HPE StoreVirtual Overview

HPE StoreVirtual is the #6 ranked solution in our list of top Software Defined Storage (SDS) tools. It is most often compared to VMware vSAN: HPE StoreVirtual vs VMware vSAN

What is HPE StoreVirtual?

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.

HPE StoreVirtual is also known as HPE StoreVirtual, HPE VSA.

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HPE StoreVirtual Customers

NBrIX, WIND Telecom, Netrics

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about HPE StoreVirtual pricing:
  • "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."
  • "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."

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AR
Owner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Independent of hardware with good stability but requires better integration

What is our primary use case?

Most of our clients are actually educational or academic institutions. The solution is primarily required for their data centers, where they already have a SAN. Also, they may want to upgrade or add a specific amount of capacity. There are two types of requirements where StoreVirtual comes in handy. One is if you were to use the software as a service (SAAS), rather than going for an expensive SAN solution. The StoreVirtual software can actually convert our client's server into a storage box. It's like a virtual storage array.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution's most valuable aspect is that it is hardware independent."
  • "The solution needs to ensure it is on par with the industry in terms of availability of features and various other options."

What other advice do I have?

We are an IT systems integrator. We have worked with Check Point and Sophos in the past. We are also evaluating Palo Alto for our customers. We are not just dealing with StoreVirtual on its own. This used to be a LeftHand Networks product, which HP acquired. I would definitely recommend the solution to other organizations. I would suggest that they have to remember to benchmark it with respect to their infrastructure. It's not necessarily useful for everybody. There are various acquisitions that HP has done in the storage space. One would have to see how the consolidation happens in the coming…
PD
System Admin at Stad wervik
Real User
Scalable and stable with good synchronous replication

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for our servers and storage servers.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is quite stable. We haven't had any issues with glitches or bugs."
  • "The management aspect of the solution needs to be improved in order to make the product stronger."

What other advice do I have?

We use the solution on a daily basis. In general, we have about 350 individuals on it. They are largely a mix of engineers and architects. The product we are currently using is at end-of-life, so it's not necessarily something I would recommend. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.
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Chamith Perera
Senior Systems Specialist and Pre-Sales at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good deduplication, compression features, and replication

What is our primary use case?

We've implemented this solution for our customer, who is in the sales sector. It's clustered and mapped to one of the blades. We use the solution for a Hyper-V environment and all of our other virtual machines are deployed inside this solution.

Pros and Cons

  • "All of the administrative tasks are easy and everything is centralized."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

StoreVirtual is mostly a mid-range to enterprise-level storage solution. In terms of performance, it's quite good. However, now we have some other products which are even better than HP itself. It's still a good solution. It's just a more competitive landscape. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. If it had virtualizations and better scalability, I would rank it higher.
Vebjorn Nergaard
Senior IT Engineer at Guard Automation AS
Real User
Stable, scalable, and easy to manage

What is our primary use case?

The solution is deployed with two nodes and then users have a network ride. The storage solution synchronizes, and it's quite like the StarWind solution. We installed two storage virtual machines and they synchronize with each other. That way, if one goes down, the other one will have the same data.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is very stable."
  • "The initial setup could be simplified to make it easier for new users."

What other advice do I have?

We're an HPE partner. The solution is deployed as an OVS file. It's an appliance, It's installed as a virtual machine on VMware. It's a very good solution. Since it's free for the one terabyte, and it's a very stable solution, it's a good solution to try out. It just works. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. If the networking wasn't so complicated, I would rate it higher.
QH
Presales engineering, Data center solution architect at SYSTEC TECHNOLOGY INC.
Reseller
Easy to use and has good stability

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is as a database for Oracle Databases and their ERP system, for the VMware server to run Veeam, and for some websites. For a not very high workload, less than 10 TB. For our customers' database, it's around 2 TB in these use cases. We are not currently providing services for StoreVirtual, as customers are upgrading to the new model.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's very stable and it's easy to use."
  • "It is a costly solution."

What other advice do I have?

StoreVirtual is a single loader converter. Normally, we will sell NetApp and they scale out some dispatch systems software storage. I know some customers are using the Veeam Manager when it is just a small amount of data and they are using the local hard disk and they want to share storage. We also use the Veeam edition. But now, most customers are more interested in the hyper-converged systems. But you know the cost of hyper-converged. The cost is not so low and customers can pay hundreds and thousands. My advice is not to pay the full price. Compare it to NetApp ECS or the Lenovo or EMC…
KR
Technical Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Reseller
A stable, robust solution with good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "It appears to be very stable and very robust."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

We have trouble selling other partner's products because HPE is very well suited for our market, where we are located. HPE is a very good contender. I work a lot with Cisco and HP but today the products are very much on par as far as availability and performance are concerned. HPE support in my area is better than that of Cisco. We are technology providers to our clients. I recommend HPE to many of my clients. We sell a lot of HP and it's probably one of our largest software platforms. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Ronnie Johnstone
Group ICT Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Flexible with numerous applications and good scalability; UI could be improved

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is administration of archival records. I'm the group ICT manager and we're customers of HPE StoreVirtual.

What is most valuable?

The valuable features of the solution are its flexibility, application and scalability.

What needs improvement?

I think the user interface could be improved as well as the general ease of use. You're not looking to spend tens of thousands of dollars on these applications. What you're trying to do is simplify things. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for 15 months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is fine.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We're just getting into the next phase, but…
VB
HPE Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
Good performance for a solution that is easy to deploy and manage

Pros and Cons

  • "HPE StoreVirtual is very easy to use from the management console."
  • "I would like to have this solution easily integrate with VMware."

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson that I have learned from using this solution is that when compared to other products, automatic tiering, availability, and disaster recovery are very good. This solution also integrates well with the Recovery Management Center. We have a backup solution for VMware and Hyper-V, and it is simple to use with HPE StoreVirtaul. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
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