HPE 3PAR StoreServ Review

The snapshotting capability allows us to do a database replication very quickly


What is our primary use case?

It is storage for our SAP environment. SAP is the mission-critical application that we run on the solution.

How has it helped my organization?

The snapshotting capability allows us to do a database replication very quickly. As a result, we have some applications which need a fresh copy of the production database everyday, and we are able to give that to them by eight o'clock in the morning.

What is most valuable?

Its snapshot capability is the most valuable feature, because replicate our databases from production to nonproduction for development. This allows us to do it very quickly.

The deduplication is pretty impressive because it will shrink. We also do some clones in addition to the snapshots, where we can have multiple clones. These reduce the actual written storage by as much as 50 percent.

What needs improvement?

It has latency issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It seems pretty stable. Once we got over the birthing pains, it has been pretty reliable.

As long as the array is not full, it is available. We filled it up.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is very scalable. We can grow it up to the size that it will contain. Then, we have to move to another array, a bigger one, if we have to. However, my understanding is that is a pretty seamless process.

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

We moved to 3PAR from a different array, which was a smaller array with fewer controller cards in it. So, 3PAR did not increase our performance, and it has increased our latency by at least double.

We went with 3PAR because we have HP-UX systems. Since we already knew HP-UX, they offered us a significantly cheaper solution than the one that we had for storage.

How was the initial setup?

The first array that they sent us was in some type of a factory mode. We didn't find that out until we loaded a bunch of data onto it, then we had to back it all off. We had to replace the array, which was sort of painful.

What about the implementation team?

We are actually a federal customer, so we get the HPE Federal direct team helping us. Our experience was good, except for that one problem with the first array.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Dell EMC, HPE, and some other competitors. We went with HPE because of the price point.

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson that I learned from using 3PAR is the snapshot capability.

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