HPE StoreOnce Review

It is easy to use and easy to configure. Setup was straightforward.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of StoreOnce are ease-of-use and ease-of-configuration when compared to the old IBM Tivoli family solution that we're using.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits compared to the old solution are broad flexibility, ease-of-configuration, and ease-of-maintenance. We use it for part of our backup solution.

What needs improvement?

For us, nothing is missing at the moment and over time this will probably become clearer. We are going towards the cloud environment at some point or a hybrid cloud, so it could be something on that front, but we are not working with the cloud yet. For our purposes, it's functioning perfectly fine. We get the data we want from it.

However, you need lot of knowledge before you start out. Maybe that could be improved.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any stability problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is something that we haven't really needed to utilise but that was one key factor when we chose it over the other solutions. We haven't had to do any scaling yet. We have in the range of 10 to 20 TBs.

How is customer service and technical support?

We have not yet used technical support for StoreOnce, but we have been using it for less than a year.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We were basically upgrading the whole data center and we wanted to stick with one vendor as a provider of all the hardware. It was kind of logical to also look for a solution from HPE.

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the initial setup. We had a technician from the partner who was providing the solution helping to set it up. It was very straightforward. I'm comparing to the old solution, which was kind of a pain in the neck. To set up the StoreOnce, all that was needed from us was the IP address and some background information on how we would use it. That was about it. From all the things that we set up in our data center at that time, this was probably the simplest.

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

Everybody wants to see lower cost, but pricing was competitive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Dell. We went with HPE because we want everything to be from one vendor.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to use trusted advisors. You can only know so much. It's good to discuss things with an advisor.

When looking for a vendor, the cost is, of course, important, but the partnering with HPE or another vendor and the range of products they offer is the most critical factor.

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