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Jeff Stone
Real User
Solutions Architect at Optio Data
Jun 28 2018

What is most valuable?

Its biggest feature is the ability to do a lot of stretch clustering. When I look at a couple of the other arrays… more»

How has it helped my organization?

A lot of it has to do with its ability to stretch between data centers. It has helped a lot for times when our customers… more»

What needs improvement?

Some people are talking about getting NVMe drives in with faster flash. However, I think that is on the roadmap. I was at… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I do not sell 3PAR all the time because it may not fit in with everything a client is trying to do. It is more about… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It is the availability aspect. Over the last few years, I have done a lot of shifts where people come off of Dell, Hitachi… more»

What other advice do I have?

They do great things. The system is great. It is just a matter of cleaning up some of the support stuff, then the… more»
Wayne Cross
Real User
Director IT Security and Infrastructure at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the uptime. It doesn't go down. You can do firmware updates on it, no issues.

How has it helped my organization?

At one point, we had HPE EVAs and when we were changing them out we didn't just look at 3PAR, we looked at all the solutions. We actually started… more»

What needs improvement?

Integration with some cloud services would be nice. That's not so much of a 3PAR thing, it's more of an HPE dashboard and management platform. The… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The existing solution that we had was getting to end-of-life. And the workloads that we had on it were driving the IOPS through the roof… more»

What other advice do I have?

Anyone looking into 3PAR or a similar solution needs to know the direction that the organization is going, and they need to make sure that they are… more»
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Brent Dunington
Real User
Systems Architect at a university with 10,001+ employees
Jul 04 2017

What is most valuable?

We went through a whole data center refresh cycle and one of the things is that we needed to look at our disk system. Everything was for spinning disks, so we decided to make the leap to an all SSD data center. We brought in all the competitors… more»

What needs improvement?

The one thing that we've always struggled with are the file sizes. With our competitor, we have had issues with the file sizes (I'm talking about the VMDK sizes) and how big a drive can be. HPE 3PAR, still, has a limit of 16 terabytes for VMDK… more»

What other advice do I have?

We're not fully pushing the envelope on it, but there are no complaints. Everything's good, the team has been good from the support to the setup to the post-support setup, to we've actually opened a ticket to do their firmware upgrade part. They… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Backups were huge. We take a lot of SAN-level Snapshots and it has been phenomenal in that aspect.

What needs improvement?

In new releases, I'd really like to see it more targeted towards hyperconverged. They are working that way with Greenlake and integrating their own… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We went from an old XP24k, a long time ago, to an EMC VNX. The EMC storage was cheap on the front-end but expensive on the back-end for maintaining… more»

What other advice do I have?

My current 3PAR, three years ago I would have rated it a 10 out of 10. Today, just because it's aged, I'd give it a solid seven. It's because the… more»
Dwayne Vidi
Real User
Director of Technology at a university
Jun 25 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Performance-wise it has been fantastic.

What needs improvement?

In terms of features I'd like to see, I have been hearing a lot about InfoSight with the 3PAR, here at HPE Discover 2018. I'd be curious to see… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used to have a Dell EqualLogic storage system prior to this one. On the phone, with support, they managed to tell us to do something that caused… more»

What other advice do I have?

You couldn't go wrong with the 3PAR system.
Matthew Sarro
Vendor
Product Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 26 2017

What is most valuable?

I like the speed capabilities that it provides. The deduplication features definitely have some huge potential. The latest firmware, where they've… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The hope is right now it's going to empower us to lower mean time to resolutions. Since it's being used to support a virtual infrastructure, that… more»

What needs improvement?

Automated reporting, real-time reporting would be excellent. Right now, most of the reports are ad hoc, so I have to say, "I want this report." I… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We worked hand in hand with our product management team to try and determine what the best fit was. In the past, we worked with HPE MSAs and HPE… more»

What other advice do I have?

Our most important criterion when selecting a vendor is support. We're in the telephone sector, or carrier sector. If we have an outage it's going… more»
Tye Summerville
Real User
IT Operations Manager at ACCC Insurance
Jul 03 2018

What is most valuable?

I live in Houston, so disaster recovery (DR) is very important, and the site-to-site replication is huge. I love that feature. We have our backups… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It had our organization start to think like an actual organization. A lot of stuff came out where the management of our workloads has improved… more»

What needs improvement?

What appeals to me is having mobile functionality. There is a vendor portal for 3PAR for whatever you want to purchase. I would like to see… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We had to go back and purchase iLO licenses and brocade switches for the flex fabric to have a complete solution.

What other advice do I have?

Understand your needs first. If you do not have a need for a highly technical solution, or you have workloads which are not high-performing. 3PAR… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Technical Support at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 21 2017

What is most valuable?

The number one feature is speed. We're serving almost 3.2 million people, we're running an eligibility system, we are on about 80 terabytes of data that need to be churned and… more»

What needs improvement?

Pretty much whatever we need from the database side, it is there. There are specific things from the application side; I don't have a list, they do have a list of what you can see… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously, we were on Sun Solaris, then we moved to a Windows platform, and it was really bad. The processing took too long. Start the load on Tuesday, Wednesday sometime around noon… more»

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to choosing a vendor, the primary criterion is support. When you have an issue, you need to immediately have a solution; it's a 24/7 application. For example, suppose we… more»
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