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Pros
"The stability is the solution's most valuable aspect for our organization.""The ELT versus ETL extract, transform and load versus extract, load, and then transform, the ELT method is what really sells SoftLayer."

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"It is easy to integrate with applications.""The data lake is invaluable. We also use Microsoft SQL in terms of structuring the data and getting into a position where it could be useful to support reporting. We Databricks for data science. We incorporated Databricks with that as well.""The product is very easy to use.""You can easily access your data whenever you need it.""The tier feature in V2 is the most valuable feature of this solution. It enables you to move your storage from hot tier to cold tier into archive tier.""It has easy versioning. The versioning is amenable to any changes. It also has great security. It can only be accessed through an API, and only the requested users can access it. It is optimized for data lakes and comprehensive data management.""It's easy to deploy, easy to scale up, and pay-as-you-go."

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Cons
"For us, the versioning was an issue.""The interface is hard to use for us. It should be simplified."

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"Uploading of data could be improved. Currently, the only way you can upload your data is by using their storage explorer. You need to use a command line to do that. Then, maybe you can go online and you can use their explorer to check to see if it's there. If they had a third-party application to handle the upload, it would be better. Many people aren't familiar with command lines for uploading data. It makes it more difficult for many users.""It should be easier to deploy.""We don't delete the other tools from the folder directly. There's no folder deletion option in Azure Block Storage. It would be nice if they could update this.""One of the biggest challenges on Azure infrastructure is that sometimes we don't get what we want. Either we have to wait for it or contact support because something is not working for us... It's the system availability that is the difficult point.""In terms of improvement, it could use better integration with non-propriety tools. Azure pushes you down a data factory road for integrations but data factory isn't always a scalable, viable solution, particularly when using large numbers ofconnections to IoT solutions.""The folder search capabilities are not really up to par.""There are some space limitations.""We need to do versioning each and every time, that is, check-in and check-out. If a person forgets to do that, then there could be an issue in the replacement of that particular object in the storage. It will be great if it can be automatically managed."

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  • "For the first 50DB, they cost around $50. It's an open solution for everybody. Anybody can go to the Microsoft website and they can get the pricing for it. But the first 50GB of data is a default rate and then it increases for the next 500GB or something like that. It is a pay as you go solution. The more you use, the more you pay. That's normally how you pay for any cloud solutions."
  • "In terms of pricing, Azure is quite cheaper than AWS. However, I have recently read that Oracle Cloud Generation 2 storage is quite cheaper than Azure. I haven't used it yet. We need to look at a customer's requirements, and, based on that, we can suggest the storage. You can save at least 20% with Azure as compared to AWS, which is quite costly."
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    Top Answer: 
    The ELT versus ETL extract, transform and load versus extract, load, and then transform, the ELT method is what really sells SoftLayer.
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    For us, the versioning was an issue. There were some compatibility issues between what the customer had on-site and what the lowest available SoftLayer was. There was some compatibility that they had… more »
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    I'm not sure which version number of the solution we're using. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. IBM Software is the only thing that does what it does.
    Top Answer: 
    We are currently using it for POC. It is not yet live. The data storage is pulling the data. We have the latest version of this solution.
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    Also Known As
    CloudLayer
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    Overview

    SoftLayer provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. Our customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.

    Products and services include bare metal and virtual servers, networking, turnkey big data solutions, private cloud solutions, and more. Our unique advantages include the industry's first Network-Within-a-Network topology for true out-of-band access, and an easy-to-use customer portal and robust API for full remote-access of all product and service management options.

    Massively scalable cloud storage for your applications

    Store and help protect your data. Get durable, highly available data storage across the globe and pay only for what you use.

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    Sample Customers
    Whogohost Ltd., Skypicker, Infinity Computers and Communications Company, Grace Co. Ltd., Keyword, Uvionics Tech, Tennis Australia, immixGroup, Salesbox, Cxense ASA, Avnet Inc., Komsomolskaya Pravda, Seekr
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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company35%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Media Company10%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Media Company9%
    Government6%
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    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise22%
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM SoftLayer vs. Microsoft Azure Block Storage and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,599 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM SoftLayer is ranked 16th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 2 reviews while Microsoft Azure Block Storage is ranked 9th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 7 reviews. IBM SoftLayer is rated 8.6, while Microsoft Azure Block Storage is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM SoftLayer writes "Stable with excellent speed and agility". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Block Storage writes "Blob storage that is easy to use but is becoming obsolete with its company's new releases". IBM SoftLayer is most compared with Amazon AWS, Google Firebase, DigitalOcean, Amazon S3 Glacier and Google Cloud Storage, whereas Microsoft Azure Block Storage is most compared with Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store), Amazon S3 Glacier, Wasabi, Azure NetApp Files and Zadara. See our IBM SoftLayer vs. Microsoft Azure Block Storage report.

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