HPE 3PAR StoreServ Review

Stable storage for hosting our on-premises databases, but it is complex to manage

What is our primary use case?

We use the 3PAR to host our SQL Database and Oracle Database. We also use it for VMware and vCenter.

What is most valuable?

We do not manage this product ourselves, so we are not familiar with all of the features that it has.

What needs improvement?

We had an issue a few months ago where we experienced a degradation in performance.

Every time you scale by adding more capacity, you need to pay for re-balancing services that cannot be performed in-house.

I would like to see an automatic re-balancing system or functionality for adaptive optimization.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using HPE 3PAR StoreServ for almost five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This product is stable, aside from the performance problems we had.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have added capacity to this solution between four and six times. Each time we did, we had to purchase services for re-balancing. It has to be done by a 3PAR engineer, rather than by our staff. It's a complex process. With some other products, you can just add a new disk to increase capacity, and you don't need to perform re-balancing.

There are three of us in the company who uses it.

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

For development, we have an IBM DS5000 storage system.

As it is for development, I cannot compare the two solutions. Our 3PAR is adapted for production.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is complex because it needs a special engineer from HPE to take care of the setup and load balancing.

What about the implementation team?

Our equipment is managed by a holding company. I request the load and capacity, and they configure it for me.

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

This is not an expensive product but every time you add capacity to it, you need to pay for re-balancing.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I do not recommend because it is too difficult for people to manage, and it should also be a little bit cheaper.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

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