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Chief Technology Officer at theCloud Limited
Jul 04 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are the ease of use, the reliability, and the exceptional deduplication that we get across that data that we store on those devices. We use it primarily for storage… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the service provider business, we are competing with a large number of other organizations and a lot of the time price is what matters to customers. We need to be competitive. We need to be able to… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see some improvements in the Veeam Backup & Replication integration. It's good, but it has a lot of room to improve. In particular around the inability to easily move data between… more»

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

To be honest, we were quite happy with the price, but we always want things cheaper than they are. I think for what we got, we felt that the price was quite reasonable comparing it to other products… more»

What other advice do I have?

I wouldn't want to say it's perfect because there is room to improve, but for what we are using it for, we are finding it does the job really well. From a data point of view, you've got to be… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at EMC Data Domain. We looked at Microsoft Storage Server on a number of different appliances, including an HPE option there. We found with Windows Storage Server, the performance wasn't… more»
Consultant
Assistant Consultant at Tata Consultancy Services
Dec 26 2016

What is most valuable?

* The product is very easy to use. * Deduplication features are great, especially on Catalyst stores. * We can also choose where to do the deduplication (source, media… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The product has really improved the backup and restore for our infrastructure. It gives you great scalability options up to 1.7 PB and, according to the vendor, it can… more»

What needs improvement?

The support team needs improvement. Sometimes, it takes support a lot of time to fix the issue and majority of the cases have to be escalated to the lab.

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

For licensing and pricing, I would recommend just pay as you go. It’s pretty easy to scale.

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

We previously used Data Domain. We switched to StoreOnce because of the complexity of the Data Domain system. Data Domain is a great product, but it’s complex to use.

What other advice do I have?

Read the support matrix first. It is not supported on lot of the open systems such as OpenVMS or the IBM AS/400 iSeries.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing this product. We only chose this product because we use HP’s Data Protector as a backup application and it has great… more»
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Real User
Solutions Engineer at AmWINS Group, Inc.
Dec 04 2016

What is most valuable?

It was primarily about the deduplication technology, and that's what brought it in the door for us. We were looking for something to offset our backup procedures so that we would be able to get better backup times, but also better restore… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The D2D capabilities have speeded backups.

What needs improvement?

The issues that I have aren't with the hardware itself. It's with our backup solution, it's with some of the other things that interact with StoreOnce, and it may be environmental. I don't see any deficiencies in the hardware solutions… more»

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

License Catalyst. It is really the best performing interface for StoreOnce - so ensure whatever backup solution you are looking at has native Catalyst support to see the best results with the product. While it has VTL, CIFS and NFS… more»

What other advice do I have?

I don't think it has anything much to do with the StoreOnce solution from a hardware perspective. That seems to be really solid, but you've got to have a Symantec NetBackup, HPE Data Protector, or Veeam to really enable you to get the most… more»
Consultant
Professional: Storage Administration at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 06 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature would be the high deduplication ratios, capable of 20 or more to 1 dedup ratio in a real-world backup environment. It seems to work very good for long retention times, even… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In my previous organization, it removed the need for manual tape swapping. Hence, it removed the need for actual tape changers to be at 50 separate remote sites, leading to huge savings for the… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them add the ability to turn on/turn off global deduplication and etc. Currently, only VTL-level deduplication is supported properly, while there seems to be some part of global… more»

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

Get an expert who knows the products, so you can get the best prices possible for both DP and StoreOnce. Because there are some things that can work for the same solution in different ways, hence they… more»

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

We switched because of company policy, the tapes aged, etc.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure architecture is planning properly, e.g., centralised or decentralised HPE DP Cell Managers give you some quite different options and etc.
Real User
Manager - System Engineering and Storage at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 06 2016

What is most valuable?

Excellent deduplication ratios.

How has it helped my organization?

It did not improve the way my organization functions: It was just an alternative method to accomplish what was being done a different way.

What needs improvement?

The UI is rather dated and not intuitive. Also, the setup is rather complex and you need to understand the product to best leverage it. The GUI has a look from the traditional HP interfaces of 10 years ago. The layout is confusing as it is… more»

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

We were using native backup (Commvault), which was unreliable. We selected this as a method to improve and better scale our backup deduplication, but it turned out StoreOnce introduced enough inconsistencies and incompatibilities, we… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you understand your use case very well, go over it in detail with the vendor and get commitments that it is compatible with your use case.
Consultant
Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 01 2016

What is most valuable?

Deduplication and replication are both extremely important for storing huge chunks of data. Secondly, now it has extended support to VMware and MS SQL via EMC.

How has it helped my organization?

Well, it has improved the organization in the sense we can back up our data into StoreOnce directly from stores etc., so it's become cheaper for us.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see it support open stack and also other vendors’ hardware, if possible, via EMC. I have an existing EMC backup solution and HPE StoreOnce solution. Typically this happens in case of M&A between two companies when two different companies use two different storage vendors. Now I want… more»

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

Its deduplication feature and 3PAR support were the primary reasons we selected it.
Vendor
IT Adminstrator at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 10 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are the very high-performance deduplication and high deduplication rates. These features make it quite cost-effective.

How has it helped my organization?

We previously used a tape-based backup system with a tape library and off-site storage of tapes, which was very expensive to run. It also wasn't terribly reliable and we had constant issues with capacity. We migrated to StoreOnce and we're using the copy feature of StoreOnce to copy to another unit… more»

What needs improvement?

StoreOnce actually does pretty much everything we need. There are quite a lot of features that we don't use at the moment such as virtual tape library and NAS. But the initial network setup is not intuitive, and this could be improved.

What other advice do I have?

I think as long as you have a clear understanding of what it does and you're quite sure that that's what you need, then there isn't a better product. Certainly, in terms of the ease-of-use and reliability, we haven't had any issues with StoreOnce. It's definitely one of the products that I would… more»
Real User
CEO with 51-200 employees
Sep 08 2015

What do you think of HPE StoreOnce?

One of our outsourcing services is to replicate the customer’s backup to our backup center. It’s aimed at customers who run their own server room and business critical systems that require daily backup but who can’t afford to have their own secondary datacenters. We sought a solution that would allow our customers to perform simple and fully automated backup. Additionally, the new solution would also help customers to replicate data to our datacenter, ensuring that remotely stored copies of their backup data are held off-site. We needed a solution that would provide safe data storage for itself and its clients, ensure continuity of operation in the event of a disaster and enable it to extend its service offering. We also wanted an application that would deliver short backup times and…
Vendor
Technical Operations Specialist - Server at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 10 2015

What do you think of HPE StoreOnce?

What is most valuable?

Faster backup and restore process Data de-duplication mechanism

How has it helped my organization?

With D2D2T appliance, and backup jobs reconfiguration we are reducing the backup tapes count. The appliance offers a fast backup and restore process, and a data replication mechanism to a remote site location. This ensure data center backups disaster recovery.

What needs improvement?

Data capacity graphical interface

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues during the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

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What is HPE StoreOnce?

HP StoreOnce Backup is a data backup solution that provides a consistent, high-performance, scale-out architecture for your entire enterprise. Reduce the amount of backup data capacity by 95 percent, and choose between powerful dedicated appliances for data centers, or flexible virtual appliances for smaller and remote offices.

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