HPE StoreOnce Review

It has given us the ability to run data straight from the device in case of a disaster.


What is most valuable?

StoreOnce has the following advantages:

  • Fast backup
  • No need to manage and store tapes
  • Ability to run data straight from the device in case of a disaster
  • Reliable compared to weekly problems with tapes
  • The data is replicated to two remote locations

How has it helped my organization?

We have moved away from tape backup.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We had one problem when data replication got stuck and we had to ask HP for help.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It's very good.

Technical Support:

It's very good.

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

We only used a tape solution. We switched because tapes are too slow, prone to mechanical problems, tape management is a burden, and the time taken to do a restore is slow.

How was the initial setup?

It was easy. Also I did HPs StoreOnce training.

What about the implementation team?

HP installed the device for us, and showed us various configuration options. The team was very knowledgeable.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The initial cost was high, however, day to day costs are low.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I could not find a better product.

What other advice do I have?

It is worth buying HP installation. It is difficult to estimate how much storage is needed as de-duplication depends on the type of data, so reserve extra money for expansions, and buy a model which can be expanded. Also, the StoreOnce course is very good.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarCalvin Zito, HPEStorageGuy
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Thanks for the review - StoreOnce is a hidden gem in the HP Storage portfolio? For those that don't know the portfolio well, here's a blog post with a good overview. Be sure to watch the videos too: http://hpstorage.me/1Ff6fB0

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