HPE StoreOnce vs. Synology DiskStation

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
HPE StoreOnce
Score 8.9 out of 10
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HPE StoreOnce is a backup and recovery hardware solution from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, providing disk-based backup, deduplication, and long-term storage. StoreOnce offerings can support virtual and cloud environments for small business, mid-size organizations, and enterprises.
$1,061.46
DiskStation
Score 8.9 out of 10
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DiskStation is a line of network-attached storage (NAS) solutions from Synology headquartered in Taiwan.N/A
Pricing
HPE StoreOnceSynology DiskStation
Editions & Modules
Gen10 Server
$1,061.46
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
HPE StoreOnceDiskStation
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
HPE StoreOnceSynology DiskStation
Data Center Backup
Comparison of Data Center Backup features of Product A and Product B
HPE StoreOnce
8.7
5 Ratings
6% above category average
Synology DiskStation
-
Ratings
Universal recovery9.14 Ratings00 Ratings
Instant recovery8.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Recovery verification8.14 Ratings00 Ratings
Business application protection8.35 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple backup destinations8.35 Ratings00 Ratings
Incremental backup identification8.35 Ratings00 Ratings
Backup to the cloud10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Deduplication and file compression9.65 Ratings00 Ratings
Snapshots9.95 Ratings00 Ratings
Flexible deployment8.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Management dashboard8.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform support8.34 Ratings00 Ratings
Retention options9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Encryption7.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
HPE StoreOnceSynology DiskStation
Small Businesses
Veeam Data Platform
Veeam Data Platform
Score 9.0 out of 10

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Medium-sized Companies
Bacula Enterprise
Bacula Enterprise
Score 9.8 out of 10
Dell Unity XT Unified Storage
Dell Unity XT Unified Storage
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Bacula Enterprise
Bacula Enterprise
Score 9.8 out of 10
Dell Unity XT Unified Storage
Dell Unity XT Unified Storage
Score 9.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
HPE StoreOnceSynology DiskStation
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(5 ratings)
8.5
(23 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(3 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
9.7
(7 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
HPE StoreOnceSynology DiskStation
Likelihood to Recommend
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
If you are looking for a backup infrastructure which is efficient and compatible for both file system and block level backup, then HPE StoreOnce is a great choice. It's easy to configure and easy to manage. We didn't have to hire a separate storage expert to set up StoreOnce for us. The HPE team helped our system admins and it was a easy to configure.
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Synology
The Synology DiskStation is well suited as a NAS solution, easy enough to mirror a Windows file server shares setup. Access to the Hyperbackup utility eliminates the need to purchase a tape backup solution. A portable USB drive can be used as the initial backup target. For air gap purposes can connect Hyperbackup to the various cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, GCP to copy backup data there. Utilizing it as a backup solution has also been great, instead of purchasing a tape solution, tapes and an offsite tape repository. Active Backup for Business is another excellent backup utility for physical servers, VMWare virtual machines, etc. Restoring files is fairly intuitive. Until Synology introduced the dual controller setup, using it as a SAN was less appropriate as there was occasional downtime when the controller had an issue but this was less important for the scenarios we were using it for. It would be more of a concern if we had used it for things that require more robust uptime requirements. Overall we are happy with the features of the Synology DiskStation.
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Pros
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • We really like the deduplication feature of HPE StoreOnce. It helps reduce storage footprint by 1:3 to 1:10 depending on type of files being stored.
  • It's easy to manage files on HPE StoreOnce servers using command line options.
  • We use Veeam Backup Server software to manage our backups on HPE StoreOnce.
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Synology
  • Synology DiskStation offers lots of options for creating links to share files or request that some uploads files. It makes it really easy to just share a link that can have an expiration or a set number of times it is accessed.
  • We always had enough storage on our Synology DiskStation, we never had to worry about something being too big to upload or share.
  • Love how you can create folders that are shared and also have some that are private. This makes it so easy to have shared collaborations with coworkers or clients, but also allows you to have a private place to save things that only you need.
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Cons
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Could be more user-friendly when deploying.
  • Cost is as friendly as Pure Storage Array.
  • HPE does well support this technology.
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Synology
  • While BTRFS is a more advanced file system than ext4, it also is in a perpetual state of development, with many features not fully functional and a plethora of bugs. Synology has managed to overcome many of these limitations by placing BTRFS on top of a LVM, but there are much better file systems that Synology could have used, such as OpenZFS.
  • DSM's built-in backup software, HyperBackup, while robust, oftentimes runs into issues. Specifically, backups can be working fine for months or years, and then suddenly the backups will fail. Sometimes these failures can be resolved, but oftentimes the backups need to be completely restarted. Fortunately, even when the backup fails, the existing backups are still accessible, it is just that new backups can not be performed.
  • The underlying Linux OS provides significant benefits, but also adds a fair amount of complexity. Most of that complexity is wonderfully hidden by the DSM interface, but when certain problems arise, delving into the Linux command line is not out of the question.
  • Perhaps the biggest issue with Synology DiskStation is Synology's support. The issue isn't that the support is bad, but it can be frustratingly slow when dealing with a major issue. Synology does have a very active community that is always willing to help, but nothing beats first-party support.
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Likelihood to Renew
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
It just works and the support contract we have is good enough for the company needs
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Synology
It provides us with great ROI compared with other solutions. It is also a versatile product, having NAS and SAN product lines depending on the business requirement. Furthermore, the implementation of dual controller lines would allow us to consider it for more critical applications to supplement the more enterprise-level SAN solution. It also is a wonderful backup solution, having all the applications available after purchase of the appliance without the further need to purchase additional software or licensing.
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Usability
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
It is quite efficient and easy to administer. You don't really get into trouble with HPE StoreOnce often.
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Synology
The Synology DiskStation is fairly easy to use, but maybe a challenge for those who not super IT savvy. With some trial and error, you can pretty much figure out how to configure the NAS the way you want it configured. I would say it is easy to use once it is set up and maintaining the device is likewise pretty straightforward as well.
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Support Rating
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
We had couple of incidents so far and HPE support team was very proactive through the process until the incident was closed satisfactorily.
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Synology
Unfortunately, the one time I've had to reach out to DiskStation support, it did not go well. My NAS appliance wasn't appearing on the network, and no matter what the support team tried, they could not get it back online. Instead of offering to send me a new unit, they told me to go buy a new one - obviously, this was a disappointing response and not very eco-friendly either! Fortunately, through some internet research of my own, and some ingenuity, I figured out I could restore my NAS to factory settings by removing all the drives and resetting. Only then did I realize I had a bad disk. I had to experiment for a while to figure out which one it was. Once I had done that, though, I was able to get the latest DiskStation loaded back on, no thanks to the DiskStation support crew. If notifications were rock solid, I suspect I would have caught the bad disk before it because an OS problem, but I never received a bad-disk notification.
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Implementation Rating
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
It was pretty smooth, at least smother that a Dell EMC Unity we set it up last week
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Synology
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Alternatives Considered
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
HPE StoreOnce is a great value for money.
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Synology
Synology DiskStation packs a punch with the latest and greatest feature set which goes above and beyond many other vendors. It allows for a turn-key solution to cover almost every use case in the SMB market leaving other vendors behind.
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Return on Investment
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • While not completely eliminating tape, it has relegated the use of tape to monthly and annual backups for compliance. It has reduced the recurring expense of tape media.
  • It has increased the length of the retention period because of its efficiency in storing backups.
  • The online backup repositories are now replicated to the secondary datacenter, a capability not possible with tapes.
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Synology
  • It has helped us go from printing things out to file them away to going 100% digital with our files and documents because we have a secure place to save stuff.
  • We are organized. I can't really put a value or number to how amazing this is for us, but when we deal with so many documents and files it can be so hard to keep things organized, but with Synology DiskStation, we have all our files in specific places and it helps us stay organized and definitely saves time because things are so easy to find.
  • One negative thing has been that our Synology DiskStation relies on us either being plugged into the network in the office or having a strong internet connection at home. With the pandemic and everyone working from home, we have had "outages" where we were not able to sync our data, and things were lost and we had to start over.
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