HPE 3PAR StoreServ Review

With our previous solution we had issues with replication and tiering. Our nightly backup jobs now run much quicker.


What is most valuable?

  1. Replication between sites
  2. Migration
  3. Dynamic Provisioning
  4. Tearing
  5. Manageability
  6. Easy user interface

How has it helped my organization?

A real example is that before 3PAR, the nightly batch job would start at 7:30 PM and run until the next day in the afternoon, until around 2:00 PM.

Now with the 3PAR storage platform, the night batch job starts at the same time (7.30 PM) and finishes at 4.00 AM (instead of 2:00 PM the next day).

What needs improvement?

Firmware stability could be improved. Apart from that I can't think of anything else.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for more than a year.

3PAR 10400 (Production) and 7400 (DR - location)

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues with the deployment and we had very good support from the vendor. It's very easy to get it going.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

A part of the firmware for the controller had a bug that caused some issues while doing the Dynamic tiering, however once we upgraded it was fixed.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, there is plenty of room to grow.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

On a scale from 1-10 I will give them a 9.

Technical Support:

We had a quick turnaround time with one issue, and even a dedicated engineer working with us even though the issue was on the network side for the replication. Overall, we have very good support.

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

We had a XP24K and a EVA 6000 and we were experiencing challenges in replication and doing tiering. That was one of the main reasons we chose to switch.

How was the initial setup?

It is very straight forward. Any person with basic storage knowledge can do the installation, with no specific training required.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented through a vendor for the production site, PKA Technologies, and using what we learned, we have implemented the DR site in-house.

They are very helpful, and even after the implementation they have provided support for troubleshooting on the network issue.

What was our ROI?

According to the performance and scalability of the product, a rough calculation is that in three years we will be able to get an ROI.

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

Original cost was about $2 million. Day to day, it's just the cost of the power to run the hardware.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Hitachi HUS VM, and EMC alongside 3PAR.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the SSD but not flash. Even without that part, we are very satisfied with the performance.

It is reasonable and good product.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user107568 (User at HPE)
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Great review! HP 3PAR All-Flash won the All-Flash Array Product of the Year Award from TechTarget. I have a blog that talks about it. http://hpstorage.me/19Cw9a8. There's been lots of other "best of" for the HP 3PAR family - if you're interested in those, drop me an email at hpstorageguy at hp dot com.

author avatarit_user183474 (Senior System Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees)
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Nice review, could you share what kind of batch jobs you would run during the night that took forever and which backup solution you have installed?
We upgrader from a 3PAR T400 to a StoreServ 7400, so we were already a bit spoiled ;-)

author avatarit_user194907 (Infrastructure Team Lead at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees)
Vendor

The batch job is for Oracle application CC&b to do the billing calculation, the backup solution we used it commvault