What is our primary use case?
QoreStor is a backup target for us.
When Dell DR4100 was sold by Dell, it had another piece of software tied to it that was built by Quest. Then when Quest and Dell separated again, Quest developed QoreStor and they separated the license from the hardware, which became QoreStor. We converted it to QoreStor to continue using the hardware and get support and updates to the software. That is our backup target for our Veeam software. When we run backups, they go to QoreStor.
How has it helped my organization?
We're a small shop, so it's easy to use software. It's relatively easy to maintain and for a small amount of people. It's not like you have to have a whole staff to take care of it.
The deduplication has helped us reduce our storage.
When we added this solution to our architecture, our existing backup solution provided deduplication.
QoreStor has helped us to reduce our backup storage requirements on-premises. We've been using the same devices for quite a while, and so it lets us keep using them as opposed to having to rip out all that hardware and create a new on-prem solution. The advantage here is even if we had to retire the hardware tomorrow, the QoreStor part doesn't change. We just have to have additional hardware and put the solution back on whatever hardware we pick and it'll do the same thing.
It has also helped to reduce our backup storage costs.
What is most valuable?
The most valuable feature is that it is low maintenance. It runs like a self-maintenance script and I like that I don't have to actually think about doing anything for it. It does it on its own.
It depends on how you're using archiving, but it does do deduplication and you can replicate between units. We're currently not doing that necessarily. We were before, but we're not doing that anymore.
It has a cloud tier so you can expand your storage to the cloud. And so you can replicate your storage to the cloud or expand it so it moves up into the cloud. But we're currently not using the cloud tier.
QoreStor works with almost any backup software server and storage hardware. We were focused on ours, which was Veeam. We use Veeam for backup. It was important to us because I wanted the flexibility to be able to change other vendors if I needed to. Not that I'm interested in changing, but I have switched backup vendors in the past. And we haven't really considered changing virtualization at all, but it's nice to have that option.
What needs improvement?
The installation could use improvement. The initial installation was a little touchy and it's not really user-installable. You have to have a connection to support to install.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have been using QoreStor for a couple of months.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It's pretty stable. We haven't had any issues since we put it in place.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
We have two users who use QoreStor. Both of us do the same thing.
There are two of us in the IT department. Our company uses it and it's a company backup storage, so about 40 people use it.
We don't really have any plans yet to increase usage but it'll continue to be our backup storage until it needs to be replaced.
How are customer service and technical support?
Their technical support is good. Every time I've called them, they've been responsive and knowledgeable.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
I switched to Quest because I had to. The old software was deprecated and I needed to replace the entire unit hardware and software together with some other solution or I could implement QoreStor and I could keep the hardware.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup took an hour or two. The backup solution was already in place. All we did was schedule an update or an installation date with Quest and we connected remotely and then they put the software on the current storage and it picked up where the old stuff already was. So we didn't lose anything in the process.
We did not use an integrator or reseller for the installation.
What was our ROI?
The big return was that I didn't have to replace the hardware. That's the big return on investment.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We did not really evaluate other solutions. The big choice was to rip and replace with the hardware and put in a new solution, which was much more costly. We probably looked at a few vendors and I kept going back to the discount that I was getting because I was already a customer. The implementation for a QoreStor just made more sense.
What other advice do I have?
I would rate QoreStor a nine out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?
Which version of this solution are you currently using?