2021-04-14T14:00:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What advice do you have for others considering Quest QoreStor?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Quest QoreStor, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Jim Macdougald - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
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2021-09-02T22:31:00Z
Sep 2, 2021

We may be slightly behind the current version, although that is only because I am too busy with other things to upgrade it at the moment. My advice for anybody who is looking into implementing QoreStor is to plan well. Evaluate what you have and plan for the capacity. From my experience, I would have to say that working with the Quest technicians to do remote implementation was definitely a time-saver and worth the cost. The biggest lesson that I have learned from using this product is that backup to file is actually more than adequate, and really a time-saver compared to backing up to tape. One caveat is that we do not have an easy method of backing up to removable media at this time. If it was more scalable in that manner, to back up to removable media, then that would be helpful. Part of that may have been in our planning stages, as we didn't consider that with the hardware that we purchased. In any event, it would be nice if it had an easier method to replicate to removable media that could be safely taken offsite and stored independently. Not cloud, not offsite as in remote storage, but something we could actually physically take from the building and put it in a safe somewhere. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

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BW
Director of IT at a non-profit with 1-10 employees
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2021-06-10T14:50:00Z
Jun 10, 2021

I would rate QoreStor a nine out of ten.

Sylvain Tetreault - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Operating Officer at ETINET
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2021-05-20T08:48:00Z
May 20, 2021

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.

JW
Database Admin at a educational organization with 201-500 employees
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2021-04-19T14:39:00Z
Apr 19, 2021

It's a good product. QoreStor has a lot of features that I don't know about. It would be nice to take advantage of these features by getting updates from them that these features exist. I would rate it a nine out of ten.

Walter Stine - PeerSpot reviewer
Executive Director at Fenway Library Organization Inc
Real User
Top 5
2021-04-14T14:00:00Z
Apr 14, 2021

If you're in a situation where you're still using tape, at a minimum, this is worth investigating. For me, the biggest lesson was the exposure it gave me to the cloud environment. Prior to using this, I had heard people talk about AWS, and I had heard semi horror stories about how you never know what it's going to cost you if you get involved in that environment. We worked with our local co-location company and they had built out their own cloud environment. So it was a really good opportunity for me to dip my toes in cloud. From what I can tell, Quest is clearer about what your costs are going to look like. In this case, we're just paying for that cloud storage cost. They give me a number so that I can calculate, based on how many terabytes of data, what it's going to look like, and what it is potentially going to look like a year or two from now. If my data continues to grow at the rate it's growing, then I know it's within the tolerance of what I can afford. That was a great learning experience. It was nice to move down the technology path and to get a little more familiar with the cloud environment. That was a useful step forward for a small business, like ours, that hadn't really been there. Along with the deduplication, it also provides replication and archiving capabilities, but we don't run that. You have to build out another infrastructure somewhere else to do that, or maybe have another license of QoreStor that they can mount somewhere else. We haven't needed to go to that level. Prior to using Qorestor, we hadn't ever done any cloud backups. But when it starts to back up into the cloud there's a pretty big spike on IO as all that data is moving across. When I look at my IO over 24 hours, there are two big spikes which happen when the data is flowing into the cloud environment. I'm not sure it would make any difference, but the cloud environment is also in the same location as our cabinet infrastructure, our server infrastructure. We're right in the same data center where the cloud equipment is. It hasn't compromised our network traffic in any fundamental way. Overall, it just does the job. I don't really have to think about it. It was really just the complexity of the setup that would drop my rating of it a little bit, to eight out of 10. But my experience has been good with it.

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Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
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Can you explain about QoreStore’s solution for useless copies of data?
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Deena Nouril - PeerSpot reviewer
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When I first found out about data replication and the many benefits it had, I couldn't help but wonder - what about the copies you don't need? Like it's unavoidable for some of the copies to get damaged, not updated properly, or something else. You're right, NetApp Snapshot has a solution for that and it's called data deduplication. It gets rid of the useless copies and creates a clean environment for your data. This feature along with the great data replication it offers has been greatly enjoyed by my company. We use it to keep updated and properly working copies of our data and through QoreStor, we solve our issues with useless copies.
Beth Safire - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Blogger
Nov 24, 2022
Through the data deduplication we're actually saving up on backup costs, it's that efficient. Yes, Quest QoreStor lets you clean copies of data that aren't suitable for work anymore, providing you with the opportunity to make your database more efficient, potentially speeding it up while cleaning up space. And who doesn't love more storage! What's more, the data solutions from Quest QoreStor are both simple and powerful, and using its many different features, it really takes care of your data. When you've cleaned the copies you don't need, then you can enjoy the fast replication it offers, as well as the security features. If you're wondering more about this, you can contact their customer support - they've always been very responsive to me.
Netanya Carmi - PeerSpot reviewer
Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Nov 24, 2022
What can QoreStor software be used for?
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Deena Nouril - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Blogger
Nov 24, 2022
Hi, you can use the Quest QoreStor software for much more than just data replication. Though by the way, it does a very good job for that too! But other than it, it can provide you with various types of backup for your data. And while doing that, it also gives you enhancements for them, protecting them from malicious attacks, for example, or making them immutable, so nobody can change your data without consent and somehow affect your company negatively. One thing my company really likes from the Quest QoreStor functions is the access of users based on roles. It gives you the opportunity to limit the control of employees based on their roles in the company and this has made our data management super efficient, I highly recommend taking advantage of this feature!
Beth Safire - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Blogger
Nov 24, 2022
Quest QoreStor can be used for multiple things besides data replication. For example, it can be trusted to make a backup of your data. You know that replication and backups are different, right? Replication is done so real-time copies reside in different locations and backup gives you static copies to use for emergencies. Anyway, this software can do both. And it can do it at attractive pricing, while also offering additional features. For example, you can rely on data security, various improvements for the backup process, and the feature of eliminating useless data copies. All in all, I think if you're looking for a data replication software this one is a great one and even more, comes with additional benefits that can improve your data copies and storage a lot.
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