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Consultant
President at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Dec 09 2016

What is most valuable?

The HPE StoreVirtual Network RAID-10 (mirroring between nodes) is the most valuable feature. This allows for multi-node redundancy. If one node fails, the other in the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I administer a 100% virtual environment. To use the HPE StoreVirtual VSA edition, I did not have to buy an expensive external array. I was able to create two 3.27TB usable… more»

What needs improvement?

The management console upgrade needs a bit of work. In some cases, it will not upgrade due to the non-removal of other HPE StoreVirtual Components. Be sure to remove other… more»

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

Be sure to get 2-nodes for redundancy. Licensing changes at the 10TB mark.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Actually, at the time of my initial use, I did try building my own iSCSI server (I still have that running actually) but HPE StoreVirtual has many more features and works… more»

What other advice do I have?

The management console could be a lot better, as it's got a little clunky feeling. It needs a lot of work on some parts of it, and on the integration with the components… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I run a 100% vSphere environment, and KVM. I actually built my own iSCSI server that was for ESXi and I used it to upgrade all my SANs. I have a SAN, as well - a fibre… more»
Philip Sellers
Real User
Solutions Engineer at AmWINS Group, Inc.
Dec 04 2016

What is most valuable?

We were primarily looking for a storage system for a management cluster that was separate from our fiber channel SAN. Fiber channel SAN is all of our mission critical stuff, but we needed somewhere for our management systems that are… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We leveraged StoreVirtual to provide a software SAN for our management cluster of vSphere - this allowed us to run monitoring and management applications on a separate infrastructure from the rest of our Fibre Channel based vSphere clusters… more»

What needs improvement?

The user interface needs to be updated. It's getting kind of long in the tooth, and the user interface makes it look a lot more complex than it actually is to manage, and I think that you can mask a lot of that with a refresh of the user… more»

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

Pricing is very affordable - it is great for SMB on up to Enterprise looking for branch solutions. Purpose built-appliances are also available for those looking for more scale.

What other advice do I have?

StoreVirtual isn't going to be a jack-rabbit - it isn't going to be the best performing SDS you find on the market, but it is most the most affordable and it suits many use cases.
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Francis Ma
Real User
Lead Storage/Systems Administrator at a marketing services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 05 2016

What is most valuable?

* The ability to scale out if/when additional capacity is required. * The ability to migrate data between clusters within the same management group.

How has it helped my organization?

It hasn't helped as the HP provided software for the host server systems has become a continuous nightmare when it comes to HP LH OS upgrade process with our 260+ systems… more»

What needs improvement?

* Inability to customize alerting thresholds. * Un-usability of the HP CMC for HP LH OS upgrade when a newer version is released but not upgraded although the… more»

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

There's no advice about pricing/licensing as we handle it via an HP VAR, with a contract established with YP, that provides very good pricing/licensing numbers.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were previously using NetApp for block-based storage requirements. HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand) was selected due to the lower initial purchase (CapEx) and subsequent… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to only use HP StoreVirtual (LeftHand) for small-scale and/or per-project deployments via iSCSI (IPSAN) preferably on dedicated network between the host… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp.
Integrator
Managing Partner at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 16 2016

What is most valuable?

Easy and cheap High Availability is most valuable for us. Also, the VSA (virtual appliance) version enables us to reuse already installed hardware. You do not need to worry about RAID and components… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to build server clusters without external storage and still provide high availability. We are able to run the VSA version inside the actual servers, thus converging server and storage in… more»

What needs improvement?

The new Quorum Witness function is promising for easier deployment but needs better reliability.

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

If you think about high availability the product is very cheap because it is an all inclusive offering. You need to buy licenses and two of traditional products compared to StoreVirtual. The VSA… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have used many monolithic and traditional storage systems and all proved to not be highly available with single units. However, StoreVirtual can be split into two, providing you the benefit of… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is the only product that provides High Availability without depending on OS multipath I/O. It looks like a single unit from the outside, thus there is no need for failover/failback because all… more»
Bryan Seminara
Real User
Enterprise Server and Storage Analyst at Sonora Quest Laboratories
May 31 2016

What is most valuable?

* Hardware stability * Support * Four-hour response support * Performance

How has it helped my organization?

Using this platform, we were able to provide virtual desktops (VDI) to our end users across WAN, to help alleviate some of the problems that we’ve had with bandwidth.

What needs improvement?

We are experiencing some latency that we’re resolving with HP.

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

The initial install cost is expensive, but eventually the cost per user is quite reasonable. The more you scale out, the faster it drops. The original cost per user was… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This was our first HyperConverged solution.

What other advice do I have?

On the software side of things, we’ve had issues with printers. We have a complicated situation on the user side of things too. We were able to get through the issues and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Three of the four solutions we researched were HyperConverged solutions, and there wasn’t the same support and cost as we had from HP. HP was the best for cost savings per… more»
Real User
Systems Engineer (Industrial Automation & Process Control) at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 27 2016

What is most valuable?

It allows the direct-attached storage of our existing servers to be used for clustered Virtual SAN.

How has it helped my organization?

We implemented it into a development environment, but we found that it was not reliable enough to put it into production.

What needs improvement?

Management of the system is tedious. Stability needs improvement. The system would work fine for weeks and then one of the VSA virtual machines would hang, taking down the clustered volume. This was… more»

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

I used the free 1TB license that is included with all newer HP servers.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have tried StarWind’s VSAN solution, but decided to go with HP VSA because it was included in the purchase price of my HP DL360 G9, approximately $20,000.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have more than enough VSA nodes (at least enough to handle a loss of one node and preferably two). Ensure the license supports distributed volumes, rather than single-host volumes.

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.

Also known as
HPE StoreVirtual, HPE VSA
HPE StoreVirtual customers

NBrIX, WIND Telecom, Netrics

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