HPE 3PAR Flash Storage Scalability Issues

Brent Dunington
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 »
Heinz Adam
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 »
Wayne-Chen
Director, Partner Alliance at Teramatch
We haven't had that many customers go beyond, expand. So scalability is not something I can comment on. I don't see that ever. View full review »
Infrastr6155
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're at right around 700 or 750 terabytes raw, and we're about maxed out for the version we're in, without a wholesale swap-out of our drives and drive architecture. From a scalability standpoint, we can add to it but we have to add more controllers. But we're in an older version. The newer versions have gotten better, faster, stronger. Probably the next step is going to be Greenlake and that avenue. View full review »
Matthew Sarro
Product Engineer at a media company
I can't really comment too much on the scalability. Most of what we're using right now is still a relatively small deployment. I don't see anything that would cause a problem with scaling outwards, and the system is made to scale. We're probably going to be doing our first augment next year, but we haven't really focused on it yet. View full review »
Philip Sellers
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 »
Rod Blackie
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 »
Mark Frenette
HPC Architect at Nuance Communications
We typically max them out. When we buy an array, we buy a SaaS-based array with 480 drives. We use a clustered file system on it, so what happens is it looks likes it is full the day that we get it. We receive sales calls asking, "You are beyond 95 percent full, do you want to buy another one?" However, we have not even started yet! When we want to scale, we buy another one. We just have to go sideways. View full review »
Technica8144
Technical Support at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Absolutely scalable. We have our own five enterprise applications. They're all public-facing systems. Again, going back to the performance. On a given day, anywhere between 5000 to 8000 internal people use them. We do have a public-facing system. People apply for benefits, and it's entirely public, so they can use it. Compared to before, if you look at the performance, some of the applications are 30 to 40 percent improved. Some of the batches are almost 70% better. If you look at the back-end side, your export logical backups, and your disaster recovery, all those things, there is a tremendous increase. View full review »
GlobalMa4cee
Global manager, servers and storage at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
It is massively scalable. It's very easy to add more capacity, it's very easy to add more modules if required. It's the same with the licensing model. I think the licensing model changed last year, or two years ago, and now it's much more flexible. View full review »
Sergui Mourylev
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 »
Henry Duncombe
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 »
Branimir Kusanic
Head Of IT Data Center at a Consumer Goods with 5,001-10,000 employees
I can say it is scalable because initially, when we bought our first 3PAR, we extended it up to its maximum over the years. That is the part, maybe, where I see room for improving for HPE. Extending is not a problem, scalability is okay. But once you buy additional box of disks, you have to wait for HPE to contact you with their plan for implementation, for connecting, and it can take several weeks. So, you have the box and you have to wait for several weeks to actually implement it. View full review »
SysAdmin574
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 »
NetworkAf009
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 »
Infrastrd82a
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
No issues with scalability. View full review »
NwkAdministrator235
Network Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have not had problems with scalability. View full review »
UnixAdmi6d0e
Unix Admin at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is easy. We just had HPE come out and put in a whole other shelf for us, for more storage. You can scale it out almost indefinitely. It works amazingly, I'm a huge fan. View full review »
SysEngMgr621
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 »
DataCentc0ab
Data center team lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I haven't had to do a whole lot of scalability with it. We're on a lease model, so we spec'ed it out for what we needed and haven't really had to scale it up at all, for the most part. View full review »
Alex Lovett
IT Operations Manager
Really scalable. That's one of the reasons we're here this week at HPE Discover, is to have a look at what options we've got to increase the space in our 3PAR, because our platform's growing. Our storage will grow with it. View full review »
ITManage8dfd
IT Manager at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
We planned for scalability so we bought four enclosures, which was overkill, but it's planning ahead. View full review »
Abdullah AlQadeeri
Senior Systems Analyst
It is scalable. The model we have, we scaled it last year. We bought another rack mount, and we extended it to 12TB. It is easy to scale, easy to manage, and easy to configure. Thanks to HPE remote IT assistance, they can do the updates with the configuration in best-case scenario. Even for a future of big environment, if we wanted to go bigger, we can migrate easily to other bigger projects or bigger versions. View full review »
Mark Gunnell
Operations Manager at a tech services company
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 »
Nicholas Secrier
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 »
Consultid025
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 »
SrStorag7e72
Sr. Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Regarding scalability, we are maxed out right now on all our 3PARs, so we can not add more storage. So we just order a new one and it's fine. View full review »
Chris Bunce
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 »
David Rasmussen
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 »
ITManagea7dd
IT Manager
It is a very scalable solution. Our customers, they are smaller customers. Very few customers will go to the maximum, but for us, this is fine. View full review »
Javier Maldonado
Systems Architect
For us, scalability is fine. View full review »
Manu Thomas
IT Specialist
Right now, we have only one. If I need one more, then I buy one more box and attach it to it. I can scale up to whatever I want. I am not nervous about scaling up at all. View full review »
Olivier Knockaert
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 »
NetworkSd057
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 »
ManagerI5065
Manager IT Infrastructure at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of scalability, it's quite scalable. View full review »
SystemsAd3f7
Systems And Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It definitely scales. View full review »
SrEngine62c7
Sr. Engineer at a leisure / travel company
It meets and exceeds all my expectations. It is easy to scale. It is fairly inexpensive to scale. It easily does whatever I need it to do. View full review »
Rod Russell
CIO at Equra Health
The scalability is very good. View full review »
Pedro Rissi
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 »
GlobalHe56d5
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 »
Abdullah Alshahrani
Operations Department Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
It is easy and efficient. It should meet our future needs when we need to scale. View full review »
StorageEng920
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 »
VirtualizationSysAdmin415
Virtualization Systems Administrator at a university with 10,001+ employees
Scalability is improving. We have some 7400s, 8200s, and 8400s. So, we can scale pretty well. View full review »
SeniorSy74ad
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 »
SystemsA086a
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 »
ITArchit43a4
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 »
bankprok568020
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 »
Tony Emery
Systems Engineer at Oak Ridge National Lab
It scales. The range of products allows for implementation, regardless of your needs, as there are small and large deployments. View full review »
SystemAd187b
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 »
StorageBcb94
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 »
Kasper Billeskov
Storage Service Architect at NNIT
We are managing more than 50 3PAR arrays worldwide. In our test centers, we are managing 15 HP all-flash arrays. The use of it is to be able to scale the platform. This is the most flexible way and one of the requirements for use in our environment. View full review »
Steve Davidek
IT Manager at City Of Sparks
It's very scalable. View full review »
David Ramsey
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 »
Asif Nizamauddin
Systems Engineer at Ajman
Since it's going to expand to a 240 disk maximum, in terms of scalability I have to go for another controller with the nodes and stuff. But based on the model, if you go ahead with a good different model, it supports more disk space in your enclosure areas. View full review »
ChristopherMills
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 »
Markus Dallinger
Researcher
So far, no issues with scalability. View full review »
SeniorSy5953
Senior system administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It’s very scalable. View full review »
Educatio154c
Educational Team Leader at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's modular so you can add more. It is scalable. View full review »
ClausAndersen
Storage specialist, Infrastructure Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
There were no scalability issues. The scale-up in the architecture works really nicely and there are no disruptions. This is also the case with the firmware and software updates. View full review »
Saresh Raghavan
Procurement Management at Mubadala
Scalability is the main purpose, that I can scale out with something, where I can keep adding more modules onto it. View full review »
Jo Van Dijck
IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is very good on scalability. View full review »
SystemAd5372
System Administrator Team Lead at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
We have issues with scalability because 3PAR has limited storage capacity, so we have to invest more after a while. View full review »
Ammar Alhusaini
Cio
In general what HPE can provide, it can meet my needs. View full review »
Marko Tattalainen
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 »
CIO384
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 »
Director9019
Director at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
The scalability is far beyond what we'll ever need. View full review »
Lohar Gross
Senior Manager at a transportation company
I think our customers will use it for the long term, even though they are now on the way to change. I think the special environment we are working in, they will use it for some years, and it is scalable. View full review »
ITEngine0293
IT Engineer at Al Kamal
Of course it will meet our needs going forward. We have just utilized maybe 30 to 40 percent. It should be scalable for up to five more years. View full review »
ITInfrasfa3b
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 »
SystemsE69b2
Systems Engineer
In terms of scalability, I think it will meet our company's needs for the near future, but, later on, no. I don't think it will. It's not because it's not scalable, it's just that technology changes so much. Three or four years, you get something new. View full review »
SeniorMab0f2
Senior Manager Of Infrastructure at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
It will completely meet our needs, moving forward. View full review »
Infrastre626
Infrastructure Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability is very good. View full review »
category567990
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 »
Frank Baittinger
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 »
Directoree66
Director of Network Services at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The scalability is good. View full review »
PaulMarshall
Infrastructure SME at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
At the moment it's under-scaling. We grew quicker than we expected. We know what our issue is and that's why we have to look at Nimble and what it has to offer us at the moment. At the moment, it looks like the solution that we're going to be moving to. View full review »
Kalfaktor Ivanov
Data Center Manager
Scalability is very good. We now use only 50% of controllers, so we can scale up from 50% to 100%, when we need it. We also have additional space in the enclosures for additional disks, so we can scale up without any downtime. View full review »
Mikael Jonsson
IT Architect
We do not have a need for it yet, but it should be no problem. View full review »
TechAdvisor405
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 »
Astrid Dissman
HPE Alliance Manager
It is pretty scalable. When we implemented the solution we started with only seven ports and we began to add new servers. Then we started publishing new services to our clients. View full review »
EricSlabbinck
Project Manager at a government with 11-50 employees
We did not encounter any issues with scalability. View full review »
Jordan Gaston
Storage Engineer at Syniverse
We haven't tried scaling it, yet. I'm sure it will be fine. View full review »
reviewer563436
IT System Engineer
It is scalable, but I do not need to scale it for the future. View full review »
MassimoCavallini
IT Manager at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
I can't say anything about this because they bought the necessary size two years ago, and they don't need to expand for now. View full review »
CTO1dc9
CTO at Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd
It's very scalable. View full review »
it_user252609
Senior Network Engineer at Colonial Savings
It is very scalable. We've added quite a bit to it since we started. View full review »
Alexsey Novik
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 »
Victor Mota Solorzano
Sales Channel Manager at Portenntum
The scalability is sufficient. We are expanding our operations now. View full review »
WilliamCheung
Senior Technical Services Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
WintelEncc70
Wintel Engineer at a non-tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It is very scalable. View full review »
Medad Edry
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 »
Doug Newell
Engineering Services Manager at Muckleshoot
Scalability is excellent. It is easy to add drives. When you add drives into it, it automatically recognizes them and spins them up. View full review »
SrSystemsEng639
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 »
Antonio Simoes
IT Manager at Rádio Renascença
Scalability is very good. View full review »
Peder Ivar Iversen
Owner at Serit IT Partner
It is very flexible in terms of scalability. View full review »
SectionMa57d
Section Manager at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Scalability is extremely fine. View full review »
Tommy Hong
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at loanDepot
The main issue is the 16TB LUN limit. This bug has not been addressed for years! View full review »
Nagesh Katiyar
Head - IT, Product Engineering & Service Delivery
There were no scalability issues. View full review »
Kamlesh Patel
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 »
Alan Cuevas
Engineer at CT Internacional
The scalability is very easy for this solution. View full review »
Milos Kurtes
System Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 51-200 employees
No issues encountered. View full review »
Kim Buts
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 »
Alen Stanojevic
Team Lead for Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
No, we haven't had any issues with scalability. View full review »
Grisha Genov
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 »
Lazar Mogin
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
It meets our needs for now. View full review »
Vicente Sendarrubias
Storage Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
There have been no issues with scaling it for our needs. View full review »
SnrTechArch052
Senior Technology Architect at a tech 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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