What is our primary use case?
Most of our clients are actually educational or academic institutions. The solution is primarily required for their data centers, where they already have a SAN. Also, they may want to upgrade or add a specific amount of capacity.
There are two types of requirements where StoreVirtual comes in handy. One is if you were to use the software as a service (SAAS), rather than going for an expensive SAN solution. The StoreVirtual software can actually convert our client's server into a storage box. It's like a virtual storage array.
What is most valuable?
The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is hardware independent.
The scalability is very good and does not cause it to lose any of its performance.
What needs improvement?
I'm not sure if HP is integrating various platforms and coming out with newer options on this solution. It needs to be upgraded from time to time. There are some upgrades which are due to take in new features.
The solution needs to ensure it is on par with the industry in terms of availability of features and various other options.
For how long have I used the solution?
We've been dealing with HP storage for more than a decade now.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
The solution is stable. Whatever implementation we've done, we've been very satisfied with the solution and haven't experienced any bugs or glitches.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
The solution is highly scalable and does not lose any of its performance as it expands.
In the installations we've performed there aren't more than 1,000 or so users.
How are customer service and technical support?
I've been in touch with HP technical support directly. We've been quite satisfied with the level of service we've been given.
How was the initial setup?
The solution is not complex to implement as well. It's very straightforward. I found it to be quite simple.
What other advice do I have?
We are an IT systems integrator. We have worked with Check Point and Sophos in the past. We are also evaluating Palo Alto for our customers. We are not just dealing with StoreVirtual on its own.
This used to be a LeftHand Networks product, which HP acquired.
I would definitely recommend the solution to other organizations. I would suggest that they have to remember to benchmark it with respect to their infrastructure. It's not necessarily useful for everybody.
There are various acquisitions that HP has done in the storage space. One would have to see how the consolidation happens in the coming months or years.
I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?