HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Previous Solutions

Director, Partner Alliance at Teramatch
The reasons our clients, in general, will switch are that they have to refresh or because other partners have done a poor job, and we're known for our technical team. When our clients are considering a switch, talk about agility. Many years ago, I worked for HPE, so I'm still connected. They used to have a real edge for innovating, for being cool. Now, people aren't jumping in because it's cool, they're doing it because it's established, it's safe. It's known. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 than it was to maintain support on the VNX. We quickly moved to 3PAR and we haven't looked back since. In terms of important criteria in selecting a vendor besides price, we're primarily an HPE shop. I can count on one hand how many other pieces of hardware we have other than HPE: a Palo Alto firewall and maybe a couple of vendor-supplied Dell boxes. I always look to HPE first. If they can't do it, I call and complain to my regional sales VP and he tries his best. Sometimes he can pull one out and get something going for me, but if not then I start looking at others. View full review »
Matthew Sarro
Product Engineer at a media company
We worked hand in hand with our product management team to try and determine what the best fit was. In the past, we worked with HPE MSAs and HPE P2000s. This was a logical step forward without going into any really crazy high-ends like Hitachi or EMC type of SAN which has all of its own problems that you get when you go in that direction. View full review »
Philip Sellers
Solutions Engineer at AmWINS Group, Inc.
We were using HP EVA, and before that we were HP HSG. So when I first started we had two small HSG arrays that were primarily behind DMS and maybe a couple of other systems, but we had a very small amount of data on a san. VMware changed all of that. So we had all of this data running on EVA and we were staring to hit some limits, and the EVA didn't have good telemetry to let us know where the edge of the cliff actually was, so we were teetering right on the edge and about to fall off when we got the 3PARs in. So that kind of saved our bacon. When we were evaluating potential replacements for our HP EVA storage array, we looked at Tintri and Tegile. We ended up doing evaluations for both of them. Our company purchased Tegile for another project. Internally, my security officer didn't like the NFS of Tegile. That was kind of a no-go for internal use. Otherwise it has really great features for virtualization. That was really appealing to me as a VMWare administrator. We talked with them after a VMUG meeting and brought it in, did a proof of concept on it. It didn't perform as expected in our environment and we found out after the fact why. We would have needed a second active controller and a second disk shelf to get the full IOPS we were expecting out of it. That kind of killed our evaluation. It had good features, it had good reporting, which was one of our big criteria moving from the EVA. We wanted something that was going to let us know how it was performing. That was really strong, in Tintri. It's also been three and a half years since then, so that product has changed a lot also. View full review »
Rod Blackie
Technical Project Manager at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're a large company of many, many small companies and we've realized through global projects that have an autonomous approach to IT departments, for example, where it doesn't work. That's exactly the same when it comes to the architecture behind your IT environment. We had to look at centralizing all of our systems, all of our platforms, so that we could offer a meaningful level of service to business. Without centralization, we couldn't guarantee the service of any of our platforms around the key business applications that the business expected us to deploy. That's how we knew to centralize all of our systems and platforms and host them on converged systems. View full review »
Mark Frenette
HPC Architect at Nuance Communications
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 performance. Our issues was neither a through port nor an IOP problem, but more of a file open issue. We have billions of files where you need a lot of different spindles with different heads moving around independently of each other. 3PAR provided this to us. View full review »
Technical Support at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Previously, we were on Sun Solaris, then we moved to a Windows platform, and it was really bad. The processing took too long. Start the load on Tuesday, Wednesday sometime around noon it would finish. Sometimes it would crash. Right now it is within four and a half hours. Starts at 6:00, 9:00 it's done. That is one big advantage we see. View full review »
Global manager, servers and storage at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
About eight years ago, we had a bunch of different storage platforms, and we actually went through a proof of concept and selected 3PAR. Our company was expanding. We realized that our data footprint was going to grow massively in the next few years. We're a game developer so our data growth is completely mirrored by the hardware that we make our games on. At the time, we knew that there were new versions of PlayStation, Xbox 4K coming out for TV, so all of our assets just blew up, about 20 times the size. We realized we needed to invest in an enterprise-grade solution. We looked at three or four different companies. Then, we rolled out the F400 series. The factors we considered were the normal things: Obviously, cost per terabyte or gigabyte, performance, IOPS; scalability was a massive factor as well. We knew that we were going to grow and we needed to be able to just add shelves of disks or add SSD, add SaaS or add Nearline. View full review »
Doug Ross
Director - Data Centre Operations at MCAP
We didn't switch in terms of the technology. We switched to the latest 3PAR technology. We previously used 7400s. We wanted to move from a managed services to self-managing, and the contract was coming up for renewal, so that was a golden opportunity to swing off and do our own thing. View full review »
Sergui Mourylev
Storage Engineer Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
When I arrived two and a half years ago, they were using multiple Windows solutions. They were using NetApp for all of the file services and we decided to separate. We decided to keep NetApp for all these file services, but I suggested that we use FlexArray in order to virtualize our NetApp tool with a disk from HPE 3PAR. They also had a lot of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). They were customers of Hitachi for 10-15 years. They had multiple systems. My goal was to consolidate everything on those boxes. Currently, we have one storage box per site. There are almost 2 PBs for each site and we have storage arrays to perform the deduplications and backups. Since I already had experience with storage solutions for almost 15 years with IBM and Hitachi solutions, I did an RFP to find our next provider of a storage solution. I made a request for features. As a public institution, we are primarily focused on price, and the competitive price was one of things I really appreciated about HPE. View full review »
Henry Duncombe
Managing Director at Lanware
Before 3PAR, we used the HPE EVA technology. We’ve always used HPE. View full review »
Branimir Kusanic
Head Of IT Data Center at a Consumer Goods with 5,001-10,000 employees
We had different storage. For instance, we used IBM storage. When the time for replacement came due to age of the old storage, we actually performed a tender. So, we didn't start with, "Okay. We are buying 3PAR." But, through the entire tendering process, we reached the place where it proved to be a good decision to buy HPE 3PAR. View full review »
Infrastructure Architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our previous solution was retired due to capacity and performance issues. HPE really addressed our issues with their recommendation of the 3PAR 7450 for our specific needs. It’s actually less expensive per Gigabyte than a conventional array when looking at the true cost of ownership. Not to mention the performance is six times greater than the competitor’s device. View full review »
Network Admin at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
We were using BlueArc. It is not as resilient and not as robust. It is not as enterprise-grade as an actual HPE 3PAR system is. When selecting a vendor, you want name recognition. You want to know that you're getting the best of breed. You want hardware services because it's not just about the hardware. The hardware can be awesome, but if you don't have the service to support it, manage it, and maintain it, then it's kind of pointless. HPE brings all of that together: Hardware, service, and support. It's all there. View full review »
Broadcasting Technologist at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were using an HPE product, and that basically folded, as it got quite old. We went and looked around in the market for what is current, and HPE came along and said, "We can do that. Our replacement for this unit is now the HPE one, and this is what we recommend." We got some consultancy from them just to go through our requirements and our needs. They did lot of graphs and showed that it was right for us. It was recommended to us by them. View full review »
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We were using HPE EVA before and the solution had been in place for like six years at that point, so it was ageing, we're limited on what we could do with it. So, it was time to switch over to something that was newer, had better features. View full review »
Network Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
Previously, we used Dell EqualLogic and switched because of some minor instability issues that we had, which, looking back now, were pretty petty. We actually pulled them from storage and powered them up to resolve stability issues with the 3PAR array. View full review »
Scott Samowitz
Director Of Information Technology at Jacobsen Construction
Our main reason for switching was based on age. We weren't having major issues with our storage, but we try and replace things on a five-year schedule, at that level. When selecting a vendor the biggest factor is a vendor we know. In the past, we had used one that seemed to be leading edge. I had a guy on the financial side that was pushing more for that. He really liked how that vendor didn't require you to purchase their drives. You could use off-the-shelf, enterprise-rated drives, so the costs of expanding the array seemed to be cheaper going that way. But after two years that company went belly-up and disappeared. This time, even though there were a couple other vendors he liked better - Nimble was actually one of them at the time, but they were still new enough that I pushed back - I said, "Nope. I'm going with somebody whose name I know." View full review »
Data center team lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The switch was based on that fact that we're on a lease-refresh cycle. That is what really drives this kind of change, for our business. Our main criteria in selecting a vendor include stability, that is a big one. What really drove us towards 3PAR was having just one vendor; having HPE as both our server and our storage versus HPE for server alone. View full review »
IT Manager at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We switched mainly because of the end users, the customers, the guys that use the systems and the applications. They're the ones who start screaming when things are slow. We used to have that problem, where things were slow due to the storage bottleneck. But now we're finding other bottlenecks, so it's good. View full review »
Abdullah AlQadeeri
Senior Systems Analyst
Yes, HPE EVA, the older one. It is at end of life. They are no longer updating it or supporting it, so we needed to switch. View full review »
Nicholas Secrier
Head of Infrastructure and Security at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
We were using direct attached storage. We moved to Sun; and then we decided to implement 3PAR. View full review »
Consulting Manager
We were using another solution before. We were spread over different locations so it was the most affordable solution we found. We needed a new solution. We were working with a partner and they showed us options. We discussed price and we got the point between stability, reliability, and price. These were the main factors in choosing this solution. View full review »
Sr. Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We had HPE EVA storage. We switched because all of it was legacy storage. We migrated from legacy storage to the new 3PAR. The main reason we went with HPE was the migration from the old legacy to the new 3PAR was very seamless. They have Peer Motion integration so the data migration was easy. If we had gone with another vendor we would have had to do an offline migration. When it comes to selecting a vendor, HPE is our business partner so we use their products. View full review »
David Rasmussen
Senior Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
We came from using Hitachi, so provisioning and that sort of thing is way easier with a small team. It's a lot easier to use, the SSMC and management tools for 3PAR than it was for any of the Hitachi tools that we used. View full review »
Manu Thomas
IT Specialist
We were using a different HP storage. I think it was MSA 7000 series storage that we were using. Right now, it is 3PAR. View full review »
Olivier Knockaert
CIO at Vanheede Environment Group
Before we were using the EVA solution and HPE LeftHand. We had a large IOPS problems with our ERP system. They weren’t stable enough and they did not have a proven record for us. Our ERP system has a large database, lots of IOPS, and these solutions couldn’t handle it. That was why we changed to HPE 3PAR that has a full SSD solution that could handle the IOPS. The main competitor was NetApp. We chose HPE because of the stability. We know HPE, we have a multi-year contract with them. We looked at several reference cases and those convinced us to choose this solution. View full review »
Network Server Admin at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We knew that we needed a new solution. We had to move from some old EMC equipment. We had looked at what they had, their price offering versus what we could get at HPE for the same dollar, and this solution was exponentially better. View full review »
Manager IT Infrastructure at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were predominantly an HPE customer, but in the middle we had other vendors also come in. But, gradually we are going back to HPE. View full review »
Systems And Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were look for a refresh. At the time, IBM was not keeping up with their VMware integration, especially with VVols. It was quite obvious that HPE was a leader in it, and this steered us into looking at them. Then, we found out that the product could do everything we needed it to do. View full review »
Sr. Engineer at a leisure / travel company
We previously had Dell Compellent. We switched because we were using HPE Compute and HPE Blades, and it seemed like we might as well go all in on HPE. Also, we were not getting what we thought we wanted for performance out of Compellent. View full review »
Rod Russell
CIO at Equra Health
Before this solution, we were in a situation where the disk capacity we had continued to grow. When I joined the company three years ago, each system had their own stuff so we invested in 3PAR. We were just using all internal disks. I've used one or two other disk systems, but I don’t recall the names. We also used HPE's EVA, which I don't think was necessarily the best environment. We also used their XP environment which was very good. EVA was not as fast as it should have been. I think it was too costly. When we chose this solution, we were looking for the most value for our money. We had a short list of other vendors, but I've been buying HPE since 1982, I think, so it didn't take long for me to think about HPE. View full review »
Pedro Rissi
CIO at Bruggs Cable
We used EMC before but it was quite old, about 7 years, and it was time to change. There wasn't a good solution from them at that time. The ability to scale to size was important to us when choosing a vendor, as well as the speed. We want our solution to be future-proof to an extent. View full review »
Global Head of Server and Storage Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were using a legacy EVA system. It was just a natural choice. We needed to maintain the CLX packages that were also available for the EVAs. So when we wanted to refresh, it was the natural solution because it supported that and it was more up-to-date technology. View full review »
Abdullah Alshahrani
Operations Department Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The importance of having thin provisioning was a key factor. And when we found out that 3PAR had been acquired by HPE, since we have good relations with HPE, it was a very efficient and easy decision to take. We have good support, and the functions that we are looking for come in one product. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're a pretty big data center, so we have a lot of EMC and IBM products. We're kind of starting to spread out though. I like 3PAR, that's what I'm in charge of. EMC definitely has a better support structure. HP is not bad, it's just that with EMC, the their relationship with the customer is a little different than HP's. That's really the only thing that separates it. Performance is performance. 3PAR gets the job done. View full review »
Virtualization Systems Administrator at a university with 10,001+ employees
We were using HPE EVA. We had a lot of issues with it to begin with. Anytime you wanted to do an upgrade, you had to take systems offline. That just would not work for us. We switched when our warranties were up. View full review »
Senior Systems Admin at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Initially, we were using another HPE DBA product and we were hitting its limits. So this was a great fit for us. We bought it just before HPE acquired it and the solution has been great ever since. This solution replaced a product that wasn't scaling well for us. Now we have a nice, scalable solution. When we are looking for a vendor, we want somebody who can be a true partner with us and not just somebody trying to sell us something. View full review »
Systems administrator at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Our SAN was outdated, so we needed to get something new. We evaluated some different vendors instead of sticking with our typical one. We ended up switching over to 3PAR. We were using EMC VNX. This decision took place before I came on-board, but I believe the short list was HPE was EMC. When selecting a vendor I look for support. That is ironic, given my previous answer that indicated otherwise. Support is a big deal. If you need help, you want to be able to get it. View full review »
Rami Mikkola
Systems Analyst at Turku PET Centre
We weren’t using a previous solution, but we did upgrade from HP EVA. Once we starting using this solution, there were some problems with the performance. We tried to see what the reason was. The system was slow. It has been fixed, but at the time, it was difficult to get an idea of where the problem was. This problem was resolved. View full review »
IT Architect at Bolagsverket
The previous solution was getting old. It was getting harder to replace with lifecycle handling, so we knew that we needed a new storage system. View full review »
Bankprokurist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We did not have a previous solution. We had a service provider, which had IBM solutions. I needed a solution for a particular application, and HPE 3PAR was one part of the solution. View full review »
System Admin at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
We needed a faster storage and more capacity, so that's why we upgraded and switched from EMC to HPE. View full review »
Kasper Billeskov
Storage Service Architect at NNIT
We were using EMC VMAX, EMC VNX, and NetApp. We switched due to price. View full review »
Steve Davidek
IT Manager at City Of Sparks
We were using HPE EVA. The support on our old EVAs, the cost to keep them up was more than going to a new one. Then, by the time we added the power savings and the reduced space and the heating, it was just so much less that it was well worth it. View full review »
David Ramsey
IT Systems Manager at City Electrical Factors
We were previously using HPE SAN, but we then went to the P4000, and now we're looking to upgrade our data centre again. So we're quite happy with their solutions and the help. We think it's one of the best ones out there. View full review »
Senior Tech Engineer at St Charles health
This was a net new solution for our remote facilities so we had nothing in place. This was something that we purchased and built out ourselves. View full review »
Markus Dallinger
It's not a different solution, same vendor with the follow-up product, with newer technology and more space. View full review »
Senior system administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We changed to the 3PAR solution to do a direct connect to 3PAR. Before that, we had a VND environment and we were connected to a larger SAN array. We actually had HPE come on-site. They drew up the solution and the architecture that we wanted to do and they actually were able to implement it based upon what our needs were. When selecting a vendor, we look for support, which is one of the biggest things. Other elements are up-time and hardware reliability. View full review »
Storage specialist, Infrastructure Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
We were using an end-of-life, old product before. It couldn’t keep up with new technologies. View full review »
Saresh Raghavan
Procurement Management at Mubadala
We were running on some technologies which were going off the market, and we wanted to upgrade them. So we looked to put 3PAR in place, and we are moving into 3PAR now. View full review »
Jo Van Dijck
IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We had the HPE EVA solution. We had performance issues with it. We needed another BI solution. Now, we are very happy with the performance. Also, when we needed to upgrade our storage system, we had downtime with EVA. Now with the 3PAR solution, there is no downtime. It goes very smoothly. View full review »
System Administrator Team Lead at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
For storage we had Dell EMC, and we used to have IBM but not any more. IBM is not a Windows platform, and Dell, they didn't have storage at that time. Now they have EMC. So they both have a full solution, like HPE. And they are presenting a solution to us everyday. View full review »
Marko Tattalainen
IT Manager at Turku PET Centre
Actually, it was HPE old technology. We really didn't switch anything. It's HPE already just old hardware, so we just upgraded. View full review »
CIO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We switched from a really old legacy platform storage solution that was just into life. We were running it on Data Vault which was an HPE product. View full review »
Director at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
Our data center was compromised and I had to replace the entire data center. Our previous solution was HPE LeftHand. The most important criteria for me when selecting a vendor are * cost * reliability * support. View full review »
Senior Infrastructure Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I used to use HPE EVA. We needed to switch because we couldn't expand anymore. View full review »
Category Manager at a government with 501-1,000 employees
We did use previous solutions, but it's a matter of quality and it's a matter of economics and that was the choice. View full review »
Frank Baittinger
ICT System Engineer at Universitätsspital Zürich
There were HPE EVAs before and they were at the end of their life. When looking at vendors, the most important aspect is openness; that they really talk open and are not just marketing. View full review »
Director of Network Services at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The old system was outdated. We were having performance issues with it and the support wasn't great. It was just time to shop for a new the solution. When selecting a vendor, I look for support, performance, and customization. View full review »
Infrastructure SME at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We've been using 3PAR now for the last three years. Prior to that, the EVA 6000 for five years. We scoped out and scaled 3PAR for three years. We're now approaching that three-year mark, so we're here at the HPE Discover conference to re-approach and scale and future view for the next three to five years. View full review »
Mikael Jonsson
IT Architect
We used Nimble previously, before it was an HPE product. We had a big issue with the performance. Last year, we spoke with HPE's people, and they recommended this solution and we are now certified. View full review »
Project Manager at a government with 11-50 employees
We used HP EVA previously. View full review »
Jordan Gaston
Storage Engineer at Syniverse
We are a large EMC shop and have a lot of EMC products. The most important criteria while selecting a vendor are the cost and support. View full review »
IT Manager at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
It's much better than two other platforms we have, one of them is EVA4400. EVA is less affordable and not as powerful. It works, but it's very much less powerful. For example, six months ago during a restore, the production environment was completely blocked, it worked slowly. This doesn't happen on full-flash 3PAR. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at Colonial Savings
The system we had prior to 3PAR had a lot of drives. We didn't lose any data, but it was just not reliable. View full review »
Wintel Engineer at a non-tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We were using a different solution previously, we were using EMC. Since we were hitting the ceiling of the hardware, we decided to switch over to HPE. Cost was the main reason why we moved over to HPE. View full review »
Doug Newell
Engineering Services Manager at Muckleshoot
We previously did not use another solution. View full review »
Antonio Simoes
IT Manager at Rádio Renascença
We knew that we needed a new solution because we couldn't do what was needed for the business, so we needed a new and better solution. Beforehand, we were using the HPE EVA solution. View full review »
Peder Ivar Iversen
Owner at Serit IT Partner
We have three EVAs that we were using before we took 3PAR. View full review »
Section Manager at a government with 501-1,000 employees
We knew we needed to invest in a new solution because of lifecycle management. It was time to lifecycle the product. View full review »
Tommy Hong
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at loanDepot
I did not previously use a different solution. View full review »
Alan Cuevas
Engineer at CT Internacional
I used Dell. When I changed to 3PAR, it was easier. Dell has delays and didn’t always have equipment. HPE has better service. When selecting a vendor, I look for support and price. View full review »
Milos Kurtes
System Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 51-200 employees
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We knew we needed a new solution because of our growth. View full review »
Kim Buts
IT System admin at Imeldaziekenhuis vzw
We were using a slower solution, and then it went down a few times. So we were looking for something more stable. View full review »
Department head Data AOS with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have many different types of solutions. Since HPE is one of our partners, it was natural to evaluate their products and buy from them. View full review »

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