HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Pros and Cons

HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Pros

Jeff Stone
Solutions Architect at Optio Data
It has helped a lot for times when our customers do DR testing. Instead of having to spin down and spin up, I can do it live and seamless. I do not have to schedule downtime with an organization.
It all works in concert using Recovery Manager Central (RMC). HPE coordinates it all, so it is more of a solution instead of products trying to do things together.
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Wayne Cross
Director IT Security and Infrastructure at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the uptime. It doesn't go down. You can do firmware updates on it, no issues.
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Dallas Widing
IT Manager at BouMatic LLC
In the deployment of virtual servers, I can have a new VM up and running in 15 minutes, run the patches, then done. I routinely fire up base images that I have for my servers: Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2, and 2016. I routinely fire those base images up and do all the updates, then prep them again for cloning. With 3PAR, we definitely have the performance to do that. Those images I do keep on SSD just to have that performance to deploy a new VM.
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ITManagec405
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
We know exactly the capacity that we need for the upcoming year, and it's much easier for us to enlarge the capacity and expose these disk volumes to the relevant servers.
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Leonardo Amarello
System Engineer at NV GEBE
It is easy to use and understand. It is also very stable.
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Infrastr6155
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
When we bought it, the big sell for us was what they called "wide striping", how they striped the data and could get performance on a cheaper disk. Nowadays, the newer models that are out, which we are going to in the next couple of years, the most valuable feature is mainly being able to achieve such high IOPS in such a small chassis.
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NetworkAd9ed
Network Admin at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
The product has definitely improved throughput. We are able to more efficiently see patients because all of our medical records and practice management software seems to run faster. Uploading images and charts is a lot faster. Recalling information in the exam rooms is faster. The overall throughput of data, going back and forth, is so we can more efficiently see patients, and it also helps increase our patient flow. We can see patients a lot faster, getting them in and out a lot more quickly.
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Dwayne Vidi
Director of Technology at a university
So far, we have yet to have a disk fail on either system, other than one I forced to fail when we first got the system in. So the reliability of the 3PAR system has been outstanding.
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Tye Summerville
IT Operations Manager at ACCC Insurance
We have our backups set up to replicate between two sites, then we also have our storage set up to replicate between two sites.
Scalability is incredible. We have a single server cabinet today, but we can grow it to as many cabinets as we need.
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ITInfrasbaa1
IT Infrastructure Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
If it runs, and you don't know about it, that is the best thing that you can have in IT infrastructure. This is what 3PAR does for us.
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HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Cons

Jeff Stone
Solutions Architect at Optio Data
Feature-wise, with the InfoSight additions, there is a lot of the stuff missing in the intelligent interface. As they grow and push, a lot of it will not tie into Hyper-V.
There were a few goofy things with support where we were trying to do OS upgrades and HPE MyRoom failed. However, they would not get on WebEx because they are only allowed to get on HPE MyRoom.
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Wayne Cross
Director IT Security and Infrastructure at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Integration with some cloud services would be nice... We would like to be able to provision from the 3PAR and decide whether or not we are going to provision onsite or the cloud.
It's a very complex platform to manage and it's not cheap either. It doesn't really give us the level of flexibility we had for very, very small workloads.
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Dallas Widing
IT Manager at BouMatic LLC
Anything new can be complex. There were some things in the initial deployment that I was not happy about. One of my directives was, "However, it's configured, ensure that it can never be overprovisioned." That one key thing was overlooked. This is why I had to have a support call last year, because it actually became overprovisioned and I had to move some stuff around.
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ITManagec405
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
...sizing is everything. If you don't do the sizing right and you don't understand every detail of the product, how it works, you can be in a very unpleasant situation when you pay half a million dollars and you have a product that does not work as you expected.
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Leonardo Amarello
System Engineer at NV GEBE
I would like the documentation easy to find. There is a lot of documentation, but sometimes it is hard to find. You have to do a lot of searching to find it.
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Infrastr6155
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In new releases, I'd really like to see it more targeted towards hyper-converged. They are working that way with Greenlake and integrating their own "build your own" expansion environment within 3PAR.
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NetworkAd9ed
Network Admin at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
I would like an easier user interface and setup to help with deployment. There were many areas of the setup where I was like, “Why don't we do it this way?” Therefore, some of the things in the user interface could have been more refined, so you don't have to click in 5000 different places to accomplish one goal. Less clicks means more efficiency.
The initial setup was pretty complex. There were a lot of different things that had to happen which was the reason why they had to send out the HPE engineers to help us.
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Tye Summerville
IT Operations Manager at ACCC Insurance
Sadly, the support from HPE has not been all that great. It is tough to get a tech out or get a response from some of the techs that we have.
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ITInfrasbaa1
IT Infrastructure Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I want artificial intelligence. I don't want anybody from my team to touch it anymore. I want the AI to do everything.
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Mark Frenette
HPC Architect at Nuance Communications
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.
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