What is most valuable?
The reason why we chose 3PAR is because it was future proof. It had some features that the cabinets we were looking for at at the moment when we bought the 3PAR storage, that were not available in the market, like theme provisioning and the movement of blocks, which are really fast and are not so fast. In this way, we can put the hot data where it should be. It also has a really powerful tool to measure data, how it is working, the performance, and if we have any bottlenecks.
Also, it does not have any spare disks, so we did not have to use this as a spare. We even had the spare space. So, we had a lot of features which were not not available for all the cabinets in the market, at the time, when we bought this storage.
What needs improvement?
For me, the main issue with 3PAR right now is its cost problem. Right now, there are some other storage cabinets that can do what 3PAR can do; what 3PAR used to do a long time ago. Now, they can do it as well with a more revised budget. So, the main problem for 3PAR right now is cost.
For how long have I used the solution?
Three to five years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
It is a really stable product. We have not had any major issues at the moment. For us, it is a really stable product.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
For us, scalability is fine.
How is customer service and technical support?
We have a contract where we have field engineer. He is working for more customers, but is allocated for us. So, we do not have any issues at all.
How was the initial setup?
What about the implementation team?
We used our support field engineer. They helped us on the setup. For us, it was not a big deal because of that.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
HPE is changing on the licensing way, because in the past, you had to apply for a license for everything. Now, they have made a combo for all the licenses, which is more helpful, but there are a few things which are not completely included in the product. Talking from a license point of view, to be more competitive, as customer, we need a more aggressive price that includes all the licenses available.
What other advice do I have?
Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: We look for reputation. Also, we want to have confidence in the product. We want to know a product has been deployed for a lot of customers. So, we are looking for a mature product as well.
Which version of this solution are you currently using?
V400, 7200, 8400