HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Valuable Features

Jeff Stone
Solutions Architect at Optio Data
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 do this natively. It works with Hyper-V, VMware, and physical servers. I can keep that storage up transparently when it flops over and also to the kind of the way that it integrates with other stuff in the portfolio, like a Nimble and StoreOnce, to offload like snapshots. Therefore, I am not eating up a lot of what we call Tier 1 data for retention, when I am trying to keep data for archival purposes. I can offload it to less expensive storage. 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. View full review »
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. View full review »
Dallas Widing
IT Manager at BouMatic LLC
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 HPE servers since it was Compaq servers. View full review »
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IT Manager at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
* 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 View full review »
Leonardo Amarello
System Engineer at NV GEBE
It is easy to use and understand. It is also very stable. View full review »
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. View full review »
Network Admin at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
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 replicate back over, then we are good to go. Our uptime has to be there, so we can continue seeing patients. That is the biggest part of the reliability that I am looking for. View full review »
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. We've had maybe one controller go bad, but not enough to bring the whole system down. It was just random, maybe a degraded state, until HPE Support came and fixed it, and they have been fantastic. View full review »
Tye Summerville
IT Operations Manager at ACCC Insurance
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 set up to replicate between two sites, then we also have our storage set up to replicate between two sites. The next piece would probably be to stack on a synergy appliance and be able to get our compute layer replicated between the two sites as well, which would round out that whole DR scenario. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is very fast and has effective processing. View full review »
Mark Frenette
HPC Architect at Nuance Communications
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 drives, unlike traditional raid groups that can leave some disks idle while other take the load. View full review »
Global manager, servers and storage at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
Reliability, the fact that it works really, really well. It is a really solid platform. View full review »
Solutions Architect
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 and does not require too much effort. It has been very reliable, which is key. Foremost, we look for a reliable solution foremost, and 3PAR has been very reliable. View full review »
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company
* 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 productive way. View full review »
Project Development Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There are lots of valuable features, so it's difficult to isolate a few. Number one, being able to provision drives on demand, as opposed to populating a whole stack of drives and not using them. In the latter scenario, you are locking your money in, you don't get a return on investment. On the fly, you can build up your storage as needed, so that's a very good feature. The second one is the mixture of drives. You can have SSD drives, fast disk drives, and slower drives, redundancy between drives, and hot-swappable drives on the SSDs, the faster hard drives, and the slower drives. This is a huge advantage as opposed to some other systems out there. And of course, there are plugins and compatibility with the standard HPE hardware and it gives you a single panel to view the performance of your devices. From a single panel, I can see the performance of my service, my network, and my storage. View full review »
Enterprise Architect at Blessing Health Systems
The most valuable feature when we purchased it was that it was a four-node system. However, the throughput knowledge should be a lot better than what we previously had (EMC). View full review »
Director Technology Infrastructure at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* The intuitiveness of the SAN itself, a lot of the built-in logic and functionality * The tiering that it uses to determine what type of disk is best for the various types of workloads * The automation that is built in We used to have EMC and we have found that it's a lot easier to manage. View full review »
Sr Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
We're utilizing the Peer Persistence. Also, we haven't had to fully embrace it yet, but the predictive analytics, where we're getting notifications prior to a failure - we've gotten some during our PoC and testing - has been helpful. View full review »
Network Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
It is worry-free. I do not have to sit there and tend it, because I have a lot of other things that I have to do. Once you set it, you can forget it until you need to go and add more storage. It does its thing and you can go do your work. View full review »
Director IT at Borden Ladner
The ease of maintenance is what is most valuable for us. We don't need to worry about upgrading the platform. HPE takes care of it for us. Deduplication functionality is pretty good. We have had it for quite a few years. We are pretty impressed with their capabilities and we've never really had a problem. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Expandability and performance are its most valuable features. View full review »
Julie Imoto
Engineering Manager at Leidos Holdings Inc.
* The reliability - the solution's availability is really good * The amount of storage that you can have on a system * The speed View full review »
Steve Davidek
IT Manager at City Of Sparks
* Ease of use / very user-friendly * Ease of adding on * Inexpensive View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
* Remote copy * Peer Persistence. View full review »
Server Analyst at a K-12 educational company or school with 51-200 employees
The failover/failback: Just to keep our mission-critical stuff running all the time. The solution’s deduplication functionality has helped us save a lot of space. People save their files over and over again or email them around, then everybody has a copy of the same thing. Therefore, the deduplication is very helpful. View full review »
Infrastructure Analysts at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability to have a solid state and deduplication on that solid state. The deduplication functionality is great. We have seen a lot of benefits in the deduplication ratio. So, it has proven that it is a good cost savings. It is easy to manage and performs very well. View full review »
Director at HCL Technologies
It is a rugged, performance system; it is trouble-free and a workhorse. We have a c7000, which with 3PAR makes a great combination for any workload. View full review »
Scott Samowitz
Director Of Information Technology at Jacobsen Construction
Multi-tier storage was the primary reason that we bought it. I also love the interface that you use for administering it. View full review »
Unix Admin at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I really like the new RMC (Recovery Manager Cental) software that was introduced with the 3.0 or 3.1 update. It allows us to use our data protector with our 3PAR and give it a nicer front-end than the SSMC did. View full review »
Dale Nelson
Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ease of management is its most valuable feature. It is so much easier to manage storage on a 3PAR array than anything that we have had before. I really love the thin provisioning part of it. It has saved us tremendously by being able to provide storage to our Windows guys. They think that they have a terabyte and are happy about it, but they do not use anywhere near that, so it does not chew up space on the array, which is nice. Being able to snapshot things for backup purposes has been key. We do that on our databases four times a day. View full review »
Data center team lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're using the Remote Copy functionality a lot, just for DR. That is one of the main features that we're highly dependent on and like to use. View full review »
Storage Admin at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We are using the SSMC tool. In combination with it, there is a lot happening around InfoSight, and we are spending a lot of time on it. It does seem like there is some additional functionality built into InfoSight that we can use effectively. View full review »
Principal Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Comparatively to everything else, the value proposition, the TCO, and the price make a big difference from all the other players who are in the same realm. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a leisure / travel company with 10,001+ employees
* Easy to use * Easy to deploy The quick, easy deployment, along with its administration, are its most valuable features. View full review »
SAN and Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is its ease of use. Initially, when we had the hybrid solutions that had SSDs and Fibre Channel drives, the AO was the thing we liked the most - moving the data around where it was needed to be kept for hotspots. But now we're using the all-flash arrays and, with the deduplication and compression, it just really fits our virtualization environment very well. View full review »
Sr. Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The next step for us is refreshing, likely with another 3PAR. Migrating the workload from one 3PAR, to another 3PAR is pretty easy using Peer Motion. In terms of multiple business needs, we have multiple applications running and I don't have complaints. I think 3PAR runs multiple applications well. They're easy to manage. Overall it performs well. View full review »
Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
All-in-one containment: I do not have to worry about cross systems talking to each other or multiple systems trying to interact with each other. Our entire vCenter infrastructure is one large stack, which is nice. View full review »
Systems And Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable features are their tight integration with VMware, their multi-node architecture, and their copy services, such as Peer Persistence. We are a big MetroCluster user. View full review »
Manager, Data Center at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
The uptime for mission critical, because have website services that provides 24/7 roadside support. Therefore, we treat it like it is an emergency service and always has to be up. View full review »
Sr. Engineer at a leisure / travel company
* Ease of use * Ease of training for my new staff and junior level staff. * The support that we receive from HPE. View full review »
Jose Newman
IT Architect at Oncor Electric Delivery
When we started using 3PAR what we liked was the simplicity of the product. We needed a higher performance storage and, in our support model, we needed to keep the simplicity of the storage architecture, keep it as clean and as manageable as we could. View full review »
Director of North America at a sports company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is its security. The deduplication functionality is fantastic. View full review »
Marty Riedling
Systems Engineer Manager at Ingles Markets, Incorporated
* Reliability * Speed * Stability * Easy to expand * Easy to maintain The solution’s deduplication functionality works great. We are getting about a 16:1 dedupe ratio on our VM workloads. View full review »
Data Center Operations at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The stability is what we consider to be the best feature it provides. The stability of this solution is what conquers us, every day. The deduplication is pretty good too. It does the work. View full review »
HP-UX System Admin at L3 Technologies Inc
Its snapshot capability is the most valuable feature, because replicate our databases from production to nonproduction for development. This allows us to do it very quickly. The deduplication is pretty impressive because it will shrink. We also do some clones in addition to the snapshots, where we can have multiple clones. These reduce the actual written storage by as much as 50 percent. View full review »
Virtualization Systems Administrator at a university with 10,001+ employees
It is very easy to use. That is its best feature. View full review »
Ricky Santos
System Administrator at ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
The most valuable features of this solution are Remote-copy and Adaptive Optimization. Remote-copy provides high availability and disaster recovery for the connected clients. The Adaptive Optimization provides tiering and optimizes the storage requirement of the client based on its load from time to time. View full review »
Wes Wimpey
Systems Architect at Greenville Health Systems
The most valuable features for me are the simple management of the platform and its performance. View full review »
Manager Lab Operations at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
* VVols are important for us * Thin Provisioning * Deduplication View full review »
Systems Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Redundancy * Performance (I/O and stability) * The tiering View full review »
Tech Director Data Centers with 5,001-10,000 employees
It is flexible. We receive a lot of flexibility. We do at capacity on demand (COD), so we do not buy it upfront. They have a convenient capacity model that works well for us. HPE are a sub to the ones we buy it from, but they are the best sub that you could ask for. Whenever we have a problem, they come right onsite. View full review »
ICT Country Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
* Ease of use * The speed of the performance of the unit. View full review »
Kasper Billeskov
Storage Service Architect at NNIT
It is scalable. View full review »
Computer Systems Administrator at a sports company with 501-1,000 employees
* The uptime * Its reliability, that day in day out, it will continue to be running. The solution's availability is very good. View full review »
Assistance Administrator with 11-50 employees
The replication that you can set up between remote 3PARs is its most valuable feature. I would rate it a ten (out of ten) for its ease of use. We haven't had any issues when we have had to build anything out on it. There have been no major issues, as far as outages or hardware issues. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
* Remote Copy Groups * Peer Persistence * Redundancy * Fairly easy user interface * InfoSight View full review »
David Barrientos
IT Architect at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
This solution has great availability that works for us. View full review »
Educational Team Leader at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's meant for the future. If you have certain storage requirements, for years to come it will be able to handle them. The price point is aggressive. We're ahead of the competition when it comes to feature sets. In a situation where clients have an existing 3PAR infrastructure, it is the perfect fit. View full review »
Director at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature for me is the support, three tiers of support. Storage is storage. The reality is, is it available and functional? Service and support are more important than capacity. View full review »
Dharmendra Gurtata
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
What I like is the flexibility and the pricing of the storage compared to other enterprise storage solutions. Also, the technology - they use chunklets, they spread the data out and offer resiliency. View full review »
Cindy Cecutti
Director IT at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is its reliability. The deduplication functionality is good, and the solution is fully redundant. The InfoSight feature helps us with troubleshooting problems in our environment. View full review »
Gustavo Galicia
Architect at GTE 24/7
* High-Availability * Security * High performance View full review »
Jay Liu
Manager Of Storage And Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
It is very easy to manage. I can provision disks and monitor the performance easily. View full review »
Assistant Manager of Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
They provide very good support for our mission-critical processes. It's also very solid and reliable in our environment. View full review »
Payman Maher
Storage Specialist at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature of this solution is the native full mesh (multi-pathing). View full review »
Raphael Gondim
Coordinator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
It has improved our company's performance. It has an easy implementation and the support is awesome. View full review »
Alan Drummond
Delivery Director at Schneider Electric
The flexibility and the intelligence inside of it. View full review »
Doug Newell
Engineering Services Manager at Muckleshoot
* Dynamic disk pulling * Ease of storage creation View full review »
Eduardo Fontanella
Infrastructure Manager at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Stability * Performance These features are why we like this product. View full review »
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The expandability is good. HPE can login, fix things, alert us to things, and upgrade. We are there and aware, but we do not do the work. So, that is good. View full review »
Senior System & Storage Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Four-node performance * No split IO groups as on IBM SVC clusters. * Easy tiering (with a small % of cache) did a good job in a large scale environment of 1000 VMs on 350TB external Monitoring, giving a detailed dashboard. A nicely virtual appliance for remote callout support to HPE services. View full review »
Guillermo Daniel Lisotti
IT Manager at Judiciary of Neuquen
I found it easy to deploy and simple to configure the storage. View full review »
Hamilton Ribeiro Dos Santos
IT Manager at Maquinas Jacto
3PAR is very fast and robust. View full review »
Carsten Cimander
Senior Consultant at Computacenter
The most valuable features are: * Peer Persistence, where storage failover is transparent to servers and there is no complex cluster-software integration. * Thin Provisioning translates to reduced efforts in management on the server-side, where calculated growth of application data and LUNs can be provisioned on the first install. View full review »
Pnina Sharir
User at MPRest
Scalability, because our customer is fast growing and our solution should be able to start very small and grow very quickly. View full review »
Bryan Jackson
Enterprise Architect at M2 Technology
The most valuable features are Dedupe, Compression, and the simplicity of SSMC (StoreServ Management Console). View full review »
Somboon Leeputtaphan
System Specialist at True Digital Group
* AO * CLI * Performance report. View full review »
Find out what your peers are saying about Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell EMC, NetApp and others in All-Flash Storage Arrays. Updated: April 2020.
407,401 professionals have used our research since 2012.