HPE 3PAR Flash Storage vs. IBM FlashSystem

HPE 3PAR Flash Storage is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 134 reviews vs IBM FlashSystem which is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews. The top reviewer of HPE 3PAR Flash Storage writes "The flexibility and ability to adjust to business needs is where its robustness is". The top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Provides our customers with virtualization and flattening". HPE 3PAR Flash Storage is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, NetApp All Flash FAS and Nimble Storage. IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell EMC XtremIO Flash, HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our HPE 3PAR Flash Storage vs. IBM FlashSystem report.
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The clients that we support have a tendency to come at us with unexpected requirements, and we are able to adapt well with the 3PARs.We have used tech support for array expansion, as well as firmware updates. We have had great success with them.Scalability, because our customer is fast growing and our solution should be able to start very small and grow very quickly.The chunklet technology is the main benefit out of 3PAR. The way it subdivides. It is using more logic to subdivide the drives into smaller pieces.With our 3PARs, we have never lost data.With the new flash arrays, 3PAR has improved our performance.The new StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) tool is more user-friendly.HPE can login, fix things, alert us to things, and upgrade. We are there and aware, but we do not do the work. So, that is good.

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The FS900 uses custom built flash modules offering with better latency, and is also denser packed then most modular all-flash arrays using commodity SSDs.An easy interface to set up, good build quality, and easily accessible parts for hot swapping combined with sub 500 us latency under heavy load.The initial customer technical support was efficient and effective.The performance monitoring feature is useful as it can report in 15 minute intervals by hour, day, week, month, or by a custom date range.The FlashSystem 900 consistently delivers performance below 1ms for read/write. This performance is essential for an effective SVC stretch-cluster configuration across two datacenters, and presenting active-active storage to the customer.The most valuable features are, of course, the virtualization of the storage, the performance, and the compression.The speed of the unit is its best feature. It performs very well.The speed and the ease of installation are the most valuable features.

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When you run across a situation where they aren't self-encrypting drives (SEDs), and you need SEDs, then you have to rip and replace everything to get there. It would be nice if they just came by default.Security is a mandatory feature because our customer needs to protect delicate information.I would like to see a faster Ethernet connection. Right now, it is 10G. If they could do multiple hundred gigs to speed up the transfer from the array to the servers, that would be good. We are trying to get away from Fibre Channel.We need additional enhancements to InfoSight, especially from a VM standpoint. Today, we can see in the Azure VM performance stats in 3PAR, but it is so huge, we can't just drill down on each and every VM and look at its performance.We are seeing that there are some enhancements which are required in the SSMC console. There are some features that we do not see in the dashboard.There are some weird things that we can't figure out.I would like to see the ability to be able to migrate to newer versions of the 3PAR without having to take any of our data offline and be able to upgrade on the fly.We would like to see better support for iSCSI.

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When we performed some HW fault tests under heavy load, we found that some of the parts (fan units and PSUs) should only be removed from the airflow for a short time (less than a minute) when replacing.Include an option to upload the support package to the IBM ECuRep when opening an IBM PMR.With regards to the IBM V7000 storage system, where we have multiple tiers of storage, a heat map would show I/O distribution across the tiers of storage.I would like to see bigger modules.I would like to have a larger disk. Right now, you can get 57 terabytes in a shelf. Once they get the larger disk and you get larger capacities, it'll be even better.The array level RAID does not seem available.It has room for improvement in the area of stability.

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The lifespan of the arrays are fantastic, so we can make them stretch for our dollar.Making the decisions to buy it can be complex.Since the prices of the flash storage has gone down tremendously, I would definitely recommend going for the all-flash storage array or 3PAR. It is a big expensive even now, but it will be the future of all industries.You can't get software maintenance from a third party. You have to do it from HPE, which is a letdown.3PAR was quite a bit less money than EMC, and that was one of the deciding factors.We had to go back and purchase iLO licenses and brocade switches for the flex fabric to have a complete solution.Cost-wise, it is a little bit on the higher side, but it is an awesome product.We are going to buy eight nodes this year and eight nodes next year. Eventually, we are not going to want to buy large storage devices and probably utilize just storage, but in a different manner going forward.

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The total storage capacity vs price is still quite high for the IBM Flash Array.

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InServ, Storeserv, 3PAR Flash Storage, HP Enterprise Storage, 3PAR Flash Array, HP 3PAR Flash Storage
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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.

IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard solid-state drives, IBM FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from the 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. This hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings.
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