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"There is unified storage, which provides flexibility. It is set up perfectly for performance and provisioning. We are able to monitor everything using a separate application. It provides error and critical warnings that allow us to take immediate action through ONTAP. We are able to manage everything, log a case, and follow up with the support team, who can fix it. That is how it is unified.""The feature which I like the most is that it has the capabilities that the traditional storage system offers. It provides all the functionality. The deduplication and compression work exactly like ONTAP's traditional storage. So people who have experience with that find it very easy to manage.""The most valuable features are tiering to S3 and being able to turn it on and off, based on a schedule.""If you have a larger amount of data than normal in cloud, it is easy to provision and maintain. Waiting for the delivery of the controller, the configuration of enclosures, etc., all this stuff is eliminated compared to using on-premise.""Its features help us to have a backup of our volumes using the native technology of NetApp ONTAP. That way, we don't have to invest in other solutions for our backup requirement. Also, it helps us to replicate the data to another geographic location so that helps us to save on the costs of backup products.""They have very good support team who is very helpful. They will help you with every aspect of getting the deployment done.""One of the most valuable features is its similarity to the physical app, which makes it familiar. It's almost identical to a real NetApp, which means you can run all of the associated NetApp processes and services with it. Otherwise, we would definitely have to deploy some hardware on a site somewhere, which could be a challenge in terms of CapEx.""We are definitely in the process of reducing our footprint on our secondary data center and all those snapshots technically reduce tape backup. That's from the protection perspective, but as far as files, it's much easier to use and manage and it's faster, too."

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"A very flexible solution.""All of the administrative tasks are easy and everything is centralized.""It's very stable and it's easy to use.""The solution is quite stable. We haven't had any issues with glitches or bugs.""The solution is very stable.""The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is hardware independent.""It appears to be very stable and very robust.""HPE StoreVirtual is very easy to use from the management console."

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"Another good feature is that you can pause the appliance if you want to move it from one location to another and then once it's moved you can resume it, this way you can physically move the whole cluster or storage without any downtime. Its really easy to use, if you have a good foundation in storage and clustering then you will need less then one hour to figure out how to operate it.""The management interface is the most valuable feature for us."

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Cons
"We are getting a warning alert about not being able to connect to Cloud Manager when we log into it. The support has provided links, but this particular issue is not fixed yet.""When it comes to a critical or a read-write-intensive application, it doesn't provide the performance that some applications require, especially for SAP. The SAP HANA database has a write-latency of less than 2 milliseconds and the CVO solution does not fit there. It could be used for other databases, where the requirements are not so demanding, especially when it comes to write-latency.""I would like to see more aggressive management of the aggregate space. On the Cloud Volumes ONTAP that we use for offsite backup copies, most of the data sits in S3. There are also the EBS volumes on the Cloud Volumes ONTAP itself. Sometimes what happens is that the aggregate size just stays the same. If it allocates 8 terabytes initially, it just stays at 8 terabytes for a long time, even though we're only using 20 percent of that 8 terabytes. NetApp could undersize that more aggressively.""I would like NetApp to come up with an easier setup for the solution.""The automated deployment was a bit complex using the public APIs. When we had to deploy Cloud Volumes ONTAP on a regular basis using automation, It could be a bit of a challenge.""We want to be able to add more than six disks in aggregate, but there is a limit of the number of disks in aggregate. In GCP, they provide less by limiting the sixth disk in aggregate. In Azure, the same solution provides 12 disks in an aggregate versus GCP where it is just half that amount. They should bump up the disk in aggregate requirement so we don't have to migrate the aggregate from one to another when the capacities are full.""There is room for improvement with the capacity. There's a very hard limit to how many disks you can have and how much space you can have. That is something they should work to fix, because it's limiting. Right now, the limit is about 360 terabytes or 36 disks.""I think the challenge now is more in terms of keeping an air gap. The notion that it is in the cloud, easy to break, etc. The challenge now is mostly about the air gap and how we can protect that in the cloud."

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"User interface could be improved.""In our country, Qatar, most of the industry isn't using too much HP. StoreVirtual doesn't move fast. It's not a popular product.""It is a costly solution.""The management aspect of the solution needs to be improved in order to make the product stronger.""The initial setup could be simplified to make it easier for new users.""The solution needs to ensure it is on par with the industry in terms of availability of features and various other options.""One of the areas that need improvement is the consolidated management platform, to manage all of the nodes from one place and the licensing around that.""I would like to have this solution easily integrate with VMware."

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"It needs more integration with backup vendors so there is native integration with it that will allow storage level backup/snapshots. I would love to see integration with Veeam and Commvault so it can be recognized by them directly and added as network storage.""They could improve by providing integration with HP."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"If a customer is only using, say, less than 10 terabytes, I don't think CVO would be a good option. A customer using at least 100 or 200 terabytes should get a reasonable price from NetApp.""Once we deploy the pay as you go model, we cannot convert this product as a BYOL model. This is a concern that we have.""They have a very good price which keeps our customers happy.""They give us a good price for CVO licenses. It is one of the reasons that we went with the product.""For NetApp it's about $20,000 for a single node and $30,000 for the HA.""Our licensing costs are folded into the hardware purchases and I have never differentiated between the two.""Cost is a big factor, because a lot of companies can't afford enterprise grade equipment all the time. They skimp where they can. I would recommend that they improve the cost.""Cloud is cloud. It's still expensive. Any good solution comes with a price tag. That's where we are looking to see how well we can manage our data in the cloud by trying to optimize the costs."

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"It costs less than $10,000 for one machine. If it costs more than 15% higher than this, then the customer may change to another solution.""For our organization, I believe the cost is 16,000 Euros for a three-year license. It costs a bit more to do the maintenance on our servers as well. It's also on an HP ProLiant server and an organization will need to do the maintenance there also. I believe the price for that is around 2000 Euros a year."

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"It costs about 50,000 euros."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The solution’s unified file and block-storage access across our infrastructure is invaluable. Without it, we can't do… more »
Top Answer: Our licensing costs are folded into the hardware purchases and I have never differentiated between the two.
Top Answer: I suspect ONTAP will just end up being a portion that runs on StorageGRID. Ultimately, everything will be object-based… more »
Top Answer: I have implemented Lefthand/VSA solutions since 2008 and it’s a good product but definitely living on borrowed time. In… more »
Top Answer: All of the administrative tasks are easy and everything is centralized.
Top Answer: The StoreVirtual solution is a hardware product, so the customer only purchases licenses on a one-time basis. I have no… more »
Top Answer: The management interface is the most valuable feature for us.
Top Answer: They could improve by providing integration with HP.
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Also Known As
ONTAP Cloud, CVO, NetApp CVOHPE StoreVirtual, HPE VSA
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Overview

The leading enterprise-grade storage management solution, delivers secure, proven storage management services and supports up to a capacity of 368TB. Software service supports various use cases, such as: File shares and block-level storage serving NAS (NFS, SMB / CIFS) and SAN (iSCSI) Disaster Recovery, Backup, and Archive DevOps Databases (SQL, Oracle, NoSQL) Cloud Volumes ONTAP is offered in a standard single-node configuration or in a High Availability (HA) configuration.

HPE StoreVirtual storage ensures that organisations can optimise the benefits of server virtualisation with cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery. The iSCSI-based, scale-out storage platform is easy to manage and change – meeting ongoing business demands without creating IT bottlenecks or application downtime. Overcoming the cost and management limitations of traditional storage area networks (SANs), HPE StoreVirtual nodes use storage clustering to form a single pool of resources that enable organisations to buy only what they need today, scaling non-disruptively to meet requirements in the future.

For SMB and Enterprises who are looking for high performance primary storage for server virtualization, VDI, database and Big Data scenarios, or inexpensive secondary backup tier, our solution is StarWind Storage Appliance. It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, and associated software into an easily scalable storage platform.

Additionally, the appliance features an optional gateway to Azure public cloud, which helps to implement an effective Disaster Recovery plan or meet regulatory requirements. StarWind SA scales up by adding individual disks and flash modules, or JBODs, while adding ready controller nodes allows scaling out. 

StarWind SA targets those, who need high-performance primary storage or secondary storage for backup. In case there is a whole virtualization infrastructure to build from scratch, StarWind HCA will come in handy. Otherwise, if all the required hardware is present, StarWind Virtual SAN will be enough to build a high-performance virtualization setup. 

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Sample Customers
Rohit, AdvacnedMD, D2L, Trinity Mirror, Eidos Media, WireStorm, Cordant Group, JFK Medical Center, ALD Automotive, Healthix, City of Baton Rouge, ON Semiconductor NBrIX, WIND Telecom, NetricsBosch, EC2 IT, Solid Earth Inc., Canon
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Healthcare Company27%
Energy/Utilities Company12%
Comms Service Provider8%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Computer Software Company40%
Manufacturing Company13%
Comms Service Provider9%
Media Company9%
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Healthcare Company12%
Construction Company8%
Government8%
Hospitality Company8%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider14%
Retailer8%
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Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise77%
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Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise83%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise29%
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HPE StoreVirtual is ranked 6th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 10 reviews while StarWind Storage Appliance is ranked 7th in NAS with 2 reviews. HPE StoreVirtual is rated 7.6, while StarWind Storage Appliance is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of HPE StoreVirtual writes "Independent of hardware with good stability but requires better integration". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Storage Appliance writes "Works as a service and does not require too many resources on the host". HPE StoreVirtual is most compared with VMware vSAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage, HPE SimpliVity, StorMagic SvSAN and VxRail, whereas StarWind Storage Appliance is most compared with FreeNAS, StorMagic SvSAN, StarWind Virtual SAN and VMware vSAN.

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