HPE 3PAR StoreServ Review

Very easy to use with pretty good support

What is our primary use case?

3PAR is our primary storage for everything aside from VDI, which is where we are using our Nimble.

We use everything from point of sale to database. Those are the two big mission-critical applications. There is also virtualization for servers.

How has it helped my organization?

It makes for less administrative overhead.

The solution has improved our throughput by helping us keep up with the demand and acquisitions that we have been going through.

What is most valuable?

  • Easy to use
  • Easy to deploy

The quick, easy deployment, along with its administration, are its most valuable features.

What needs improvement?

I would like to have more details on alerting. It is not real granular right now. What It gives you is sort of basic, and we can't do a lot of tweaking on our own. We would like to be able to tweak some of the alerts for our team.

For how long have I used the solution?

I am fairly new to using 3PAR. I have only been with the company for about a year, using 3PAR during that time.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has been a lot more stable over the past year that I have using it. Early on, we did have some issues, but working with HPE, we were quickly able to fix all that. Since then, it has been very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It does help with the growth, mainly in some of the point of sale systems that we need.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate the technical support about a seven or eight (out of ten). They have been pretty good. The response time has been pretty good for any issues that we have had. From a hardware standpoint, we haven't had that much. It has been more from a software side, and we have had some pretty good responses from HPE.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It is quick and very intuitive. You can turn it on and figure out pretty much what you need to do right away. You don't have to have too much hand-holding for it. So, it's fairly easy to use.

What about the implementation team?

We did it all on our own.

What was our ROI?

The solution has increased our performance.

It has reduced time to deployment by about 30 percent, mainly from the virtualization server standpoint.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used a number of different storage solutions, and the HPE products are probably the best from an ease of use and administrative standpoint. 

What other advice do I have?

From my experience in the past with other storage solutions, it is very easy to use with pretty good support. So far, from what I have seen, I do like it.

It is a real good solution. It is probably one of the better storage solutions for large enterprises and main back-end storage that I have used in the past.

We do the InfoSight predictive analytics. We have just gotten into it with the 3PAR storage, as we have mainly used it on the Nimble side.

We actually don't use the deduplication right now. That is something that we have looked into, but haven't implemented yet.

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