HPE StoreVirtual Review

It allows us the ability to use direct-attached storage of our existing servers for clustered Virtual SAN. The stability needs improvement.


What is most valuable?

It allows the direct-attached storage of our existing servers to be used for clustered Virtual SAN.

How has it helped my organization?

We implemented it into a development environment, but we found that it was not reliable enough to put it into production.

What needs improvement?

Management of the system is tedious. Stability needs improvement. The system would work fine for weeks and then one of the VSA virtual machines would hang, taking down the clustered volume. This was very confusing, because I had four nodes, which should have allowed fault-tolerance.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for six months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I had no issues deploying it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were stability issues. See the Areas for Improvement section.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We didn't scale it beyond four nodes as it never went into production.

How are customer service and technical support?

Support was not helpful, instead advising me to upgrade to a paid version which includes support.

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

I have tried StarWind’s VSAN solution, but decided to go with HP VSA because it was included in the purchase price of my HP DL360 G9, approximately $20,000.

How was the initial setup?

The installation and creation of the ‘cluster’ was fairly straightforward. Volume creation and additional required configuration was a bit more complex.

What about the implementation team?

I implemented it myself. I would suggest deploying in a dev environment first, to ensure thorough understanding. It is not exactly intuitive.

What was our ROI?

I stopped using the product when the VSA volume took itself offline for the second time.

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

I used the free 1TB license that is included with all newer HP servers.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have more than enough VSA nodes (at least enough to handle a loss of one node and preferably two). Ensure the license supports distributed volumes, rather than single-host volumes.

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