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Sylvain Tetreault
Chief Operating Officer at ETINET
Reseller
Top 20
Attractive pricing model, software-based, and reduces our backup cost

Pros and Cons

  • "Data deduplication and replication would be the top two features. The encryption and cloud tiering are also attractive for the future."
  • "They need to increase their maximum capacity. Other than that, they're doing a pretty good job."

What is our primary use case?

We are using QoreStor internally for our backup, and we are also a reseller of QoreStor.

Two years ago, we had two backup solutions: one for IBM i and one for HP NonStop. We started to offer QoreStor with our SPHiNX 9.7 to our IBM i customers two years ago, and last year, we started to offer QoreStor with our BackBox 4.09 to our HP NonStop customers. 

How has it helped my organization?

It provides data deduplication, replication, and archiving capabilities in one solution, which is very important for us. We built a relationship with QoreStor because we needed data deduplication, replication, and encryption.

QoreStor works with different backup solutions in the market, and they have a list of backup solutions that they support, but what interests us is just the QoreStor technicalization. We provide a backup solution for legacy systems that don't support the market backup tools. We provide a backup solution for such legacy systems, and then we store the backup into QoreStor. So, we are in the middle. For legacy NonStop and legacy IBM i solutions, customers can put ETI-NET as a backup solution that QoreStor supports.

It has reduced our backup cost because it is all automated. It is dedupe. We didn't take advantage of the cloud yet, but even for storing locally, there is a big reduction. We also reduced the footprint because the software can run on the same platform as our solution. The average reduction rate is about 20 times. We can reduce the cost by at least 10 times, and the footprint and the storage hardware are reduced by about a half.

What is most valuable?

Data deduplication and replication would be the top two features. The encryption and cloud tiering are also attractive for the future.

Its one price is also interesting for us and our customers. You have one price, and you get everything from QoreStor.

It provides archiving capabilities, and you can archive to the cloud.

It is a software, so there is more flexibility. It can run on different hardware and is hardware-independent. The fact that it is a software was interesting for us because we also offer the appliance for IBM i and HP NonStop. For IBM i, we have an appliance that we offer with our box. For HP NonStop, it is integrated with our box. So, a customer buys a server based on the configuration that we recommend. We then install our software, and QoreStor runs underneath in the VM environment. So, it's all in the same physical box. For the NonStop market, we went further and used the QoreStor API. So, we are able to configure QoreStor from our software called BackBox. BackBox interfaces with NonStop, and we are controlling the QoreStor behind BackBox.

What needs improvement?

They need to increase their maximum capacity. Other than that, they're doing a pretty good job.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been involved with QoreStor for around two and a half years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very good. There were only a few occasions where we had to deal with QoreStor to fix an issue.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is good in terms of scalability, but the maximum capacity can be reached very quickly. That's why I'm expecting that the maximum capacity would increase in the future, but for now, we are good. 

We are basically starting to market that product, and internally, we don't have a huge backup, so we are good for now. In the future, we may have a situation where the maximum capacity might be an issue, and that's probably the thing that Quest needs to improve in the future.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is very good. We were in a good position to test their support because we started to work with QoreStor from day one of the announcement. We work very closely with Quest support. During Quest adoption, when we found some mistakes and we were missing a feature, they were actually pretty quick to provide that feature to us.

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

We were using HP StoreOnce. We chose QoreStor to integrate it with our product. The main difference is that QoreStor is a software, so we can put it on the same hardware as our solution. If customers want to use HP StoreOnce with HP NonStop, they can still use it, but QoreStor is the only one that is fully integrated with our solution and support. Since we started to resell QoreStor, we have been using it internally.

It's better than other backup solutions we have used or evaluated. The dedupe rate is good. We see a 20 times dedupe rate. Its replication efficiency is great. The big difference is that you get everything at one price. With other solutions, you get two times cloud storage of the license, whereas, with QoreStor, it is three times. So, if you have 100 terabytes, with other solutions, you will have an additional 200 terabytes in a cloud with the same license, whereas with QoreStor, you will have 300 terabytes.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is straightforward. It is very simple in terms of implementation. Its UI is very good, and it is fairly easy to do the configuration. 

We have integrated it with our box and we have our UI, which has increased automation in the installation and made it even easier.

What was our ROI?

I don't have numbers, but the return on investment is the deduplication and all other things it does. QoreStor is quite interesting.

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

Its pricing model is very attractive. You have one price, and you get everything from QoreStor.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for people who would like to buy QoreStor is they can look at the price model. It is hardware-independent, so it is not like an appliance where you shop for the specific hardware. In our case, when we deal with HP, HP can run QoreStor on their platform or server. So, the pricing is focused on the software, and it includes everything.

We internally don't use cloud storage for long-term data retention. We only use it for testing. The cloud is a value-add for now, and it is an interesting feature that we expect our customers to look into in the future. Similarly, its Object Direct feature allows you to move an object directly to the cloud without having to de-hydrade and re-hydrade the backups, but we haven't really started to use it for our backup. We only use it for testing internally. We expect that customers will start to look into this feature. The reason why it's so important is that you save a lot of space in the cloud when you just move the dedupe object to the cloud.

In terms of whether QoreStor has reduced our backup storage requirements, it certainly did significantly reduce our storage needs. For customers, we can offer up to the maximum of what QoreStor is capable of. It is around 300 terabytes, and we are able to support the maximum. If you go to the cloud, then you can have three times more. For example, if you have a unit with 100 terabytes, then you can have an additional 300 terabytes in the cloud with the same license.

I would rate Quest QoreStor an eight out of 10. The reason why it is not a 10 is that it is still a new product, and they need to increase their capacity.

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Brian Lippold
Network Administrator at BROCKPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Integrates well, reasonably priced, and provides high level support

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution easily integrates with the backup targets, such as Veeam."
  • "The solution could improve by switching to a flash-type solution rather than the spinning drives that they currently use. However, we have not had any failure with the spinning drives. The flash-type drives are more up-to-date and are something that is in their roadmap."

What is our primary use case?

We use ExaGrid EX Series for backing up our Veeam Backup, vSphere, or VMware environments.

What is most valuable?

The solution easily integrates with the backup targets, such as Veeam.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by switching to a flash-type solution rather than the spinning drives that they currently use. However, we have not had any failure with the spinning drives. The flash-type drives are more up-to-date and are something that is in their roadmap.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. It is one of the most stable appliances that we own. We have never had any issues with it, such as bad hard drives. It just runs well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

ExaGrid EX Series is scalable. You can connect another ExaGrid Appliance to it to provide more disk space. I have been told it is simple to upgrade, you do not need to dispose of the current hardware, you can add to it. There is de-duplication and other features that use space but we have not needed to add disk space and we are only at one quarter used so far. 

We had the Barracuda Backup Appliance previously called Barracuda Backup, and it was not flexible, we were running out of space. Some companies do proper specification and then others try to bring their price point down by getting you in. Then in a year or two down the road, you start running out of space, which is what happened to us with the Barracuda solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

One of the most valuable aspects of the ExaGrid EX Series is the support. They dedicate an engineer to us that we deal with. We do not have to call to create a support ticket. We only need to contact our support engineer which is very convenient. Usually, with other companies you contact support and you hope you receive someone half-decent. Their support is excellent and it is easy to set up too.

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

We have previously used other backup solutions, such as Barracuda Backup and Unitrends.

The Barracuda combines two products, the Backup Appliance and the software for backing up. It is similar to having Veeam and ExaGrid together and it is the same with Unitrends. We had Unitrends for approximately five years. it was quite a few years ago and they have improved their product since then. We had many failures and after the fourth hard drive failure with Unitrends is why we first started to look for another solution. If we did not have the failures we most like would still be with them.

How was the initial setup?

The support services guide you through the whole installation process, which was very helpful.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation with the help of their support.

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

The previous solutions I have used both included the Backup Software and the Appliance making it hard to compare to this solution. However, overall the solution is reasonably priced for the features you receive. ExaGrid EX Series is priced better than HP, Dell, and possibly Commvault which I have compared in the past.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated Commvault, HP, and Dell solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others that this solution is hands-off and is easy to implement.

I rate ExaGrid EX Series a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Principal Architect Infrastructure Solutions at a recruiting/HR firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Straightforward to set up and it scales well

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 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.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is SnapMirror.

What needs improvement?

If our customer needs a high-performance storage solution then we don't recommend this product.

Some of our customers complain about not liking the UI, whereas others say that they love it. Also, some say that the FAS is too slow and some say that it performs fine. It's all relative and depends on the customer as well as the use case.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been working with the FAS series for about 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The FAS series is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product scales really well.

How are customer service and technical support?

The group that supports FAS supports all of the various NetApp products. I have found their support is responsive and thorough.

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

I regularly work with solutions from NetApp, Dell, and HPE.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

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

The price depends on the size and features. I've sold arrays for as little $20,000 USD and as high as $300,000 USD. It would be very difficult to give an average cost.

In some cases, there are costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Owner at a construction company with 5,001-10,000 employees
MSP
Top 20
Good deduplication, good support, and easily scalable

Pros and Cons

  • "It works within backup windows and has got good deduplication."
  • "It can probably have integration with other OEMs. It should also have more features for ransomware protection."

What is our primary use case?

We are just using it for backing up the workloads using Avamar. We are using its latest version.

What is most valuable?

It works within backup windows and has got good deduplication.

What needs improvement?

It can probably have integration with other OEMs. It should also have more features for ransomware protection.

It could be more competitively priced.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is easily scalable. We have around 2,000 people in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

It is very good.

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

We were using HPE StoreOnce about four years ago.

How was the initial setup?

It is straightforward. It only takes a couple of hours to implement.

What about the implementation team?

I can do it myself. For its deployment and maintenance, I only need a couple of engineers.

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

It could be more competitively priced. Its licensing was for five years. Obviously, the support will get renewed at some stage, but that's it.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others. I would rate Dell EMC PowerProtect DD a nine out of 10.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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