How it compares

  • To Ceph

    Ceph is a popular storage software and whilst it’s overall concept is basically good, its architecture and implementation are suffering from unnecessary complexity, as it is aiming to solve too many problems at once (object, file and block storage). It was originally designed as an object storage and has evolved to now provide “unified storage”, meaning object, file and block. It can be seen as being a “Jack of all trades, but master of none”… READ MORE

  • To ZFS

    ZFS and Nexenta, (which is based on ZFS), are two popular storage software products available on the market. With the rise in popularity and demand for “Software defined storage” they positioned themselves as a “software defined storage”, (SDS) products. They can be called an SDS product, all be it an SDS 1.0 one, having a good concept, but their architecture and implementation are already somewhat outdated. StorPool has a … READ MORE

  • To ex-ScaleIO (now FlexOS)

    The ex-ScaleIO, now Dell/EMC FlexOS is a block-level software-defined storage product that creates a server-based storage area network (SAN). As we often get questions on how it compares to StorPool, we have outlined some differences. On a very-high level it looks similar to StorPool. However the low-level architecture of both solutions is very different. Also the total solution offering around features, business model and pricing vary considerably…READ MORE

  • To All-flash Arrays

    All-flash arrays are essentially a traditional SAN with the twist that they have only SSD drives inside. Their advantage is that they are fast, however they come at very high cost and are not well suited for some use cases. In addition they are still a single purpose, specialized piece of hardware, which imposes vendor lock in. Their economics do not allow customers to closely match capacity needed with capacity bought… READ MORE