HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Review

Our throughput has improved as jobs and servers run faster


What is our primary use case?

We use 3PAR for everything. There is not much we don't use it for. Most of our storage is on 3PAR at this point. We run SAP, VDIs, and all of our server infrastructure on it for the most part as mission-critical applications.

What is most valuable?

  • Reliability
  • Speed
  • Stability
  • Easy to expand
  • Easy to maintain

The solution’s deduplication functionality works great. We are getting about a 16:1 dedupe ratio on our VM workloads.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is good and stable.

The availability has been great. We haven't had any outages from the 3PAR itself. Although, we have had two or three outages from the techs coming onsite and working on it, then causing an outage.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. Our storage is small. We don't have petabytes. We have an 8200 right now and only have 16 drives on it. Therefore, we have a lot of room for growth.

All-flash positions our organization for growth. Currently, we are using all-flash, and with the dedupe, it makes it cheaper for us to deploy than other systems.

How are customer service and technical support?

The call-in support is fine. 

The onsite techs have caused outages. However, this issue has been fixed as HPE is now outsourcing this.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were running out of capacity on our 3PAR 7200, so we bought a new one.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. The seller came and installed it, setting it up. We had just enough money. It wasn't that big of a deal to start creating LUNs at that point.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller, High Performance Technologies, for the deployment. Our experience with them was okay. 

They are not a good fit for what we need now. So, we have moved onto another provider.

What was our ROI?

The solution has increased our performance.

The solution has improved our throughput, as jobs and servers run faster.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Our licensing costs are all lumped together with everything else, so I don't know the breakout.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at 3PAR, Nimble, and Pure storage.

What other advice do I have?

Look at both the 3PAR and Nimble, then see which one is best for your needs. They are both reliable systems which work great. They just run.

We have had 3PAR for a while. So, it has reduced time to deployment by about 10 percent, which is the same as our older platform.

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