Compare EMC VMAX vs. HPE 3PAR Flash Storage

EMC VMAX is ranked 2nd in Frame-Based Disk Arrays with 7 reviews while HPE 3PAR Flash Storage is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 116 reviews. EMC VMAX is rated 9.4, while HPE 3PAR Flash Storage is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of EMC VMAX writes "A stable and reliable workhorse for our Mission Critical systems". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE 3PAR Flash Storage writes "The flexibility and ability to adjust to business needs is where its robustness is". EMC VMAX is most compared with HPE 3PAR Flash Storage, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series and IBM System Storage DS8000 Series, whereas HPE 3PAR Flash Storage is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, Nimble Storage and NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS).
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Pros
Deploying, Expanding, and Modifying systems are easier than ever.This solution is super stable and reliable, and the kind of system that allows you to sleep at night.VMAX3 is our main system for storage. All our systems and all our virtualizations are connected to it. In terms of expanding it, we are replacing it with a new system, the PowerMax 2000. So our current VMAX3 platform will be decommissioned soon. We are switching to PowerMax 2000 because we are looking for improved performance. We see it as the best fit for our requirements in terms of the performance and the overall cost.I like the many new features, especially the all-flash solution.We have been able to present storage from the VMAX to hosts without any problems.It works with our replication technology, which is not SRDF, which is native replication technology.A rock solid foundation to deploy applications which cannot incur a disruption of service.

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The most valuable feature of this solution is the native full mesh (multi-pathing).Remote-copy provides high availability and disaster recovery for the connected clients.Any action we want to do with a Dell EMC product needs a license. But with 3PAR's converged solution, at least there is no need to purchase more licenses to get the all the features that we need. We can get basic and mid-range features without licenses.Technical support for both 3PAR and Dell EMC in my country, Iran, is very difficult because we are under sanctions.We have been able to scale faster and get our applications out in much less time. We don't need to worry about the platform's ability to manage the workload, so we are pretty happy.The InfoSight feature helps us with troubleshooting problems in our environment.We can do more, faster, whether it's spinning up more virtual machines or handling large amounts of data.The availability of the server has given us increased stability in our environment.

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I'd like to see improvements where we can scale out an existing array and remove older controllers\drives\etc., within the same subsystem.I'm looking for the day in which the VMAX platform can be considered 'web scale'.I would like this solution to integrate the solution that EMC vPlex offers.Resilience replication, reporting, and performance need to be improved.Better speed to release new features that have become industry standards. EMC created so many standards in the past. Now, it seems they are playing a me-too game and lagging behind in some areas, specifically data reduction.

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I would like to have support for On-The-fly reallocation Data when using VVoL.The cloud-based monitoring Infosight would be better if users are automatically enrolled in the cloud/group based on the configuration or information gathered or uploaded on the internet.I give it an eight because of the support, that I can't get support in my country. This is the worst part. Support cannot be sold until we are out of the sanctions.I think cloud integration would probably be the biggest part, because that's where everyone is going and the seamless integration between on-premise and cloud is an important part of any IT strategy today.This solution is becoming dated.We had a minor error when we were configuring this system, which initially detracted from its overall stability.This solution should be easier to use.I would like to see improvement in the product's scalability. As a partner, I had serious problems because of the competition from Dell EMC and Pure.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Setup cost and licensing are pretty straightforward.

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The cost is reasonable given that the licensing is all included once you purchase it.This licensing fees for this solution are merged with all of our HP annual costs, which in total are a couple hundred thousand dollars.We do not have any licensing fees.I would like it to be cheaper.The only licensing costs are around 3PAR in the form the OS itself. You pay at time of purchase. It is capacity-based, and you have annual maintenance that you pay.Our licensing cost are $32,000 annually.For the entire six node cluster and the two 7200 units plus the Brocade Fibre switches, we financed it through HPE Financial. It was $850,000. We leased that and paid it off in October of 2018.I have to renew support in October for the existing solution. That will cost me roughly $50,000 this year, which in the grand scheme of things, $50,000 is not that much compared to paying $850,000. However, it will be the last year that I'll be able to get direct support from HPE. Therefore, product has to be replaced in 2020.

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Also Known As
Symmetrix VMAXInServ, Storeserv, 3PAR Flash Storage, HP Enterprise Storage, 3PAR Flash Array, HP 3PAR Flash Storage
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Overview
Symmetrix VMAX accelerate your transformation to the software-defined data center with the world's most powerful, trusted, and smart family of storage products.

HP 3PAR all-flash storage accelerates business agility by boosting application performance with over 900,000 IOPS at less than 0.7 ms latency. And it does this while delivering all the enterprise-class, Tier-1 features and functionality you expect from the storage platform that powers three of the world’s four largest managed service providers.

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Sample Customers
Wentworth-Douglas Hospital, Kindred Healthcare, Cosentry, Sumitomo Life Insurance Company, Shriners, BZWBKJust Energy, Latisys, team AG, DreamWorks, BlueShore Financial, Erasmus MC
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Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company11%
Manufacturing Company9%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm21%
Software R&D Company16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Healthcare Company6%
Company Size
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Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise69%
REVIEWERS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise60%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business17%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise65%
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