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HPE StoreOnce VSA - upgrade license + 3 Years 9x5 Support - up to 10 TB cap

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  • Upgrade license + 3 Years 9x5 Support
  • up to 10 TB capacity
  • upgrade from 4 TB capacity
  • electronic
  • replication capability
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Upgrade license + 3 Years 9x5 Support
  • up to 10 TB capacity
  • upgrade from 4 TB capacity
  • electronic
  • replication capability
Is data growth resulting in increased backup times, missed SLA's and more management resources? HPE StoreOnce Systems with StoreOnce Catalyst provide a single, high-performance backup architecture that spans the entire enterprise. You can reduce the amount of backup data you need to store by 95% and choose between powerful dedicated appliances for larger offices and data centers, and flexible virtual appliances for smaller and remote offices. Industry leading backup and restore speeds mean that you can meet shrinking backup windows and recovery SLAs. Plus, with HPE StoreOnce as the industry's only federated deduplication technology, you can dedupe anywhere and control the movement of deduplicated data across the enterprise using your backup application. Seamlessly integrating with your current backup and business applications, HPE StoreOnce Systems provide flexible integration for SAN, Ethernet and virtualized environments reducing your cost, risk and complexity.

Technical Specifications
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Software
Bundled Support: 3 Years 9x5 Support
Distribution Media: Electronic
License Category: License
License Qty: Up to 10 TB capacity
License Type: Upgrade license
Upgrade from: 4 TB capacity

Service
Support Details Full Contract Period: 3 years

Header
Brand: HPE
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: HP Software
Model: StoreOnce VSA
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: HPE

Service & Support
Type: Technical support

Service & Support Details
Service Availability (Days a Week): Monday-Friday
Service Availability (Hours a Day): 9 hours a day
Service Type: Technical support



Service Type: Phone consulting



Service Type: New releases update

General
Category: Networking applications
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Network - network backup

Licensing
Licensing Details: Replication capability

Product Reviews
HPE StoreOnce VSA - upgrade license is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 36.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's cost effective, technologically advanced, and scalable. Valuable Features:It's cost effective, technologically advanced, and very scalable. It integrates with the rest of the HPE infrastructure, like 3PAR, for example.Improvements to My Organization:From a business point of view, it enables us to pay closer attention to our caps and our competitive cost level.Because it integrates with other HPE systems, it is easier for us to manage compared to the system we had before.Room for Improvement:I would mostly want to see some technical improvements in some very specific areas. For example, a feature that is missing, compared to the competition, is the ability to globally duplicate all systems.Stability Issues:So far, it looks quite stable.Scalability Issues:Scalability is very good.Technical Support:We get technical support from our partner and also from HPE personnel. The support is very good.Previous Solutions:The previous system reached its end of life and it was becoming obsolete. It was no longer performing enough for the company. Business is flowing, fortunately; so we needed a faster and more scalable solution. The switch to HPE StoreOnce was a planned investment.Initial Setup:I would say the initial setup was straightforward, but I was not involved from an operational perspective. I am involved in that I am responsible for the teams; so I was involved in setting the objectives and I was informed of the key facts. I’m not the one who strokes the keyboard.Other Solutions Considered:We actually work with HPE a lot, but also with Dell EMC. For now, we balance the distribution 50/50. There's some good in both vendors.Other Advice:My advice to colleagues is to deeply explore the features of StoreOnce because they have improved in the last year. StoreOnce is not the market leader. The market leader now is without any doubt EMC Data Domain. Try not to just look at the market numbers, but also at the technology of the product. Give StoreOnce a try. Try the product before deciding to buy it.The most important criteria when we choose a vendor is the technology. We are very technically oriented, so first we compare products in terms of technological level. By technology, I mean features, performance, and integration with other vendor solutions.We put cost effectiveness a little lower in our evaluation. Price is obvious, but it is not the main thing for us.The partnership with the vendor is very important. The partner must have strong competence in what they are selling to us. It is obviously very important to have a skilled and certified partner that helps you implement the product. This restricts the circle of possible vendors and partners to very few.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is easy to use and easy to configure. Setup was straightforward. Valuable Features:The most valuable features of StoreOnce are ease-of-use and ease-of-configuration when compared to the old IBM Tivoli family solution that we're using.Improvements to My Organization:The benefits compared to the old solution are broad flexibility, ease-of-configuration, and ease-of-maintenance. We use it for part of our backup solution.Room for Improvement:For us, nothing is missing at the moment and over time this will probably become clearer. We are going towards the cloud environment at some point or a hybrid cloud, so it could be something on that front, but we are not working with the cloud yet. For our purposes, it's functioning perfectly fine. We get the data we want from it.However, you need lot of knowledge before you start out. Maybe that could be improved.Stability Issues:We have not had any stability problems.Scalability Issues:Scalability is something that we haven't really needed to utilise but that was one key factor when we chose it over the other solutions. We haven't had to do any scaling yet. We have in the range of 10 to 20 TBs.Technical Support:We have not yet used technical support for StoreOnce, but we have been using it for less than a year.Previous Solutions:We were basically upgrading the whole data center and we wanted to stick with one vendor as a provider of all the hardware. It was kind of logical to also look for a solution from HPE.Initial Setup:I was involved in the initial setup. We had a technician from the partner who was providing the solution helping to set it up. It was very straightforward. I'm comparing to the old solution, which was kind of a pain in the neck. To set up the StoreOnce, all that was needed from us was the IP address and some background information on how we would use it. That was about it. From all the things that we set up in our data center at that time, this was probably the simplest.Cost and Licensing Advice:Everybody wants to see lower cost, but pricing was competitive.Other Solutions Considered:We also looked at Dell. We went with HPE because we want everything to be from one vendor.Other Advice:My advice is to use trusted advisors. You can only know so much. It's good to discuss things with an advisor.When looking for a vendor, the cost is, of course, important, but the partnering with HPE or another vendor and the range of products they offer is the most critical factor.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent deduplication ratios. Overall it did not live up to expectations. Valuable Features:Excellent deduplication ratios.Improvements to My Organization:It did not improve the way my organization functions: It was just an alternative method to accomplish what was being done a different way.Room for Improvement:The UI is rather dated and not intuitive. Also, the setup is rather complex and you need to understand the product to best leverage it.The GUI has a look from the traditional HP interfaces of 10 years ago. The layout is confusing as it is designed for someone that really understands the underpinnings of StoreOnce. The P6500 is basically a pair of DL380 servers running a Linux distribution clustered with all the necessary hardware and then is presented as a single StoreOnce appliance. Many of the menus in the GUI provide drill down capabilities that can get you deep into the inner workings of the appliance but, unless you know what you are doing, it is more there for support to utilize. While the appliance is a single cluster you are really working with each node individually further complicating management of the device. You need to put some thought into how you will distribute the workload across the nodes because the appliance does not provide any mechanisms for load balancing. While HPE claims StoreOnce will work with CommVault, our experience was that the use case was very narrow. While the P6500 has some beefy hardware the software is the Achilles heel. We found that as the dataset grows the P6500 becomes bogged down in housecleaning tasks that conflict with the incoming workload.Use of Solution:3 months.Scalability Issues:The product did not scale well and had several issues where it bogged down under load. When used with a non HPE backup product, you really need to optimize the StoreOnce and your backup product to work well together.Technical Support:Support was good, better than average, but left a little room for improvement.Previous Solutions:We were using native backup (Commvault), which was unreliable. We selected this as a method to improve and better scale our backup deduplication, but it turned out StoreOnce introduced enough inconsistencies and incompatibilities, we actually went back to Commvault’s native deduplication.Initial Setup:You need vendor assistance to get the product properly set up and configured.Implementation Team:Vendors supplied resources for install and initial configuration assistance.Other Advice:Make sure you understand your use case very well, go over it in detail with the vendor and get commitments that it is compatible with your use case.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We brought it in for the dedup technology and since we were looking to get better backup times . Valuable Features:It was primarily about the deduplication technology, and that's what brought it in the door for us. We were looking for something to offset our backup procedures so that we would be able to get better backup times, but also better restore time-frames for our backups.Improvements to My Organization:The D2D capabilities have speeded backups.Room for Improvement:The issues that I have aren't with the hardware itself. It's with our backup solution, it's with some of the other things that interact with StoreOnce, and it may be environmental. I don't see any deficiencies in the hardware solutions there.Use of Solution:We are on our third generation of devices. Its been around 5 years.Deployment Issues:Early on, the firmware had some issues, but it has been steadily improved by HPE.Stability Issues:It's very stable.Scalability Issues:StoreOnce scaling has been good. We've done a couple of field upgrades, we've had three different generations, actually we're down to two now, we retired one of the out already. But we've done a field upgrade of both of those which went really well. As far as the top end capabilities, we're not there. Both of our current generations still have headroom for growth.Technical Support:7/10 - it can be hit or miss. We get better luck with our premium support levels. We have a named TAM for some of our systems, that works out well. Escalation managers are always good. There is good technical talent, it's just sometimes hidden by first level support. That can be difficult and frustrating at times, but over ten years working with them, I would say today it's probably a little better than when I first started. Actually, I would say it's probably improved a good bit since I first started working with them, but it's still got some room to go.Initial Setup:I wasn't heavily involved with the deployment. There is a little bit of learning curve to StoreOnce, and how it lays out, and different features within it. We had some consulting services when we first set it up, and I don't think we had the best advice, which led to a reconfiguration down the road.Cost and Licensing Advice:License Catalyst. It is really the best performing interface for StoreOnce - so ensure whatever backup solution you are looking at has native Catalyst support to see the best results with the product. While it has VTL, CIFS and NFS capabilities, the best way to use it is with the Catalyst protocol.Other Advice:I don't think it has anything much to do with the StoreOnce solution from a hardware perspective. That seems to be really solid, but you've got to have a Symantec NetBackup, HPE Data Protector, or Veeam to really enable you to get the most out of these products. Your mileage may vary based on your backup vendor, and how well they support the hardware. Veeam probably provides the best user experience from the software side - and the software side is extremely important to the solution.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deduplication features are great, especially on Catalyst stores. Valuable Features:* The product is very easy to use.* Deduplication features are great, especially on Catalyst stores.* We can also choose where to do the deduplication (source, media server or target).Improvements to My Organization:The product has really improved the backup and restore for our infrastructure. It gives you great scalability options up to 1.7 PB and, according to the vendor, it can scale up to 34 PB using HPE inline deduplication. We were able to perform quick restores because of the elimination of tapes. It provides great features like VTL, NAS and StoreOnce Catalyst.Room for Improvement:The support team needs improvement. Sometimes, it takes support a lot of time to fix the issue and majority of the cases have to be escalated to the lab.Use of Solution:I have been using it the last five years.Stability Issues:Stability’s good. I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:On a scale of 1-10, I would rate technical support a 6.Previous Solutions:We previously used Data Domain. We switched to StoreOnce because of the complexity of the Data Domain system. Data Domain is a great product, but it’s complex to use.Initial Setup:Initial setup was pretty easy. We did not face any problem.Cost and Licensing Advice:For licensing and pricing, I would recommend just pay as you go. It’s pretty easy to scale.Other Solutions Considered:We did not evaluate other options before choosing this product. We only chose this product because we use HP’s Data Protector as a backup application and it has great support.Other Advice:Read the support matrix first. It is not supported on lot of the open systems such as OpenVMS or the IBM AS/400 iSeries.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deduplication Alghorithams still require enhancement but it has a very flexible integration with HP Data Protector. Valuable Features:* StoreOnce Catalyst Store* VTL Emulation* Extensive disaster recovery options* Federated deduplicationImprovements to My Organization:Due to high speed and multiple simultaneous backup session our backup window is reduced remarkably, data throughputs are mentioned follows:* Up to 100 TB/hr of backup performance with StoreOnce Catalyst* Up to 40 TB/hr of native backup performance* Up to 40 TB/hr of restore performanceRoom for Improvement:Deduplication Alghorithams still require enhancement.Use of Solution:We have been using HP Data Protector for almost 5 years.Deployment Issues:HP Solution delivery team implement this solution, deployment was quite smooth within time constraints.Stability Issues:No such issues faced.Scalability Issues:768 TB raw (512 TB useable). Good enough for enterprise wide backup solutions.Customer Service:Excellent, because of local presence of HP is KSA.Technical Support:Very Good.Previous Solutions:I have working experience with EMC Data Domain. HP StoreOnce is offering almost the same features. It has a very flexible integration with HP Data Protector.Initial Setup:It was a straightforward procedure.Implementation Team:HP Implementation team delivered this solution.Other Solutions Considered:Yes, EMC Data Domain.Other Advice:It is better to opt for HP implementation services also.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compression and replication are the features of this product that are the most valuable to me. Valuable Features:Compression and replication are the features of this product that are the most valuable to me.Improvements to My Organization:We moved from MSL and VSL, building a number of virtual libraries with different LTO formats and removing hundreds of physical tapes that we replaces with virtual replicated tapes.Room for Improvement:I would like to see improvements regarding segmentation or the size limitations per library.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for 15 months.Deployment Issues:Segmentation was one of the requirements. The HP team promised us that it is possible, but it wasn't available.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent.Previous Solutions:We previously used MSL and VSL, and we moved to this product because it supports virtualization (D2D).Initial Setup:Initial setup was very simple.Implementation Team:We implemented it in-house. I think the solution was easy to implement using HP Data Protector 8.01 at the beginning. The tricky part is the upgrades. I recommend upgrading the FW to latest the stable release before configuring.Cost and Licensing Advice:The price is good.If you are going to replicate, buy the two-way license.Other Advice:I recommend this product.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We brought it in for the dedup technology and since we were looking to get better backup times . Valuable Features:It was primarily about the deduplication technology, and that's what brought it in the door for us. We were looking for something to offset our backup procedures so that we would be able to get better backup times, but also better restore time-frames for our backups.Room for Improvement:The issues that I have aren't necessarily with the hardware itself. It's with our backup solution, it's with some of the other things that interact with StoreOnce, and it may be environmental. I don't see any deficiencies in the hardware solutions there.Use of Solution:We are on our third generation of devices. Its been around 5 years.Stability Issues:It's very stable.Scalability Issues:StoreOnce scaling has been good. We've done a couple of field upgrades, we've had three different generations, actually we're down to two now, we retired one of the out already. But we've done a field upgrade of both of those which went really well. As far as the top end capabilities, we're not there. Both of our current generations still have headroom for growth.Technical Support:7/10 - it can be hit or miss. We get better luck with our premium support levels. We have a named TAM for some of our systems, that works out well. Escalation managers are always good. There is good technical talent, it's just sometimes hidden by first level support. That can be difficult and frustrating at times, but over ten years working with them, I would say today it's probably a little better than when I first started. Actually, I would say it's probably improved a good bit since I first started working with them, but it's still got some room to go.Initial Setup:I wasn't heavily involved with the deployment. Again there is a little bit of learning curve to StoreOnce, and how it lays out, and different features within it. We had some consulting services when we first set it up, and I don't think we had the best advice, which led to a reconfiguration down the road.Other Advice:I don't think it has anything much to do with the StoreOnce solution from a hardware perspective. That seems to be really solid, but you've got to have a Symantec NetBackup, HPE Data Protector, or Veeam to really enable you to get the most out of these products. Your mileage may vary based on your backup vendor, and how well they support the hardware.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-07-05
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