Quest QoreStor Review

The deduplication saves us a lot of space and reduces network traffic

What is our primary use case?

We presented QoreStor to NetVault, the backup software. We have two QoreStors, one on the main site, and then another one on the remote site. They are a primary backup and a secondary backup target.

How has it helped my organization?

One of the benefits is that with QoreStor, we can use a different hardware platform. For example, we have data center hardware from Dell EMC. So we only have the Dell EMC server plus a QoreStor on top of the Dell EMC server. That means that we can't get support for all of the hardware for Dell EMC from them. The software comes from the QoreStor request.

QoreStor has helped to reduce our backup storage requirements on-premise by at least 90%.

What is most valuable?

Deduplication is the most valuable feature. It saves us a lot of space. When we back up 100 terabytes of data, after dedupe, it only uses maybe five to six terabytes for the disk space in QoreStor. 

We don't use replication features. We use a backup software to control the replication.

Right now, we only present QoreStor to the backup server. So the backup server, of course, will talk to software like a vSphere environment and the other data store. But I think all the backup servers come between the other stores and QoreStor.

We rely on QoreStor to do deduplication, which means that it's faster for us. Of course, the backup software can work with QoreStor to acquire dedupe, which reduces network traffic a lot.

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, we would like to have an Air Gap feature to prevent a virus from attaching to something. So that when we don't do a backup, we want the QoreStor to stay offline. It would be a nice feature to have.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Quest QoreStor for two years.

I'm the primary role that is involved with QoreStor and I also have a backup. But I'm the only one who works with QoreStor right now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't had a stability problem in the last two years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We don't have plans to increase usage. It is a part of enterprise backup solutions so at the moment, we only use them for the backup.

How are customer service and technical support?

Quest support is very knowledgeable. I haven't needed to call them since the implementation. We only used them for the deployment. 

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

We also compared to the other products. We used the previous version of QoreStor. We upgraded from a previous version of QoreStor to the new one. I don't know what the cost difference is.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward and went smoothly. I worked with support and deployed it. I don't remember having any problems. It was "next, next, next, done." The entire deployment was done in less than a day. 

What about the implementation team?

Quest support helped us with the deployment. 

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

QoreStor is capacity licensed. So we have acclimated all the capacity requirements for the next three years and we never have problems with the licensing.

There are no additional costs in addition to standard licensing. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Data Domain. One reason we chose QoreStor was because we already used the previous version of it. QoreStor and the backup software of both come from Quest.

The second reason we went with QoreStor is because compared to Data Domain, it is less costly. Data Domain is more expensive. The nice part about Data Domain is that they have the Air Gap feature which QoreStor does not have.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product. QoreStor has a lot of features that I don't know about. It would be nice to take advantage of these features by getting updates from them that these features exist.

I would rate it a nine out of ten.

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