HPE StorageWorks MSA Alternatives and Competitors

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PS
Senior Network Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
Vendor
Top 10
A workhorse that is fast and impeccably reliable

What is our primary use case?

EqualLogic is part of our production database. It is fast and reliable. It is our production SAN (Storage Area Network), so we always use it. It is always on and always running 24/7.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is extremely reliable."
  • "The technical support is very good."
  • "The product is very stable."
  • "Synchronous replication uses space inefficiently."
  • "There is no option for mixing RAID types in one device."
  • "Individual file recovery would be a nice additional feature."

What other advice do I have?

For people considering EqualLogic, the most useful thing I could tell them was that they should implement a demo using a piece of equipment in a proof-of-concept environment and have the vendor help with that. It is the most ideal way to test the product. On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate the EqualLogic PS Series overall as definitely a nine-out-of-ten. I would give it that rating because it does what it says it is supposed to do. It has been extremely reliable and very easy to upgrade and expand. In the past when Dell announced they were…
Abdullah Mahmood
Network and System Administrator at TWD Technologies Ltd.
Real User
Top 5
User-friendly with good documentation and the capability to scale

What is our primary use case?

The solution is primarily a file infrastructure. It contains all the virtual machines for our company.

Pros and Cons

  • "We've found the solution to be very stable so far."
  • "The design is a little old-fashioned and could be updated. The rack is very primitive and designed in an older style."

What other advice do I have?

We are just a customer and an end-user. We are using the latest version of the solution at this point. I'd recommend the solution. Everything is fiber from start to finish. I don't need to use a fiber switch. It's an expensive component. However, IBM says I don't need it and I can do I direct line from my own source. It's a supported solution. It's very good. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten so far.
FM
Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Performs well, the support is good, and it is a stable product

What is our primary use case?

We use the StoreServ as our main storage device. We have one unit in the main site and the other in the DR site, with replication between them. We have a file server running, it hosts our database, and it acts as our Exchange server.

Pros and Cons

    • "This product has come to the end of its lifecycle."

    What other advice do I have?

    We are now thinking about transitioning to the HPE Nimble or Primera, although not this year. This may happen in 2022. We plan to continue using this solution for performance, and availability. We are following the recommendation of HPE. They have recently started to mention the Primera and Nimble, which is why we are studying them. We are not looking as much at Nimble because we are interested in the 100% availability that Primera has. The Primera is a little more expensive than the Nimble, so this is something that we have to think about. This is a good solution and I can recommend it. I…
    DC
    Principal Architect Infrastructure Solutions at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Straightforward to set up and it scales well

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a solution provider and NetApp FAS is one of the infrastructure-related products that we implement for our clients. Our customers' use cases vary, where some of them use it as a backup target and others use it for the general workload. The primary use case is probably for general workload.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The most valuable feature is SnapMirror."
    • "If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product."

    What other advice do I have?

    The suitability of this product depends on the use cases and the environment. For places where we sell it, it fits well. In places where it doesn't fit well, we would typically go with another solution like NetApp All-Flash storage, or something from another vendor. My advice for anybody who is implementing the NetApp FAS series is to make sure that it's the proper fit. Perform a detailed sizing analysis prior to making the purchase. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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