HPE StoreVirtual Archived Reviews (More than two years old)
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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.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
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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Oct 05 2016
We have the ability to migrate data between clusters within the same management group. We've been unable to customize alerting thresholds.
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.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
May 31 2016
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 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»
Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Apr 27 2016
It allows us the ability to use direct-attached storage of our existing servers for clustered Virtual SAN. The stability needs improvement.
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.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 asHPE StoreVirtual, HPE VSA
HPE StoreVirtual customers
NBrIX, WIND Telecom, Netrics