HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Other Solutions Considered

Brent Dunington
Systems Architect at a university with 10,001+ employees
Traditionally, we were using NetApp. We did look at IBM, Lenovo, Nimble and all of them. Actually, Nimble didn't come to the table, they missed it; so IBM, Lenovo, and Dell are the solutions we looked at. They missed the thing, it's hard to describe because earlier we used to strongly believe strongly in just using NFS for ESX since it was easier to manage. However, with SSDs, NFS actually puts in a little bit of latency in it because you have to change that protocol thing. When we wrote the IRP, we made sure that everybody could reply and I think they missed it. There was some sort of miscommunication, so basically, everybody was on that chart. When we are looking at a vendor, it's a mixture of everything. Basically, for our IRP, the feedback from the vendors was good, this is our problem how would you solve it. These are mandatory and minimum requirements whilst selecting a vendor, these are highly desirable, and we broke it all down so that they could fill it all in. The feedback was good, it was easy to fill out but there were somethings that some players could do. Veeam was big and we use them for all our stuff, but not everybody integrates with Veeam. The alerting capacity planning and all those things were a big thing for us too. View full review »
Heinz Adam
Connect Germany at Westfälische Wilhelms-University
We looked at all the major competitors at the time when we chose it. We looked at the EMCs, the NetApps, the IBMs, and the Dells. In the end, it turned out only one, namely HPE, not only for storage but also for server and all the other requirements we had, was able to bring it to the market at a price point that we were willing to pay. For the 3PAR, of course, the transparency between sites is valuable. That used to be the huge feature for NetApp. At that time, they weren't able to deliver it in the way we wanted it. Also HPE had to wait about half a year to be able to deliver that. It was just a software update, some more setup, and then we were up and running. I think with NetApp, it would have been little bit of a harder journey. View full review »
Wayne-Chen
Director, Partner Alliance at Teramatch
At one time, HPE made up a very large portion of the business. Now, business is migrating to Pure, for instance. Pure is very successful. They're probably the one that has been requested by customers. Again, I think it's because they've done a very good job of talking about the business of it. Not just flash, that's old stuff. I don't think HPE is losing share to Dell EMC. I don't think they're losing share to NetApp. It's Pure Storage and cloud. View full review »
Infrastr6155
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 on the market - it doesn't really make sense to switch. Do you really want to pull away now after you have invested so much? It's a matter of: "They're going down the right path so just keep following it." The reason we jumped ship for VNX back when we did was that, at the time, HPE stepped away from SAN and storage. Those were their bad years of MSA versus EVA and dropping away. They didn't really have an offering that fit that mid-tier storage that we were at. We had to do something. "Once bitten, twice shy", so now we'll look at EMC, we'll look at other vendors, but I always have a feeling we're going to come back to 3PAR. View full review »
Matthew Sarro
Product Engineer at a media company
We didn't so much evaluate other vendors. For different types of workloads we're looking at some open source solutions like Gluster, Ceph. There are a couple of other options we've looked at. View full review »
Philip Sellers
Solutions Engineer at AmWINS Group, Inc.
From a storage perspective we've looked at some other vendors, but once the 3PAR 7000 series was announced with its capabilities, it made the most sense, being mostly an HPE shop. View full review »
Mark Frenette
HPC Architect at Nuance Communications
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 firmware on it. Basically, we had to replace all of our 750G drives with 500G drives because the drives would fail on us. HPE recognized this would be less capacity than what we purchased so they gave us three more arrays just so they could match the space. That was a huge turning point for us going to HPE. We have had vendors say, "It's your problem. Deal with it." We have had vendors walk away from us. For HPE to actually come up and do this, that was a big deal. We benchmark other vendors and test things, but knowing the internal technology of things. That is important. We had a project where we did get somebody else's storage. It got to the point where we could not keep it performing enough to keep up with the grid. We ended up just getting rid of it. We didn't pay for it, so it was not a huge loss to us. View full review »
GlobalMa4cee
Global manager, servers and storage at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
We looked at NetApp, we looked at EMC, we looked at 3PAR, and 3PAR was the best fit for us totally. View full review »
Sergui Mourylev
Storage Engineer Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We received four replies on the RFP, and HPE beat them all in terms of price. View full review »
Henry Duncombe
Managing Director at Lanware
We have looked at EMC as an alternative to HPE 3PAR, but in terms of servers and storage, we are very much aligned with HPE and have been for over 20 years, so there are a lot of reasons why we use them. One of the reasons we selected 3PAR was a similar reason that HP first acquired 3PAR: It's used by the world's biggest service and cloud providers. They're particularly focused on the multitenancy elements. It provides virtual domain technology that allows you to securely separate different customers' environments and where they store that data. You basically create multiple virtual SANs within a SAN. For a service provider who's doing multitenancy, clearly that's a big advantage for us. The most important criteria when selecting 3PAR was the multitenancy piece, because we get a lot of questions from our clients around how we securely segment their data; if we can prove to them that our administrators can only log into their specific domain within that shared storage system and we can provide an audit trail. View full review »
Branimir Kusanic
Head Of IT Data Center at a Consumer Goods with 5,001-10,000 employees
IBM. We went with HPE because the decision was, in the end, based on price. We had a list of required specifications, invited several vendors, they offered what they could. But in the end, when you get all of this matched, then the price decides. For me, when we last did a purchase, last year or so, at that time flash drives and the deduplication were really important. Actually all of the vendors have it, offer it, but then we had some discussions looking at overall performance, resistance to disk failures and the like. I would say that HPE is the leader here. View full review »
SysAdmin574
Infrastructure Architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
We evaluated EMC, Nimble, IBM, NetApp, and Pure Storage. View full review »
NetworkAf009
Network Admin at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
We've looked at Dell, but we've always been an HPE shop. We don't really have any plans of changing that. View full review »
broadcas567642
Broadcasting Technologist at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We considered Dell before HPE. We chose HPE due to its reputation. We had a relationship with HPE previously, and actually they were able to come in and recommend, and actually spend time with us to sit down and ask what our needs were, analyze, project and give us both sets of figures of what we need, how quickly to fulfill them, how long it would take, and that sort of thing. They were able to come in and do this. Other vendors really just tell us, "Here's what you'd like." That certainly won't do as we need to have some details in pre-sales. This solution does fit our needs very well. It is flexible, and we get good support with it. It's stable, and it works, and so I'm happy with it. View full review »
Infrastrd82a
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We talked with EMC a little bit, but it was decided pretty quickly that we were going with the HPE solution. We looked at the environment holistically, and we weren't just looking at we replacing storage. We thought, "How are we going to do storage, compute, and networking, then what will it look like?" Then, we chose to partner with HPE rather than just go with a one off here and there. View full review »
NwkAdministrator235
Network Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
We evaluated several other products and we were over sold on these arrays. At the time, we looked at EMC, Dell Compellent, Nimble, and IBM. At the time, HPE sales sold us what appeared to be a superior product, but that was really not the case and was a mistake. View full review »
Scott Samowitz
Director Of Information Technology at Jacobsen Construction
Nimble. At the time, Nimble wasn't an HPE company. View full review »
Geoffrey Riddle
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We did look at EMC instead of 3PAR for a little bit. We chose 3PAR because I've dealt with LeftHand before. Then, HPE bought LeftHand, namely 3PAR. I dealt with their storage stuff previously a little bit. I like what they were doing and how they were doing it. It was just one of those things. I knew it. I was comfortable with it but it wasn't necessarily a front-runner until we started looking at EMC and just how convoluted their solution was to get there. The price at EMC was expensive. We had all these tertiary software you had to purchase just to get to run normally. There's still that with the 3PAR but it wasn't as steep of a cost. I wasn't paying for this huge EMC name. View full review »
SysEngMgr621
Systems Engineering Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We did a trade study between 3PAR and some of the other ones like Pure Storage. I would just say one thing we saw that I think could be helpful is maybe looking at dedupe and how their competitors are doing it, and making sure that they stay aware of what those other competitors are doing as well. View full review »
DataCentc0ab
Data center team lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We also evaluated Pure Storage but we wanted to stick with one vendor. View full review »
ITManage8dfd
IT Manager at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We did try a few other vendors during a trial period. We simulated failovers just for fun, just to see how quickly they respond. Some of them had issues getting parts to us immediately. View full review »
Abdullah AlQadeeri
Senior Systems Analyst
We thought about EMC. But as I mentioned, in terms of integration and compatibility, 3PAR was better because we have EVA. To migrate from EVA to 3PAR with 3PAR is zero downtime migration, and with EMC, it was little bit complex. That is why, we did not want to risk it. View full review »
Mark Gunnell
Operations Manager at a tech services company
Our arrays were getting on the older side. The new array fits in with our existing infrastructure very well. We have a great history with HPE support and it wasn't a difficult sell. We did look at other options, but in reality, because of the long-standing great relationship and outstanding support, we went with HPE. View full review »
Nicholas Secrier
Head of Infrastructure and Security at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
For the storage, we looked at Talent, which is now Dell. We also looked at Nutanix and Tintri. The main reason we chose HPE was that we already had an HPE infrastructure; and it felt like it was the best solution for our needs. The product met our requirements at the time. Reliability is very important in a vendor. We also look at the breadth of offerings because we like to keep things simple. Rather than choosing a varied mix from a multitude of vendors, we like to go with a small number. I have a small team and it's easier from a management perspective, as well as understanding and supporting the product in the best way possible. View full review »
Consultid025
Consulting Manager
We talked to Dell and EMC. We decided upon HPE because the partner with whom we worked hand-in-hand had been working with them for many years. View full review »
SrStorag7e72
Sr. Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We did consider other vendors. That's the reason we did a proof of concept and 3PAR was the winner. The other vendors on our short-list were EMC and NetApp. View full review »
Chris Bunce
Chief Digital Officer, Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
It really came down to relationships. At the time it wasn't just going from EMC, it was also going from Cisco to HPE Networking. We went through a pretty good process, where we talked about our needs and requirements, and also comfort levels of technology change. Some of my engineers were a little reluctant to move away from Cisco. But HPE came and sat down and just said "We'll do whatever it takes. What do you need? What are your concerns?" Just worked with us in real detail: able to understand what our concerns were, where we were going, and making sure that the engineers were made comfortable. But also making sure, which was the last part which comes across the line, was that the technology was what we needed, was enough for growth. Whereas Cisco was just a "here's a quote, sent it to us" which I think for me swung me over to HP. The commitment to the customer. View full review »
Manu Thomas
IT Specialist
We were looking at competitive product just from a financial point of view to have multiple quotations. So, that is why we looked at a different vendor, but as an IT team, we had 3PAR and HPE on the mind already. View full review »
NetworkSd057
Network Server Admin at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We had looked at Pure Storage , Hitachi , and a couple others. However, 3PAR gave us the best bang for the buck. View full review »
SystemsAd3f7
Systems And Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
NetApp, Pure Storage, and IBM. We chose HPE because they checked all the boxes. View full review »
Pedro Rissi
CIO at Bruggs Cable
There isn’t only one solution on the market. We already had the EMC systems. We were not limited to flash providers, so we also looked at Nimble and Hitachi and others. At the end of the day, 3PAR was the most valuable. It was the most valuable solution. It was quite fast and it wasn't too expensive. Additionally, we could have an active-active scenario. That was for us the most important thing. View full review »
GlobalHe56d5
Global Head of Server and Storage Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were looking at NetApp and EMC. View full review »
VirtualizationSysAdmin415
Virtualization Systems Administrator at a university with 10,001+ employees
We also evaluated Dell. We chose 3PAR because of price and functionality. There are some things out there now, such as HPE SimpliVity that do more things, and maybe we would like to go in that direction. Right now, we are doing a PoC with HPE SimpliVity. It seems to be working well, especially the backup solution that it has with it, where you can do snapshots. We really like that since 3PAR does not have this. View full review »
SeniorSy74ad
Senior Systems Admin at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I'm sure they probably looked at EMC, but I wasn't there for the initial sale. For now, we are staying with HPE. View full review »
Rami Mikkola
Systems Analyst at Turku PET Centre
Our shortlist of vendors including Fujitsu. We have something from them. However, I think it benefits us the most when we stick with one vendor, which is HPE. We try to stick with HPE and HPE tools. View full review »
ITArchit43a4
IT Architect at Bolagsverket
We made an RFP that was open to everyone. We evaluated an old flash solution that was better than the traditional solution; but you can't buy an old flash solution if you're going to buy as big as a traditional solution. So you have to have the optimizations that 3PAR has. Otherwise, you're not in business. It gets too expensive. We had offers from EMC and from IBM, but our HPE partner came up with the best offer, so they won the RFP. View full review »
bankprok568020
Bankprokurist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We didn’t have an alternative at the time. Our client could only work with 3PAR. There were no other products in the world which could do that in 2012. I don't know about solutions that are available today. View full review »
Tony Emery
Systems Engineer at Oak Ridge National Lab
I have used a wide range of storage arrays, and I tend to fall back on the 3PARs as my preferred target for storage. I have had great success with them. The technology has always been a step ahead. Their implementation of thin provisioning was superior when it was out. They have continued to adapt that technology to stay ahead of the curve. View full review »
SystemAd187b
System Admin at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
We did look at Hitachi and they were a close second to HPE. However, it was just that, we were more familiar with HPE because we already had some of their C-Class Blades. Manageability is an important criterion while selecting a vendor. Also, for system administrators like myself, it is important to be able to understand the solution right off the bat. View full review »
Kasper Billeskov
Storage Service Architect at NNIT
We always channel all our vendors whether it is HPE or some others. Price is one of the most important features, but functionalities, availability, and the scalability of the systems is also very important. View full review »
David Ramsey
IT Systems Manager at City Electrical Factors
We looked at IBM, Dell, and HPE. We went with HPE because we have used HPE storage solutions before. We have also used HPE network server equipment and we found them to be good quality equipment. Additionally, we found that working with them was quite a good experience. View full review »
Asif Nizamauddin
Systems Engineer at Ajman
We did an evaluation comparing it with the EMC, and we determined that it's better to go ahead with this. View full review »
ChristopherMills
Senior Tech Engineer at St Charles health
We looked at Dell, EMC and Pure Storage. However, HPE was the only one that provided the flat SAN solution that we wanted for those remote locations. The important factor while selecting a vendor is the range of products for the solution in terms of the issue that I'm trying to fill. Also, how the vendors support their products and the price are other crucial factors that we look at before selecting a vendor. View full review »
Markus Dallinger
Researcher
Yes, Tintri T850, but at the time of the PoC the solutions provided by Tintri were not scalable enough for future demands. View full review »
SeniorSy5953
Senior system administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have IBM solutions on the docket. We are really big. Our storage team has everything, so we actually brought in 3PAR to get it in-house. View full review »
ClausAndersen
Storage specialist, Infrastructure Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
We evaluated some of the EMC products and NetApp was being looked at. View full review »
Jo Van Dijck
IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were obliged to look into other vendors; but we tried not to leave HPE because we have many years of experience with them. View full review »
Marko Tattalainen
IT Manager at Turku PET Centre
We didn't consider any other vendors because we did an upgrade from old HPE hardware. We can trust it. The whole process works very smoothly. No downtime; that is important for us. View full review »
Richard Rudzinski
IT Director of Technology at Resorts World Las Vegas
I think it's some of the software features. They've done a good job, and there was always a good class enterprise storage area network. 3PAR's always been at the top. That was a very good purchase by HP when they purchased 3PAR a few years back. That gave them a good enterprise platform, storage platform, that they are now building onto it. View full review »
CIO384
CIO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In most cases Pure Storage is better. It's better overall, and allows us to scale up faster, the cost of ownership's lower, and the replication across areas is good. 3PAR is not bad either, but Pure Storage is just more competitive. View full review »
Isaac Gutierrez
IT Manager at Continental Currency Services
We went with the HPE product because we really didn't have the need for such a big SAN. The company isn't big enough to warrant an EMC SAN. We're a midsize business, so the 3PAR was a perfect fit for us. View full review »
Director9019
Director at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
Nimble. We went with 3PAR because we got a special deal on pricing. View full review »
SnrDCSpecialist712
Senior Datacenter Specialist at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have looked at various competitors, and we have swung away from HPE storage, and then back into HPE storage as well. We were looking at EMC for a while, we actually had some BMCs in our environment as well. Right now, they are running alongside our 3PARs, we do actually want multi-vendor storage for their environment, depending on what the demands are for the storage. We treat our 3PARs as our tier two storage. View full review »
ITInfrasfa3b
Senior Infrastructure Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I looked at things like Tintri and another company that I forget the name of now. They didn't have the support model that I needed at the time. View full review »
category567990
Category Manager at a government with 501-1,000 employees
We looked at Dell EMC and HPE. We chose HPE because of the product portfolio that they keep alive and evaluate and improve. The one we chose includes all the features and capabilities that the company makes. View full review »
Frank Baittinger
ICT System Engineer at Universitätsspital Zürich
I don't know if other vendors were evaluated. It was before my time. But, there are still better products. I would like to have an HPE XP7. View full review »
Directoree66
Director of Network Services at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Our shortlist included Nimble and 3PAR. One reason we changed was because we have local support. View full review »
Kalfaktor Ivanov
Data Center Manager
We have compared a lot of vendors and this was the best solution for us. We were running it when it was originally 3PAR and was not merged with HPE. We are very happy with the solution. View full review »
TechAdvisor405
Technical Advisor - IT Service Management (ITSM) at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
They give us the storage requirements and then we coordinate with the teams to do it. As far as competition I don't get involved. View full review »
Astrid Dissman
HPE Alliance Manager
We have not looked at other vendors because we are very happy with HPE. We are currently looking to upgrade within HPE. View full review »
EricSlabbinck
Project Manager at a government with 11-50 employees
Other systems evaluated were Dell EqualLogic, Hitachi, IBM, Netapp. View full review »
Jordan Gaston
Storage Engineer at Syniverse
Since we're an EMC shop, we test a lot of stuff. View full review »
it_user252609
Senior Network Engineer at Colonial Savings
We looked at two other vendors. One was Compellent and one was EMC. Through our research and talking to various companies that were already using 3PAR, it was determined to be the better product. When selecting a product, reliability and support are the most important requirements. View full review »
Victor Mota Solorzano
Sales Channel Manager at Portenntum
We didn't evaluate any other solutions besides HPE. View full review »
WintelEncc70
Wintel Engineer at a non-tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We looked at other solutions such as HPE and Hitachi. The most important criteria while selecting a vendor are if it is user-friendly, the support provided and cost. View full review »
Medad Edry
Integrator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I still use Dell. We also looked at EMC. View full review »
Doug Newell
Engineering Services Manager at Muckleshoot
We considered NetApp, EMC, and Dell. 3PAR came out on top. View full review »
Antonio Simoes
IT Manager at Rádio Renascença
We compared it with other products outside of HPE such as EMC CLARiiON. We chose 3PAR because it's a good product. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor is the way that we can negotiate things. It's very important for us. View full review »
SectionMa57d
Section Manager at a government with 501-1,000 employees
My organization is a government authority, so we issue requirements and solutions, and the best price wins, when comparing the functions. Any company offering this type of enterprise flash array storage solution in Sweden could have made a bid. View full review »
Tommy Hong
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at loanDepot
I evaluated Pure Storage before choosing. View full review »
Nagesh Katiyar
Head - IT, Product Engineering & Service Delivery
We evaluated the NetApp solution. View full review »
ITManage7dec
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We looked at Dell and Lenovo. When selecting a vendor, we look for the presence in Central America. They should have offices in Central America. View full review »
Kim Buts
IT System admin at Imeldaziekenhuis vzw
We tried Fujitsu and NetApp. Support is the most important factor to us when selecting a vendor. View full review »
Alen Stanojevic
Team Lead for Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
I wasn't part of that effort at the time, so I can't comment. View full review »
SeniorCo7694
Department head Data AOS with 1,001-5,000 employees
We looked at some of the bigger vendors like Dell EMC and IBM, of course. View full review »

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