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What is ScaleIO [EOL]?

ScaleIO is purposely designed to be an enterprise-grade scale-out software-defined storage solution. It applies the principles of server virtualization to standard x86 server flash and hybrid media, turning them into high performance, sharable, pools of storage. Whether your block storage needs are for traditional, modern or cloud workloads, ScaleIO has you covered.

ScaleIO [EOL] was previously known as EMC ScaleIO.

Buyer's Guide

Download the Software Defined Storage (SDS) Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: January 2022

ScaleIO [EOL] Customers

Check Point Software Technologies, Blue Central, Deltares, Sentinel Technologies, The Binding Site Group, Swisscom, Itrica

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Infrastructure Services System Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
User
Automatic rebalancing is the feature saving administration time
Pros and Cons
  • "Automatic rebalancing is the feature saving administration time."
  • "We are using it as the primary virtualization storage (both for internal corporate users and external customers) for VMware and Hyper-V virtualization platforms."
  • "It would be nice to set minimum IOPS per volume, besides just the maximum, to be able to satisfy this demand from customers out-of-the-box, not by calculating number of disks, etc."
  • "Ecosystem around the product: There is no built-in system for viewing history data, such as volume IOPS. We have to provide graphing by Prometheus and Grafana, which would be a good new feature in ScaleIO."

What is our primary use case?

We are using it as the primary virtualization storage (both for internal corporate users and external customers) for VMware and Hyper-V virtualization platforms.

How has it helped my organization?

The idea was born from pre-sales requests for storage resources. The primary goal was to have a storage solution where you do not have to invest a large amount of money just to start, and have idle resources, yet have a locally supported enterprise solution on commodity hardware. In other words, have a pay-as-you-grow, horizontally scaled solution, where front-end controllers are not the bottleneck.

What is most valuable?

Automatic rebalancing is the feature saving administration time, and also auto rebuilding. Enterprise storage IOPS limiting is also good.

What needs improvement?

  • Ecosystem around the product: There is no built-in system for viewing history data, such as volume IOPS. We have to provide graphing by Prometheus and Grafana, which would be a good new feature in ScaleIO
  • The next good new feature would be moving volumes between different storage pools, e.g., from a SAS pool to a SSD pool. 
  • It would be nice to set minimum IOPS per volume, besides just the maximum, to be able to satisfy this demand from customers out-of-the-box, not by calculating number of disks, etc. 
  • It would be nice to have better integration with monitoring and other vendor provisioning and orchestration tools. I am aware that this is a hard to achieve task, where it is necessary for product not to be proprietary and to become industry standard.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Joe Huang
Solution Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
They know how to present important data, including data flow and each drive's IOPS/bandwidth.
Pros and Cons
  • "They know how to clearly present any important data, including data flow and each drive's IOPS/bandwidth; and allow the user to easily monitor bottlenecks and problems"
  • "If they could introduce a write cache feature, the product would be perfect overall."

How has it helped my organization?

I just worry about capacity; performance is never a problem.

What is most valuable?

The ScaleIO UI: EMC has been working with storage for a long time. Therefore, they know how to clearly present any important data, including data flow and each drive's IOPS/bandwidth; and allow the user to easily monitor bottlenecks and problems, especially the rebuild and rebalance status of child objects. It controls them, as well as maintaining them well.

What needs improvement?

If they could introduce a write cache feature, the product would be perfect overall.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not encountered any stability issues. Meta Data Manager (MDM) is a lightweight process in version 2.0 . The design of MDM totally considers the chance for data loss because the MDM group can be extended to 10 roles to protect the meta data.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Actually, ScaleIO has a limitation of 1000 nodes. We only built up 20 nodes as SDS; that's enough for us.

How are customer service and technical support?

There are rich reviews, articles and people who are expert and full of passion to solve your problems in their forum.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used vSAN.

We switched because ScaleIO is a pioneer in all-flash; therefore, I applied that in our lab.

How was the initial setup?

First, you should know the concept of data flow in your product so that setup is not a big deal. Then, you should understand the structure of ScaleIO; that is useful for installation.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented by ourselves.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we did not evaluate other options.

What other advice do I have?

Maybe they could support more data types. That way, it would be like setting a gateway to convert any data you want (file or object).

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are an OEM partner.