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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, sometimes I have to put extra layers on top where I can… 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 do DR testing. Instead of having to spin down and… 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 Aspire this year, and they were talking about the… 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 finding the right product for the solution.

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 arrays, or even some other products within the… 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 enhancements that are not there yet. Hopefully, they are… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
MikeBollman
Real User
IT Director at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 16 2019

What is most valuable?

From a 3PAR perspective, it's the ease of setup and use. You can train somebody pretty quickly how to do basic operations, especially if it's a very dynamic environment… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest thing for us was the workload consolidation, especially looking at an all-flash platform. We didn't have to worry about noisy neighbors so much. If I have a… more»

What needs improvement?

We don't use the solution’s deduplication functionality because of bad code. I have friends that have used 3PAR dedupe, and have heard horror stories. We took a very much… more»

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

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.

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

When we went to 3PAR about seven to eight years ago, we were an HPE EVA shop and a Compaq EVA shop before that. The EVA had become very long in the tooth. Platform… more»

What other advice do I have?

Really dive into the details around things like failure scenarios. Every vendor out there, whether they are a startup or big company will tell you, "We are fully… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
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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 out with a V400 which is an older version of the 3PAR… 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 3PAR is also a part of it. We would like to be able… 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. Everything was slowing down. We knew we needed a solution that… 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 are working with a vendor that is going in the same… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Dallas Widing
Real User
IT Manager at BouMatic LLC
Jul 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The high availability is awesome. The reliability: In five years, I have had one drive that has failed, which is not so much 3PAR as much as it is HPE. I have depended on… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things I like about the Microsoft operating systems are Microsoft's built-in backups. It's not elegant nor real pretty, but it just works for a single server or… more»

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

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… more»

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

I told the company that they needed to invest in 3PAR. They had one IBM DS 5600, a SAN that was huge, but was only eight terabytes, at the time. They were trying to go… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look at HPE's roadmap for 3PAR, SimpliVity, and Nimble. Do your research, then pick the right one that works for you with the future that you envision. I'm highly… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Real User
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Jul 14 2019

What is most valuable?

* The ease of use, from one perspective * The centralized storage * The ease of copying, backing up, and moving data from one server to the other

How has it helped my organization?

Before using centralized storage, we needed to make sure that we have enough physical disks installed in a server. Now, we know exactly the capacity that we need for the upcoming year, and it's much… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more visibility regarding issues - active alerting. I know that InfoSight is currently trying to do what Nimble did for its storage. If it were proactively alerting regarding… more»

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

From a technical perspective, we understood the benefits of having centralized storage. From that point on we looked for what was supposed to be the right solution for us. Eventually, we zeroed in on… more»

What other advice do I have?

Check the performance and every technical aspect that you can, as much as you can. Don't trust anyone else telling you otherwise. Test everything yourself. The biggest lesson I've learned from using… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Leonardo Amarello
Real User
System Engineer at NV GEBE
Jul 16 2019

What is most valuable?

It is easy to use and understand. It is also very stable.

How has it helped my organization?

All-flash is positioning our company for growth. We need to improve our systems with better hardware and systems. That will happen in the next three to six months.

What needs improvement?

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. Before you… more»

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

Our licensing cost are $32,000 annually.

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

For the solution that we were looking at an ERP system, and what we need to do with it, 3PAR was one of the best. On top of that, the company used to use another product… more»

What other advice do I have?

I don't really know the other products out there, but I love this product. We are not running SSDs drive yet. When we move to SSDs, I think it will be much faster. We are… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
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. Nowadays, the newer models that are out, which we… 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 "build your own" expansion environment within 3PAR… 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 it. It was cheaper for us to jump into another 3PAR… 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 drive architecture has changed over the years… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Real User
Network Admin at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 11 2019

What is most valuable?

Reliability is its most valuable feature. We have multiple cabinets with multiple failure points, so if there is one failure then we don't have worry about it. It is easy to replace a part of the cabinet when we are up and running. We can… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The product has heavily improved the way our organizations functions. Before we got the 3PAR, we were running an HPE Generation 6 server as our storage server. It was slow, and we were getting low on space, so we weren't able to expand… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

The previous solution that we had was about 10 years old. It was an HPE Generation 6 server. We had some management changes, and it was time for a refresh which we hadn't done in many years.

What other advice do I have?

Spend your time doing the research on the product and learn the system. So far, it has been pretty reliable. It has been a set it and forget it type product, which has been great, except for when there are some minor issues. However, the… more»
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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.

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