What is our primary use case?
We use about 40 percent of our workload in 3PAR. We have 3PAR 7400, V-Class series. We use dynamic tiering, so we have a mixed workload, SSD Fibre Channel and Nearline storage.
In terms of performance, it has been a little bit up and down, but overall there isn't much to complain about. It's because we have the Nearline storage, so that doesn't perform well. That is the reason we have SSD and Fibre Channel tiering. We use Adaptive Optimization and that helps us to improve certain applications using those high-performance tiers.
What is most valuable?
The next step for us is refreshing, likely with another 3PAR. Migrating the workload from one 3PAR, to another 3PAR is pretty easy using Peer Motion.
In terms of multiple business needs, we have multiple applications running and I don't have complaints. I think 3PAR runs multiple applications well. They're easy to manage.
Overall it performs well.
What needs improvement?
I would like to see more cloud-based integrations and more file storage capabilities. They do have that now, but we haven't started using it.
For how long have I used the solution?
Three to five years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
We haven't had any major issues on 3PAR. We have pretty much had 100 percent uptime; we haven't had any outage. We run a lot of production workload on it with no issues.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
Regarding scalability, we are maxed out right now on all our 3PARs, so we can not add more storage. So we just order a new one and it's fine.
How is customer service and technical support?
Support is good, overall.
Which solutions did we use previously?
We had HPE EVA storage. We switched because all of it was legacy storage. We migrated from legacy storage to the new 3PAR. The main reason we went with HPE was the migration from the old legacy to the new 3PAR was very seamless. They have Peer Motion integration so the data migration was easy. If we had gone with another vendor we would have had to do an offline migration.
When it comes to selecting a vendor, HPE is our business partner so we use their products.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was not that complex. We work with HPE to take care of all the implementations. It took less than one day.
What was our ROI?
Our ROI has been pretty good. I can't share how much we invested, but it has been almost five years and we migrated something like 40 or 50 HPE EVAs to two 3PARs. We consolidated it quite a bit.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We did consider other vendors. That's the reason we did a proof of concept and 3PAR was the winner. The other vendors on our short-list were EMC and NetApp.
What other advice do I have?
I rate it a nine out of 10 because the product just works; we haven't had a lot of problems. I'm satisfied with the product.
3PAR is a proven, more reliable and stable SAN solution. Go with it.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.