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HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Scalability Issues

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Solutions Engineer at AmWINS Group, Inc.
We've got plenty of room to grow. We're about three or four years into our 3PARs and we've still got more than at least about 50% of our drive shelves open, so we have a lot more room to grow. With each generation of drive that comes out, we can install bigger and more capable drives in it, so we haven't hit any scale issues there. view full review »
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Network Analyst at Central CUSD #301
We have a large population of students and we have gone full one-to-one this year. We are striving to deliver content to them as seamlessly as possible to encourage a learning environment where they can get to everything they need without having to think about it. This can be quite a challenge just by the sheer diverse volume of data that the students use. Everyday is a new challenge that we are more than happy to tackle head-on. view full review »
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ICT Infrastructure Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
We've always been able to upgrade easily and now have three or four kinds of upgraded systems. view full review »
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Connect Germany at Westfälische Wilhelms-University
In terms of scalability, we did careful planning on that in the beginning. I don’t think we will outrun the system within its natural lifetime. Once it gets replaced by the next generation of systems, whatever those might be, it might be 3PAR, or it might be something software defined. We don't know because that will be in 2019. view full review »
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Senior Systems Engineer - Storage and Virtualization at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have had no issues with our 3PARs. We like them a lot. view full review »
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Director, IT Infrastructure & Architecture at SOCAN
I would say it's very scalable. I mean, we're not at the point now where we've had to increase the size of our SAN. But from what I've seen on paper and my discussions with the HP engineers, we're very comfortable that we're in a good spot for the next three to five years, with the solution that we selected. However, we know that if we need to move to a higher tier of a solution, that we'll feel comfortable in bringing another product in because of the flexibility the seamless transition from one platform in the 3PAR lineup to another. view full review »
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Enterprise Architect at Alliance Resource Partners
Overall our ability to add storage increase the IOs, on demand and as needed, I can't ask a whole lot more based upon the choices that we made. There are of course more scalable aspects of 3PAR out there than what we have landed on, but based upon what we utilize and the choices that we made, we're still well within. Of course, the beauty of storage and a business is that anytime you build it, they find ways to fill it up. And so we've continued to stay on top of that. With the insight that we get as far as disc usage, we are actually able to more properly calculate our capacity though with thin provisioning. So we're not just stamping out storage and saying, hey, it's wholly dedicated, we have no idea kind of what our growth is. You know, it's wasted over here and needed over here. We don't run into that. It's used through the thin provisioning capabilities across the platform. So that's another aspect of scalability that I think, you know, you don't necessarily find in other systems. view full review »
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Head - IT, Product Engineering & Service Delivery
There were no scalability issues. view full review »
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Storage specialist, Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There were no scalability issues. The scale-up in the architecture works really nice and there are no disruptions. This is also the case with the firmware and software updates. view full review »
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Senior Technical Services Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
No issues. view full review »
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Project Manager at a government with 11-50 employees
We did not encounter any issues with scalability. view full review »
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Operations Manager
Scalability seems to be very good. I think it's been one of the strengths of HPE products in the array space for a long time. With 3PAR, the scalability is excellent. view full review »
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Storage Engineer at Syniverse
We haven't tried scaling it, yet. I'm sure it will be fine. view full review »
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Consulting Manager
In terms of scalability, once we made the capacity planning in the very beginning, we did not need increased capacity. Our operation is stable. We manage a certain kind of volume of data. We don't need to increase so frequently. We have been working with the capacity with which we started at the beginning. view full review »
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Systems Architect at a university with 10,001+ employees
It's VMware so they're all data stores, and data store moves are non-descriptive so we can just keep providing more data stores and then, the software figures out where to place the workloads. If the customers aren't happy with the current performance tier that they're on, then they can self-move to a higher tier. SSD's are coming down in price, it's a usable price range now and having an all SSD data center is actually functional. view full review »
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System Admin at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Its scalability is really good because we're only using a third of the array's storage that we have, so we'll be able to keep that for several more years. view full review »
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Engineer at CT Internacional
The scalability is very easy for this solution. view full review »
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Network Server Admin at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability has been really good. We've constantly added shelves and disk space to it from the beginning. I think we started out with a 12 to 13 terabyte system, and now we're up to a 60 terabyte system. It has grown exponentially with us over the last few years. view full review »
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Senior Tech Engineer at St Charles health
Scalability has been great. As we have needed to add storage, its just a matter of adding the disk and then, adding them to the bulk. view full review »
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Wintel Engineer at a non-tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It is very scalable. view full review »
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Director of Network Services at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The scalability is good. view full review »
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Senior Systems Admin at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Our newer array is much more scalable than I had in the past. I don't anticipate ever reaching a limit on it. view full review »
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Sales Channel Manager at Portenntum
The scalability is sufficient. We are expanding our operations now. view full review »
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Senior system administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It’s very scalable. view full review »
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Systems administrator at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We have scaled it and the scalability is great. You have to add everything in pairs though, so we're at a point now where a small addition would require some extra overhead. In general, we've been able to double the storage and get better availability out of it. It wasn't too crazy. view full review »
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Network Admin at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
The scalability is awesome. We just recently upgraded to a new system, and we now have the capacity to scale up. Essentially, the sky is the limit. We'll never get that big because our company is not that big. However, if we wanted to, we could easily scale. view full review »
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Solutions Architect at Derive
You can scale as per the demand and definitely, you can start with a one disk enclosure and then go up to nine to twelve disk enclosures, without having any performance issues. view full review »
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Senior Network Engineer at Colonial Savings
It is very scalable. We've added quite a bit to it since we started. view full review »
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Global Head of Server and Storage Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scaling is really easy. We can do online scale-ups adding more capacity and adding controllers without impact to the serviceability of the system. It’s all very good. view full review »
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Owner at Serit IT Partner
It is very flexible in terms of scalability. view full review »
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Infrastructure Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability is very good. view full review »
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Senior Infrastructure Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We've scaled it up quite a bit. It doesn’t have any problems. view full review »
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Category Manager at a government with 501-1,000 employees
It can be scaled to more than enough capacity. So, it's okay. view full review »
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IT Systems Manager at City Electrical Factors
Scalability is very good. The 3PAR is very modular, so we can just install more modules as we need. view full review »
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Storage Engineer Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability of this solution is pretty easy. When we did the initial sizing of the solution, I estimated our business needs at the time. Approximately three years ago, the estimate was about 700 TBs in total. We had two sites, so I sized it with all of the documentation and with staff feedback to have it grow in size to 1.5 PBs per site. That comes out to 3 PBs in total. We have had very extensive growth due to some medical applications we use, such as DNA and image analysis. We are up to 2 PBs for each system. This is our maximum capacity, but it's our problem because we scaled it up too much. view full review »
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IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is very good on scalability. view full review »
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IT Architect at Bolagsverket
We are fairly small. We are at the moment 800 virtual services. For us, it has very good scalability; but we are very, very small. view full review »
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Bankprokurist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
It is the end of the product. We had to buy all of our 3PAR products in 2012. At the time, it was a new product. It wasn't viable. It is now running out of disk space. view full review »
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Head of Infrastructure and Security at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
I think the scalability is one of the factors that caused us to select 3PAR. view full review »
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IT Manager at Turku PET Centre
We have had to scale up a couple times now because our imaging is growing about 30% per year. We cannot plan it; we have to upgrade it. The scalability is really good. We just put in more hardware and it starts to run. view full review »
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Technical Project Manager at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability depends on the situation. Whenever you try and provision these converged platforms, you've got to have an element of planning in terms of where your business is going grow for the next two or three years. It's interesting. We planned for 20% data growth on a 3PAR infrastructure over three years. What we found was we had closer to 20% data growth per year. So if you look it from a data scaling perspective, we've reached the limits of our 3PAR 7200s in Europe. Thankfully for us, we've got 7400s, which gives you a lot more scalability in terms of storage. From a memory and processing prospective, they're perfect. So we have no issues with scalability. view full review »
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Storage and Virtualisation Analyst at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It can scale as long as the customer's got the budget. view full review »
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IT System admin at Imeldaziekenhuis vzw
The scalability is nice. I need to expand the system by 70 TBs this year, so I just added more shelves. That's pretty easy. view full review »
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CIO at Equra Health
The scalability is very good. view full review »
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CIO at Vanheede Environment Group
We are on the verge of the next step up. We implemented last year and now we are going to double the capacity. Based on how it’s going so far, it will be an easy step up. view full review »
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ICT System Engineer at Universitätsspital Zürich
We scaled up in the past and we will scale up again next month. The last time the previous system engineer did this. I don't have experience with scalability. view full review »
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CIO at Bruggs Cable
Scalability is always a matter of price of course, but you can put in new disks with no problem at all. view full review »
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IT Manager at Rádio Renascença
Scalability is very good. view full review »
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Section Manager at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Scalability is extremely fine. view full review »
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Managing Director at Lanware
I suppose that those types of highly scalable environments that perhaps larger service providers need; we don't really push the boundaries of the product in that sense, too much. There are some step changes you have to make, I suppose, as you grow, which you'd prefer not to. You have to invest, maybe, in more enclosures or those kind of things, whereas you'd like it to be a bit smoother. From a financial point of view, which is probably the main challenge there, HPE are providing solutions for that in the terms of flexible capacity, where they help part share the financial responsibility and give you a more linear and smooth scaling of the system, and help you fund that. view full review »
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Network Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have not had problems with scalability. view full review »
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Infrastructure Architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have not encountered any scalability issues. This device can scale both up and out. It is exceptionally versatile. view full review »
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Systems Engineering Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We never buy just for what we need at the time, we always try to make sure we get the full lifecycle use of the product, and so with 3PAR, it might include having the expandability to add more shelves, or looking at the drives that are denser and things like that, so being able to mix and match parts and stuff. The scalability has always been there as well, and like I said, in the old version of the BladeSystem, the c7000, that was around for like 10 years, so it's scaled very well. I've never had a problem with scaling. view full review »
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Senior Technology Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's scaling where we need to go. The issues we have are more the application not scaling. Application design issues, not hardware issues. The hardware will go further than our application will. view full review »
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Sr. SAN Engineer at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have something along the lines of 65 or 70 arrays. Manageability is a big key. We're working very close with HPE trying to figure out how to manage these better because my SSMC servers are only able to handle 32 arrays at a time. I'm growing rapidly. I'm bringing in new arrays every month. I can't just do one SSMC server. In fact, what I've done is, we have different rooms per site and each one of those rooms has their own SSMC server because we need the growth. I'm sitting here with, I don't know, six or seven, maybe more than that, SSMC servers right now. It's more than that; probably 10 or so SSMC servers. So, we're obviously working with them. view full review »
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Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have a few arrays. We have scaled up a little bit. It's been pretty easy to rebalance the arrays while we were scaling. I'm overall happy with that. view full review »
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Technical Advisor - IT Service Management (ITSM) at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's scalable just based on the physical placements of the hardware and the white space involved on the floor. view full review »
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CIO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Hard to say with that product line. That product line, it's much more mature. It doesn't grow that dramatically, so we planned ahead with a five year window, to be on that platform. It's running fine. We're not running into any hurdles right now. view full review »
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Senior Systems Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
I don't know if you can really fix this but to upgrade from 2 nodes to 4 can be a hassle because you have to re-balance everything. So you have to either do a lot of work or duplicate what you've got which can be expensive. I don't know if there's a good way to fix that though, other than start with 4 nodes. I think we're getting towards the upper end of what we have and with what HPE would consider our array is capable of and what percentage of that would be helpful, so we don't have to try and guess. Because you know you ask how many IOPS an SSD can get and they'll say, "Yeah, 2000 to 3000," something like that. Who knows what you're actually going to be able to get out of it. Based on your IO size and things like that, being able to see a clear picture would be cool. view full review »
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Chief Digital Officer, Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We know it's there. We made the decision to purchase it with the view for growth, and we know we'll just plug another array or another stack pretty quickly. view full review »
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Senior PreSale Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We had no issues scaling it for our needs. view full review »
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Head of IT Architecture at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's extremely scalable. view full review »
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Head of Global Engineering Computing at Siemens
It's very easy to scale. view full review »
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Integrator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We have the option to scale, though we haven't done it yet. view full review »
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Director (business) at Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications
We currently have 400 employees, and I believe it will scale for us. view full review »
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Head of IT Infrastructure at Amey
I'm normally used to reaching the point of a system where you just can't expand it any further and need to do a step change, swapping out a base unit or something like that. With 3PAR, that problem doesn't exist -- you just keep adding to it and capacity grows in a nice, linear fashion. If I want to add just a terabyte, I don't have to add 100 terabytes. Expansion of 3PAR is very, very smooth. view full review »
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Director of ICT at a government with 501-1,000 employees
It scales just fine. view full review »
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Senior IT Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We just got up as much as we need. We had no issues with scalability. view full review »
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Infrastructure Specialist VMware/Server at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It scales just fine. view full review »
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CIO at Anadolu Medical Center
We've been able to implement it in both small clinics and big hospitals. It's scalable so we can manage it from the same data center with protected investments. view full review »
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Senior IT Specialist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
It scales without issues for us. view full review »
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Senior Server Engineer/Service Owner at a software R&D company with 501-1,000 employees
It's been quite scalable. Since we bought this one in the summer, we've expanded twice, so it's quite scalable. Now it's over 200 terabytes and 176 discs, I think. The maximum is 250 on this one. It's not the biggest 3PAR, but it's quite powerful actually. view full review »
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Server and telecoms services team manager/ITSM Expert at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
We are not too big in terms of scalability. But we're quite scalable in case we need to scale, but we haven't had to yet. view full review »
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Storage and Backup Engineer at Fidelity Investments
These are mid-range storage solutions that can be scaled up to 700TB of space depending on the type of disks we use. It does have enterprise solutions that can scale up to eight controller nodes with 1.8PB of usable capacity. However, we have a 7400 and a 7450 with lot of provisioning done to ESX systems with thousands of VMs. view full review »
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System Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 51-200 employees
No issues encountered. view full review »
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Database & Hosting Team leader at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
No issues encountered. view full review »
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Sr. Director, R&D Labs at Nuance Communications
We have 15,000 hard drives today across all our storage arrays. We have not reached the point yet where we don't see the 3PAR devices not being able to scale for us. The innovation, like flash introduction with 3PAR, is actually gonna accelerate the fact that we can get more performance and more capacity in the near future. view full review »
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Group CEO at LayerX Group
So the scalability of 3PAR, bearing in mind we operate cloud platforms in New Zealand is far beyond what we need because our market is fairly small, and so being able to scale to multiple petabytes on a single SAN is great to know that it can do that, but it's not something we've had to worry about in terms of an overall capacity limit. view full review »
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Senior Manager, IT Infrastructure & Operations at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
We weren’t able to do it last year just for budgetary reasons but we recently doubled our footprint with the 3PAR and we probably have plans to purchase at least another shelf. It’s just an easy platform to grow and the 7200 is the smallest model, so for a small shop like me it’s gonna take about half a rack. It’s pretty good. view full review »
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Director, IT Services at University of Auckland
It's working for us on scalability, I think. We're still to see how we go. We've got some issues at the moment on scalability. We need to grow our data quite significantly. We need to find something that is more scalable. view full review »
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Infrastructure Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scales well. view full review »
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Storage Technologies Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
No issues encountered. view full review »

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