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Sylvain Tetreault - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Operating Officer at ETINET
Top 20
Attractive pricing model, software-based, and reduces our backup cost
Pros and Cons
  • "Data deduplication and replication would be the top two features. The encryption and cloud tiering are also attractive for the future."
  • "They need to increase their maximum capacity. Other than that, they're doing a pretty good job."

What is our primary use case?

We are using QoreStor internally for our backup, and we are also a reseller of QoreStor.

Two years ago, we had two backup solutions: one for IBM i and one for HP NonStop. We started to offer QoreStor with our SPHiNX 9.7 to our IBM i customers two years ago, and last year, we started to offer QoreStor with our BackBox 4.09 to our HP NonStop customers. 

How has it helped my organization?

It provides data deduplication, replication, and archiving capabilities in one solution, which is very important for us. We built a relationship with QoreStor because we needed data deduplication, replication, and encryption.

QoreStor works with different backup solutions in the market, and they have a list of backup solutions that they support, but what interests us is just the QoreStor technicalization. We provide a backup solution for legacy systems that don't support the market backup tools. We provide a backup solution for such legacy systems, and then we store the backup into QoreStor. So, we are in the middle. For legacy NonStop and legacy IBM i solutions, customers can put ETI-NET as a backup solution that QoreStor supports.

It has reduced our backup cost because it is all automated. It is dedupe. We didn't take advantage of the cloud yet, but even for storing locally, there is a big reduction. We also reduced the footprint because the software can run on the same platform as our solution. The average reduction rate is about 20 times. We can reduce the cost by at least 10 times, and the footprint and the storage hardware are reduced by about a half.

What is most valuable?

Data deduplication and replication would be the top two features. The encryption and cloud tiering are also attractive for the future.

Its one price is also interesting for us and our customers. You have one price, and you get everything from QoreStor.

It provides archiving capabilities, and you can archive to the cloud.

It is a software, so there is more flexibility. It can run on different hardware and is hardware-independent. The fact that it is a software was interesting for us because we also offer the appliance for IBM i and HP NonStop. For IBM i, we have an appliance that we offer with our box. For HP NonStop, it is integrated with our box. So, a customer buys a server based on the configuration that we recommend. We then install our software, and QoreStor runs underneath in the VM environment. So, it's all in the same physical box. For the NonStop market, we went further and used the QoreStor API. So, we are able to configure QoreStor from our software called BackBox. BackBox interfaces with NonStop, and we are controlling the QoreStor behind BackBox.

What needs improvement?

They need to increase their maximum capacity. Other than that, they're doing a pretty good job.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been involved with QoreStor for around two and a half years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very good. There were only a few occasions where we had to deal with QoreStor to fix an issue.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is good in terms of scalability, but the maximum capacity can be reached very quickly. That's why I'm expecting that the maximum capacity would increase in the future, but for now, we are good. 

We are basically starting to market that product, and internally, we don't have a huge backup, so we are good for now. In the future, we may have a situation where the maximum capacity might be an issue, and that's probably the thing that Quest needs to improve in the future.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is very good. We were in a good position to test their support because we started to work with QoreStor from day one of the announcement. We work very closely with Quest support. During Quest adoption, when we found some mistakes and we were missing a feature, they were actually pretty quick to provide that feature to us.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using HP StoreOnce. We chose QoreStor to integrate it with our product. The main difference is that QoreStor is a software, so we can put it on the same hardware as our solution. If customers want to use HP StoreOnce with HP NonStop, they can still use it, but QoreStor is the only one that is fully integrated with our solution and support. Since we started to resell QoreStor, we have been using it internally.

It's better than other backup solutions we have used or evaluated. The dedupe rate is good. We see a 20 times dedupe rate. Its replication efficiency is great. The big difference is that you get everything at one price. With other solutions, you get two times cloud storage of the license, whereas, with QoreStor, it is three times. So, if you have 100 terabytes, with other solutions, you will have an additional 200 terabytes in a cloud with the same license, whereas with QoreStor, you will have 300 terabytes.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is straightforward. It is very simple in terms of implementation. Its UI is very good, and it is fairly easy to do the configuration. 

We have integrated it with our box and we have our UI, which has increased automation in the installation and made it even easier.

What was our ROI?

I don't have numbers, but the return on investment is the deduplication and all other things it does. QoreStor is quite interesting.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its pricing model is very attractive. You have one price, and you get everything from QoreStor.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for people who would like to buy QoreStor is they can look at the price model. It is hardware-independent, so it is not like an appliance where you shop for the specific hardware. In our case, when we deal with HP, HP can run QoreStor on their platform or server. So, the pricing is focused on the software, and it includes everything.

We internally don't use cloud storage for long-term data retention. We only use it for testing. The cloud is a value-add for now, and it is an interesting feature that we expect our customers to look into in the future. Similarly, its Object Direct feature allows you to move an object directly to the cloud without having to de-hydrade and re-hydrade the backups, but we haven't really started to use it for our backup. We only use it for testing internally. We expect that customers will start to look into this feature. The reason why it's so important is that you save a lot of space in the cloud when you just move the dedupe object to the cloud.

In terms of whether QoreStor has reduced our backup storage requirements, it certainly did significantly reduce our storage needs. For customers, we can offer up to the maximum of what QoreStor is capable of. It is around 300 terabytes, and we are able to support the maximum. If you go to the cloud, then you can have three times more. For example, if you have a unit with 100 terabytes, then you can have an additional 300 terabytes in the cloud with the same license.

I would rate Quest QoreStor an eight out of 10. The reason why it is not a 10 is that it is still a new product, and they need to increase their capacity.

Disclosure: PeerSpot 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. The reviewer's company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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