HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Other Solutions Considered

Jeff Stone
Solutions Architect at Optio Data
The big ones who comes up is obviously Dell technologies, VMAX and PowerMax, when I am looking for availability and performance. Another one that comes up a lot is Unity when we are looking at Nimble. Unity is a big player too right now. Also, what usually comes up quite a bit, is just Nimble. That is another one of those things where if I do not want all the nerd knobs, just a simple, great easy product that performs well, and if I want to be less focused on watching the data center moving forward, Nimble is a nice thing. The only thing that is missing right now is that synchronous for availability. They do not do synchronous replication, everything is asynchronous. Therefore, they are missing that availability, but it is on the roadmap for them. If peer persistence is not needed, Nimble is usually a great fit. They chose HPE 3PAR because of the scale and the adjustability of it. If I need to get bigger, I can get pretty large with the product and still maintain good performance. There are not many vendors that go beyond the four nodes and maintain performance. Having the ability to scale from four to eight nodes allows that additional performance, because I can put 100 SSDs behind two controllers, but I will only be able to see about 20 disks worth of performance because I will outrun the controller. Therefore, getting that in the throughput helps, but also in its ability to do Peer Persistence, which is the availability aspect where I can lose a whole 3PAR and it is seamless to the host. These are the biggest things: the availability and the speed of it. View full review »
IT Director at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
When we went from EVA to 3PAR, we looked at 3PAR and NetApp because we were using NetApp at the time for the filers. We looked at Hitachi because we had used XP in the past and we were really intrigued by their data availability and reliability. The complexity of managing XP really didn't make it worthwhile. We didn't really look at Dell EMC at the time. We did a cursory review, but didn't feel their platforms were where they needed to be. Then, we did a cursory review of a handful of startups, but being a large scale Fortune 50 company, it just didn't make sense for us to go down that path. View full review »
Wayne Cross
Director IT Security and Infrastructure at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We looked at all the other major vendors. We looked at EMC back then. We looked at IBM. IBM had some storage platforms back then as well. And since the transition, we have looked at some of the new players like Pure Storage. We looked at SimpliVity and Nimble before HPE bought them. Some of them were just young. Most of those organizations came on about three or four years ago, so they were just coming onto the scene. While they were very innovative with their technology, with an organization that young, it's a risk to buy a platform when you don't know how long they're going to be around. If we had known HPE was going to buy them we'd probably be using them. View full review »
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Dallas Widing
IT Manager at BouMatic LLC
I worked with the team from HPE. We looked at their solutions, and selected 3PAR. We also looked at Dell EMC and Nutanix. At the time, when evaluating Dell EMC and other SAN products against 3PAR out-of-the-box, 3PAR just was vastly superior to anything else. Working with the HPE team back in early 2014, they proposed the design. As it turns out, the SAN that we deployed in 2014 was the largest 3PAR SAN in the state of Wisconsin. I just have a long history of HPE. I've tried Dell EMC and IBM before. IBM sold its server products to Lenovo. I always come back to HPE, especially the ProLiant brand, just because of the reliability and consistency through all the generations. You can look at a ProLiant 1000, never having seen one before, but if you know a Gen 9 or a Gen 10 today, if you could find a Proliant 1000 that was still operating, then you would know how to go in and configure it. It is this type of consistency that keeps me with HPE. Dell EMC is all over the place. Lenovo has reliability issues. View full review »
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
We looked at NetApp. We also evaluated hyperconverged solutions like Nutanix, but it was not relevant at the time. And we were approached by HPE regarding SimpliVity but it was not relevant as well, at the time. We went with 3PAR because, at the time, we were convinced that this would provide us the solution that we need, from several KPIs that we were looking at. We were promised performance that we didn't get in the end. View full review »
Leonardo Amarello
System Engineer at NV GEBE
We are a fully HPE shop since 2000. Since then, we never really went over to a different vendor. We were approached by Dell EMC back then. They wanted to change up our whole server room and data center with their product. However, we are happy with HPE. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We've looked at Pure Storage, we've looked at Kaminario. We've looked at EMC's new VMAX. From a price standpoint, what you get - and with us moving towards VDI and having Synergy frames and SimpliVity on the market - it doesn't really make sense to switch. Do you really want to pull away now after you have invested so much? It's a matter of: "They're going down the right path so just keep following it." The reason we jumped ship for VNX back when we did was that, at the time, HPE stepped away from SAN and storage. Those were their bad years of MSA versus EVA and dropping away. They didn't really have an offering that fit that mid-tier storage that we were at. We had to do something. "Once bitten, twice shy", so now we'll look at EMC, we'll look at other vendors, but I always have a feeling we're going to come back to 3PAR. View full review »
Dwayne Vidi
Director of Technology at a university
When we were initially looking we priced out some IBM storage, obviously Compellent, some Dell stuff, EqualLogic. Realistically, we didn't want to go back with EqualLogic, mainly due to support. With the Dells, they were telling us we could upgrade it, firmware and everything else on it, and we said, "No, we're going to hold off until we get another storage system in place and then we'll try that." When we migrated to the 3PAR, we went ahead and did a full upgrade on the Dell EqualLogic. It lost blocks, it lost about 12 drives, and I was thankful that we didn't actually need that data. We left the data on it while we did the upgrade just to see, following Dell support recommendations, what it would have done. Had we listened to them, we would have had, probably, multiple hours trying to figure out what data was actually misplaced, lost; and it had no way of telling us where it lost blocks. So from that perspective, we were nervous about doing a 3PAR upgrade which we did recently. We made sure all our backups were off of it prior to doing it. It had no problems during the upgrade, except that one card wouldn't upgrade, and they had to replace it. But there was no issue affecting any data, which is the primary purpose of having a storage system. View full review »
Matthew Sarro
Product Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
We didn't so much evaluate other vendors. For different types of workloads we're looking at some open source solutions like Gluster, Ceph. There are a couple of other options we've looked at. View full review »
Tye Summerville
IT Operations Manager at ACCC Insurance
Our organization looked at NetApp and Pure Storage. Pure Storage was just too expensive. NetApp was good, but they did not have anybody familiar with the NetApp configuration. Our biggest requirement was ease of use. HPE seemed to have all the pieces that we needed, and it easy enough to get somebody trained up on how to manage it. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
We did evaluate other vendors originally. We looked at Dell EMC and all the competitors in the market. We chose HPE because they had the best technology and performance. We have had a very good experience with 3PAR, so we will probably not be looking at different vendors or solutions. View full review »
Mark Frenette
HPC Architect at Nuance Communications
We had been an HPE customer before, and when we first started with the MSAs, we had an issue where HPE got a batch of drives in from one of their vendors that had a bad firmware on it. Basically, we had to replace 960 drives with the system online. HPE recognized replacing 750G drives with 500G drives was less capacity than what we purchased so they gave us three more arrays just so they could match the space. That was a huge turning point for us going to HPE. We have had vendors say, "It's your problem. Deal with it." We have had vendors walk away from us. For HPE to actually come up and do this, that was a big deal. We benchmark vendor solutions ourselves, and knowing the internal technology that makes it work is important. We had a project where we did get somebody else's storage. It got to the point where we could not keep it performing enough to keep up with the load. We ended up just getting rid of it after a year of problems. View full review »
Global manager, servers and storage at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
We looked at NetApp, we looked at EMC, we looked at 3PAR, and 3PAR was the best fit for us totally. View full review »
Solutions Architect
We evaluated Hitachi, NetApp, EMC, Dell, and 3PAR. We went with 3PAR because of price and the functionality had everything that we wanted it to do. Also, the presentation that the HPE team put together went really well. View full review »
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company
We didn’t really look at anybody other than HPE because we wanted a one stop solution for a single technical support problem, and we knew from Locigalis and from our years with HPE that they would give us an enterprise class solution the first time out. View full review »
Branimir Kusanic
Head Of IT Data Center at a Consumer Goods with 5,001-10,000 employees
IBM. We went with HPE because the decision was, in the end, based on price. We had a list of required specifications, invited several vendors, they offered what they could. But in the end, when you get all of this matched, then the price decides. For me, when we last did a purchase, last year or so, at that time flash drives and the deduplication were really important. Actually all of the vendors have it, offer it, but then we had some discussions looking at overall performance, resistance to disk failures and the like. I would say that HPE is the leader here. View full review »
Enterprise Architect at Blessing Health Systems
We did not evaluate other vendors. View full review »
Director Technology Infrastructure at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
As far as I know, we had three vendors on our short-list: HPE, EMC, and a third vendor I don't recall at the moment. View full review »
Sr Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Our organization already had an established relationship with HPE so, in this particular case, we weren't in a position to shop this piece of the solution around. We stuck with HPE after making the other decisions. View full review »
Network Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
We looked at Dell's competing product. This is prior to them buying EMC. We looked at Compellent. We also looked at EMC and Pure Storage. We bought EqualLogic before Dell bought it. After Dell bought it, some things changed. Now I am afraid of buying a small player that might get purchased and the story changes. Therefore, we thought HPE is a very stable partner. Nobody will buy HPE. We can go ahead and trust that it will be a stable, supported product for the foreseeable future. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are an HPE shop. Everything that we have is HPE, so we just stuck with them. We have never been upset with HPE. They have been phenomenal, in my opinion. View full review »
Julie Imoto
Engineering Manager at Leidos Holdings Inc.
We have looked at other vendors but a lot of them couldn't handle the capacity or the speed or the reliability that we needed. View full review »
Steve Davidek
IT Manager at City Of Sparks
We looked at a few others, but I'm probably one of those people who just prefer to have one vendor for almost everything. I'm pretty much an HPE shop. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We talked with EMC a little bit, but it was decided pretty quickly that we were going with the HPE solution. We looked at the environment holistically, and we weren't just looking at we replacing storage. We thought, "How are we going to do storage, compute, and networking, then what will it look like?" Then, we chose to partner with HPE rather than just go with a one off here and there. View full review »
Infrastructure Analysts at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We did not look at other vendors beside HPE. We were one of the first adopters of 3PAR. We had one of the old T800s. We were early in the adoption of HP 3PAR. Management made a decision to go with 3PAR, because HPE came and made it appealing. View full review »
Director at HCL Technologies
Other competitors in this marketplace are Dell EMC, NetApp, and Hitachi. These vendors are very competitive in terms of pricing. View full review »
Scott Samowitz
Director Of Information Technology at Jacobsen Construction
Nimble. At the time, Nimble wasn't an HPE company. View full review »
Storage Admin at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We are a multi-vendor shop, even today. We do have some IBM storage in our environment, but most of our critical applications sit on 3PAR. View full review »
Data center team lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We also evaluated Pure Storage but we wanted to stick with one vendor. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Principal Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Back then, it was HPE versus EMC. View full review »
IT Manager at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We did try a few other vendors during a trial period. We simulated failovers just for fun, just to see how quickly they respond. Some of them had issues getting parts to us immediately. View full review »
Abdullah AlQadeeri
Senior Systems Analyst
We thought about EMC. But as I mentioned, in terms of integration and compatibility, 3PAR was better because we have EVA. To migrate from EVA to 3PAR with 3PAR is zero downtime migration, and with EMC, it was little bit complex. That is why, we did not want to risk it. View full review »
Sr. Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We did consider other vendors. That's the reason we did a proof of concept and 3PAR was the winner. The other vendors on our short-list were EMC and NetApp. View full review »
Manu Thomas
IT Specialist
We were looking at competitive product just from a financial point of view to have multiple quotations. So, that is why we looked at a different vendor, but as an IT team, we had 3PAR and HPE on the mind already. View full review »
Systems And Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
NetApp, Pure Storage, and IBM. We chose HPE because they checked all the boxes. View full review »
Manager, Data Center at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
We looked a EMC before Dell purchased them. Cost is what made us decide on HPE, plus we had a relationship with HPE. We have always been a big HPE shop. Otherwise, the products were apples to apples. View full review »
Herve Garcia
Director, Systems & Architecture at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We evaluated Nexsan. However, we wanted to stay with HPE. View full review »
Marty Riedling
Systems Engineer Manager at Ingles Markets, Incorporated
We looked at 3PAR, Nimble, and Pure storage. View full review »
HP-UX System Admin at L3 Technologies Inc
We evaluated Dell EMC, HPE, and some other competitors. We went with HPE because of the price point. View full review »
Virtualization Systems Administrator at a university with 10,001+ employees
We also evaluated Dell. We chose 3PAR because of price and functionality. There are some things out there now, such as HPE SimpliVity that do more things, and maybe we would like to go in that direction. Right now, we are doing a PoC with HPE SimpliVity. It seems to be working well, especially the backup solution that it has with it, where you can do snapshots. We really like that since 3PAR does not have this. View full review »
Wes Wimpey
Systems Architect at Greenville Health Systems
We did evaluate other solutions. We chose 3PAR because of the converge system, the all in one solution. View full review »
Systems Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Manager Lab Operations at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
We looked at NetApp, Hitachi. View full review »
ICT Country Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
We didn't have a shortlist. We worked directly with HPE. The reasons for switching to HPE were: * The performance. * The technology that HPE uses had more integration with our servers. View full review »
Computer Systems Administrator at a sports company with 501-1,000 employees
I would recommend looking at Nimble instead. It is a similar option and something that we are looking at now, though 3PAR has been a pretty solid product. View full review »
Kasper Billeskov
Storage Service Architect at NNIT
We always channel all our vendors whether it is HPE or some others. Price is one of the most important features, but functionalities, availability, and the scalability of the systems is also very important. View full review »
Assistance Administrator with 11-50 employees
Our organization issued us an HPE 3PAR. There really wasn't any market research with other vendors. View full review »
Yes, Tintri T850, but at the time of the PoC the solutions provided by Tintri were not scalable enough for future demands. View full review »
Asif Nizamauddin
Systems Engineer at Ajman
We did an evaluation comparing it with the EMC, and we determined that it's better to go ahead with this. View full review »
Director at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
Nimble. We went with 3PAR because we got a special deal on pricing. View full review »
Data Center Manager
We have compared a lot of vendors and this was the best solution for us. We were running it when it was originally 3PAR and was not merged with HPE. We are very happy with the solution. View full review »
HPE Alliance Manager
We have not looked at other vendors because we are very happy with HPE. We are currently looking to upgrade within HPE. View full review »
Assistant Manager of Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
HPE is the preferred solution for our company. View full review »
Alan Drummond
Delivery Director at Schneider Electric
We evaluated some other vendors loosely, but we were more focused on HPE. View full review »
Doug Newell
Engineering Services Manager at Muckleshoot
We considered NetApp, EMC, and Dell. 3PAR came out on top. View full review »
Tommy Hong
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at loanDepot
I evaluated Pure Storage before choosing. View full review »
Team Lead for Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
I wasn't part of that effort at the time, so I can't comment. View full review »
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