Storage+Compute
Compute-only
Storage-only
Scalability
1-64 in 1-node increments
Small-scale (ROBO)
2 Node minimum
 
  • Storage Support
General
Layout
Block Storage Pool
Data Locality
Partial
Type(s)
Direct-attached (Raw)
Direct-attached (VoV)
SAN or NAS
Composition
Magnetic-only
Hybrid (Flash+Magnetic)
All-Flash
Hypervisor OS Layer
SD, USB, DOM, SSD/HDD
Memory
Memory Layer
DRAM
Memory Purpose
Read/Write Cache
Memory Capacity
Up to 8 TB
Flash
Flash Layer
SSD, PCIe, UltraDIMM, NVMe
Flash Purpose
Persistent Storage
Flash Capacity
No limit, up to 1 PB per device
Flash Pinning
NEW
Per VM/Virtual Disk/Volume
Magnetic
Magnetic Layer
SAS or SATA
Magnetic Purpose
Persistent Storage
Magnetic Capacity
No limit, up to 1 PB (per device)
 
  • Data Availability
Reads/Writes
Persistent Write Buffer
DRAM (mirrored)
Disk Failure Protection
2-way and 3-way Mirroring (RAID-1) + opt. Hardware RAID
Node Failure Protection
2-way and 3-way Mirroring (RAID-1)
Block Failure Protection
Not relevant (usually 1-node appliances)
Manual configuration (optional)
Rack Failure Protection
Manual configuration
Data Corruption Detection
N/A (hardware dependent)
Points-in-Time
Snapshot Type
Built-in (native)
Snapshot Scope
Local + Remote
Snapshot Frequency
1 Minute
Snapshot Granularity
Per VM or Volume
Backup Type
Built-in (native)
Backup Scope
Local or Remote
Backup Frequency
Continuously
Backup Consistency
Crash Consistent
File System Consistent (Windows)
Application Consistent (MS Apps on Windows)
Restore Granularity
Entire VM or Volume
Restore Ease-of-use
Entire VM or Volume: GUI
Single File: Multi-step
Disaster Recovery
Remote Replication Type
Built-in (native)
Remote Replication Scope
To remote sites
To MS Azure Cloud
Remote Replication Topologies
Single-site and multi-site
Remote Replication Frequency
Continuous (near-synchronous)
Remote Replication Granularity
VM or Volume
Consistency Groups
Yes
DR Orchestration
VMware SRM (certified)
Stretched Cluster (SC)
VMware vSphere: Yes (certified)
SC Configuration
2+sites = two or more active sites, 0/1 or more tie-breakers
SC Distance
<=5ms RTT (targeted, not required)
SC Scaling
<=32 hosts at each active site (per cluster)
SC Data Redundancy
Replicas: 1N-2N at each active site
 
  • Data Services
Efficiency
Dedup/Compr. Engine
Software (integration)
Dedup/Compr. Function
Efficiency (space savings)
Dedup/Compr. Process
Post-Processing
Dedup/Compr. Type
Optional
Dedup/Compr. Scope
Persistent data layer
Dedup/Compr. Granularity
Per Disk Pool
Dedup/Compr. Guarantee
N/A
Data Rebalancing
Full (optional)
Test/De...
Fast VM Cloning
Yes
Security
Data Encryption Type
N/A
Data Encryption Scope
Data-at-rest
Data Encryption Options
Hardware: Self-encrypting drives (SEDs)
Software: No built-in encryption and no validated solutions
Data Encryption Compliance
Hardware: FIPS 140-2 Level 2 (SEDs)
Software: N/A
Performance
Task Offloading
vSphere: VMware VAAI-Block (full)
Hyper-V: Microsoft ODX; Space Reclamation (T10 SCSI UNMAP)
QoS Type
IOPs and/or MBps Limits
QoS Granularity
Virtual Disk Groups and/or Host Groups
Portabi...
Hypervisor Migration
Hyper-V to ESXi (external)
ESXi to Hyper-V (external)
File Services
Fileserver Type
Built-in (native)
Fileserver Compatibility
Windows clients
Linux clients
Fileserver Interconnect
SMB
NFS
Fileserver Quotas
Share Quotas, User Quotas
 
  • Management
Interfaces
GUI Functionality
Centralized
GUI Scope
Single-site and Multi-site
GUI Perf. Monitoring
Advanced
GUI Integration
VMware vSphere Web Client (plugin)
VMware vCenter plug-in for SANsymphony
SCVMM DataCore Storage Management Provider
Microsoft System Center Monitoring Pack
Programmability
Policies
Full
API/Scripting
REST-APIs
PowerShell
Integration
OpenStack
Self Service
Full
Maintenance
SW Composition
Unified
SW Upgrade Execution
Rolling Upgrade (1-by-1)
FW Upgrade Execution
Hardware dependent
Support
Single HW/SW Support
No
Call-Home Function
Partial (HW dependent)
Predictive Analytics
Partial

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