HPE StoreOnce Replication - license

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HP's data replication feature includes replication bandwidth limiting functionality, constraining the amount of bandwidth being used when replicating data for even more network-efficient replication. Without replication bandwidth limiting, a replication job could use as much bandwidth as is available, potentially making other network activities unresponsive. Replication bandwidth limiting is customer configurable at the appliance level via the graphical user interface and is set as a percentage of the available network bandwidth.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It integrates with our backup solution, Veeam. We use it to replicate all our site backups.What is most valuable?For us, we can save a lot on storage costs for doing backups. It integrates seamlessly with our backup solution, which is a third-party solution, not from HPE. We use Veeam; and StoreOnce works with them.How has it helped my organization?It works great for backing up Windows. Backups are much quicker now. Previously, it took 15-16 hours every day. Now it takes 3-4 hours maximum.Replication of our site using Virtual Storage Appliance is really easy. We did not have any backup solution for our site before. Now, we just have Virtual Storage Appliance running on site almost without any configuration. We use it to replicate all our site backups.What needs improvement?I would like to see a better integration with Active Directory to identify users. Currently, we need to create separate accounts, so we need to have separate passwords to log in for assurance. It's not a big issue, but it is an issue. We would like to be able to use existing Active Directory accounts to directly authenticate users.There could always be better performance. There is a little bit to work on in this area.For how long have I used the solution?We’ve been using it for little more than a year.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It is stable. We hardly ever had an issues with it.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?When we started, it was already quite large, about 200 TBs. So far, we haven’t had any need to scale up.How is customer service and technical support?Technical support is quite efficient. We only had minor issues, but they were handled pretty quickly.Which solutions did we use previously?We built an almost entirely new IT infrastructure for a new stadium that we built. The new infrastructure had a lot more than it had before; so we knew we had to have a better backup solution.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was relatively easy. We didn’t need to do a lot. They were already pretty well-packaged out of the box. Aside from the configuration and integration with the backup solution, we didn't have much to do.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We looked at EMC, IBM, NetApp, and some others which I cannot recall at the moment.We are building an entirely new infrastructure. We chose HPE StoreOnce after considering the servers, the storage, and the backup all at the same time. HPE had a better global solution, especially in terms of the backup solution.What other advice do I have?Look into intuitive solutions for storage space. Deduplication is really efficient. You can do deduplication directly with Veeam, the backup software, side now. We save on network and bandwidth.The most important criteria for us when selecting a vendor was the integration of the old backup solution in the previous stadium, and the need to save on storage space.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-10T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compression and replication are the features of this product that are the most valuable to me.Valuable FeaturesCompression and replication are the features of this product ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/hpe-storeonce ) that are the most valuable to me.Improvements to My OrganizationWe 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 ImprovementI would like to see improvements regarding segmentation or the size limitations per library.Use of SolutionI have used this solution for 15 months.Deployment IssuesSegmentation was one of the requirements. The HP ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/hewlett-packard-enterprise ) team promised us that it is possible, but it wasn't available.Customer Service and Technical SupportTechnical support ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/hpe-storeonce/by_topic/technical_support ) is excellent.Previous SolutionsWe previously used MSL and VSL, and we moved to this product because it supports virtualization (D2D).Initial SetupInitial setup was very simple.Implementation TeamWe 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.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingThe price is good.If you are going to replicate, buy the two-way license.Other AdviceI recommend this product.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-08-15T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The cost savings of not having to continually purchase additional shelf space has been the driving force of staying with this product.Valuable FeaturesThe deduplication feature is awesome. The storage space has been cut down by at least 50% and on some instance greater reduction has been achieved. Here is a current example showing the space savings: Actual User Data Store 44.9TB, Actual Size on Disk 4.0TB with an 11.3 dedupe ratio. This was only one of my libraries on the StoreOnce 4430 device.Improvements to My OrganizationPlease refer to the answer above about valuable features. The space saving on storage of actual user data also has a cost savings attached to it. We do not have to extend the actual storage space as quickly now due to the space savings of the deduplication feature.Room for ImprovementThe auto load balancing between VTL Libraries has been not as efficient as it should have been. I have manually load balanced between my libraries to maintain a tight control.There have also been bug fixes in the past for their auto load balancing feature. I would like to see this greatly improved so that I feel that it is trustworthy enough to utilize this feature.Use of SolutionI've used it for one and half years in an enterprise environment with HP DataProtector v7.0Deployment IssuesNo issues during deployment of the 4430 device into the enterprise environment.Stability IssuesNot with this current model 4430, but with a previous model we did have stability issues and these have been resolve with the 4430 model.Scalability IssuesNo issues with scalability. We purchased an additional 20TB shelf with the 4430 device (which came with a 20TB shelf included in the package we purchased).Customer Service and Technical SupportCustomer Service: HP’s customer service is outstanding. Turnaround time on parts for us is four hours and we also have them in less time than that. The HP service representatives are knowledgeable, friendly and are very easy to speak to. They are people who don't read from a script, but actually have a working knowledge of the equipment.Technical Support: It's outstanding.Previous SolutionsNo, and we chose StoreOnce as we are currently an HP enterprise environment.Initial SetupIn most ways it was straightforward, however, you need to be an experienced network administrator to install this device.Implementation TeamIt was done as an in-house implementation. However, we currently work with an HP partner in all our enterprise purchases. They're called High Performance Technologies, Inc. in Palm City, Florida, and the IT team at this business are outstanding and they all keep up to date with their HP certifications. They work with HP to obtain the best pricing for the equipment we need to ascertain. With this business relationship, comes years of trust and we know that they understand our enterprise network topology and make recommendations based off that long term knowledge.ROIThe cost savings of not having to continually purchase additional shelf space has been the driving force of staying with this outstanding product.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingThe original cost was approximately $250,000. Included in that was the device itself and 40TB of storage space.Other Solutions ConsideredWe did evaluate other options but due to the fact that HP has set the standard, we stayed with them.Other AdviceI've had little to no issues with either the StoreOnce 4430 device or the DataProtector software. I would highly recommend this type of backup system for enterprise environments.Read the documentation provided by HP on their website and research the web to avoid any possible issues during implementation.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-05-21T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most valuable feature is the deduplication ability, but file sharing is also really good.Valuable FeaturesThe most valuable is the deduplication ability, but file sharing is also really good.Improvements to My OrganizationWe saw less capital outlay after implementing the solution.Room for ImprovementFor subsequent models, I would like HP to improve deduplication rations for tiny files numbering near a trillion, which they do in our business. StoreOnce doesn’t work for our class of data, which is small, and needs to include more genomic and medical research as test cases.Use of SolutionI have been using StoreOnce D2D for four years.Stability IssuesStability was good but undersized for what we needed. We weren't able to de-duplicate what we needed.Scalability IssuesIt was not able to scale for us; we had to buy another solution (X9000) to store copies.Customer Service and Technical SupportI found HP to be helpful, but they asked too many questions and were not really able to help our business.Previous SolutionsWe were in need of backing up petabytes of data for medical databases.Initial SetupWe had experience with the solution, so it was relatively simple.Other Solutions Considered* EMC* ComvaultOther AdviceThe most important criteria for us is reliability.If you work for a medical research institute or something with very small files, then this solution may not be for you. Your best move is to do a POC.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-06-25T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Multiple data types can be isolated and segregated to provide multi-tenancy.Valuable FeaturesThe product was easy for me in terms of architecture, deployment and support. In comparison to other products I have worked with, these areas for HP have high scores.Improvements to My OrganizationIt has provided flexible options accommodating a broad range of uses. For example, multiple data types can be isolated and segregated to provide multi-tenancy.Room for ImprovementReporting needs to be worked on.Use of SolutionI've used it for one year.Deployment IssuesNo issues encountered.Stability IssuesYes we did, but it was resolved with a software upgrade.Scalability IssuesNo issues encountered.Customer Service and Technical SupportCustomer Service: Above average service.Technical Support: Above average with excellent response times. In one case, I needed a hard drive replaced, and the person who took my call was the person who arranged the engineer/part to be replaced. Also, the person was knowledgeable about the product.Previous SolutionsNo previous solution was being used.Initial SetupIt was straightforward. We went from proof of concept to production in days as opposed to weeks.Implementation TeamWe implemented it in-house.Other Solutions Considered* Quantum* SymantecOther AdviceClearly understand your needs before looking for a solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-04-30T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It allows us to centrally control and store all backup data with minimal effort and administration, although performance during restores needs improvement.Valuable FeaturesFederated Catalyst Replication allows us to centrally control and store all backup data with minimal effort and administration, and also removes relying on onsite staff at remote locations to change tapes.Improvements to My OrganizationNot every office has skilled IT staff, so changing backup tapes was always a challenge. A person was typically “burdened” with the task of changing tapes daily or weekly and would often be neglected for other priorities or be completely forgotten if the staff member was away or on leave. Now, there is no requirement for any staff member at remote sites to be involved in any task related to data backup and recovery.We averaged at least three missed backups a month due to issues with the right backup tapes not being in the drive at the time of a backup. This has been completely eliminated since moving to StoreOnce and using Catalyst Stores and Catalyst Replications since all data moves are automated and bandwidth friendly, so they complete well within our nightly backup windows, and tapes are only used at the Datacentre which is controlled by trained IT professionals. We now have no one to blame but ourselvesRoom for Improvement* Other products are able to read and write directly to/from StoreOnce Catalyst Stores (Symantec NetBackup and Backup Exec, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP, Oracle and soon Veeam Backup & Replication). However, they cannot integrate with StoreOnce Catalyst Replication. The replication must be triggered by software such as HP Data Protector, which must first know about the data that exists on the Catalyst Store. Unfortunately, data written to a Catalyst Store by one of the other products is not visible to Data Protector, so automating actions to occur based on new data being written to a Catalyst Store is not available. This really limits the ability to integrate all backups in to the Catalyst Store using their own native tools (MSSQL Maintenance Plans for example) and leverage the Federated Catalyst Replication capabilities. All backups must be written by Data Protector use Federated Catalyst.* The performance of NAS/CIFS Shares on a StoreOnce is acceptable for a standard write operation, but performance during restores (such as Virtual Machine Restores from Veeam Backup and Replication) is unacceptable. This is being improved as more products natively support StoreOnce Catalyst but is not widely adopted as yet.Use of SolutionWe have been using StoreOnce for approximately two years, and couldn't be happier. It's used across two main datacentres and over 15 remote sites that use a combination of the 4430, 4220, and 2620 systems. All StoreOnce systems run the same OS Version, currently 3.12.1. We do not use the VSA, as we strive to maintain physical hardware separation between our production data and disk backups. We backup data at all remote sites to a local StoreOnce device, then replicate it to Datacentre A, then again to Datacentre B, and then finally copy to tape for secure storage.Also in-use, is HP Data Protector 9.03 which controls backup of data into StoreOnce Catalyst Stores and automated object copy operations which utilise the HP StoreOnce Federated Catalyst to replicate backed up objects between StoreOnce Backup Systems. All data backups at remote sites follows the same routine:* Single Data Protector Backup Specification for all clients in the site.* Data Protector Disk Agents back up data to a single HP StoreOnce Gateway (we use one of the same disk agents being backed up to also serve as the gateway).* Data is written to a StoreOnce Catalyst Store at the local site.* Data Protector Post-Backup Object Copy Job with the “Use Replication” checkbox enabled is triggered automatically upon completion of the backup to replicate data to Datacentre A.* The StoreOnce Gateways at both sites trigger a Catalyst Replication where the StoreOnce's replicate the Data Protector Backup Objects from one StoreOnce to the other utilising source-side deduplication has dramatically reduce WAN usage (only blocks that do not exist are transferred).* Once completed, another Post-Backup Object Copy Job copies the data from the StoreOnce at Datacentre A to a similar StoreOnce at Datacentre B.* A final Post-Backup Object Copy Job then copies the data from Datacentre B on to LTO6 Tape.Using this process results in many restore options, and the entire process is automated. We can restore from:* StoreOnce at the remote site* StoreOnce at Datacentre A* StoreOnce at Datacentre B* LTO6 Tape at Datacentre BDeployment IssuesNo real issues other than the change in mindset for our backup administrators and the increase in the number of jobs that are now configured. For a typical remote site the following seven jobs exist:* Daily Differential Backup (Monday to Thursday) to local StoreOnce* Daily Post-Backup Object Copy to Datacentre A* Daily Post-Backup Object Copy from Datacentre A to Datacentre B* Weekly Full Backup (Friday) to local StoreOnce* Weekly Post-Backup Object Copy to Datacentre A* Weekly Post-Backup Object Copy from Datacentre A to Datacentre B* Weekly Post-Backup Object Copy from Datacentre B to LTO TapeThere is also now the requirement to upgrade HP Data Protector to provide certified support for newer StoreOnce OS releases. HP Data Protector upgrades typically bring with them enough problems on their own.Stability IssuesWe did experience an issue for many months where Post-Backup Object Copy jobs would remain stuck “In Progress” and never report any data movements even though the two StoreOnce devices successfully replicated data. The jobs had to be aborted and manually re-run. We experienced approximately five of these a week out of over 200 jobs that would run. This was eventually fixed in Data Protector 9.03, and a post-hotfix.Customer Service and Technical SupportThe HP StoreOnce support team are very responsive and quick to react to problems and offer ongoing support and guidance. However, StoreOnce really shines when integrated with a backup product that utilises the StoreOnce capabilities to better protect your data. This is where the HP Technical Support breaks down. It is often difficult to have a team take ownership of a problem or admit there is a fault, the blame is often directed to someone else. Typically, we have found this to be more of an issue with the Data Protector Support than with StoreOnce, but being the same company it is quite jarring at times how little cross-communication and teamwork there is despite Data Protector and StoreOnce being so heavily dependent on each other.Previous SolutionsWe previously used Symantec Backup Exec at remote sites to back up data locally to tape, and HP Data Protector at the Datacentres. Managing two separate products was difficult, particularly with staff trying to remain current on both products that have very different lifecycles. Since we already used Data Protector at the datacentres and HP StoreOnce is the most tightly integrated with Data Protector the choice to use StoreOnce was very easy. We did not evaluate any other disk backup products.Initial SetupThe initial setup was complex, at least compared our previous backup solution of each site being their own installation of Symantec Backup Exec, and only a couple of small jobs to maintain. We have a much larger number of backup jobs to maintain now, and must be very careful when running jobs during business hours as most jobs now have other jobs that chain off them, so you run one job and it could trigger many others.However, all configuration is done from a central location, all replications are triggered automatically, and we have full tracking of where every piece of backed up data is and where all of its copies also reside. A sore head upfront to have automated backups of every location and centrally replicated and multiple restore locations is well worth it.Implementation TeamWe leverage the HP Level Two StoreOnce Startup Service which gave us access to the HP StoreOnce engineers for a few days. We were able to workshop our requirements and vision and come up with a solution that would technically achieve what we wanted. Unfortunately, HP Federated Catalyst depends heavily on HP Data Protector and there doesn’t seem to be much cross-skill of engineers between Data Protector and StoreOnce.Thankfully we have over eight years of in-house technical experience with Data Protector so we were able to leverage what we learnt during the StoreOnce Startup Service to expand upon the solution and deliver above and beyond what we thought was possible. To make use of Federated Catalyst I strongly recommend a deep understanding of HP Data Protector (it’s not as scary as it first appears to be).Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingIt is not abundantly clear, but the HP Catalyst License also includes the Catalyst Replication capability, so no other license is required if Catalyst Stores are the only backup target being used. StoreOnce devices cannot replicate Catalyst Stores automatically for you, the replication must be triggered by other software such as HP Data Protector.Depending on the backup product being used with HP StoreOnce, there may be disk backup capacity licenses also required. HP Data Protector requires Advanced Disk Backup Licenses for the usable capacity of the StoreOnce Systems (this is the native usable capacity, regardless of how much data you can actually store thanks to deduplication benefits).You can use a StoreOnce as a NAS/CIFS Target and also as a Virtual Tape Library. These backup targets can be replicated to other StoreOnce Backup Systems, however these require additional licenses.Other Advice...Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-10-18T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It has provided us with easier and faster backup, and recovery solutions.Valuable Features* Deduplication* PerformanceImprovements to My OrganizationIt has provided us with easier and faster backup, and recovery solutions.Room for ImprovementIt needs better integration with third party backup applications.Use of SolutionI've used it for three years.Deployment IssuesNo issues encountered.Stability IssuesNo issues encountered.Scalability IssuesNo issues with the systems size from VSA (Virtual appliance) to a four couplet system.Customer Service and Technical SupportCustomer Service: 7.5/10.Technical Support: 8/10.Previous SolutionsPreviously, we used tape systems for backup and recovery.Initial SetupIt's an easy installation if you start with the virtual appliance (VSA). There are also white papers and best practices available.Implementation TeamWe did it in-house.ROIWe have saved time as less is spent on tape handling, and there are fewer hardware issues than with a tape. Also, the ROI has been achieved with faster backup and restores. I would say it takes around 18 months to get ROI.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingA one TB VSA is available for free and there is no need for day-to-day administration, just daily check of backup applications and jobs.Other Solutions ConsideredWe also looked at EMC Datadomain.Other AdviceDeduplication ratio depends on your data types. Do a Proof of Concept with the free VSA to test the product.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-04-27T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from With deduplication on the virtual tape library were achieving a compression ratio of 16:1 which means we can keep the backups for six months.Valuable FeaturesDaily onsite backup, rapid data restore and reliable off site disaster recovery. HP deduplication technology can reduce the amount of backup data you need to store by up to 95 per cent and can deliver backup speeds of up to 100TB/hr.Improvements to My Organization* It’s less mechanical so it’s writing to hard drives and we’ve had no problems with it whatsoever during the year we’ve been using it. It’s saved us so much time as well because we don’t have to troubleshoot the migrations every day. We know that those migrations are going to happen and that’s taken a weight off a lot of peoples’ minds, particularly those running our out of hours services.* We were creating so much data that even with two huge libraries and over 100 tapes, it only had the capacity to keep backups for three weeks. With deduplication on the virtual tape library it’s now achieving a compression ratio of 16:1 which means it can keep the backups for six months.* Deduplication also reduces the number of disks required which reduces space, energy and cooling costs.* Since the staged back-up happens in the background there is no impact on the network so back-up times are not an issue. However, even with the added work of deduplication, StoreOnce is delivering a transfer rate of up to 7GB/min.Stability IssuesSince the staged back-up happens in the background there is no impact on the network.Scalability IssuesCame with two additional enclosures to put the drives in and you can add another one. We ordered the additional enclosure, it arrived, we racked it up, connected it into the VTL and ran a command to say ‘recognise this enclosure - expand to this enclosure’ and it just did it. You don’t lose anything because the data that is on the existing enclosures just spreads out across the new enclosure.Customer Service and Technical SupportCustomer Service: HP offered as much or as little support as we required so we did the implementation ourselves. It was checked over by an HP engineer and signed off in two weeks. HP provides support with a nine to five next business day callout. HP comes to visit us and we have conference calls, presentations and demonstrations. That is the kind of interaction we’re getting.Technical Support: HP provided a Webinar overview of the virtual tape library, gave us access to HP Labs and also sent in two technical specialists to talk through the product, demonstrate it and answer all our questions. However, what swung the deal for us was that we were able to have the kit on loan for up to three months. If you don’t like it HP come and remove the kit. If you do like it you just pay for it and keep it. That was brilliant because I didn’t want to go through the process of buying something and then find it didn’t operate in the way we wanted or was incompatible with certain backup software.Previous SolutionsOur storage infrastructure was founded on an HP StorageWorks EVA 4400 disk array and when demand increased, a further EVA 6550 array was added.Initial SetupIt integrates very well with our backup software. Creating a new VTL is very easy. You just go into the system and create the new library saying what kind of emulation you want, how many drives and how many tape cartridges and it creates it. It has a whole range of emulation types and most backup software will support one of the emulations that StoreOnce will use.Implementation TeamWe did the implementation ourselves.ROIWe have not so far computed the amount of money saved but efficiency and service standards have certainly increased. Previously, if someone lost a file it could take 10 minutes to locate and load the appropriate tape. Now, the restore time is around five seconds.Disclaimer: IT Central Station has made contact with the reviewer to validate that the person is a real user. The information in the posting is based upon a vendor-supplied case study, but the reviewer has confirmed the content's accuracy.
Date published: 2015-06-27T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is part of an initiative to unify our solutions with one vendor. I would like to see automatic restore.What is most valuable?We hope to unify all our solutions, so because our storage is HPE and all our services are HPE, we also need to use StoreOnce for our backup. It has good features.How has it helped my organization?Support is the main thing. If we have any issue, it’s easy for us to track or investigate it, because we don’t have different solutions from different vendors. This is the main benefit we are getting.What needs improvement?I would like to see automatic restore and monitoring tools like a dashboard.For how long have I used the solution?We started using it in 2015.What do I think about the stability of the solution?We have had some issues. We are working with HPE to solve all the issues. For example, when we try to restore, other solutions have automatic restore.Currently, we need to do it manually and it takes a very long time. This is a critical issue, but we are working with HPE on it.Also, the hardware is from HPE and the software is from another company that is part of HPE and this causes some problems. So, if we have any issue with the hardware, it’s solved quickly. But, if we have any issue with the software, for example, with the console, we need to reschedule the jobs or there is a delay in a job, we need to go back to that company through HPE. This takes time.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability is fine.How is customer service and technical support?We use technical support quite a bit and we are not so satisfied with them. I rate them 3/5.What other advice do I have?HPE introduced us to this solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-18T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We brought it in to transfer all of the services that were old and creaky onto a single platform. So we back up all of our VMs and all of our SQL boxes to it.Valuable Features:Its catalyst store and deduplication are valuable as it saves disc space. I'm not sure what the ratio is, to be fair, but it's significant. It's something silly like 240 terabytes if they were all expanded and it's occupying something like 20 terabytes, or something like that.We haven't had the need to use reporting, but we've still got capacity and don't need to dive in. At some point we'll start reaching capacity, and we'll need to start drilling down a bit more into what it's doing.Improvements to My Organization:We brought it in to transfer all of the services that were old and creaky onto a single platform. So we back up all of our VMs and all of our SQL boxes to it.Room for Improvement:If it could do scheduling, then perhaps I wouldn't need to have Data Protector as a backup product. Data Protector is a software layer that schedules every night into the VMware layer and says, "Back these VMs up to the StoreOnce device." And it goes through the Catalyst stores and does all the kind of stuff that StoreOnce does. If StoreOnce could initiate the backup itself by a scheduling mechanism, then potentially we wouldn't need to have Data Protector do it, which would take something out of the chain for me. There's no problem with Data Protector, it's just something else. If I can keep it down to hardware and not have to go through a software layer, I think I'd get better performance.Use of Solution:We brought it in a part of a whole HP infrastructure about 18 months ago.Deployment Issues:We've had no issues deploying it.Stability Issues:We've never had an issue with stability.Scalability Issues:We've got four trays of discs, and I think we can add another X number of trays, so it's not going to be endlessly scalable, but it's going to be scalable up to X.Previous Solutions:We had blades, 3PAR, and some fabric switches. We looked at a way to consolidate all of our backups. So, we had technology like Tivoli and CSN, and we had other little bits of backup, and we thought we'd go for a single product. As a part of the transformation, we brought in Data Protector, and that basically backs itself off to the StoreOnce.Other Solutions Considered:We consider HP, and the pricing we get is good and reflects that. If it was an open marketplace, we'd look at anything and everything because we'd evaluate the marketplace for cheap D-to-D devices.Other Advice:We use it to present virtual tape live-link to our NetApp so that we can backup our NetApp for NDMP to our StoreOnce. So virtual tapes are the concepts of a physical set of tapes. Imagine you've virtualized it, and you have to give it a size on disc, which because it's a virtual tape, it doesn't have to have the same constraints as a physical tape of four terabytes. A virtual tape can be X terabytes. We originally put them in and sized them too small. And when I had to go back, and we had something like 400 tapes. I had to edit each tape and increase its capacity so that we got better value out if it. I wish I could have just Shift-Select-Edit and changed it, which I couldn't do. So some level of automating that task cause you can imagine, going through 400 tapes is a lot of work. It can happen, and we didn't know at the time, and lesson learned. If we put another StoreOnce in with more BTLs, we'd know perfectly to set that size to be higher from the start. So, the advice would be if you're using BTLs, set them to your preferred maximum because you might not be able to batch.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We're an HP Partner.
Date published: 2015-12-31T00:00:00-05:00