HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Scalability

Jeff Stone
Solutions Architect at Optio Data
If I need to step up performance-wise, I can add additional controllers. As far as different systems, if I need to go between the 8000, 9000 or the 20000, I can get into the multi-petabyte and still maintain massive performance, if needed. Therefore, I can start low, even with small businesses. I can look at a two-node 8200, but then if I need to go big, I can get into the eight-node 20000. It is a nice family of products. It adjusts for even the smallest client and largest business clients. View full review »
MikeBollman
IT Director at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It is a very scalable platform without question. We've never run into any performance bottlenecks from a scalability perspective. I'm sure you could. In our case, our largest array is an eight inch and all-flash 2850. It can generate or push something around half a million IOPS, or thereabouts. We've hardly scratched the surface of that. View full review »
Wayne Cross
Director IT Security and Infrastructure at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I think it does a very good job. We're a law firm. So we store a lot of data. The way a law firm operates, you can't really predict the growth of data because they don't know the cases they're going to take on. A given case may have a terabyte of data and another case will have 15 terabytes of data. You really can't tell. So the ability for us to quickly grow the platform, scale the platform up, is important. But as important is ensuring that, as we scale, it doesn't impact the existing users. We definitely don't have much of an issue with the growth of any of the platforms, be it the 7200 or the 7400. For us, especially on the 3PAR, HPE tends to hand-hold us through most of the scaling so I really don't have too much of an issue with it. We have a huge 7400 in our data center with about 200 or 300 terabytes of data on it. View full review »
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ITManagec405
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
The scalability is problematic. We would like to scale with our current infrastructure but we can't. We need to actually buy additional components, not just add disks. We actually need to buy additional controllers and, eventually, another storage unit. So it's not good enough. View full review »
Leonardo Amarello
System Engineer at NV GEBE
It is very scalable and simple. The moment that you understand the product, it is straightforward to use. That is one of the most important things when it comes to our administrators. They don't like complex things. View full review »
Infrastr6155
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're at right around 700 or 750 terabytes raw, and we're about maxed out for the version we're in, without a wholesale swap-out of our drives and drive architecture. From a scalability standpoint, we can add to it but we have to add more controllers. But we're in an older version. The newer versions have gotten better, faster, stronger. Probably the next step is going to be Greenlake and that avenue. View full review »
NetworkAd9ed
Network Admin at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
So far, we have not had to scale up. However, that day may be coming, and we actually provisioned our 3PAR to be scalable in the future. So, I think the scalability is pretty good considering HPE helped us design and implement it in a way where we can scale up when needed. View full review »
Dwayne Vidi
Director of Technology at a university
We just added an SSD tier to it, so we're even leveraging that. We literally have three tiers of storage, SSD, fast class storage, and a slower storage state. We haven't had needed to do much, other than add the SSD tier, at this point. Normally, we try to guess at our storage needs for about a five-year turnaround time, and then from there we usually buy another storage system to replace at that point. I don't know if we'll go to that model, with the 3PAR. It has been so rock solid that I might look into just extending support on it. So it may save us money on storage systems in the long run. View full review »
Matthew Sarro
Product Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
I can't really comment too much on the scalability. Most of what we're using right now is still a relatively small deployment. I don't see anything that would cause a problem with scaling outwards, and the system is made to scale. We're probably going to be doing our first augment next year, but we haven't really focused on it yet. View full review »
Tye Summerville
IT Operations Manager at ACCC Insurance
Scalability is incredible. We have a single server cabinet today, but we can grow it to as many cabinets as we need. View full review »
ITInfrasbaa1
IT Infrastructure Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are just a customer, who bought a solution and are running it. We don't really do much about it. From what I know, the scalability should be okay. Generally, it was one of the reasons why we purchased 3PAR, because we believed we will grow, etc. However, it is difficult in the public sector if you can't do an RFP for a specific product. So, you need to live with whatever you buy or whatever is the best combination on the market. We haven't really purchase any more 3PARs after our initial buy, and that was a few years ago. View full review »
it_user567747
Technical Support at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Absolutely scalable. We have our own five enterprise applications. They're all public-facing systems. Again, going back to the performance. On a given day, anywhere between 5000 to 8000 internal people use them. We do have a public-facing system. People apply for benefits, and it's entirely public, so they can use it. Compared to before, if you look at the performance, some of the applications are 30 to 40 percent improved. Some of the batches are almost 70% better. If you look at the back-end side, your export logical backups, and your disaster recovery, all those things, there is a tremendous increase. View full review »
Mark Frenette
HPC Architect at Nuance Communications
We typically max them out. When we buy an array, we buy a SAS-based array with 480 drives. We use a clustered file system on it that prefills the LUNs, so it looks likes it's full the day that we get it. We receive sales calls asking, "You are beyond 95 percent full, do you want to buy another one?" However, we have not even started yet! When we want to scale, we buy another one. We spread the filesystem horizontally across arrays. View full review »
GlobalMa4cee
Global manager, servers and storage at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
It is massively scalable. It's very easy to add more capacity, it's very easy to add more modules if required. It's the same with the licensing model. I think the licensing model changed last year, or two years ago, and now it's much more flexible. View full review »
Solution7c6e
Solutions Architect
The scalability is good because it is easy to add in new disks. We just add them on the fly, and they are available for use. We do not have to go in, then configure then. We just put the disks in, then they are available, so it is easy. View full review »
ITManage04a2
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company
We have not found the maximum scalability yet. For what our initial purchase was, we have been able to grow over the past five years. It has not limited us in anyway with our initial investment. View full review »
ProjectD7fc0
Project Development Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Being able to add drives on the fly gives the solution scalability. View full review »
Branimir Kusanic
Head Of IT Data Center at a Consumer Goods with 5,001-10,000 employees
I can say it is scalable because initially, when we bought our first 3PAR, we extended it up to its maximum over the years. That is the part, maybe, where I see room for improving for HPE. Extending is not a problem, scalability is okay. But once you buy additional box of disks, you have to wait for HPE to contact you with their plan for implementation, for connecting, and it can take several weeks. So, you have the box and you have to wait for several weeks to actually implement it. View full review »
Brian-Earnst
Enterprise Architect at Blessing Health Systems
We have not scaled it up yet. View full review »
Director609e
Director Technology Infrastructure at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We haven't really had to scale it yet. We got a pretty large footprint initially. I think we've added some SSDs, some nearline disk. But from that perspective, no issues, no complaints. View full review »
SrEngine483a
Sr Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I'm not too familiar with the scalability, I haven't to expand on it yet. But, from what I understand, scaling it should be easier than with typical storage platforms. We did recently just add a shelf of disks, which didn't take too much effort. I think it definitely has good scalability, but I don't have too much hands-on with that yet. View full review »
NetworkM17fa
Network Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
WayneCross
Director IT at Borden Ladner
It's very scalable as well. We never had a problem where that is concerned. View full review »
SystemsE33b6
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability is phenomenal. View full review »
Steve Davidek
IT Manager at City Of Sparks
It's very scalable. View full review »
Infrastrd82a
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
No issues with scalability. View full review »
ServerAnae40
Server Analyst at a K-12 educational company or school with 51-200 employees
We could add more drive cages, so I'm sure it's quite scalable. We haven't hit our limits yet, so we haven't had to do that. However, it's supposed to be quite scalable. View full review »
Infrastrb292
Infrastructure Analysts at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability is great, because if we need to, we can just turn on a blade and start paying for it. Also, if we want, we can shut it down, and the next month, we don't pay. View full review »
RajeshSrinivasan
Director at HCL Technologies
We have to go through the non-rolling part of it, and that takes time. We are waiting from HPE to hear (possibly next year) how better InfoSight will be coming into the picture. We are looking for more developments on that front. View full review »
UnixAdmi6d0e
Unix Admin at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is easy. We just had HPE come out and put in a whole other shelf for us, for more storage. You can scale it out almost indefinitely. It works amazingly, I'm a huge fan. View full review »
Dale Nelson
Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are in a mid-size company, and the 8000 series has been good. We are not utilizing all of it, so we have the ability to expand. We have a project right now that we are looking at expanding, so from that standpoint it is good. You can get way into the 20000 series and just cut into petabytes of data out there. I like that it moves from entry level to as high as you need to go. View full review »
StorageA404a
Storage Admin at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I would rate scalability as a nine out of 10. View full review »
DataCentc0ab
Data center team lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I haven't had to do a whole lot of scalability with it. We're on a lease model, so we spec'ed it out for what we needed and haven't really had to scale it up at all, for the most part. View full review »
SystemsE65a1
Systems Engineer at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
It does help with the growth, mainly in some of the point of sale systems that we need. View full review »
Alex Lovett
IT Operations Manager
Really scalable. That's one of the reasons we're here this week at HPE Discover, is to have a look at what options we've got to increase the space in our 3PAR, because our platform's growing. Our storage will grow with it. View full review »
Principa0182
Principal Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We upgraded scalability-wise, and it just hummed along. It was easy. View full review »
ITManage8dfd
IT Manager at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We planned for scalability so we bought four enclosures, which was overkill, but it's planning ahead. View full review »
Abdullah AlQadeeri
Senior Systems Analyst
It is scalable. The model we have, we scaled it last year. We bought another rack mount, and we extended it to 12TB. It is easy to scale, easy to manage, and easy to configure. Thanks to HPE remote IT assistance, they can do the updates with the configuration in best-case scenario. Even for a future of big environment, if we wanted to go bigger, we can migrate easily to other bigger projects or bigger versions. View full review »
SanAndStd11c
SAN and Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Scalability is very good. We have replaced multiple 3PAR systems with just one or two 3PARs, because of how they scale in the all-flash environment. View full review »
SrStorag7e72
Sr. Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Regarding scalability, we are maxed out right now on all our 3PARs, so we can not add more storage. So we just order a new one and it's fine. View full review »
SeniorSycb53
Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
You can't beat its scalability. Just add more storage space when you need it, which is very simple. View full review »
Jason Hetzler
Supervisor Infrastructure at Blessing Health System
We are taking somewhat of a different approach. We are going more towards a hybrid solution in our data center. We are focusing more on developing our hyperconverged technology, and expanding it. We are going to buy eight nodes this year and eight nodes next year. Eventually, we are not going to want to buy large storage devices and probably utilize just storage, but in a different manner going forward. View full review »
Manu Thomas
IT Specialist
Right now, we have only one. If I need one more, then I buy one more box and attach it to it. I can scale up to whatever I want. I am not nervous about scaling up at all. View full review »
ITManagea7dd
IT Manager
It is a very scalable solution. Our customers, they are smaller customers. Very few customers will go to the maximum, but for us, this is fine. View full review »
Javier Maldonado
Systems Architect with 10,001+ employees
For us, scalability is fine. View full review »
SystemsAd3f7
Systems And Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It definitely scales. View full review »
ManagerI5065
Manager IT Infrastructure at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of scalability, it's quite scalable. View full review »
Jose Newman
IT Architect at Oncor Electric Delivery
As we transform and we're starting to move data, much more data, we're looking at the scalability. I don't have any indicators that it will not scale, but there is a lot of analysis we have to do. We're doing modeling of that data right now to see what decisions we will make in 2019. I am assuming we will maintain at least some 3PAR, but we may have to compliment it with something else, based on the demands we have around our data. View full review »
ManagerD1d2a
Manager, Data Center at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
We have no issues with scalability. We have been scaling up. View full review »
SrEngine62c7
Sr. Engineer at a leisure / travel company
It meets and exceeds all my expectations. It is easy to scale. It is fairly inexpensive to scale. It easily does whatever I need it to do. View full review »
Directora818
Director of North America at a sports company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability of this solution is excellent. View full review »
Herve Garcia
Director, Systems & Architecture at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our systems are fairly static once they have been deployed. View full review »
Marty Riedling
Systems Engineer Manager at Ingles Markets, Incorporated
The scalability is good. Our storage is small. We don't have petabytes. We have an 8200 right now and only have 16 drives on it. Therefore, we have a lot of room for growth. All-flash positions our organization for growth. Currently, we are using all-flash, and with the dedupe, it makes it cheaper for us to deploy than other systems. View full review »
DataCent1a09
Data Center Operations at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We have already had situations where we had to optimize and put more space on the storage. It has been very simple to get done. We are happy with what we have in place. View full review »
Erik-Johnson
HP-UX System Admin at L3 Technologies Inc
It is very scalable. We can grow it up to the size that it will contain. Then, we have to move to another array, a bigger one, if we have to. However, my understanding is that is a pretty seamless process. View full review »
Abdullah Alshahrani
Operations Department Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
It is easy and efficient. It should meet our future needs when we need to scale. View full review »
Ricky Santos
System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
This is a highly scalable system. View full review »
VirtualizationSysAdmin415
Virtualization Systems Administrator at a university with 10,001+ employees
Scalability is improving. We have some 7400s, 8200s, and 8400s. So, we can scale pretty well. View full review »
MarioSolano
VP Infrastructure at a marketing services firm with 10,001+ employees
We believe it will meet our needs in the future. In fact, we already did an upgrade to the 3PAR, because another company was moving to the same location we use and we didn't have enough space. It was really easy, we just had to add more hard drives and another chassis. It was very straightforward to do the upgrade and scale the 3PAR. It was a matter of hours. Once the chassis was installed, and then the upgrade was added to the chassis - adding the drive - it took a couple hours to do the whole thing. View full review »
Wes Wimpey
Systems Architect at Greenville Health Systems
It has been rock solid for us. View full review »
SystemsM2aeb
Systems Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We haven't any issues with scalability. We have added a lot of different shelves to it, we have close to about 400 terabytes. It has done pretty well in that regard. View full review »
ManagerL4e9d
Manager Lab Operations at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have multiple storage arrays, we have yet to expand the existing storage. View full review »
TechDire6cb5
Tech Director Data Centers with 5,001-10,000 employees
It is definitely scalable. We do not have any issues. View full review »
IctCounte381
ICT Country Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
In theory, the scalability is supposed to be fast, but we don't know until we try. It does position our organization for growth by making things faster and easier. View full review »
Computerd47b
Computer Systems Administrator at a sports company with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability is alright. When we try to scale it, we do upgrades. The all-flash positions our organization for growth. If somebody comes to us who needs an application with performance, we have that already formulated. View full review »
Kasper Billeskov
Storage Service Architect at NNIT
We are managing more than 50 3PAR arrays worldwide. In our test centers, we are managing 15 HP all-flash arrays. The use of it is to be able to scale the platform. This is the most flexible way and one of the requirements for use in our environment. View full review »
Assistan151c
Assistance Administrator with 11-50 employees
The scalability is very good. We are planning on adding another rack of hard drives. View full review »
Steve Davidek
IT Manager at City Of Sparks
It's very scalable. View full review »
SystemsEfd16
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We haven't really had to add anything to it recently. View full review »
David Barrientos
IT Architect at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
We have not yet tried to scale this solution. View full review »
it_user539658
Researcher
So far, no issues with scalability. View full review »
Asif Nizamauddin
Systems Engineer at Ajman
Since it's going to expand to a 240 disk maximum, in terms of scalability I have to go for another controller with the nodes and stuff. But based on the model, if you go ahead with a good different model, it supports more disk space in your enclosure areas. View full review »
Educatio154c
Educational Team Leader at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's modular so you can add more. It is scalable. View full review »
Saresh Raghavan
Procurement Management at Mubadala
Scalability is the main purpose, that I can scale out with something, where I can keep adding more modules onto it. View full review »
SystemAd5372
System Administrator Team Lead at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We have issues with scalability because 3PAR has limited storage capacity, so we have to invest more after a while. View full review »
Ammar Alhusaini
Cio
In general what HPE can provide, it can meet my needs. View full review »
Director9019
Director at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
The scalability is far beyond what we'll ever need. View full review »
Cindy Cecutti
Director IT at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
This is a scalable solution. View full review »
Dharmendra Gurtata
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
For us it's scalable, absolutely. We are not using it that much. It can scale beyond our needs. View full review »
Lohar Gross
Senior Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
I think our customers will use it for the long term, even though they are now on the way to change. I think the special environment we are working in, they will use it for some years, and it is scalable. View full review »
ITEngine0293
IT Engineer at Al Kamal
Of course it will meet our needs going forward. We have just utilized maybe 30 to 40 percent. It should be scalable for up to five more years. View full review »
Gustavo Galicia
Architect at GTE 24/7
The 3PAR solution has a problem with scalability. View full review »
SystemsE69b2
Systems Engineer
In terms of scalability, I think it will meet our company's needs for the near future, but, later on, no. I don't think it will. It's not because it's not scalable, it's just that technology changes so much. Three or four years, you get something new. View full review »
Mikael Jonsson
IT Architect
We do not have a need for it yet, but it should be no problem. View full review »
SeniorMab0f2
Senior Manager Of Infrastructure at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
It will completely meet our needs, moving forward. View full review »
PaulMarshall
Infrastructure SME at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
At the moment it's under-scaling. We grew quicker than we expected. We know what our issue is and that's why we have to look at Nimble and what it has to offer us at the moment. At the moment, it looks like the solution that we're going to be moving to. View full review »
it_user427308
Data Center Manager
Scalability is very good. We now use only 50% of controllers, so we can scale up from 50% to 100%, when we need it. We also have additional space in the enclosures for additional disks, so we can scale up without any downtime. View full review »
it_user567792
HPE Alliance Manager
It is pretty scalable. When we implemented the solution we started with only seven ports and we began to add new servers. Then we started publishing new services to our clients. View full review »
Adminitrd884
Assistant Manager of Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
It's very scalable. For our organization, it's very scalable and at low cost. View full review »
it_user563436
IT System Engineer
It is scalable, but I do not need to scale it for the future. View full review »
Jay Liu
Manager Of Storage And Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
It should meet our needs going forward. View full review »
PeymanMassoudnia
CEO at Jadeh Abrisham Rayaneh
The scalability has always been great because of one idea from HPE: no need for us to pay from the beginning for the full machine. We can purchase based on the budget of our company. This makes it scalable. It's great. View full review »
MassimoCavallini
IT Manager at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
I can't say anything about this because they bought the necessary size two years ago, and they don't need to expand for now. View full review »
it_user568167
CTO at Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd
It's very scalable. View full review »
Raphael Gondim
Coordinator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability is awesome. All-flash positions our organization for growth. We have more places for Oracle applications, VMware, and servers. View full review »
Alan Drummond
Delivery Director at Schneider Electric
Scalability looks excellent as well. View full review »
Doug Newell
Engineering Services Manager at Muckleshoot
Scalability is excellent. It is easy to add drives. When you add drives into it, it automatically recognizes them and spins them up. View full review »
Eduardo Fontanella
Infrastructure Manager at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have not upgraded the size of the discs since we started. View full review »
Tommy Hong
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at loanDepot
The main issue is the 16TB LUN limit. This bug has not been addressed for years! View full review »
ITManagedead
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is good. View full review »
it_user215859
Team Lead for Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
No, we haven't had any issues with scalability. View full review »
Guillermo Daniel Lisotti
IT Manager at Judiciary of Neuquen
One of the points that moved us towards 3PAR was we wanted to escalate it in a very high way. View full review »
Hamilton Ribeiro Dos Santos
IT Manager at Maquinas Jacto
It's scalable. We are creating a plan, with our HPE partner in Brazil to duplicate our 3PAR environment because for us it is very important. It's the base of our data center. View full review »
Lazar Mogin
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
It meets our needs for now. View full review »
Vicente Sendarrubias
Storage Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
There have been no issues with scaling it for our needs. View full review »
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