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HP StoreOnce is a backup and recovery solution from Hewlett-Packard.An awesome backup infrastructure solutionWe are using HP StoreOnce as our backup infrastructure for both databases and applications. We have 200 + Virtual Machines and 20+ Physical Servers. We are using HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Store RMAN plugin to backup oracle databases to StoreOnce catalyst store. This is a great feature since now we don't need to take local backup and then push it to tape device. The backups to StoreOnce device is very efficient. We are also using CIFS (NAS) Shares on HPE StoreOnce to backup virtual machine using a third party backup software.,Backups to HPE StoreOnce device is very efficient. This is particularly because we are using all SSD (flash ) devices in our HPE StoreOnce infrastructure. The compaction ratio with HPE StoreOnce is amazing which reduces our total storage footprint by upto 95%. It supports both block storage and file system storage. This is especially beneficial since we wanted one backup infrastructure for both our application and database backups.,We had a little trouble sending backups of physical servers using SMBv1 protocol to SMBv2 CIFS shares. We had to implement a work around but it would have been nice if StoreOnce could be smart enough to take care of SMB version automatically. There is no native Catalyst Store replication from one StoreOnce device to another StoreOnce. The replication has to be handled by the backup software which is backing up to one StoreOnce device. This puts an extra overhead on the source. HPE StoreOnce command line is a little complicated for beginners. It takes a little while to get familiar with how to leverage it.,9,We are pleased to use HPE StoreOnce for our backup infrastructure. We did not had to hire a separate storage folks and this has greatly cut down on our cost. HPE StoreOnce is very fast and efficient. We have not had any complaints of backups going slow.,NetApp FAS series,Oracle Database 12c, Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware ESXi, VMware Site Recovery Manager, Windows Server, Azure Active Directory, JIRA Software, Control-M, Oracle GoldenGate, ClickUp, Slack,No,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Vendor Reputation Existing Relationship with the Vendor,We are extremely happy with HPE StoreOnce Backup System. We are using it for storing backups of 200+ Virtual Machines and 4 Physical Servers with a great compaction ratio and great performance. Although our systems are still growing in data, but the current backups run pretty fast without causing very high IOPS.,Yes,9,No,We had a storage corruption with HPE StoreOnce. The phone home feature notified HPE support team of possible failure. They contacted us to schedule a time to visit the data center. They were able to fix the problem before a bigger downtime would have occured.,Creating a catalyst store to store and manage backup files is pretty straight forward. I didn't had to struggle much creating NAS/CIFS volume. SMTP configuration and email alert configuration is very user friendly as well.,It took me some effort to understand how StoreOnce controller nodes and ports work.,9StoreOnce is a compelling backup storage platformHPE StoreOnce was used to transition from tape backups to disk backups. IT in the organization is centralized, so the StoreOnce provides the backup storage for the entire enterprise backups. It allowed extended online retention periods, cut down on the restore time and decreased the time windows for backup. The Catalyst deduplication technology allows cost-effective and extended retention periods by consuming less disk space, along with accelerating the backups by utilizing the same deduplication technology at the endpoint or on the storage device. It requires compatible software which can talk over the proprietary Catalyst protocol.,Catalyst deduplication technology is very effective. Catalyst protocol maximizes backup speeds. Design with disk shelves provides dense storage and minimizes the rack units required to deploy. Offers NFS, CIFS/SMB, and virtual tape library functionality for compatibility (in addition to Catalyst stores).,For fastest performance and best dedupe, ISV software supporting Catalyst required VTL capability requires more overhead and space due to aging policies, etc. Use of CIFS/SMB for backups is significantly slower than Catalyst.,9,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.,SolidFire, HP ProLiant DL, HP ProLiant BladeSystem
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Ravinder Gupta profile photo
November 05, 2018

HP StoreOnce Review: "An awesome backup infrastructure solution"

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We are using HP StoreOnce as our backup infrastructure for both databases and applications. We have 200 + Virtual Machines and 20+ Physical Servers. We are using HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Store RMAN plugin to backup oracle databases to StoreOnce catalyst store. This is a great feature since now we don't need to take local backup and then push it to tape device. The backups to StoreOnce device is very efficient. We are also using CIFS (NAS) Shares on HPE StoreOnce to backup virtual machine using a third party backup software.
  • Backups to HPE StoreOnce device is very efficient. This is particularly because we are using all SSD (flash ) devices in our HPE StoreOnce infrastructure.
  • The compaction ratio with HPE StoreOnce is amazing which reduces our total storage footprint by upto 95%.
  • It supports both block storage and file system storage. This is especially beneficial since we wanted one backup infrastructure for both our application and database backups.
  • We had a little trouble sending backups of physical servers using SMBv1 protocol to SMBv2 CIFS shares. We had to implement a work around but it would have been nice if StoreOnce could be smart enough to take care of SMB version automatically.
  • There is no native Catalyst Store replication from one StoreOnce device to another StoreOnce. The replication has to be handled by the backup software which is backing up to one StoreOnce device. This puts an extra overhead on the source.
  • HPE StoreOnce command line is a little complicated for beginners. It takes a little while to get familiar with how to leverage it.
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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May 01, 2017

HP StoreOnce Review: "StoreOnce is a compelling backup storage platform"

Score 9 out of 10
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HPE StoreOnce was used to transition from tape backups to disk backups. IT in the organization is centralized, so the StoreOnce provides the backup storage for the entire enterprise backups. It allowed extended online retention periods, cut down on the restore time and decreased the time windows for backup. The Catalyst deduplication technology allows cost-effective and extended retention periods by consuming less disk space, along with accelerating the backups by utilizing the same deduplication technology at the endpoint or on the storage device. It requires compatible software which can talk over the proprietary Catalyst protocol.

  • Catalyst deduplication technology is very effective.
  • Catalyst protocol maximizes backup speeds.
  • Design with disk shelves provides dense storage and minimizes the rack units required to deploy.
  • Offers NFS, CIFS/SMB, and virtual tape library functionality for compatibility (in addition to Catalyst stores).
  • For fastest performance and best dedupe, ISV software supporting Catalyst required
  • VTL capability requires more overhead and space due to aging policies, etc.
  • Use of CIFS/SMB for backups is significantly slower than Catalyst.
There are two scenarios where StoreOnce plays extremely well. First, coupled with Recovery Manager Central from HPE, StoreOnce is a tightly integrated, snapshot based backup solution for HPE's primary storage platforms. This offers line of business app protection and virtualization backups with better efficiency and windows than traditional ISV backup software.

Secondly, coupled with ISV software that supports Catalyst, this is a great purpose built storage platform for backup repositories; however, the list of ISV software supporting Catalyst is short - Veeam, Symantec NetBackup, and Data Protector (formerly HPE's, now owned by MicroFocus). Other third party software can work with the hardware, but the best performance and best efficiencies are offered when using Catalyst protocol and Catalyst stores on the StoreOnce. If you're a Veeam user, StoreOnce definitely deserves a look - it is a compelling alternative to DataDomain or SMB shares.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Universal recovery (1)
8
Live recovery (1)
8
Recovery verification (1)
8
Business application protection (2)
8.0
Multiple backup destinations (2)
6.7
Incremental backup identification (2)
8.6
Deduplication and file compression (2)
10.0
Snapshots (2)
8.3
Flexible deployment (1)
8
Management dashboard (1)
8
Platform support (1)
8
Retention options (1)
9
Encryption (1)
9

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