What is most valuable?
We use 3PAR to separate certain parts of our infrastructure. For example, we can decide which portion of our data will be stored on SSD's and which will be stored on disc drives. We have a flexible contract with HP in order to do this, and it's been a huge advantage for us.
How has it helped my organization?
It makes us more flexible because we can extend our storage size easily. But the most important advantage, again, is our flexible contract with HP. It's a technically wonderful product, but it's also wonderful because of the contract. We have no CapEx and no long-term investment on the contract because we're paying just a monthly rate.
What needs improvement?
We're satisfied with the existing solution, but we are still having discussions to improve something.
We're not missing anything in terms of hardware, but the firmware could be improved.
What was my experience with deployment of the solution?
We've always deployed them without any issues.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It's a stable solution and there's global support from the entire HP worldwide organization.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
How are customer service and technical support?
We have a very close relationship with our account manager and they offer us technical support.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
3PAR is less costly than our previous solution. We were able to migrate from EVA to 3PAR.
How was the initial setup?
Of course it's complex, but with HP's help it made the setup easier.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We didn't evaluate other options because we've been with HP for many years now. We have 25 locations worldwide and we needed a global flash-storage solution. HP, also a global company, was the right fit.