Redundancy of the product, especially for remote locations, is the most valuable feature. Easy implementation and easy online upgrade process, which is very secure, are also great. If anything happens, the upgrade can be restarted or stopped without an impact on the production.
Improvements to My Organization
We and our customers did not have any downtime for their SAN, not because of an update or due to an expansion of the cluster with extra nodes. The support tool does not depend on one system. It just reads the status of the SAN and can be installed on more than one device.
Room for Improvement
You cannot easily mix SAS with SATA or SSD within a cluster. So tiering is not easy to implement at a reasonable cost.
Use of Solution
I’ve done about 30 implementations in the last six years. Most of our implemented systems are clusters of P4500G2/P4530/P4300 G2/P4330.
The system is functional and always up, even if several nodes need rebooting when an upgrade takes place.
It has on the fly scalability.
Customer Service and Technical Support
Support for StoreVirtual is a separate team within HP. All the support-engineers are specialists which can always find a way to fix your issue.
A complete installation of a four-node cluster can be done within four hours to be ready to move your VMs to the new cluster. It's very easy.
Only the first implementation with a vendor team. After that it is straightforward.
There is not an easy way to build redundancy at this price. Only one license with all the features is needed as it has no additional costs. Every vendor should do that.
Other Solutions Considered
We use this product for easy redundancy over two locations. No other solution could make this happen as easily. We also resell EMC SAN and the business case of the customer is the most important to fit the best SAN.
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