Good deduplication, compression features, and replication
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 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.
What is most valuable?
There's less downtime.
All of the administrative tasks are easy and everything is centralized.
Deduplication, compression features, replication, global mirroring and all the basic features you would expect are there.
What needs improvement?
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.
A virtualization platform should be added to this platform.
It's not an active-active cluster. It's active-passive cluster. The customers are looking for active-active features in their storage solution. The solution should offer this.
For how long have I used the solution?
I'm actually handling the pre-sales part. My experience is less than two years for this particular product.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
The stability is okay. We haven't heard of clients having issues with crashes, bugs, or glitches.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
The scalability of the solution is good. However, customers always want to know the cost per rack. There are other products that can give a client more capacity than StoreVirtual in terms of scalability.
How are customer service and technical support?
Technical support is very good. Most of the time StoreVirtual is actually bundled with the Proactive Care. From HP's side, they offer some good support for their customers.
How was the initial setup?
I'm in pre-sales, so I don't deal with the implementation process. I don't know if it's complex or not.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
The StoreVirtual solution is a hardware product, so the customer only purchases licenses on a one-time basis. I have no idea of the exact pricing for that, however. Unless the customer wants to add specific features like replication, all other costs are associated with the software itself.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We're interested in evaluating other solutions such as Red Hat and IBM Spectrum.
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.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner