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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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
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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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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
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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Real User
IT Infrastructure Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 09 2019

What is most valuable?

It is very fast and has effective processing.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

I want artificial intelligence. I don't want anybody from my team to touch it anymore. I want the AI to do everything. I see this as a piece of hardware, which I don't want see and don't want to care… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used a number of small servers with disks attached to it, distributed all over to data centers. This was absolutely not effective and terrible. We had quite obsolete infrastructure. We… more»

What other advice do I have?

Definitely look at 3PAR. It is worth it. We do use the Memory-Drive Flash. We don't have any problems with latency anymore that we had eons ago. However, I can't really tell you from a technical… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Mark Frenette
Real User
HPC Architect at Nuance Communications
Jul 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The performance is the most valuable. We had the spindle problem that most places have. With the chunklet technology, it allowed us to spread our load across all our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are an R&D group, so it does not change the function. However, it improves the performance for our grids. It allows us to buy less capacity for performance. We would… more»

What needs improvement?

It is more specific to High Performance Computing, but I would like to see a faster Ethernet connection. Right now, it is 10G. If they could do multiple hundred gigs to… more»

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

You can find cheaper storage but you pay for performance. 3PARs performance has been consistent. I have seen other arrays slow down as the load increases due to controller… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had the MSA P2000 series previously. We had 120 of them in one data center. Therefore, we went from the MSAs to the 3PAR, and the decision-making was based on the… more»

What other advice do I have?

With our 3PARs, we have never lost data. I would really push the chunklet technology. That is the main benefit out of 3PAR. The way it subdivides a disk into 1GB chunks.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Real User
Solutions Architect
Jul 04 2018

What is most valuable?

3PAR is fairly easy to use. We have used a few different arrays in the past, and they were a lot more complicated. This one was fast to bring up and start using right away. It is easy to keep running… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our functions because we have a very small IT team. We have to do a lot of things. The more solutions that we can bring onboard which are easy to use and do not require too much… more»

What needs improvement?

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. That would be a great feature. The… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I needed to invest in a new solution because the previous solution was getting old. We wanted to go to market to find a better solution. We wanted something that had a little more intelligence… more»

What other advice do I have?

Give the product a good, hard look, because HPE does a very good job. They are a market leader. They are not a small player in the space. You can be very comfortable when dealing with a company like… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
Real User
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company
Jul 15 2019

What is most valuable?

* Uptime * Technical support * Speed The solution’s deduplication functionality does a really nice job for us in that we are able to leverage the money in a more… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We had a major down five years ago where we actually lost our entire data center, which caused the company to go down for over 12 days. In that time, we bought and… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see a bigger integration with the Nimble Storage solution, so we can take our smaller regional companies and be able to send them into our bigger data… more»

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

Think seriously about the very long-term: the three, four, and five-year costs of the solution. Will it still be there doing what your company needs? Do not just look at… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We start of with the EVAs, and as the EVAs aged out, we were moving up. However, it was the EVA that failed on us and 3PAR was just the next, better solution for our scale… more»

What other advice do I have?

We like it so much that we are in the process of evaluating our next three to five year roadmap. We are planning to reinvest in the next generation of the systems… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more»
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What is HPE 3PAR Flash Storage?

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.

Also known as
InServ, Storeserv, 3PAR Flash Storage, HP Enterprise Storage, 3PAR Flash Array, HP 3PAR Flash Storage
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