HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Review

We were able to consolidate disparate storage environments into a single chassis with multiple connection types.


What is most valuable?

Disk-utilization tier-ing (3PAR Adaptive Optimization)

How has it helped my organization?

The organization was able to consolidate disparate storage environments into a single chassis with multiple connection types, utilize the different disk tiers across all software/hardware connected platforms, all the time providing the fastest disk to the most utilized portions of storage as determined by the controllers.

What needs improvement?

While there is direct module integration with different Hyper Visors on the market, the actual software of those integrations do leave some feature integration off requiring both management interfaces. The greater this integration becomes the easier to manage the environment it will be.

For how long have I used the solution?

I used it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

All the issues we encountered were due to human error.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

All the issues we encountered were due to human error.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

All the issues we encountered were due to human error.

How are customer service and technical support?

HP technical support for 3PAR is excellent once you have navigated the call tree.

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

I utilized HP Lefthand devices and EVA SAN’s (Models 5000 and 4400)

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex in that requirements were not communicated well through the VAR and some parts needed to be sent back (PDU’s were of the wrong type) and the VAR assumed a Virtual Storage manager would be used, but a physical manager was both requested and required, which created an installation delay while the correct equipment was shipped.

What about the implementation team?

It was implemented through a vendor team, originally out-sourced by HP, then followed up by HP in-house technicians.

What was our ROI?

The implementation did not have an ROI to calculate as the products being migrated off of were end of life.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

  • Dell Compellant
  • EMC VMX

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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