HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Review

SSD, SAS and SATA disks in one box. Transparent failover between datacenters, delivers performance as promised.


What is most valuable?

SSD, SAS and SATA disks in one box, transparent failover between datacenters, delivers performance as promised.

How has it helped my organization?

Less data is stored in silos, more is kept in this central solution with advantages of raid, tiering and backup. We are looking into Flash, we already own some violin boxes and have a small capacitiy of SSD disks in the 3PAR.

What needs improvement?

Monitoring and reporting.

For how long have I used the solution?

6 months, it’s predecessor HP 3PAR T400 for 6 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Small bugs in the GUI that were resolved in the latest version.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

9/10.

Technical Support:

9/10.

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

No, we owned its predecessor and were very happy with that.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was performed with a reseller, but you should have some idea about how you would like to ‘shape’ your environment. All can be altered afterwards if you would reconsider.

What about the implementation team?

Vendor team. I would rate them 8/10; An HP technical expert was needed for some configuration add-ons.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, comparable systems from Dell, EMC and Hitachi.

What other advice do I have?

Organize a couple of meetings with the technical staff to build the storage array that will meet your demands. Knowing in front which type of RAID you will need and the type of IO will benefit you.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Disclaimer: I work for HP Storage

What a great summary and review of HP 3PAR. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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Want to be sure folks see that HP 3PAR All-Flash won the All-Flash Array Product of the Year Award from TechTarget. I have a blog that talks about it. http://hpstorage.me/19Cw9a8. There's been lots of other "best of" for the HP 3PAR family - if you're interested in those, drop me an email at hpstorageguy at hp dot com.