HPE 3PAR StoreServ Review

All-flash is the most innovative way of using storage


What is our primary use case?

We use 3PAR as a shared platform for services, applications, and databases.

How has it helped my organization?

For the past three years, all-flash has been the most innovative way of using storage, based on the 3PAR platform.

What is most valuable?

It is scalable.

What needs improvement?

I am hoping to see some snapshot functionalities: Oracle snapshots, snapshots for VMware, and hypervisor snapshots.

We have had some bad issues on stability. Also, the new feature sets, like deduplication and compression, are complex to work with. I hope when I view the roadmap that they will be less complex.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have a bad track record on the 3PAR system. We also have some Virtual Fibre Channel (VFC) storage platforms. However, we had a bad start on 3PAR. It is going better now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We are managing more than 50 3PAR arrays worldwide. In our test centers, we are managing 15 HP all-flash arrays. The use of it is to be able to scale the platform. This is the most flexible way and one of the requirements for use in our environment.

How are customer service and technical support?

Our administrator uses the support every day. So far, I hear that it is working okay. The Call-Hall function is what we are putting our value on. This is also the primary reason for using their support.

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

We were using EMC VMAX, EMC VNX, and NetApp. We switched due to price.

How was the initial setup?

HPE has always done the initial hardware setup of the solution. It is straightforward, because we have good local engineers.

What was our ROI?

The performance compared to other products. Over time having the product and using it for six years, the performance has been a tremendous and bought about positive things.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We always channel all our vendors whether it is HPE or some others. Price is one of the most important features, but functionalities, availability, and the scalability of the systems is also very important.

What other advice do I have?

Do some benchmarks on it and compare the requirements for whoever will be installing this product.

**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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