- Replication between sites
- Dynamic Provisioning
- Easy user interface
A real example is that before 3PAR, the nightly batch job would start at 7:30 PM and run until the next day in the afternoon, until around 2:00 PM.
Now with the 3PAR storage platform, the night batch job starts at the same time (7.30 PM) and finishes at 4.00 AM (instead of 2:00 PM the next day).
Firmware stability could be improved. Apart from that I can't think of anything else.
We have been using this solution for more than a year.
3PAR 10400 (Production) and 7400 (DR - location)
No issues with the deployment and we had very good support from the vendor. It's very easy to get it going.
A part of the firmware for the controller had a bug that caused some issues while doing the Dynamic tiering, however once we upgraded it was fixed.
No, there is plenty of room to grow.
On a scale from 1-10 I will give them a 9.
We had a quick turnaround time with one issue, and even a dedicated engineer working with us even though the issue was on the network side for the replication. Overall, we have very good support.
We had a XP24K and a EVA 6000 and we were experiencing challenges in replication and doing tiering. That was one of the main reasons we chose to switch.
It is very straight forward. Any person with basic storage knowledge can do the installation, with no specific training required.
We implemented through a vendor for the production site, PKA Technologies, and using what we learned, we have implemented the DR site in-house.
They are very helpful, and even after the implementation they have provided support for troubleshooting on the network issue.
According to the performance and scalability of the product, a rough calculation is that in three years we will be able to get an ROI.
Original cost was about $2 million. Day to day, it's just the cost of the power to run the hardware.
We evaluated Hitachi HUS VM, and EMC alongside 3PAR.
We are using the SSD but not flash. Even without that part, we are very satisfied with the performance.
It is reasonable and good product.