If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering HPE StoreVirtual, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
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.
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.
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 Unity. Normally, the customer is using it and we may tell them to continue using this solution, otherwise, we may let them change to another product because HPE is not the main solution for my company. My company is selling NetApp, EMC, Cisco - these are our main business. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate this solution an eight. This is because it's very stable and it's easy to use. That's very good. But if you compare it with new technologies like Scalr, like hybrid solutions with SAP to cache to improvements, it may not be a good choice.
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.
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 months or years. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
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.
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.
We always recommend this to our customers, but we only have one solution. I would rate the solution as a seven (out of 10).