HPE StoreOnce Review

Deduplication features are great, especially on Catalyst stores.


What is most valuable?

  • The product is very easy to use.
  • Deduplication features are great, especially on Catalyst stores.
  • We can also choose where to do the deduplication (source, media server or target).

How has it helped my organization?

The product has really improved the backup and restore for our infrastructure. It gives you great scalability options up to 1.7 PB and, according to the vendor, it can scale up to 34 PB using HPE inline deduplication. We were able to perform quick restores because of the elimination of tapes. It provides great features like VTL, NAS and StoreOnce Catalyst.

What needs improvement?

The support team needs improvement. Sometimes, it takes support a lot of time to fix the issue and majority of the cases have to be escalated to the lab.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using it the last five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No Issues , Its pretty easy .

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability’s good. I have not encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Its good .

Technical Support:

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate technical support a 6.

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

We previously used Data Domain. We switched to StoreOnce because of the complexity of the Data Domain system. Data Domain is a great product, but it’s complex to use.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was pretty easy. We did not face any problem.

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

For licensing and pricing, I would recommend just pay as you go. It’s pretty easy to scale.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing this product. We only chose this product because we use HP’s Data Protector as a backup application and it has great support.

What other advice do I have?

Read the support matrix first. It is not supported on lot of the open systems such as OpenVMS or the IBM AS/400 iSeries.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

B6200, B6500, B4700, VSA
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user405018 (Technology Sales Director at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees)
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HP StoreOnce has very limited paralel streams (upto 128). This situation prevents enterprise customers with lots of database servers can't backup on StoreOnce at the same time due to the low number of paralel streams. For example EMC DD9800 has 1024 paralel streams..

Really needs to be worked on...