HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Review

It has improved uptime, as well as speed to delivery

What is our primary use case?

It is for mission critical storage. We use it to keep high uptime. We have two 3PAR systems that we leverage.

Its performance is good. We have a lot of applications that have high I/O, and 3PAR handles those with no problem.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved uptime, as well as speed to delivery.

What is most valuable?

The uptime for mission critical, because have website services that provides 24/7 roadside support. Therefore, we treat it like it is an emergency service and always has to be up.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see smoother firmware upgrades going forward. We cannot afford to go down. When we went down, it was very painful for all our mission critical system. When we bought the system, we were under the impression that we were supposed to do firmware upgrades transparently, and on the fly with no impact, and it was very impacting. However, this is the only time that we had any issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The reliability has been good, except for upgrades. We did a firmware upgrade, and it brought the whole sandbox down. It was supposed to be done transparently, and that did not happen. It was not like we did it on our own; we had support set it up for us. The proactive support help us with the set up.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have no issues with scalability. We have been scaling up.

How is customer service and technical support?

Support was good. They keep wanting us to always upgrade. However, with this failure that we had, it has made us nervous moving forward.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We had HPE EVAs. Then, we had to move away from EVAs, and the 3PARs were the next ones in the line.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward. It took a couple of days.

What about the implementation team?

We had HPE support help us. 

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI with the product. Overall, the 3PAR has been performing very well.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked a EMC before Dell purchased them. Cost is what made us decide on HPE, plus we had a relationship with HPE. We have always been a big HPE shop. Otherwise, the products were apples to apples.

What other advice do I have?

Evaluate your needs. Prepare a cost comparison comparing it to what your needs are. Sometimes, you may not need a 3PAR if you are looking for secondary storage. You may want to go with Nimble. You need to look at what your requirements are, then make your determination that way.

Most important criteria for selecting a vendor: 

  1. Price
  2. Best of breed
  3. Reliability.
Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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