HPE StoreOnce Review

We previously used Symantec Backup-Exec to LTO-4 tape. We needed a more scalable solution that was faster and allowed replication off-site nightly at a much quicker rate.

What is most valuable?

It's fast and reliable when compared to tape solutions.

How has it helped my organization?

Over 51TB of data is backed up and replicated off-site every week quickly and reliably, compared to the laborious tape archiving solution we had in the past.

What needs improvement?

The web-GUI is not intuitive enough for basic users and offers fairly limited functionality compared to a backup solution such as Veeam or Backup-Exec.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for 15 months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Rarely have issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues when you need to scale up. It's as simple as 'chucking more disks' into the array when the space needs expanding.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Good from HP, as usual (on a contract).

Technical Support:

Good from HP, as usual (on a contract).

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

We previously used Symantec Backup-Exec to LTO-4 tape. We switched because we needed a more scalable solution that was faster and allowed replication off-site nightly at a much quicker rate.

How was the initial setup?

Simple, it was handled by HP.

What about the implementation team?

We had HP do the implementation, with a third party consultancy firm called System Professional. They had exceptional understanding of the entire platform.

What was our ROI?

I cannot put a price on this investment. Suffice it to say that the countless number of man-hours saved not having to deal with tapes every day/week/month is invaluable.

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

£100,000 including installation, support and maintenance contracts. This also includes two StoreOnce devices - one at our datacentre, and one replica at another campus.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, we have an extensive support contract with HP and were given a heavily discounted educational agreement as opposed to what other vendors such as EMC were offering.

What other advice do I have?

If you work for an educational institution (as I do), the potential long-term savings will easily add up compared to the short-term initial investment. Do your homework and look elsewhere and you will find it difficult to beat the product/service in terms of cost and performance

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user107568 (User at HPE)

Great, great review! Love hearing when StoreOnce solves fits in and does what we say. 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

author avatarit_user265584 (Senior Systems Administrator/Engineer at a university)

I joined this forum looking for the experience of others for backup and SAN solutions. I am more of an expert at Next Generation Firewalls offered today. I see this user is happy with the HP backup solution. Are there reviews somewhere for VEEAM? Also I noticed the several good reviews for HP 3PAR SAN storage. Is there an in depth review for Nimble storage as well to compare? I have researched Nimble, NexGen and Kaminario for the larger SAN projects but have not purchased one of these yet. Thanks