Software Defined Storage (SDS): Which solution is best?

Peerspot users review the highest rated solutions in the software defined storage (SDS) market

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Today, software-defined storage (SDS) solutions are woven into the fabric of our lives because they help enable so many things that we do. SDS can make online shopping safer, help companies offer better ways for employees to work from any location, accelerate research into new vaccines or climate change, and so much more. However, choosing a solution isn’t always easy and there are many factors that business leaders must consider.

Over 540,000 professionals have used Peerspot research to inform their purchasing decisions. Its latest paper looks at the highest rated SDS vendors, profiling each and examining what they can offer enterprise.

Here’s a breakdown of the key players currently active in the market:

DataCore SANsymphony

Average Rating: 9.4

Top Comparison: VMware vSAN

Overview: Provides a high-performance, highly available and agile storage infrastructure with the lowest TCO for SAN and HCI environments.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize

Average Rating: 8.7

Top Comparison: VMware vSAN

Overview: A dependable solution that improves data value, security, and simplicity for new and existing storage infrastructure. Proven over 12 years in thousands of deployments.

Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI)

Average Rating: 8.7

Top Comparison: VMware vSAN

Overview: Powers businesses with advanced cloud technologies and simplifies how they procure, deploy, and manage IT services. Reduces technology sprawl and frees up technical resources to allow focus on high value activities.

Red Hat Ceph Storage

Average Rating: 7.5

Top Comparison: VMware vSAN

Overview: An enterprise open source platform that provides unified software-defined storage on standard, economical servers and disks.

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance

Average Rating: 9.8

Top Comparison: NCI

Overview: Unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, hypervisor of choice, StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN and associated software into a single manageable layer.

StarWind Virtual SAN

Average Rating: 9.6

Top Comparison: VMware vSAN

Overview: Software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers.

StarWind Virtual Tape Library

Average Rating: 10

Top Comparison: Red Hat Ceph Storage

Overview: An appliance that eliminates the need in physical tape and “pretends” to be a supported tape drive or autoloader, keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks.

StorMagic SvSAN

Average Rating: 8

Top Comparison: VMware vSAN

Overview: Simplifies storage at the edge. It is a virtual SAN, virtualising the internal storage of two servers and creating an active-active mirror that ensures an exact copy of data resides on both servers at any time.


Average Rating: 10

Top Comparison: Red Hat Ceph Storage

Overview: Intelligent storage software that runs on standard servers and builds scalable, high-performance storage system out of these servers (software-defined storage). It focuses on the block level storage and excels at it.


Average Rating: 8.8

Top Comparison: Amazon S3

Overview: A complete enterprise storage solution because it has all the functionality businesses expect in enterprise storage — and so much more.

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