HPE 3PAR StoreServ Review

Allows us to mix drive spaces; the redundancy and tiering are also key for us

What is our primary use case?

VMware and SQL.

In terms of performance, we had an issue with the earlier version, the 7400, an iSCSI issue. They replaced it with one from the 8000 series and it has been doing pretty well so far.

How has it helped my organization?

It lets us mix a lot of drive spaces, as well as performance drives, between Fibre Channel, long-term storage, and SSD drives. It performs pretty well as far as moving the data around and not letting a lot of it go to waste.

What is most valuable?

  • Redundancy
  • Performance (I/O and stability)
  • The tiering

What needs improvement?

Nothing really comes to mind. We talked to somebody earlier today, here at HPE Discover 2018, about their Docker integration for it, so that's something we'll probably check out next for both the 3PAR and Nimble.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't any issues with scalability. We have added a lot of different shelves to it, we have close to about 400 terabytes. It has done pretty well in that regard.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is pretty good. We've used it mainly for firmware upgrades and those type of things. We also used them initially for troubleshooting issues on the previous version. They have been helpful.

How was the initial setup?

I was not involved in the initial setup. We did have HPE onsite to help with that. It didn't take too long, maybe two to three days.

What was our ROI?

I believe it is paying off at this point, but I don't have any numbers for ROI.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell, Tegile, and Pure Storage. We went with HPE in the end because we already have HPE equipment, we're mostly HPE server and software, so we went with that. We're trying out the new Nimble now in our new data center.

When I evaluate vendors the important criteria are 

  • redundancy
  • scalability
  • performance
  • metrics for reporting.

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be, make sure you know your workloads going into it and how you will best be able to utilize a solution, especially when deciding what disk structure to get and how to lay it out.

Overall, I would rate 3PAR at eight out of 10. The biggest issues we had were performance issues with the older version, but this one has been doing okay.

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