StorPool Review
It is a software-only solution with valuable expansion capabilities and provides SSD-class performance.


What is most valuable?

StorPool is a software-only solution with practically unlimited expansion capabilities. Its performance is very high. We were able to replace our SSD-only local storage systems without any performance penalty. Its price/performance is very high!

How has it helped my organization?

As the number of servers grew, management and lack of flexibility became a problem. Our initial experiments with private clouds were promising but we needed a shared storage system.

We now have a high-performance shared storage system which enables us to run on a private cloud. Our previous system used bare-metal hardware, which provided high performance but inflexible management. Now we have the best of both worlds, SSD-class performance with the flexibility of a private cloud system.

What needs improvement?

Although controlling the system from console has lots of capabilities, an interface to view the performance of the StorPool System and control some cases is a need.

StorPool has no native support of VMware & Hyper-V yet. StorPool does it through a standard protocol (iSCSI), like a regular SAN.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for a year and a half.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We have not encountered any deployment issues. StorPool’s team took care for everything.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not encountered any stability issues; everything was as expected.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Expansion is as simple as adding additional converged nodes. We know the price of a possible expansion; we can use whatever hardware is suitable for the job.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

StorPool’s engineers helped us during every step: demonstration, hardware selection, switch and NIC advice, installation, configuration and even open-source cloud management software selection. They were very helpful and advised us wisely.

Technical Support:

Technical support is excellent; always with the correct answer.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We first tested open-source solutions, Ceph and GlusterFS. GlusterFS is a good solution for file-based storage but it is slow for sync writing disk images. Ceph again is a good block storage solution but our test showed that on similar hardware, StorPool outperforms Ceph by a large margin.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

StorPool’s team took care for the implementation, initial setup and fine tuning.

What was our ROI?

TCO decreased substantially.

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

It is worth the investment and you will decrease your infrastructure costs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also evaluated Ceph and GlusterFS.

What other advice do I have?

We are very happy with StorPool. Performance is impressive and expansion is as simple as adding an additional node. Furthermore, all this is offered with a professional support team who also advise you, from hardware selection to private cloud software solutions.

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

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