HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Review

We're using Peer-to-Peer for two data centers and having that fill over is what we really needed for disaster recovery.


What is most valuable?

The speed of the Flash Array is better than what we had with the previous products. We like their blades better than the Cisco Blades. It is easier to manage.

How has it helped my organization?

We're using Peer-to-Peer for two data centers and having that fill over instantaneous is what we really needed for disaster recovery.

What needs improvement?

The thing that we're a little bit bummed about is they're not so quick to get it with the latest version of VMware and we're also using an older version of OneView; so to get to the newer/later releases, it seems like it's a two week process for two different data centers. If they could streamline that process, make it a little quicker, maybe so that the customer can do it, instead of hiring somebody else, then it would be helpful.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

So far, we're very stable; we've been using it for a couple of years now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability is really good because we're only using a third of the array's storage that we have, so we'll be able to keep that for several more years.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support team is very good. We've gotten a really good response from them.

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

We needed a faster storage and more capacity, so that's why we upgraded and switched from EMC to HPE.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was pretty straightforward.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at Hitachi and they were a close second to HPE. However, it was just that, we were more familiar with HPE because we already had some of their C-Class Blades.

Manageability is an important criterion while selecting a vendor. Also, for system administrators like myself, it is important to be able to understand the solution right off the bat.

What other advice do I have?

Probably, you should purchase the CS700 all-in-one storage, so that it's easy to implement it that way. Don't try to do it yourself.

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