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HPE 3PAR StoreServ Application Suite for Microsoft Hyper-V - media

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Is your Hyper-V backup solution disruptive or does recovery lack the granularity to restore individual files? HP 3PAR Application Suite for Microsoft Hyper-V is an array-based, online virtual machine snapshot and recovery solution that gives superior control over data protection and recovery in Hyper-V environments. By leveraging HP 3PAR Virtual Copy Software, Recovery Manger enables administrators to non-disruptively create space-efficient, application-consistent, point-in-time snapshots to protect and recover Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs), individual virtual machines (VMs). The Application Suite for Recovery Manager includes Recovery Manager for Hyper-V and the VSS Provider software.

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Distribution Media: Electronic
License Category: Media
License Type: Media

Brand: HPE
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: HP 3Par Products
Model: StoreServ Application Suite for Microsoft Hyper-V
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: HPE 3PAR

Category: Networking applications
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Network - storage management

Product Reviews
Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 7reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Setup on a DAS can split functions to as many servers as needed improved backups and uptime. Valuable Features:* Quick boots* Fast up time and installImprovements to My Organization:Setup on a DAS can split functions to as many servers as needed improved backups and uptime.Room for Improvement:* Cannot copy paste within the app* Some bugs were not fixable and I had to reinstall core OSUse of Solution:3 YearsDeployment Issues:NoCustomer Service:GoodTechnical Support:GoodPrevious Solutions:VMwareInitial Setup:StraightforwardImplementation Team:In-houseOther Solutions Considered:YesDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 5, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by The main improvement to our organization is its scalability and the ability to support our system by running our applications simultaneously. Valuable Features:It's scalable and stable. Working on Hyper-V is a wonderful experience. It supports our systems in parallel, providing us results that meet our needs. Moreover, providing more and more new features everyday such as Live Migration, CSV and so on.Also, assigning physical NICs to each VM is wonderful with Hyper-V, as it distributes load and performs well. Otherwise, all VMs bottleneck to a virtual switch which is bound to just one physical NIC.Improvements to My Organization:The main improvement to our organization is its scalability and the ability to support our system by running our applications simultaneously. It ultimately helps us with customer satisfactions and productivity, Failover clustering is another amazing benefit to my organization as we have dramatically reduced the downtime.Room for Improvement:The networking component of the setup needs to be less complex.I have one physical server with four built in LAN ports (NIC1, NIC2, NIC3 & NIC4) and I want three more VMs on it. In order to distribute the traffic load, I want to assign one NIC to each VM with one for the physical server. This means whenever L needs remote access for management purpose it will utilize NIC4, but this needs to be simpler to setup.Use of Solution:I've used it for more than two years.Deployment Issues:We have four physical cards in a Poweredge R710 server with three VMs on it. We have assigned one NIC to each VM, with one for management purposes and remote access.Stability Issues:Initially we were using only one NIC for all VMs, physical servers, and for remote purposes as well. After assigning one NIC to each machine, the performance improved and is now excellent and reliable.Scalability Issues:We've scaled sufficiently.Customer Service:8/10Technical Support:8/10Initial Setup:The initial setup and configuration is not too complex, but completing the networking part is a bit complex.Implementation Team:All implementation was done in-house.Other Advice:You should evaluate this product as it’s very easy to manage.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 24, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I'm able to save space by running multiple Operating Systems and Services on only one physical device, but I wish importing/exporting were more robust and more user-friendly. Valuable Features:It's free minus initial licensing for the OS. You can centrally manage multiple Hyper-V hosts rather easy with no extra licensing fees vs VMware vCenter. Having used both I still have a preference for VMware (especially for P2V situations), but for home/small offices Hyper-V is a great alternative. Hyper-V is included in Windows 8 and Windows 10 with minimal loss to functionality (mainly no Hyper-V replica).Improvements to My Organization:I use this in my home lab, and I am able to save space by running multiple Operating Systems and Services on only one physical device.Room for Improvement:I have not gotten to configure virtual SANs, but I wish there were more solutions for storage options. Virtual SANs aside, Server 2012R2 does provide a rather easy way to setup iSCSI targets with local storage. I wish importing/exporting were more robust and more user-friendly. Creating templates would be nice. I will say Hyper-V replica for clustering/failover is pretty sweet. P2V situations are a little more convoluted than with VMware, but still relatively easy. You just have to create a VHD image of the physical machine then attach it to a new virtual machine.Use of Solution:I've used it for one or two years.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:I run an i7 quad core with a total of 8 processing threads and 24GB of RAM. I have eight VMs on a Hyper-V host, but not all run at the same time. The most I’ve had run is five, and everything ran pretty smoothly.Technical Support:Technical support is very limited. Knowledge-base articles on TechNet and public forums are all that is really available.Previous Solutions:This is my first enterprise deployment of a virtual machine infrastructure. I used Hyper-V because it was already on my host OS.Initial Setup:Deployment is easy, enable the feature using the wizard, reboot, and access the management console to start making VMs. Implementation is easy, if you can’t set it up yourself, you don’t belong in IT.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's free, minus the license for the host OS.Other Solutions Considered:I like VMware ESXi, I am aware they offer a free version as well. When I have time and resources, I would like to implement a new infrastructure using that. I’m very familiar with ESXi because we use that in our work infrastructure.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.We have a Microsoft partnership. March 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by You can move from server to server without downtime with Live Migration in a VM. Valuable Features:1. Improved Windows stability2. Hyper-V stability3. Live migration4. Enhanced session mode5. ClusteringImprovements to My Organization:Enhanced Session Mode is a feature thats allow you to copy and past inside the virtual machine.Live Migration in a virtual machine where you can move across your Hyper-V physical servers with or without user interaction, and in a virtual machine you can move from server to server without downtime.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:My company integrates Microsoft solutions for our customers. August 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by You can automate the deployment of a new Hyper-V host, but the networking part is difficult to setup. Room for Improvement:They need to make the initial configuration more straightforward, as the networking part is confusing.Use of Solution:I've used it for three years.Deployment Issues:I find out that for smaller shops, that have under 50VMs with a 1gb network, you don't need separate iSCSI traffic for your data. I know that all the best practices tell you to separate the traffic, but what I am seeing, is a much better Hyper-V performance if you keep ISCSI traffic with your data traffic. If you can use CIFS instead of the iSCSI, go with CIFS, HyperV loves CIFS.Stability Issues:We did have problems, and you need to make sure that the LUNs have enough space. If you run out of space, you will need to spend a few hours to bring the VMs up.Scalability Issues:If you know what you are doing, you can automate the deployment of a new Hyper-V host with a PXE boot and VMM.Customer Service:5/10.Technical Support:It's 5/10 as it is like a lotto, you never know who you will get on other side. Sometimes you get an expert, and sometimes you get a beginner.Previous Solutions:We previously used VMware. The primary reason to switch to Hyper-V was the cost, as Hyper-V is for free.Initial Setup:The networking part is confusing for the beginnersImplementation Team:We did it in-house.Cost and Licensing Advice:Hyper-V is free, however if you build clusters, you should get a manager to centralize the management. If you are big enough and you have some money, I strongly recommend System Center, which includes VMM and other great tools like Orchestrator. You can automate building your VMs and even your application tiers. Also with VMM, you can automate spinning up new Hyper-V hosts with PXE boot. I configured, I used it, and it works perfectly.If you are small shop go with a third party Hyper-V manager like 5nine. It is cheap, they even have a free version, and also a converter from VMware is free. I am using it right now and it works great. It includes alerting.If for some reason you cant get either, you can manage your clusters directly from fail over cluster manager. It is just more manual work than with the tools above.Other Advice:For the cost, it has almost the same features as VMware. If you are a Microsoft shop, then get Hyper-V with System Center to connect to Windows Azure and you are all set.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by I have less down time in case of a disaster and have saved on hardware and electricity costs. Valuable Features:- One-window management of servers- Less down time in case of a disaster- Easy to use and manageImprovements to My Organization:After deploying this, we have saved hardware and electricity costs.Room for Improvement:Not yet rectified.Use of Solution:I've used this technology since 2010. It is a really amazing product. By shifting almost my all physical servers into one Box "Host Machine", I am relaxed now.Deployment Issues:Not yetOther Solutions Considered:I have also deployed VMware.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 from a vSphere lover's perspective. Microsoft is making claims that Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 is the best virtualization platform for Windows. I have to say that they have caught my interest with Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V version 3 and Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012. So I have been hard at work getting deep into the products, first by updating all my lab systems. Unfortunately Windows Server 2012 is not in general release yet so all my setup and testing is being done with the release candidate and/or technical preview software. In saying this, you can’t really compare the software solutions to the current release versions of VMware vSphere, vCenter Server, etc as I may tend to do. And if you don’t know, VMWorld 2012 is right around the corner and I expect there to be additional product updates. Especially since VMware has been an industry leader and innovator in this space for many years now.Let’s skip past the details of the features that one or the other offers and outline my findings and my opinions of Hyper-V. The first thing most people will ask is whether Hyper-V better than vSphere' Well the answer is “Yes” and “No”. I would still say that I like vSphere better but that’s because I’m a bit bias having used it for so long. But I do see the great potential that is to be had by implementing Hyper-V and System Center VMM, especially for enterprise clients that are primarily using Microsoft Windows Server along with System Center solutions.Here’s what I think so far about what Microsoft is bringing to bare for virtualization.CONS:* I found Hyper-V to be a bit more complex to configure some of the features that vSphere seems to make really simple like High Availability (HA) which requires the Failover Clustering feature.* There are features that I haven’t found yet in Hyper-V like Enhanced vMotion to aid in dong Live Migrations between different processor families.* I did not see a comparable solution to Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) or Storage DRS. These are two features that yield great returns by automatically balancing VM workloads across multiple host resources using vMotion and Storage vMotion.* There’s a lot going on with SCVMM which mean you have a bit to wrap your head around. But some may say the same thing about vCenter.PROS:* My first Pro is the last Con. There is a lot going on with SCVMM. While it was a little overwhelming once you do get your head wrap around it you’ll see that you can do more than just server virtualization. You can build a private cloud with self service and all. VMware offers vCloud Director which is a separate solution with additional licensing and cost.* With Datacenter Edition of Windows Server gives you can virtualize an unlimited number of virtual machines. This also includes the virtual machines operating system licenses if your running Windows Server. VMware can’t even offer that since Microsoft owns the OS.* If your already licensed to use System Center 2012 you will get SCVMM and more at no additional cost. This is because Microsoft has decided to bundle many of the management products and change their licensing model. More details can be found here ( http://bit.ly/LKFsTK ). If you have a previous version of the management software an upgrade path could be available and worth it giving the additional software you’ll gain.* Oh and I can’t forget the fact that SCVMM will let you use Hyper-V, vSphere, and Citrix virtualization host servers as platforms to build on. This is not available with vCenter since it only supports managing VMware virtualization hosts.The new version of Windows Hyper-V does not have 100% feature parity with VMware vSphere 5 and vCenter combo but you get so much those additional features might not matter much. Microsoft is clearly going to give VMware some serious competition when it’s released.Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 from a vSphere lovers perspective. ( http://thehyperadvisor.com/2012/07/microsoft-hyper-v-3-0-from-a-vsphere-lovers-perspective/ ) originally appeared on theHyperadvisor ( http://thehyperadvisor.com/ ) by Antone HeywardDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 14, 2014
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