HPE EVA Review

Easy to set up and it never once failed

What is our primary use case?

We use it for some backup solutions. It was a very good solution. Now, it's an old system, and it's okay. It's working fine.

How has it helped my organization?

In general, my boss feels that HPE's prices are very high. In the future we will probably buy a cheaper system. Regarding EVA itself, it's an old system. If I had to suggest an improvement it would be good if they used active-active controllers. Now it is active-passive. But, as I said, this system has been abandoned by HPE.

What is most valuable?

It has never failed and I have never lost data due to failure.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's very scalable.

How is customer service and technical support?

We used technical support a few times, mainly when we had to do firmware updates. The local Croatia HPE support is very good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In our most recent round, the vendors on our short-list were Reduxio, Pure Storage, and IBM Storewize.

What other advice do I have?

My most important criteria when selecting a vendor are 

  • price
  • dedupe
  • compression.

I rate EVA a 10 out of 10 because of its stability, ease of maintenance, ease of setup, Snapshots, and good user interface.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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