If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Quest QoreStor, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would rate QoreStor a nine out of ten.
My advice for people who would like to buy QoreStor is they can look at the price model. It is hardware-independent, so it is not like an appliance where you shop for the specific hardware. In our case, when we deal with HP, HP can run QoreStor on their platform or server. So, the pricing is focused on the software, and it includes everything. We internally don't use cloud storage for long-term data retention. We only use it for testing. The cloud is a value-add for now, and it is an interesting feature that we expect our customers to look into in the future. Similarly, its Object Direct feature allows you to move an object directly to the cloud without having to de-hydrade and re-hydrade the backups, but we haven't really started to use it for our backup. We only use it for testing internally. We expect that customers will start to look into this feature. The reason why it's so important is that you save a lot of space in the cloud when you just move the dedupe object to the cloud. In terms of whether QoreStor has reduced our backup storage requirements, it certainly did significantly reduce our storage needs. For customers, we can offer up to the maximum of what QoreStor is capable of. It is around 300 terabytes, and we are able to support the maximum. If you go to the cloud, then you can have three times more. For example, if you have a unit with 100 terabytes, then you can have an additional 300 terabytes in the cloud with the same license. I would rate Quest QoreStor an eight out of 10. The reason why it is not a 10 is that it is still a new product, and they need to increase their capacity.
It's a good product. QoreStor has a lot of features that I don't know about. It would be nice to take advantage of these features by getting updates from them that these features exist. I would rate it a nine out of ten.
If you're in a situation where you're still using tape, at a minimum, this is worth investigating. For me, the biggest lesson was the exposure it gave me to the cloud environment. Prior to using this, I had heard people talk about AWS, and I had heard semi horror stories about how you never know what it's going to cost you if you get involved in that environment. We worked with our local co-location company and they had built out their own cloud environment. So it was a really good opportunity for me to dip my toes in cloud. From what I can tell, Quest is clearer about what your costs are going to look like. In this case, we're just paying for that cloud storage cost. They give me a number so that I can calculate, based on how many terabytes of data, what it's going to look like, and what it is potentially going to look like a year or two from now. If my data continues to grow at the rate it's growing, then I know it's within the tolerance of what I can afford. That was a great learning experience. It was nice to move down the technology path and to get a little more familiar with the cloud environment. That was a useful step forward for a small business, like ours, that hadn't really been there. Along with the deduplication, it also provides replication and archiving capabilities, but we don't run that. You have to build out another infrastructure somewhere else to do that, or maybe have another license of QoreStor that they can mount somewhere else. We haven't needed to go to that level. Prior to using Qorestor, we hadn't ever done any cloud backups. But when it starts to back up into the cloud there's a pretty big spike on IO as all that data is moving across. When I look at my IO over 24 hours, there are two big spikes which happen when the data is flowing into the cloud environment. I'm not sure it would make any difference, but the cloud environment is also in the same location as our cabinet infrastructure, our server infrastructure. We're right in the same data center where the cloud equipment is. It hasn't compromised our network traffic in any fundamental way. Overall, it just does the job. I don't really have to think about it. It was really just the complexity of the setup that would drop my rating of it a little bit, to eight out of 10. But my experience has been good with it.
What do you like most about Quest QoreStor?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
I'm planning to renew my Data Domain solution and I want to compare it with other products.
I use it for secondary storage of my backup and also for file sharing (SMB, CIFS).
What alternative products would you recommend?