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Pnina Sharir
Vendor
User at MPRest
Jul 11 2018

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is our primary use case?

For use with a major database for telecom customers who need to collect all of their customers' information.

How has it helped my organization?

Provides amazing performance all day in multiple workloads. We applied different usage models which showed great performance.

What is most valuable?

Scalability, because our customer is fast growing and our solution should be able to start very small and grow very quickly.

What needs improvement?

Security is a mandatory feature because our customer needs to protect delicate information.

For how long have I used the solution?

Still implementing.
Mark Frenette
Real User
HPC Architect at Nuance Communications
Jul 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The performance is the most valuable. We had the spindle problem that most places have. With the chunklet technology, it allowed us to spread our load across all our… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We are an R&D group, so it does not change the function. However, it improves the performance for our grids. It allows us to buy less capacity for performance. We would… more »

What needs improvement?

It is more specific to High Performance Computing, but I would like to see a faster Ethernet connection. Right now, it is 10G. If they could do multiple hundred gigs to… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You can find cheaper storage but you pay for performance. 3PARs performance has been consistent. I have seen other arrays slow down as the load increases due to controller… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

With our 3PARs, we have never lost data. I would really push the chunklet technology. That is the main benefit out of 3PAR. The way it subdivides a disk into 1GB chunks.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
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Real User
Storage Admin at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jul 04 2018

What is most valuable?

We are using the SSMC tool. In combination with it, there is a lot happening around InfoSight, and we are spending a lot of time on it. It does seem like there is some additional functionality built… more »

How has it helped my organization?

With the new flash arrays, 3PAR has improved our performance. Also, the new StoreServ Management Console (SSMC) tool is more user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

We need additional enhancements to InfoSight, especially from a VM standpoint. Today, we can see in the Azure VM performance stats in 3PAR, but it is so huge, we can't just drill down on each and… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Since the prices of the flash storage has gone down tremendously, I would definitely recommend going for the all-flash storage array or 3PAR. It is a big expensive even now, but it will be the future… more »

What other advice do I have?

I will recommend going with the all-flash arrays, especially on 3PAR, because that is something that I have personally experience with and I have not seen any issues.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are a multi-vendor shop, even today. We do have some IBM storage in our environment, but most of our critical applications sit on 3PAR.
Vendor
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 04 2018

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for the storage for our on-premise servers, which are both Oracle workloads, as well as having many VMs. We have a lot of complex business needs around legacy things. Our organization has been using 3PAR for about a decade. The performance has been good.

How has it helped my organization?

Everything runs smoothly.

What is most valuable?

The expandability is good.  HPE can login, fix things, alert us to things, and upgrade. We are there and aware, but we do not do the work. So, that is good.

What needs improvement?

There are some weird things that we can't figure out.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is good.

What do I think about

Real User
Solutions Architect
Jul 04 2018

What is most valuable?

3PAR is fairly easy to use. We have used a few different arrays in the past, and they were a lot more complicated. This one was fast to bring up and start using right away. It is easy to keep running… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our functions because we have a very small IT team. We have to do a lot of things. The more solutions that we can bring onboard which are easy to use and do not require too much… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the ability to be able to migrate to newer versions of the 3PAR without having to take any of our data offline and be able to upgrade on the fly. That would be a great feature. The… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I needed to invest in a new solution because the previous solution was getting old. We wanted to go to market to find a better solution. We wanted something that had a little more intelligence… more »

What other advice do I have?

Give the product a good, hard look, because HPE does a very good job. They are a market leader. They are not a small player in the space. You can be very comfortable when dealing with a company like… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Hitachi, NetApp, EMC, Dell, and 3PAR. We went with 3PAR because of price and the functionality had everything that we wanted it to do. Also, the presentation that the HPE team put… more »
Herve Garcia
Real User
Director, Systems & Architecture at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 04 2018

How has it helped my organization?

The product is not for us. We deploy solutions on-premise. We use this product for one of our customers.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see better support for iSCSI.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using multiple vendors. We switched to 3PAR for more performance, reliability, and we had challenges with MSAs (low-end storage).

What other advice do I have?

Be extremely careful if you want to use the iSCSI feature of the 3PAR. It was not designed for it initially. We were using low-end storage from HPE. I was hoping to get something a bit midrange in their storage, in terms of price with the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Nexsan. However, we wanted to stay with HPE.
Brian-Earnst
Real User
Enterprise Architect at Blessing Health Systems
Jul 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature when we purchased it was that it was a four-node system. However, the throughput knowledge should be a lot better than what we previously had… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I do not think it has changed the way that we function. When we were having problems, it actually hurt us. Before that, we did not have any problems.

What needs improvement?

A lot of tasks, you have to manually set up. They need to already have them set up and working. Then, you can just go in and tweak them if you need to. There are a lot of… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Purchasing maintenance: You can't get software maintenance from a third party. You have to do it from HPE, which is a letdown.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

3PAR was quite a bit less money than EMC, and that was one of the deciding factors. We switched because of the cost and 3PAR's four-node system, because they said we… more »

What other advice do I have?

Evaluate if the money savings is worth it. One of the problems that we have had is HPE spec'd it out for us. They underspec'd it, so this was one of our problems with… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other vendors.
Real User
Manager, Data Center at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The uptime for mission critical, because have website services that provides 24/7 roadside support. Therefore, we treat it like it is an emergency service and always has to be up.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved uptime, as well as speed to delivery.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see smoother firmware upgrades going forward. We cannot afford to go down. When we went down, it was very painful for all our mission critical system. When we bought the system, we… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had HPE EVAs. Then, we had to move away from EVAs, and the 3PARs were the next ones in the line.

What other advice do I have?

Evaluate your needs. Prepare a cost comparison comparing it to what your needs are. Sometimes, you may not need a 3PAR if you are looking for secondary storage. You may want to go with Nimble. You… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked a EMC before Dell purchased them. Cost is what made us decide on HPE, plus we had a relationship with HPE. We have always been a big HPE shop. Otherwise, the products were apples to apples.
Guillermo Daniel Lisotti
Real User
IT Manager at Judiciary of Neuquen
Jul 04 2018

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

I found it easy to deploy and simple to configure the storage.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no problems so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

One of the points that moved us towards 3PAR was we wanted to escalate it in a very high way.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not used tech support often, but when we have, they have been clear with us.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have already some IBM storage, but we are not happy with it. After checking out other models, we decided to work with 3PAR. Not only because we are familiar with HPE, but also the features combined well…
Tye Summerville
Real User
IT Operations Manager at ACCC Insurance
Jul 03 2018

What is most valuable?

I live in Houston, so disaster recovery (DR) is very important, and the site-to-site replication is huge. I love that feature. We have our backups set up to replicate between two sites, then we also… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It had our organization start to think like an actual organization. A lot of stuff came out where the management of our workloads has improved dramatically. We have gotten out of the mindset of… more »

What needs improvement?

What appeals to me is having mobile functionality. There is a vendor portal for 3PAR for whatever you want to purchase. I would like to see something from an administrator's standpoint, as opposed to… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We had to go back and purchase iLO licenses and brocade switches for the flex fabric to have a complete solution.

What other advice do I have?

Understand your needs first. If you do not have a need for a highly technical solution, or you have workloads which are not high-performing. 3PAR is a perfect fit. Understand your environment. Know… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our organization looked at NetApp and Pure Storage. Pure Storage was just too expensive. NetApp was good, but they did not have anybody familiar with the NetApp configuration. Our biggest requirement… more »
RajeshSrinivasan
Real User
Director at HCL Technologies
Jul 03 2018

What is most valuable?

It is a rugged, performance system; it is trouble-free and a workhorse. We have a c7000, which with 3PAR makes a great combination for any workload.

How has it helped my organization?

It is about the availability and predictably. The performance is also good.

What needs improvement?

The following need to be improved: * The ability to contact the correct HPE resource to give you the right product. * We had to undergo at least two or three iterations… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cost-wise, it is a little bit on the higher side, but it is an awesome product.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We help our customers decide on purchasing new solutions. This is our process: * We have a headroom of about 20 to 30 percentage depending on the customer's business. The… more »

What other advice do I have?

Product-wise, it is good. In terms of cost, I will leave the choice to them. Most important criteria that our customers select a vendor: * Supportability * Scalability *… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other competitors in this marketplace are Dell EMC, NetApp, and Hitachi. These vendors are very competitive in terms of pricing.
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 03 2018

What is most valuable?

All-in-one containment: I do not have to worry about cross systems talking to each other or multiple systems trying to interact with each other. Our entire vCenter infrastructure is one large stack, which is nice.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a little better integration with OneView and provisioning ESX Hosts, but other than that it meets our needs. Possibly because of the version that we are running, but we do not have not enough features.

What other advice do I have?

Support is great. The hardware is great. Unfortunately, we are running on an older version. I would recommend taking a look at it. I have been looking at the newer options and technology. Not much has changed with it, so the expectations are still there that it would be a solid choice for somebody else.
Jeff Stone
Real User
Solutions Architect at Optio Data
Jun 28 2018

What is most valuable?

Its biggest feature is the ability to do a lot of stretch clustering. When I look at a couple of the other arrays, sometimes I have to put extra layers on top where I can… more »

How has it helped my organization?

A lot of it has to do with its ability to stretch between data centers. It has helped a lot for times when our customers do DR testing. Instead of having to spin down and… more »

What needs improvement?

Some people are talking about getting NVMe drives in with faster flash. However, I think that is on the roadmap. I was at Aspire this year, and they were talking about the… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I do not sell 3PAR all the time because it may not fit in with everything a client is trying to do. It is more about finding the right product for the solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

It is the availability aspect. Over the last few years, I have done a lot of shifts where people come off of Dell, Hitachi arrays, or even some other products within the… more »

What other advice do I have?

They do great things. The system is great. It is just a matter of cleaning up some of the support stuff, then the enhancements that are not there yet. Hopefully, they are… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The big ones who comes up is obviously Dell technologies, VMAX and PowerMax, when I am looking for availability and performance. Another one that comes up a lot is Unity… more »
MarioSolano
Real User
VP Infrastructure at a marketing services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jun 28 2018

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is our primary use case?

It is our main point of storage for many applications. We use VMware so we have all the hosts connected to the 3PAR and that's the central point of storage for our whole organization. It's definitely critical, we can't live without it because that's where all the servers and data are hosted, on the 3PAR.

What needs improvement?

The interface to manage it could be improved. I was looking at OneView. Something basic like that should be available with the 3PAR. OneView has all the bells and whistles, all the features, but I think something basic and similar to that should be come with the 3PAR, at least for monitoring managing it.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has…
Dale Nelson
Real User
Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 28 2018

What is most valuable?

The ease of management is its most valuable feature. It is so much easier to manage storage on a 3PAR array than anything that we have had before. I really love the thin provisioning part of it. It has saved us tremendously by being able to provide storage to our Windows guys. They think that they… more »

What needs improvement?

We are an all-flash environment, which is really good. One thing that I would like to see is the ability to take storage on 3PAR array and copy it up to the cloud, any type of cloud I want, e.g., Azure, AWS, etc. HPE has StoreOnce CloudBank integration, but I would like to see a little bit more… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have gone the gamut of old EMC arrays, Clarion arrays, and XP arrays, and 3PAR is just so simple.

What other advice do I have?

They are very good, and I like the product.
Real User
Director Technology Infrastructure at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 28 2018

What is most valuable?

* The intuitiveness of the SAN itself, a lot of the built-in logic and functionality * The tiering that it uses to determine what type of disk is best for the various types of workloads * The automation that is built in We used to have EMC… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The ease of management is what changed. Where we had, in simple terms, about an hour's worth of work, it has minimized that to maybe one-tenth, or something to that effect. Instead of us having to do a lot of steps to ensure that our… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had a set of vendors come in and do proofs of concept to help us better understand what options and features were available. Based upon what we found with HPE and 3PAR - I wasn't actually a part of the initial assessment, this is all… more »

What other advice do I have?

Definitely learn the features of the product, what it takes to actually administer and manage it, what type of resource load is also required. It's not necessarily a tool that enables anyone who says, "Hey, we bought a SAN, go take it… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As far as I know, we had three vendors on our short-list: HPE, EMC, and a third vendor I don't recall at the moment.
Jason Hetzler
Real User
Supervisor Infrastructure at Blessing Health System
Jun 28 2018

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is our primary use case?

We use this for our highest tier level applications, our tier 0 through tier 2, so those are our mission critical and business essential type of applications. We want to make sure that we have the most critical things running on the best equipment that we have, and it is performing well right now.  We have been working with 3PAR for almost three years now. We leased two arrays, struggling with it a bit. However, HPE did right by us and provided the resources (people, hardware, and additional storage) to do what we needed to do.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has been reliable recently. In the past we did not have very good luck with it the first year or so that we…
Real User
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 28 2018

What is most valuable?

* Remote Copy Groups * Peer Persistence * Redundancy * Fairly easy user interface * InfoSight

How has it helped my organization?

We have more uptime, better trade times, and less hassle opening tickets with HPE.

What other advice do I have?

I've had a great experience with it and I would recommend it to a colleague. I rate it at nine out of 10. It's a very stable platform, it's very easy to learn how to use, has an easy user interface, tasks are very simple for an admin. As I said before, you set it up and you don't have to worry about it after that. With HPE you're in good hands.
Real User
Project Development Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 28 2018

What is most valuable?

There are lots of valuable features, so it's difficult to isolate a few. Number one, being able to provision drives on demand, as opposed to populating a whole stack of drives and not using them. In the latter scenario, you are locking your… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It gives organizations a single point of storage and single point of backup. I would call it a "single repository" of all your data with a good archiving system. Those are the biggest benefits I see.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them lower costs. It would also help if they integrate current technologies, newer technologies, and more efficient technologies, as time progresses. For example, integrate the fourth level of NAND devices. I believe at… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Most of my projects are large P3 (public-private partnership) projects, where we do design, build, and maintenance of a facility for up to 20 to 25 years. We then return it to the client with another 10 years of service. So, upfront, I have… more »

What other advice do I have?

Go out, do your research first on the different products that are out there and make the judgment for yourself. The information is out there.
Real User
Tech Director Data Centers with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 28 2018

What is most valuable?

It is flexible. We receive a lot of flexibility. We do at capacity on demand (COD), so we do not buy it upfront. They have a convenient capacity model that works well for us. HPE are a sub to the ones we buy it from, but they are the best sub that you could ask for. Whenever we have a problem, they… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It is status quo from what we came from. We came from ViON and Hitachi. Part of that is our own problem. It is not as much HPE, as to how we are using it. We lifted and shifted, identically from one system to another.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more openness with other platforms. InfoSight synergy as a whole is great, if I own all HPE products. It is whoever gets me the best price and value. They win the contract. I need that flexibility to work with, for example, if Dell were to win my server contract or ViON were to… more »

What other advice do I have?

We are happy with it. However, there is always room for improvement.
Real User
Network Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

It is worry-free. I do not have to sit there and tend it, because I have a lot of other things that I have to do. Once you set it, you can forget it until you need to go… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the ability of the executives to get proper insights, because our old storage was not fast enough.

What needs improvement?

3PAR has StoreOnce and replication. I would like it if they worked together. Or, if I had Nimble and put that either in DR or a primary cohesive management, but still use… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is a little more money, but it is worth it because it does it better.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We are using Tableau, and it is a heavy thing, especially when you start calling in a lot of data sources. At our old storage, it was iSCSI connected and not adequately… more »

What other advice do I have?

It does a great job and I do not have to worry about it. It worries about itself. It tells me if there is something wrong. Go to Houston, the executive briefing center, if… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell's competing product. This is prior to them buying EMC. We looked at Compellent. We also looked at EMC and Pure Storage. We bought EqualLogic before Dell… more »
Wes Wimpey
Real User
Systems Architect at Greenville Health Systems
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for me are the simple management of the platform and its performance.

How has it helped my organization?

It is all a part of the GreenLake offering that we have, which includes monitoring, performance, and being able to accelerate delivery with the platform. This is most… more »

What needs improvement?

It needs the addition of InfoSight, which is the most critical, along with predictive analytics and AI.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

My recommendation would be to engage professional services, if you have questions. We sat down and went through a very extensive (six to eight month) evaluation from the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We took a look at what our current challenges were with just traditional compute and storage, and we were not fully integrated with those solutions. This solution allowed… more »

What other advice do I have?

It has been very beneficial for us. The most important criteria when evaluating a vendor: * Resiliency * The data replication features * An all-flash array * Performance.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other solutions. We chose 3PAR because of the converge system, the all in one solution.
Real User
Principal Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

Comparatively to everything else, the value proposition, the TCO, and the price make a big difference from all the other players who are in the same realm.

How has it helped my organization?

Our applications are now at least two to four times faster. It was a night and day change. People walk up to us going, "This is just good. Thank you." It is nice for storage people to receive thanks… more »

What needs improvement?

Better dedupe. It is hard for all the older generation arrays to put up dedupe because they tend to do the other stuff so much better. They have to keep the stability before any other new feature… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used EMC VMAX. When I was at Level 3 Communications eight years ago, we were one of the first customers of 3PAR before HPE bought them. We did a PoC, and it literally made the others in… more »

What other advice do I have?

Just try it out. Do a PoC side-by-side. It wins. Most important criteria when evaluating a vendor: * The technical aspects of the price * The return on investment * The support. You are not making a… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Back then, it was HPE versus EMC.
Vendor
Sr Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

We're utilizing the Peer Persistence. Also, we haven't had to fully embrace it yet, but the predictive analytics, where we're getting notifications prior to a failure - we've gotten some during our PoC and testing - has been helpful.

How has it helped my organization?

We are still transitioning to it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were in a position where we could reinvent our wheel. We had an older, aging architecture and we needed to update. So, as much as it is a replacement and an upgrade from our existing equipment, it is also brand new. It's a complete… more »

What other advice do I have?

It's a very good solution. It doesn't come without some of its own quirks. We had a few struggles to get certain things working and HPE worked with us through them. Not everything was well-defined in the HPE White Papers. It definitely… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our organization already had an established relationship with HPE so, in this particular case, we weren't in a position to shop this piece of the solution around. We stuck with HPE after making the other decisions.
Eduardo Fontanella
Real User
Infrastructure Manager at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

* Stability * Performance These features are why we like this product.

How has it helped my organization?

All our data is in 3PAR. Our application worked well after we implemented the 3PAR solution.

What needs improvement?

The newer versions have some other characteristics that we are not using. We would like to use them and set them up in our current version.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we had another solution where we have some problems. The application would be waiting for the IO. With 3PAR, everything was solved. The solution, stability, and the performance work well for us.
Real User
Systems Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

* Redundancy * Performance (I/O and stability) * The tiering

How has it helped my organization?

It lets us mix a lot of drive spaces, as well as performance drives, between Fibre Channel, long-term storage, and SSD drives. It performs pretty well as far as moving the data around and not letting a lot of it go to waste.

What needs improvement?

Nothing really comes to mind. We talked to somebody earlier today, here at HPE Discover 2018, about their Docker integration for it, so that's something we'll probably check out next for both the 3PAR and Nimble.

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be, make sure you know your workloads going into it and how you will best be able to utilize a solution, especially when deciding what disk structure to get and how to lay it out. Overall, I would rate 3PAR at eight out of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell, Tegile, and Pure Storage. We went with HPE in the end because we already have HPE equipment, we're mostly HPE server and software, so we went with that. We're trying out the new Nimble now in our new data center. When I… more »
Dharmendra Gurtata
Real User
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

What I like is the flexibility and the pricing of the storage compared to other enterprise storage solutions. Also, the technology - they use chunklets, they spread the data out and offer resiliency.

How has it helped my organization?

It has kept our operations robust.

What needs improvement?

The product is sturdy, it's robust, it fulfills its purpose. However, if the support guys or the installers, those who are deploying it, would show us all the features, I think that's would improve things.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were an XP7 shop and we went from that to 3PAR.

What other advice do I have?

I rate the product itself at nine out of 10, but support gets a four out of 10.
Jay Liu
Real User
Manager Of Storage And Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

It is very easy to manage. I can provision disks and monitor the performance easily.

How has it helped my organization?

Forest who actually take a back up of our databases, like snapshot, to another volume and snapchat to be melded for a different operating systems, which has helped us tremendously as far as speed and time to completion.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the reliability improve. While it has been a good product, the QA of the product could be done a little more thoroughly.

What other advice do I have?

The performance is pretty good and the usability is excellent. The only thing which will downgrade it is the stability.
Alan Drummond
Real User
Delivery Director at Schneider Electric
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

The flexibility and the intelligence inside of it.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our throughput in terms of workloads.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used older HPE solutions. We worked with our HPE rep. He described some of the functionality and we could see how it fit into our organization. Our most important criteria when evaluating a vendor are * performance * support. We went… more »

What other advice do I have?

In our limited experience so far, it has been excellent. Support has been fantastic, the setup process was smooth.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated some other vendors loosely, but we were more focused on HPE.
Jose Newman
Real User
IT Architect at Oncor Electric Delivery
Jun 26 2018

What is most valuable?

When we started using 3PAR what we liked was the simplicity of the product. We needed a higher performance storage and, in our support model, we needed to keep the simplicity of the storage architecture, keep it as clean and as manageable as we could.

How has it helped my organization?

From a management standpoint of the arrays, they work really well. They handle a lot of data and, overall, it lowers the complexity of our storage infrastructure. We've been able to consolidate down to a single platform which meets all of our demands, anywhere from our advanced meter systems to our customer information system.

What needs improvement?

We have seen one area, where we have highly virtualized Solaris instances, where we're getting into the queue depth, so we probably need to do some work in the queue-depth area in the arrays. I'm not sure if its specific to Solaris, because we haven't encountered it on other platforms but, then again, on some of our largest Solaris frames, we are running several hundred virtual containers and we… more »
Hamilton Ribeiro Dos Santos
Real User
IT Manager at Maquinas Jacto
Jun 26 2018

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

How has it helped my organization?

It has provided a robust technology which provides us with fast access to the data. This is one of the areas where it has improved our company.

What is most valuable?

3PAR is very fast and robust.

What needs improvement?

I have been looking into additional functionalities of 3PAR but at this moment we are very satisfied with the basic functionality.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable. I can't recall any problem with the 3PAR technology.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable. We are creating a plan, with our HPE partner in Brazil to duplicate our 3PAR environment because for us it is very important. It's the base of…
Real User
Manager Lab Operations at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* VVols are important for us * Thin Provisioning * Deduplication

How has it helped my organization?

Right now we are looking at automation. Based on my conversation with 3PAR, they are using Ansible to automate the provisioning, so that simplifies the day-to-day operations.

What needs improvement?

We would like to see automation. We are primarily looking at provisioning and deprovisioning the storage, based on the customer requirements.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The decision to find a solution is based on internal requirements. We need storage capacity. Currently, we have, let's say, two petabytes. When we needed more storage then we'll think about expanding… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend 3PAR or Nimble. Nimble is all-flash arrays, if you have the budget. Otherwise, we favor 3PAR, the 8000 and 10000 series. I rate 3PAR at nine out of 10 because of the provisioning… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at NetApp, Hitachi.
Dwayne Vidi
Real User
Director of Technology at a university
Jun 25 2018

What is most valuable?

So far, we have yet to have a disk fail on either system, other than one I forced to fail when we first got the system in. So the reliability of the 3PAR system has been outstanding. We've had maybe… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Performance-wise it has been fantastic.

What needs improvement?

In terms of features I'd like to see, I have been hearing a lot about InfoSight with the 3PAR, here at HPE Discover 2018. I'd be curious to see some of the additions that will bring to the system… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to have a Dell EqualLogic storage system prior to this one. On the phone, with support, they managed to tell us to do something that caused the whole system to come down. That was one of the… more »

What other advice do I have?

You couldn't go wrong with the 3PAR system.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When we were initially looking we priced out some IBM storage, obviously Compellent, some Dell stuff, EqualLogic. Realistically, we didn't want to go back with EqualLogic, mainly due to support. With… more »
Wayne Cross
Real User
Director IT Security and Infrastructure at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the uptime. It doesn't go down. You can do firmware updates on it, no issues.

How has it helped my organization?

At one point, we had HPE EVAs and when we were changing them out we didn't just look at 3PAR, we looked at all the solutions. We actually started out with a V400 which is an older version of the 3PAR… more »

What needs improvement?

Integration with some cloud services would be nice. That's not so much of a 3PAR thing, it's more of an HPE dashboard and management platform. The 3PAR is also a part of it. We would like to be able… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The existing solution that we had was getting to end-of-life. And the workloads that we had on it were driving the IOPS through the roof. Everything was slowing down. We knew we needed a solution that… more »

What other advice do I have?

Anyone looking into 3PAR or a similar solution needs to know the direction that the organization is going, and they need to make sure that they are are working with a vendor that is going in the same… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at all the other major vendors. We looked at EMC back then. We looked at IBM. IBM had some storage platforms back then as well. And since the transition, we have looked at some of the new… more »
Real User
SAN and Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jun 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its ease of use. Initially, when we had the hybrid solutions that had SSDs and Fibre Channel drives, the AO was the thing we liked the most - moving the data around where it was needed to be kept for hotspots… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It propelled our desire to virtualize more quickly, to go from physical servers to more and more virtualized servers.

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I would like to see faster upgrades, where it's really transparent to our host and our end-users. No node reboots, those types of things are the next feature set I would like to see.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I had looked at 3PAR before HPE bought it. Then, when HPE bought it, that solidified the decision - that they had the backing of such a big organization. But the biggest factors were the features and functionality, how the hardware worked… more »

What other advice do I have?

Definitely check it out, especially in your hypervisor environments. That is where the compression has really been a huge benefit for us, allowed us to regain some data center floor space because we're now able to put more of the… more »
Steve Davidek
Real User
IT Manager at City Of Sparks
Jun 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use / very user-friendly * Ease of adding on * Inexpensive

How has it helped my organization?

We upgraded to 3PAR from an HPE EVA about seven or eight years ago and power consumption went down.

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I would like them to make it a little easier to find where everything is in the new console. It now has the OneView look and sometimes I don't think the OneView look is enough… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

When we knew we were at end-of-life. I have a product lifecycle that I keep track of, how long I want to keep things. We knew that our HPE EVA was running long enough that we really needed to replace… more »

What other advice do I have?

My advice is, look beyond the sales pitch. Talk to customers, and find out how they're really using it and how easy it is to use. Because, sometimes the sales pitches, in my opinion, it doesn't really… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a few others, but I'm probably one of those people who just prefer to have one vendor for almost everything. I'm pretty much an HPE shop.
Reseller
Educational Team Leader at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 24 2018

What is most valuable?

It's meant for the future. If you have certain storage requirements, for years to come it will be able to handle them. The price point is aggressive. We're ahead of the competition when it comes to feature sets. In a situation where clients have an existing 3PAR infrastructure, it is the perfect fit.

How has it helped my organization?

I only offer HPE exclusively, so it fits with the other pieces. The storage, the servers, the compute, the networking. They're all part of the same suite.

What other advice do I have?

The HPE enterprise name is crucial for my clients when considering which vendor to go with. They have been HPE clients for a long time, many years. To them, this brand gives them confidence that the solution will work. They also have great local support from the HPE team and from us.
Real User
Data center team lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 24 2018

What is most valuable?

We're using the Remote Copy functionality a lot, just for DR. That is one of the main features that we're highly dependent on and like to use.

How has it helped my organization?

It has not changed the way we function a whole lot. We were on the P9500 Array before and it had similar capabilities, just different ways of doing it. Still, it has worked well for us.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend evaluating it. Depending on what you need for your business, it could be a good fit. It has been rather stable, other than the couple of hiccups that we've had. Once we've gotten through those, it has been rock… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Pure Storage but we wanted to stick with one vendor.
Real User
Global manager, servers and storage at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Jun 24 2018

What is most valuable?

Reliability, the fact that it works really, really well. It is a really solid platform.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we had lots of different storage vendors. We moved to a standardized platform using 3PAR and then we were able to have a consistent set of documentation through all of our sites, and we're… more »

What needs improvement?

I know that the reporting functionality is changing. It's going to be much better and that's something that we're looking forward to. I would like to see more flexibility with the cloud. I've actually… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

* Get a proof-of-concept * Draw a list of testing criteria * Have a testing matrix * Be clear in your objectives 3PAR is a great solution but it has a big physical footprint for the amount of data… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at NetApp, we looked at EMC, we looked at 3PAR, and 3PAR was the best fit for us totally.
Vendor
Unix Admin at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 24 2018

What is most valuable?

I really like the new RMC (Recovery Manager Cental) software that was introduced with the 3.0 or 3.1 update. It allows us to use our data protector with our 3PAR and give it a nicer front-end than the SSMC did.

How has it helped my organization?

We're able to move things around with more agility. I can take it off one server and slap it on another in a couple of minutes, so we're really agile when it comes to that. If we run into server issues, it's a quick jump, we're on a new server, we're off and running again. And then I have time to… more »

What needs improvement?

I'd really it to be able to interact with older 3PAR storage, and possibly even non-HPE. I would like to be able to pull stuff off of old things and bring it up to the standard that has been set, simply, quickly, and efficiently. That would be a really nice feature. Right now it is a big pain. It… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would give 3PAR an eight because, first, I don't think anything is ever a 10. It's still really good - but since 9 is really close to 10, and that's almost perfect - it's about an eight. The reliability is really there. Once it's there, it's there. You don't really have to worry about it, which is… more »
Scott Samowitz
Real User
Director Of Information Technology at Jacobsen Construction
Jun 24 2018

What is most valuable?

Multi-tier storage was the primary reason that we bought it. I also love the interface that you use for administering it.

How has it helped my organization?

It has really improved performance. Before, we just had different storage devices based on different needs - so we didn't have to buy all-flash for everything. We couldn't do tiering. 3PAR was the… more »

What needs improvement?

I haven't really thought about what a future release should contain. We've liked what 3PAR has so far.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would rate 3PAR a nine out of 10, primarily for a couple reasons. First, we've never had problems with it. It has been super stable, it has done everything that we've wanted it to do, and the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nimble. At the time, Nimble wasn't an HPE company.
Real User
Sr. Storage Architect at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 24 2018

What is most valuable?

The next step for us is refreshing, likely with another 3PAR. Migrating the workload from one 3PAR, to another 3PAR is pretty easy using Peer Motion. In terms of multiple business needs, we have multiple applications running and I don't… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more cloud-based integrations and more file storage capabilities. They do have that now, but we haven't started using it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I rate it a nine out of 10 because the product just works; we haven't had a lot of problems. I'm satisfied with the product. 3PAR is a proven, more reliable and stable SAN solution. Go with it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Doug Newell
Real User
Engineering Services Manager at Muckleshoot
Jun 21 2018

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is our primary use case?

We using it for our core compute (storage). We have had it for about two years and had zero problems with it.

How has it helped my organization?

Less management.

What is most valuable?

Dynamic disk pulling Ease of storage creation

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In two years, I have had no downtime.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is excellent. It is easy to add drives. When you add drives into it, it automatically recognizes them and spins them up. 

How are customer service and technical support?

One my engineers used the technical support, and they walked him right through the upgrades on the controllers.

Which

Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* Remote copy * Peer Persistence.

How has it helped my organization?

We went to an Active-Active data center, set it up to where both data centers are separate, but they act as one. We can have workloads at either side at any given time, and it is all based on the Peer… more »

What needs improvement?

We have had a few issues with it. We had our virtual environment lock up a few times on storage-based things. We think we have it sorted out, but maybe it came down to a configuration issue on it… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

We have fewer limitations, but there are still limitations that we have work though. Overall, it is a good solution. We set out to do something very specific with this, and that's the stretch metro… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Real User
Systems And Storage Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are their tight integration with VMware, their multi-node architecture, and their copy services, such as Peer Persistence. We are a big MetroCluster user.

How has it helped my organization?

We design a lot of our DR and business continuity strategy around 3PAR Peer Persistence and other copy services.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the following: * NVMe support, not only on the disk side, but also in the NVMe over Fibre Channel. * More advanced copy features. * A few user improvements on their SSMC product. *… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

Nine out of 10 times, the system does exactly what we need it to do. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: Knowing that the product works. We like to choose bigger companies. We do not like… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp, Pure Storage, and IBM. We chose HPE because they checked all the boxes.
VirtualizationSysAdmin415
Real User
Virtualization Systems Administrator at a university with 10,001+ employees
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

It is very easy to use. That is its best feature.

How has it helped my organization?

We do not have to take the whole system down now to do upgrades.

What needs improvement?

What I would like to see the SSMC management interface and the regular, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) interface. I would have to use both, because one of them has features, the other one does… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I am not on the latest release yet. We are still trying to get there. The people that I work with at HPE have recommended where we should be in our version. We are not to the 3.3 version yet. I am… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Real User
Director at a non-profit with 51-200 employees
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for me is the support, three tiers of support. Storage is storage. The reality is, is it available and functional? Service and support are more important than capacity.

How has it helped my organization?

We've had an overall improvement of performance in terms of actually doing transaction data, and we have a lot more capacity than we once had.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see compatibility with NVMe.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution an eight out of 10 because administrative functionality requires five days of training.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Nimble. We went with 3PAR because we got a special deal on pricing.
Real User
Sr. Engineer at a leisure / travel company
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Ease of training for my new staff and junior level staff. * The support that we receive from HPE.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved multiple things. Integration with current HPE products that we have, e.g., backups with integration within Veeam and restores of a huge file server using Veeam. Across the board, it… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like more integration with OneView. I would also like to be able to deploy and manage 3PAR within OneView Global Dashboard so we do not have to use the interface for 3PAR. Overall, I would… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Give 3PAR a good consideration. Budget wise, 3PAR is a lot of money compared to other solutions, but what is in the 3PAR integration that customers are getting now from the Nimble and InfoSight… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

This system has been (by far) the easiest to use, manage, and expand.
Real User
Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

When we bought it, the big sell for us was what they called "wide striping," how they striped the data and could get performance on a cheaper disk. Nowadays, the newer models that are out, which we… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Backups were huge. We take a lot of SAN-level Snapshots and it has been phenomenal in that aspect.

What needs improvement?

In new releases, I'd really like to see it more targeted towards hyperconverged. They are working that way with Greenlake and integrating their own "build your own" expansion environment within 3PAR… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

My current 3PAR, three years ago I would have rated it a 10 out of 10. Today, just because it's aged, I'd give it a solid seven. It's because the drive architecture has changed over the years… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Kasper Billeskov
Real User
Storage Service Architect at NNIT
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

It is scalable.

How has it helped my organization?

For the past three years, all-flash has been the most innovative way of using storage, based on the 3PAR platform.

What needs improvement?

I am hoping to see some snapshot functionalities: Oracle snapshots, snapshots for VMware, and hypervisor snapshots. We have had some bad issues on stability. Also, the new feature sets, like… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using EMC VMAX, EMC VNX, and NetApp. We switched due to price.

What other advice do I have?

Do some benchmarks on it and compare the requirements for whoever will be installing this product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Real User
Assistant Technology Director at a tech services company
Feb 22 2018

What is most valuable?

The optimization features move chunklets or hot spots to faster drives. This way data which was getting hit most frequently was always on drives that could best handle the data, whether it was SQL data on SSD or rarely accessed file shares on the 7200 RPM drives.

How has it helped my organization?

We upgraded from HPE EVA and it was much easier to manage and provision LUNs, when necessary. Our EVA was maxed and was end of life. The 3PAR tool is cheaper to maintain with more storage available.

What needs improvement?

The management interface is not intuitive. It is much better than EVA, but took some time to learn.
Branimir Kusanic
Real User
Head Of IT Data Center at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 26 2017

What is most valuable?

I would say that now that we even have flash storage on the 8200 models, it would be the deduplication. We were hoping to use the automated tiering much more, but it's not a good fit for us. Although the technology works great, due to our… more »

How has it helped my organization?

For me, personally, I think the most important value is really the way HPE is treating us as a customer.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

In terms of the most important criteria when selecting a vendor - I'm saying with a small disclaimer, I'm saying this personally, so it's not the company - for me, the most important is always vendor support. We have, of course, contracts… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Real User
Operations Department Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 26 2017

What is most valuable?

With the thin provisioning we have been able to satisfy a lot of the requests which before we could not. Our customers are requesting more space just to make sure they have it. So, with the thin provisioning, we gave them what they need… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we were using EVA from HPE. When we moved to 3PAR, we noticed a reduction in footprint, reduced by more than 30%. We use the Adaptive Optimization giving us a reduction in cost and with better performance. So, we are achieving… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more virtualization: storage virtualization, data virtualization would be very nice. Also, the features that we are seeing in Simplivity, if integrated with the 3PAR, would be much better.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

Our most important criteria when selecting a vendor, or what we appreciate most about a vendor, are * support * easy to reach * trust. If you want a cost-effective solution, go for 3PAR. We did a PoC and found it effective.
Vendor
Product Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 26 2017

What is most valuable?

I like the speed capabilities that it provides. The deduplication features definitely have some huge potential. The latest firmware, where they've enabled compression for workloads that aren't very… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The hope is right now it's going to empower us to lower mean time to resolutions. Since it's being used to support a virtual infrastructure, that gives us access to all of the benefits of a virtual… more »

What needs improvement?

Automated reporting, real-time reporting would be excellent. Right now, most of the reports are ad hoc, so I have to say, "I want this report." I believe you can schedule them and have them go out to… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

Our most important criterion when selecting a vendor is support. We're in the telephone sector, or carrier sector. If we have an outage it's going to impact millions of people. So sitting on hold for… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Real User
Senior Systems Analyst
Dec 26 2017

What is most valuable?

* Security for encryption * Performance * The support, because we have the online support directly with HPE. Any error or any incidents, they are directly involved and solve it. It makes our life much… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It provides very fast deployment. The performance for our most critical applications is very quick. Even the support is 24/7.

What needs improvement?

HPE has a product that I am very interested in, but it lacks of integration with 3PAR - HPE SimpliVity. If it could be integrate with 3PAR, it would be amazing. This is what I am looking for going… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

If he has HPE servers, I would totally tell him go with HPE 3PAR. If he has another company's servers, I am not 100% sure about the compatibility with other products, but for management and for… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Data Center Manager
Dec 26 2017

What is most valuable?

High availability features are the most important for us.

How has it helped my organization?

We have 24 hour production, so it is working.

What needs improvement?

Maybe someone can add the suite of features into the Synergy enclosures. That would be a great feature for us. I would like them to improve it so I can do firmware upgrades without downtime.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: Support is very important for us and the reaction time when we have a problem.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Vendor
IT System Engineer
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

It has a friendly interface using the console. I have been working with it for one year and four months, and I have not found any issues. I benefit from the HPE Call Home feature. It tells me about any issue once I have it.

How has it helped my organization?

It is working well. IT achieves our targets. We have been running faster and more efficiently since 3PAR was installed.

What needs improvement?

Some management functions through a web interface.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Support * Widely used in the market.
Real User
IT Specialist
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

The Call Home feature is really a great feature, so I do not need to monitor the 3PAR. The 3PAR team is monitoring it and letting me know if there are any problems.

How has it helped my organization?

It is fast and stable. It is really helping us a lot in terms of data store, etc.

What needs improvement?

I am not sure because I am not an expert in 3PAR solutions. I do not know what the new features are. Already what we have, it is huge for us.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using a different HP storage. I think it was MSA 7000 series storage that we were using. Right now, it is 3PAR.

What other advice do I have?

Go for 3PAR, straight away as I am very happy with this product. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: As a school, we always have low budgets. We are a nonprofit organization. We do not… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Real User
IT Manager at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

* Generally, the resilience and the redundancy of the system. * Speed has obviously helped. * We do a lot of replication, as well, with our other 3PARs, so it's keeping that data synchronized.

How has it helped my organization?

Having moved over from a LeftHand, which was seven or eight years old, there's a massive boost in performance. It has definitely improved the speed, the responsiveness, of all our applications, which… more »

What needs improvement?

Just generally the management - which I know, they introduced a few new tools yesterday, here at the HPE Discover conference. Generally, the management of the multiple systems that we have. That's… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are * reliability * availability of parts. I give an eight out of 10, from working with it and using the features, but also seeing what some of the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Real User
IT Operations Manager
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

* The Remote Copy Group is amazing for the replication stuff. * We also use dynamic optimization to go between tiers. * The reporting, as well. We can quickly see performance per CPG and per LUN. You can drill right down to see actual performance to the virtual volumes themselves. That's really… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Certainly now, with the all-flash arrays, the performance that we get out of those means that we can host far more VMs on a smaller virtual volume. We get much better performance out of those volumes now.

What needs improvement?

We're going to start to explore integration with public clouds, and I know that that's something that's very hot in the storage space at the moment. That's something we're looking at. Apart from that, we're looking forward to going to the next firmware major release 331. And also the InfoSight stuff… more »

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to selecting a vendor we're pretty much an HPE house. But I think the options you have to expand - within the storage space - you've got to have all those options. Especially performance. I think that's what we're looking for. And the support, as well. It's an eight out of 10. It's… more »
PaulMarshall
Real User
Infrastructure SME at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

Flexibility.

How has it helped my organization?

With the HPE GreenLake Flex feature, we can grow as required, and at present, we are growing faster than our requirements, so we need to look to develop and innovate.

What needs improvement?

The ability to not only be integrated with hybrid IT, but on-prem.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

This is just my initial view, but I'm going to give it eight out of 10. I need to do a lot more in-depth research into the product and how it's going to benefit Aldermore Bank. Stick with what you know and rely on your instincts.
Vendor
CTO at Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

Synchronicity mode through the application we use.

How has it helped my organization?

Primarily good performance because it's an all-flash system. Basically, the applications run faster.

What needs improvement?

There is a caching solution, I know it's in development, to increase the performance further.

What other advice do I have?

There are several important criteria when selecting a vendor: * quality of the products * the technology * cost of the solution, of course. I would give it a seven out of 10, overall. It's a little bit difficult to figure out where the capacity is used. There is deduplication that, of course, saves… more »
Steve Davidek
Real User
IT Manager at City Of Sparks
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Low power consumption We saved a ton of power just turning off our old one when we went to the new one.

How has it helped my organization?

We're able to expand more. It's faster, more efficient. The technology is 10-years, 20-years advanced from where we were before.

What needs improvement?

All of a sudden something didn't work. We've never had downtime where data wasn't available, because it's got multiple ways of staying up. It doesn't usually go down. But we've had some issues when we were trying to upgrade, doing some… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor the most important criteria for us is ease of connectivity. I also like the fact that I know Hewlett Packard Enterprises. I've worked with them for a long time. They're very reliable. I give it a 10 out of 10 because… more »
Real User
IT Manager
Dec 25 2017

What is most valuable?

* For virtualization, the failure rate is much less compared to traditional storage where you need more hard drives. * When it come to 3PAR, it uses chunklets, so it is easier for the customers.

How has it helped my organization?

I am a system integrator, so we sell a lot of 3PAR Storage to our customers. Our business has increased compared to previous days.

What needs improvement?

As a management tool, it would help us to have more customer reports. Even though, we use it for other things, if can improve more things in the supporting, like the reporting tool, it would make it easier for the customers.

What other advice do I have?

We highly recommend HPE 3PAR, plus the latest other storage solution from Nimble, too. We highly recommend 3PAR to all our customers. We are replacing lot of other vendors (EMC, even Dell). We are replacing a lot of storage solutions with HPE 3PAR. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: I… more »
Real User
IT Architect
Dec 24 2017

What is most valuable?

Its consolidation.

How has it helped my organization?

We have much better performance than we managed earlier and are now saving lots of space. We feel as we spread things out that we have become more efficient in our performance.

What needs improvement?

We are waiting for compression.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Speak with HPE and describe your whole scenario before buying it, so you do not buy and hope.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: stability. That I feel I can talk to the vendor and they understand what I want.
Vendor
System Administrator Team Lead at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 21 2017

What is most valuable?

Support.

How has it helped my organization?

We built a DR solution based on this, we can sustain our business for any amount of time, 24/7. We have minimized downtime to 10 minutes now, because of this solution.

What needs improvement?

More flexibility and expansion, and also relocation, a cloud solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

What is most important to me in a vendor is that when I need them there, they're available. I give it an eight out of 10 because of scalability. HPE is a full solution, and they have a bigger scale for everything. You can build something… more »
Vendor
Manager IT Infrastructure at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 21 2017

What is most valuable?

We like something called Virtual Volumes and how we can do thin provisioning. These are the main things that we usually look for. Redundancy-wise it's quite good. We've got redundancy at each level.

What needs improvement?

At the present time, there is nothing we see that we are lacking.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Nowadays, from a storage point of view, there are so many vendors in the market. So cost is one of the factors that pushed us to go with HPE 3PAR. Cost-wise they're pretty competitive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

Our most important criteria when selecting a vendor are * stability * after sales support * cost. The experience that we have had with HPE is pretty good. Product-wise, it's good. It differs from environment to environment. What we require… more »
Vendor
Systems Engineer at Ajman
Dec 20 2017

What is most valuable?

It has features which are really giving advantages to our company, because we as a service provider are providing the services, infrastructure, and applications - or software as a service - to other entities. In that case, a virtual domain has been introduced in 3PAR and we can create their own pool… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's advantageous in terms of the cost, in terms of the performance, and taking up less space. We are exploring more with this storage.

What needs improvement?

The features we need to provide to the different entities, it's meeting our criteria. That is the reason we went ahead with 3PAR, and we implemented it in the environment. So far, so good. People are asking for the services and, yes, we do provide the services through the 3PAR. And IOPs which has… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did an evaluation comparing it with the EMC, and we determined that it's better to go ahead with this.
Vendor
Senior Manager Of Infrastructure at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 20 2017

What is most valuable?

We have never had problems, it's running well. The other point is the performance that the storage provides. We currently use 3PAR with full flash, and the performance is really amazing.

How has it helped my organization?

We started to initiate a business continuity project, to cover disaster recovery scenarios, and we decided to implement a 3PAR solution for the Remote Copy functionality from this area. We can share this with software integration and cover the business requirements.

What needs improvement?

I saw recently saw that they will integrate the predictive software from Nimble with 3PAR, and I think that's a good move. With the next firmware release, software release, we will really profit from this integration. I think it's a really good idea that HPE is now integrating this as a possibility… more »

What other advice do I have?

Because we are so happy with 3PAR, it's so reliable for us, for the moment we don't see any move to Nimble storage. It depends on the strategy from HPE. They will probably combine the two storage technologies; I don't know what will be the future.
Vendor
IT Engineer at Al Kamal
Dec 20 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the storage is very good, the way it stores, the thin provisioning it provides, and the data protection. And it's easy to deploy in any environment. We are using VMware. So for me, it's a right click and it's deployed. We can configure and create LUNS very easily with 3PAR management, and the interface is very user-friendly. Easily understandable.

What other advice do I have?

I think HPE is the best because of the after-sale support they provide. Not all companies provide that much support. I don't want to name any vendors on this, but some vendors, when you have a problem they will tell you, "Our engineer is not available," or "The product is not available," or "The part is not here, it will come in two weeks," and that sort of thing. But HPE support, I feel it is the one. Within four hours, the product is delivered. Within the next hour after product delivery, the engineer is available to support me.
Vendor
Systems Engineer
Dec 19 2017

What is most valuable?

* Reliability * The support channel

How has it helped my organization?

If you design it right and implement it right, it's headache free. Just keep it there and it does what it's suppose to do. Gives us peace of mind.

What needs improvement?

Nothing comes to mind. Most of these products usually come with more features than you need.

What other advice do I have?

When looking to work with a vendor I would look for manageability features. Monitoring, central monitoring, alerts, mass deployment, functionality. If you have one server, two servers fine, but if you have 100, these pay back easily.
Vendor
Senior Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 17 2017

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for the installation as part of our customer solutions. We are not end user, we are integrator, and we are using it in big IT infrastructure projects for our different customers, mainly for NATO.

What is most valuable?

They are reliable. They are fulfilling their requirements. They have the right features for our customers. It's the overall combination, together with the complete architecture of the servers from HPE.

What needs improvement?

There's nothing at the moment. Everyone is pretty happy.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

From our perspective, and from our experience with the customer, it's a really stable solution. We have no problems with…
Vendor
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The performance. The new interface, the OneView, is a nice interface. The command line is very extensive, a lot of tools so in comparison to other vendors. It's one of the great things about 3PAR, that you can really drill down on performance, get statistics, really know how your system is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's the performance that we need. Before, we had another system and we noticed that the performance wasn't enough, so now we have two types of 3PAR systems, the 20850 all-flash and also the 8450 all-flash. We can really see that the performance is much, much better and the latencies are much lower… more »

What needs improvement?

For performance it's all okay, but we are also hoping for the compression feature, hoping that we can have not only good performance but also more gain in our capacity; we are still waiting for it to be deployed. We have had a painful migration to transform from the old way of doing dedupe, in… more »

What other advice do I have?

I rate it about seven out of 10. It's not bad but it's also not the best. We had some issues, now they are resolved, but one issue existed for a year. We needed to migrate everything, and all the extra work needed to be done by our VMware colleagues, and they would not be so happy if we ask again to… more »
Real User
IT Manager at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 17 2017

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

It's pretty stable and scalable. I think we've only had a couple of issues, three disk outages in six years.

What needs improvement?

I don't have any complaints.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It meets our needs for now.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have Care Packs for 3PAR and we are very satisfied with this part. On the C7000, we have six-hour auto repair. They're very proactive, so we are very satisfied with that service.

How was the initial setup?

I'm not working with 3PAR directly. I'm a manager. But from the experience of my employees, I don't see that they have any issues with complexity. To be honest, we have a senior…
Vendor
IT Manager at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 17 2017

What is most valuable?

It's fast and it's affordable.

How has it helped my organization?

It's the basis of the storage of one of our five companies. All ERP and customer products rely on 3PAR storage. It's used heavily every day.

What needs improvement?

No complaints.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

When we look to work with a vendor we look for * response to our calls * affordability * that they have been in the market many years * the cost. I rate it an eight out of 10 for the reasons I've already mentioned: the affordability, the… more »
Vendor
Procurement Management at Mubadala
Dec 17 2017

How has it helped my organization?

We are trying to create a valued addition, because the project is still on, and we are looking at how it can benefit the business more. It's a new solution in place which we are looking at now.

What needs improvement?

At this stage I can't give you any feedback on that. It's too early.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

When we look to work with a vendor we look at their reputation, and along with that is the way it can be scaled up. Also, the new technology innovations which can can be added to your portfolio must be excellent. That's where we started off moving into HPE. At this stage I would rate it somewhere… more »
Vendor
Cio
Dec 17 2017

What is most valuable?

We are using many products from HPE. We are using storage savers and 3PAR, and even the private cloud. We are happy with the service, the products, the support. This is what we like most. It is only not about buying something. The support and the services you get after buying is the most important thing in IT.

What needs improvement?

Anything that will make the datacenter more scalable, more available, that would be great. Also, easier to operate or monitor, that would be good.

What other advice do I have?

Because we are a university, it may be that our IT is more sensitive because the whole learning process depends on the IT services. So any problem, even for a short duration, would cause a big headache. I give 3PAR an eight out of 10. I'm happy. We are happy. We cannot give it a perfect score because they need to improve more. We always we need to push them.
Vendor
Systems Architect with 10,001+ employees
Dec 13 2017

What is most valuable?

The reason why we chose 3PAR is because it was future proof. It had some features that the cabinets we were looking for at at the moment when we bought the 3PAR storage, that were not available in the market, like theme provisioning and the movement of blocks, which are really fast and are not so… more »

What needs improvement?

For me, the main issue with 3PAR right now is its cost problem. Right now, there are some other storage cabinets that can do what 3PAR can do; what 3PAR used to do a long time ago. Now, they can do it as well with a more revised budget. So, the main problem for 3PAR right now is cost.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

HPE is changing on the licensing way, because in the past, you had to apply for a license for everything. Now, they have made a combo for all the licenses, which is more helpful, but there are a few things which are not completely included in the product. Talking from a license point of view, to be… more »

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: We look for reputation. Also, we want to have confidence in the product. We want to know a product has been deployed for a lot of customers. So, we are looking for a mature product as well.
Vendor
Team Lead for Infrastructure at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 10 2017

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

High resiliency with four controllers, no performance impact on single controller failure Cage protection Performance Easy to use and maintain

What needs improvement?

Failover times.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Yes, we have had a few issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, we haven't had any issues with scalability.

How is customer service and technical support?

Very good but not perfect.

How was the initial setup?

HPE does the initial setup (hardware and initialization) which makes things much easier. Using 3PAR is simple and straightforward, unlike its competitors such as EMC.

What's my experience with

Vendor
Researcher
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Switching from HDDs to SSDs, because of better performance (IOPS) and, hopefully, reliability.

How has it helped my organization?

No improvement for the organization, it's "only" storage, but due to moving from one system to two systems, we are now able to use fail-over and load-balancing functions… more »

What needs improvement?

* OS/patch/firmware installation can only be done by a division of HPE Support, which must be coordinated. * Error reporting and alarming needs additional VMs per node… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The new licensing model includes every function for the same price, and in terms of price, everything is possible if HPE is interested in getting the contract.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

It's not a different solution, same vendor with the follow-up product, with newer technology and more space.

What other advice do I have?

Everything works as expected but, as stated above, we are still in the process of migrating our data from our old storage.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, Tintri T850, but at the time of the PoC the solutions provided by Tintri were not scalable enough for future demands.
Vendor
Technical Support at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 21 2017

What is most valuable?

The number one feature is speed. We're serving almost 3.2 million people, we're running an eligibility system, we are on about 80 terabytes of data that need to be churned and processed. In addition, the standard Oracle features like the compression. Right now, all of our development to… more »

What needs improvement?

Pretty much whatever we need from the database side, it is there. There are specific things from the application side; I don't have a list, they do have a list of what you can see from the database side. Most of the developers are used to Microsoft .NET and SQL server. They are cutting out Oracle… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to choosing a vendor, the primary criterion is support. When you have an issue, you need to immediately have a solution; it's a 24/7 application. For example, suppose we are going through patching, and something we don't anticipate comes up, I suddenly find an issue. I never saw that… more »
Vendor
HPE Alliance Manager
Nov 20 2017

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is our primary use case?

All of our servers are HPE, and it links all of the 12 remote ports that we have in Saudi Arabia, so we have only one centralized datacenter. It is the building ground of Saudi Ports' authority, to be honest.

What needs improvement?

The backup batteries, the WPS, could be better. We have two different vendors that provide the WPS, and HPE is one of them. When we had the outage we shut down the entire thing and tried the backup generators. The electricity was out for 20 minutes and the HPE battery didn't last 10 minutes.

For how long have I used the solution?

A little over a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. We had one incident where the downtime lasted less than 30 minutes. So I would say that it is…
Consultant
Storage Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 02 2017

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

It has a real active-active architecture, so one volume is served by both controllers with the processing advantage of a central global cache. It is easy to manage with the management console. It is always on with cache software.

How has it helped my organization?

It has given us higher performance over our servers/applications, which work better now than with our previous storage system.

What needs improvement?

It needs more host ports.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We have had no issues with the deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There have been no issues with scaling it for our needs.

What other

Vendor
Enterprise Infrastructure Architect at loanDepot
Nov 01 2017

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

This product does not impress me anymore.

What needs improvement?

This solution should have better reporting and alerting. Deduplication and compression should function without a performance hit. The 16TB LUN limitations should be fixed.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for over seven years at many different companies.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There is a performance hit for a few hours or days every time you add additional storage until the additional storage is added to the pool.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The main issue is the 16TB LUN limit. This bug has not been addressed for years!

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate the level…
Vendor
Head - IT, Product Engineering & Service Delivery
Jul 06 2017

What is most valuable?

It is an enterprise-class storage and meeting approximately almost all the business requirements of NxtraData. Upgrading the disks is a challenge that we like the most.

How has it helped my organization?

We started our cloud journey based on this storage solution and upgraded later on to achieve the desired IOPS.

What needs improvement?

Since the world is moving from enterprise storage to the software-defined storage, I believe that they also need to work in the same direction and that it should be hardware independent.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Prices are flexible and one should negotiate hard before taking a final call.

What other advice do I have?

Nowadays, we should look for software-defined storage rather than such OEM dependent products.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated the NetApp solution.
Vendor
Systems Architect at a university with 10,001+ employees
Jul 04 2017

What is most valuable?

We went through a whole data center refresh cycle and one of the things is that we needed to look at our disk system. Everything was for spinning disks, so we decided to make the leap to an all SSD data center. We brought in all the competitors, went through an RFP process and 3PAR came ahead. Some… more »

What needs improvement?

The one thing that we've always struggled with are the file sizes. With our competitor, we have had issues with the file sizes (I'm talking about the VMDK sizes) and how big a drive can be. HPE 3PAR, still, has a limit of 16 terabytes for VMDK limit and I think there is more to do in this aspect… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're not fully pushing the envelope on it, but there are no complaints. Everything's good, the team has been good from the support to the setup to the post-support setup, to we've actually opened a ticket to do their firmware upgrade part. They gave us the plan and broke it down as to what they're… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Storage specialist, Infrastructure Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 03 2017

What is most valuable?

The thin and deduplication technologies are quite effective. The replicate, peer persistence, port persistence, and the recovery managers work really well.

How has it helped my organization?

* Always online * Easy to service * Easy to manage * Really provides powerful advanced management and troubleshooting

What needs improvement?

Customer facing management should be easier and simpler for those who do not work with it too often.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The system just went to an all-inclusive license model.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using an end-of-life, old product before. It couldn’t keep up with new technologies.

What other advice do I have?

I usually say look at the weak points in a system. 3PAR is great since it does most of what is boasts about in a good and mostly satisfying level. So the weak points in… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated some of the EMC products and NetApp was being looked at.
Vendor
Senior Technical Services Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Jun 30 2017

What is most valuable?

Speed, it is because systems could respond quicker and customers do not have to wait as long as before.

How has it helped my organization?

System response time.

What needs improvement?

Cost, it is still fairly expensive, cost could go down to make this technology more popular in the market.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Always bargain with your local HPE account manager, the price could go down a lot if you know how to negotiate with them. For example, it could help if you tell them you have another brand of product on hand and it cost less than HPE, then… more »

What other advice do I have?

Remember, the initial setup only covered the default configuration, you have to know what you need before you know which configuration settings suit you the best. Hardening is another issue. All the SSL options, default password, and cipher… more »
Vendor
Project Manager at a government with 11-50 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

Transparant redundancy for VMware virtual machines, because this makes it possible that storage switches over from one system to another without interruption of the VMs.

How has it helped my organization?

Automation of the failover allows the IT department of the hospital to improve the availability of systems.

What needs improvement?

From a personal point of view, what would interest me is a mechanism that detects file-rot, i.e. that detects whether a file or sector has become corrupt; for example, as a result of copying the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used HP EVA previously.

What other advice do I have?

Don't buy either the oldest or the newest technology!

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other systems evaluated were Dell EqualLogic, Hitachi, IBM, Netapp.
Consultant
Integrator at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 25 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are the performance and efficiency. These servers work well even as you add more and more transactions to it.

How has it helped my organization?

Our cost savings are significant because it performs much better with greater efficiency. We can now virtualize our environments and bring in all storage into those environments.

What needs improvement?

The biggest area of improvement would be the cost. It's an expensive solution and the initial cost of ownership is high. Another area of improvement is the loss in performance when bringing in different types of storage. You can get very high performance when you have all new storage in the same… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I still use Dell. We also looked at EMC.
Vendor
Director (business) at Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications
Jun 25 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are the switches, which have either 24 or 56 ports, and their connection to the blade servers.

How has it helped my organization?

We've had faster internet connectivity and improved communications between various groups in our organization. And of course, this means that we are more efficient and can use resources more cost-effectively.

What needs improvement?

It's an expensive solution, so lowering the entry point for owning this solution would be a great improvement. Also, it should include an SSD for big data, something we could really use.
Vendor
System Administrator at a K-12 educational company or school with 51-200 employees
Jun 23 2017

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

Simple management console with ability to manage storage (files, blocks, objects, functionalities) that's user friendly. High-availability and resiliency Data security (RAID system on global level (disks = modules))

How has it helped my organization?

Data security was greater and the system worked faster.

What needs improvement?

There were no areas for improvement a that time.

For how long have I used the solution?

I used it for one and a half years, before I moved companies.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and

Vendor
Sales Channel Manager at Portenntum
Jun 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are having the proper contacts, getting a better price, and becoming certified. For example, our partners get certified because we are the only partner who has the most certifications.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped us work much better.

What needs improvement?

HPE Mexico takes a lot of time to register and deliver. After we negotiated the final price, HPE releases it and then it takes 48 to 72 hours to deliver it. This is not the best deal.

What other advice do I have?

Of course, you should go for it. We are an HPE shop and we have to focus on that. We have to focus more on the competence and less on the financial considerations.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate any other solutions besides HPE.
Vendor
Wintel Engineer at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 21 2017

What is most valuable?

IOPS, reliability and the value that it adds to our organization are the most valuable features.

What needs improvement?

Maybe, there is a need to have an easier interface. They could improve the storage platforms. There are some things that are missing. We had some initial hardware problems that gave us a bad taste. We did, eventually, fix them but it did… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

This is a great product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Real User
Senior Systems Admin at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 20 2017

What is most valuable?

The ease-of-use, reliability, and the value I get for the capacity are the most valuable features. All of the deduplication and compression features allow me to buy much less storage to fulfill my… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit to the company is less down time. I can put my time towards other things, such as finding ways to increase performance or doing more proactive tasks.

What needs improvement?

Support has gone down a little bit in the past few years. It's hard to get the right person initially and sometimes you have to wait for a call back. It was better when it was 3PAR.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

Don’t have any second thoughts and just go with it. It's really a great product and should fulfill most business needs. It is easy to use.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm sure they probably looked at EMC, but I wasn't there for the initial sale. For now, we are staying with HPE.
Vendor
Senior Tech Engineer at St Charles health
Jun 19 2017

What is most valuable?

Its ease of administration and reliability are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

It allowed us to put storage in remote facilities without purchasing a complete SAN solution.

What needs improvement?

There is a need for just cleaning up the administration page a little more and making it a little faster. We'd like to see a little more preemptive alerts for the usage and spikes.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you're looking at everything that's out there and that 3PAR has come a long way.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Senior Network Engineer at Colonial Savings
Jun 19 2017

What is most valuable?

Manageability and reliability are the most valued features of 3PAR. We've had no issues with it. We did a lot of research before we installed it. The other three companies we looked at were top of the line.

How has it helped my organization?

We did not lose connectivity, as we did with the other units. We've had no failed drives. The system has been up and running for almost four years now and there has not been an issue anywhere.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The system we had prior to 3PAR had a lot of drives. We didn't lose any data, but it was just not reliable.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very reliable product. I would advise them to get it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Consultant
Operations Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 19 2017

What is most valuable?

There are tools in place that allowed easy migration from our existing infrastructure, i.e., our EVA arrays. We have a great relationship with HPE that has worked over many years. We have great confidence in what they can deliver for us and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The availability of the 3PAR array is the greatest benefit. The ability to perform upgrades to the machine while it remains online is very valuable. It saved us from making our systems unavailable. In addition, the tools that are built into… more »

What needs improvement?

If you're familiar with 3PAR, there are multiple GUIs that have been available over a course of time and the new SSMC GUI is excellent. It has great consistency against the HPE line, so that an operator is immediately familiar with it… more »

What other advice do I have?

For their own benefit, they really should consider 3PAR. It's so reliable, functional, has great support from HPE, and it is tied into so many of the HPE family of products. It is a great piece of hardware.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Senior system administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 19 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of setup and connectivity to our server environment.

How has it helped my organization?

We use it for our VND environment. It’s made it easy to make sure we have the highest throughput capable. It has helped with our connectivity to our DL servers. It’s made functionality a lot easier… more »

What needs improvement?

As far as what I do with it, I don't have any additional needs from the system. It is doing exactly what we need it to do. To make it even better, it could be faster.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

Work with HPE and the sales team. The HPE sales team has been great to work with. They offered a great solution to us.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Vendor
System Admin at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 18 2017

What is most valuable?

The speed of the Flash Array is better than what we had with the previous products. We like their blades better than the Cisco Blades. It is easier to manage.

How has it helped my organization?

We're using Peer-to-Peer for two data centers and having that fill over instantaneous is what we really needed for disaster recovery.

What needs improvement?

The thing that we're a little bit bummed about is they're not so quick to get it with the latest version of VMware and we're also using an older version of OneView; so to get to the newer/later… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We needed a faster storage and more capacity, so that's why we upgraded and switched from EMC to HPE.

What other advice do I have?

Probably, you should purchase the CS700 all-in-one storage, so that it's easy to implement it that way. Don't try to do it yourself.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Storage Engineer at Syniverse
Jun 18 2017

What is most valuable?

Ease of use, cost, and provisioning are the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

It's just something that we added because of its price-point, speed and performance.

What needs improvement?

There is need to have pre-defined setups for your clients so that you know that the configuration at the LS is correct.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product. We like it so far and haven't been unhappy with it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Since we're an EMC shop, we test a lot of stuff.
Consultant
Solutions Architect at Derive
Jun 18 2017

What is most valuable?

Data optimization, i.e., basically we have an adaptive and dynamic optimization about the clear structure of the data and this is the most valuable feature that comes with the HPE 3PAR solution.

How has it helped my organization?

This product is scalable, i.e., when you have a need for the performance and to grow online, without having any downtime. It's really optimized for any application.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend it. The reliability, scalability and support are the important criteria whilst selecting a vendor. We've been with HPE for a long time and we'll stick with it.
Vendor
Consulting Manager
Jun 18 2017

What is most valuable?

The solution allows us to provide solid capacity.

How has it helped my organization?

The team provisions and it has been wonderful for our environment. We manage hundreds of terabytes. It allows us to deliver more storage than other solutions. It allows us to have many files so we can… more »

What needs improvement?

Right now, we don't use a solid-state disk. We use a historical monitoring platform for a Telco. For the long-term storage, we don't need so much speed. However, now that we are dealing with the main… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would highly recommend this solution. The trends in storage solutions have been going through a lot of changes. They are not as centered on basic storage. They are moving to local and multiple nodes… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Vendor
IT Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 18 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the service during post-implementation, and not just pre-implementation, is the most valuable feature. That's the most important thing for us. When the system is… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is that it doesn't crash.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more fast storage and more inside support.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price is not too high.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We knew we needed a new solution because of our growth.

What other advice do I have?

They should buy it of course.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Vendor
Engineer at CT Internacional
Jun 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The valuable feature for me is the best performance when I source the data. I manage a lot of data and my storage is very low.

How has it helped my organization?

I had a lot of problems with storage before. When I implemented this solution, the storage was faster. There is very little down time.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better implementation with Veeam.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

The solution is fast. I’m very excited about it. It's very easy to implement and manage.
Vendor
Network Admin at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Jun 16 2017

What is most valuable?

We use a lot of different products by HPE, with 3PAR being one of the biggest. When we look at Synergy, we see how we can integrate. We have our 3PAR SAN. We see how we have our physical servers and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It is easy to use. The OS and the UI are straightforward. It's all manageable inside HPE OneView and it is attached to HPE Synergy. It's a unified experience. It really sucks going through 10… more »

What needs improvement?

We would like to see more Nimble integration, now that HPE owns Nimble. We would like to see how they come up with solutions to integrate Nimble storage and all-flash storage into our existing 3PAR… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I say try it out. There are a lot of test drives of all their solutions. Look at the UI. See how well you can integrate with your existing systems and talk to the HPE guys. They are willing to show… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've looked at Dell, but we've always been an HPE shop. We don't really have any plans of changing that.
Consultant
Systems administrator at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jun 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is being all-flash. We have an all-flash SAN. It has been great having production systems be much faster than they were previously. The UI is nice. It is easy to work with.

How has it helped my organization?

It has been easier to provision storage and it has been faster using it.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see compression and deduplication. I know that future versions of the software will have compression.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

Read the best practices guides.
Vendor
Director of Network Services at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Jun 15 2017

What is most valuable?

The performance and the support are pretty good.

How has it helped my organization?

Performance. We used to be with NetApp. The overall performance is much better with this solution.

What needs improvement?

Maybe they could have better alerting. We've had an issue where we had a flapping network link, and it didn't tell us that was happening. We only saw symptoms of the issue. I'd like to see better… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I still think it is the best solution out there. HPE will help support issues or even upgrades.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our shortlist included Nimble and 3PAR. One reason we changed was because we have local support.
Vendor
Network Server Admin at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 14 2017

What is most valuable?

Cost per disk storage, uptime, and ease of upgrade.

How has it helped my organization?

It runs all the time. I've never had a problem with it. Upgrades have been flawless. We've had controllers die in the middle of the day, and it was no big deal. We've had shelves die in the middle of… more »

What needs improvement?

I think they just released Flash Cache. It is the new SSD where you write all your caching information to flash disk, and then it writes it down to your nearline or your flash disk. We just bought all… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

Go with it. It's a beast of a storage system. We love ours. When looking for a vendor, the most important thing is support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had looked at Pure Storage , Hitachi , and a couple others. However, 3PAR gave us the best bang for the buck.
Eleny Goritsas
Real User
Sales Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
May 15 2017

What is most valuable?

I think the biggest thing about it is it supports mixed workloads. Instead of having to have different arrays or anything to support different workloads, you can actually support them all within 3PAR and you can, which I think is one of the key things. The other thing is it's virtualized and the performance on it is good.

What needs improvement?

I do a lot of research when I'm trying to find an answer to something, and I want the documentation to be clear. Tell me what's supported. Case and point, we just announced Direct Connect with 3PAR 8000, which we didn't have before. If you look at SPOCK, the information there was not clear and it looked like we actually had a big debate going. The support on it is very limited for Direct Connect… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you have a bunch of mixed workloads and you have an environment, it'll support most customers' solutions. You can get a lot more storage in a smaller footprint, so for your data center, power cooling, and OPEX, it's a good solution.
Vendor
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
May 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is definitely the way they've taken into consideration the tiered storage aspect of it. They've added a newer gen now; they were adding the faster A6 and whatnot to accommodate more workloads. That's been really great for us. The tiered storage solution they used was a lot more beneficial for our company. We have a lot of data storage that's just cold storage but it… more »

How has it helped my organization?

With 3PAR, we got more insights. We could see where data is going; overall better performance as well from that standpoint. For the ProLiant servers, I don't know what to say about the series. I rack them and throw them in there. Once you put them on a rack, as long as you don't mess with it, they just run.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Senior Technology Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
May 11 2017

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

They work reasonably well. We've only had a couple of problems with them, and HPE knows about the problems.

What needs improvement?

On certain of their features that we have to use to migrate data, it tends to go off for about 60 or 90 seconds toward the end of the work.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is pretty good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup was relatively straightforward.
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

All Flash Only * Designed as only flash with the xx50 designation. This array was never intended for spinning disk or hybrid use. * We have never seen a disk or other… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We were quite hesitant on the array size when it was pitched as our replacement of an aged SAN. We were guaranteed we would get much more space than the physical capacity… more »

What needs improvement?

I would really love to see HPE add some cloud analytics. So many other Tier 1 SAN vendors have enhanced cloud analytics and flashy visuals. While HPE has the StoreFront… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Remember, you are charged per disk with a 3PAR array for licensing. Make note of this when considering future capacity. A smaller number of higher capacity SSDs can be… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

* Make sure that you are trained on the nuances of 3PAR technology if you select this Storage Area Network. * There are many useful features and you need to leverage them… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated EMC, Nimble, IBM, NetApp, and Pure Storage.
Vendor
IT Manager at Rádio Renascença
Mar 09 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are integrity, performance, and stability. It's a very good solution for the right price.

How has it helped my organization?

It's a better solution because we can operate faster than before.

What needs improvement?

If we could do more things online for the business, it would be great.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

If you buy 3PAR, you will have a good and stable solution for your business.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Global Head of Server and Storage Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 24 2017

What is most valuable?

* The ease of scaling. * It's ability to provide different endpoints with different amounts of scalable storage. * The way that it integrates with different HPE systems, such as the CLX, which is a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The greatest benefit is its uptime. Also, performance and flexibility are very good. It runs both virtual workloads, as well as, native presentation workloads for both Windows and Unix environments… more »

What needs improvement?

We rely on WORM, so some sort of WORM feature would be good. We have to use other platforms for that. It would be nice to have that on the table right here.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

When picking a vendor, the ability to execute on time and deliver on time is most important.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking at NetApp and EMC.
Consultant
Owner at Serit IT Partner
Jan 24 2017

What is most valuable?

* It's fast. * You can mix cheap storage with expensive storage. * It's very reliable. It's a system that is 100%; no failures.

How has it helped my organization?

We have approximately 100 companies renting servers and storage from us. We are using HPE 3PAR to achieve a hybrid IT solution, combined with Asher. It helps us earn money.

What needs improvement?

I want an easier solution for provisioning new servers. Currently we need to go in, set up a server, give the server names and functions, declare the number of gigabytes the server has for storage, and so on.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have three EVAs that we were using before we took 3PAR.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise colleagues to buy the flexible capacity that HPE provides with 3PAR. When we selected HPE, our most important criterion is that they cooperate well with us.
Consultant
Infrastructure Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 24 2017

What is most valuable?

The 3PAR is very reliable, flexible, scalable, stable, and is a high performance storage solution that is easy to administer. It meets all the requirements we have for storage systems. We used to have HPE’s XP solution. That was a little bit too costly. We also had the EVA systems on the 3PARs and the mid-range suits our work very well.

What needs improvement?

It is difficult for me to say where the areas of improvement are because we haven’t been able to test all the features yet. At the moment, it’s OK for us. I would like to see it cheaper to increase the cost effectiveness.

What other advice do I have?

We needed to invest in a new solution because we moved out entire data centers. I used to be at HPE, so we had to take HPE solutions. We are very confident with them. Now in the new company, we are going to set it up exactly as it was in HPE. We made HPE come faster to the market with a solution that is market proven. We didn't want to have any additional risks. If a colleague was looking for this… more »
Vendor
Network Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 17 2017

What is most valuable?

We find the adaptive optimization and dynamic optimization to be the most valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

This has not improved my organization at all. It has had a direct effect on how we see our storage solution and how critical it really is and how availability is a priority. This product ran great for… more »

What needs improvement?

Only room for improvement would be to just abandon this product line and start with another.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

STAY AWAY. They will give you a book for an invoicing quote.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
IT Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The reliability, scalability, and performance of HPE 3PAR are the most important things for us.

How has it helped my organization?

Now we have a reliable solution, divided over two data centers. The peer persistence solution provides us with a viable disaster recovery solution. We can do failover to the other site without… more »

What needs improvement?

We have only had it for one year. At the moment, I don’t know about areas for improvement. Everything we need is included.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

We have had nothing but a good experience over the last year. I would advise colleagues to go with HPE 3PAR. The most important criterion when I choose a vendor is reliability. Reliability is very… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were obliged to look into other vendors; but we tried not to leave HPE because we have many years of experience with them.
Vendor
Category Manager at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 10 2017

What is most valuable?

To me, the deduplication features and compression are really helpful. The all-flash integration is valuable. It's high-density storage, so the total cost of ownership of the solution is good for a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's easy to manage. There is less need to manage the storage and we are more able to focus on the business.

What needs improvement?

Product improvement is a matter of the orientation of storage solutions in the market. Product improvement will follow the market trend and HPE will follow market trend about storage solutions.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did use previous solutions, but it's a matter of quality and it's a matter of economics and that was the choice.

What other advice do I have?

I suggest to sometimes be disruptive in the choice of storage solution and don't always focus on the continuity. Sometimes discontinuity may help. When picking a vendor, reliability is important… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Storage Engineer Architect at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 10 2017

What is most valuable?

The main features are good pricing, very good options, and ease of use. From a management point of view, the reports provided by the management console are very good.

What needs improvement?

We are pretty happy with what we have. One small disappointment was when we invested in an HPE 3PAR 7440c two years ago. We had heard that it was supposed to be a long-term system. Around a year later, when they answered our RFP, it was for… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

You need a good service contract. HPE has a solution called Datacenter Care. If you are a big, critical customer, then you should get this type of contract.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We received four replies on the RFP, and HPE beat them all in terms of price.
Vendor
IT Systems Manager at City Electrical Factors
Jan 10 2017

What is most valuable?

Most valuable to us are the capacity, the scalability, and also the reliability.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit of HPE 3PAR flash storage is the scalability. It generally has good reliability.

What needs improvement?

The SSD disks mainly did well performance-wise. Now that the cost of the system is reduced, it's more financially viable as well. We did have firmware problems with them over the years, but generally… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

We currently use the P4000, which is iSCSI. We will go for the fiber channel next time, which we have been comparing with the 3PAR. When choosing a vendor, their reputation, and obviously the quality… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Consultant
Senior Infrastructure Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 10 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the scalability and the support, because you need to keep the business running.

How has it helped my organization?

I am not sure that there are benefits over other solutions. It's just that we've always used HPE. I think it comes down again to be more about support and the scalability.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a lot more monitoring and reporting out of the box.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used to use HPE EVA. We needed to switch because we couldn't expand anymore.

What other advice do I have?

I think that it's a more mature product now, so you’ll probably have a better experience; but certainly do your homework on your actual workloads and what you need. We initially got a solution which… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Vendor
Department head Data AOS with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 08 2017

What is most valuable?

Most valuable to us is that the 3PAR is very easy to use and has good response times.

How has it helped my organization?

It is a very responsive system with no latencies and high performance.

What needs improvement?

I would really like to see it be more efficient at reclaiming storage when deleting something, instead of just being thin at the start.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at some of the bigger vendors like Dell EMC and IBM, of course.
Vendor
Bankprokurist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 01 2017

What is most valuable?

This tool is directly attached to the ProLiant server. It has very, very low latency.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution hasn’t benefited the entire company. It's a special solution that has provided benefit for part of the company. We have global data instruments around the world. This tool has allowed us… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see fewer licenses.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

I have experience with HPE since 1996. I'm a member of "Connect". I know HPE better than I know IBM. Some HPE solutions are very good. In terms of performance and digital equipment, they have very… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Head of Infrastructure and Security at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Jan 01 2017

What is most valuable?

* The most valuable feature to me is its reliability. After that, it is the architecture, and the rest of the HPE sort of products, like the blades and the storage. * You've got the best of breed from a storage perspective, and a proven… more »

What needs improvement?

Small companies are interested in simplicity and a very granular licensing model is something that poses a number of challenges. From the cost perspective, (usually this licensing model is geared towards revenue generating…) it makes it… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using direct attached storage. We moved to Sun; and then we decided to implement 3PAR.

What other advice do I have?

It all depends on what you need, and how you can justify the cost. It is not a cheap solution. It depends on what you have. If it's a brand new setup, then there are other paths you can take, and it's worth researching them. If you already… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
IT Architect at Bolagsverket
Jan 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The speed and the storage optimization are the best features. I realized that instead of mixing with the traditional hard drives and flash, we could go with flash. We made an RFP, and found that for… more »

How has it helped my organization?

* We removed a lot of the restrictions of our old storage solution so we would have better performing applications. * We didn’t have to worry about storage anymore.

What needs improvement?

We are waiting for the compression to use on a daily basis. We have some deep ticket issues that I know about related to this. Otherwise, we are fairly happy with the solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

If you want Sun or old fashioned good storage optimization technology, then 3PAR is very, very good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Consultant
CIO at Bruggs Cable
Dec 27 2016

What is most valuable?

It's quite fast, easy to manage, and easy to extend. Adding new shelves or new platforms is easy.

How has it helped my organization?

In our case, 3PARs were easier to implement into our existing environment. Also, we had problem with storage space so it was the easiest way to expand.

What needs improvement?

I'm happy for the moment. But I would like to see them implement the new types of RAM; the NVRAM that is being used in the server environment. This would make storage quite a bit faster. It's not… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would say go for it. You should at least give it a chance.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
IT System admin at Imeldaziekenhuis vzw
Dec 26 2016

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

It is affordable and trustworthy with high availability. It has never been down since I’ve been using it.

What needs improvement?

Everything I need is in already, but we could maybe use a bit more monitoring to get more insight into performance and where the bottlenecks are.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very good in terms of stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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.

How are customer service and technical support?

I'm doing it all by myself.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using a slower solution, and then it went down a few times. So we…
Vendor
ICT System Engineer at Universitätsspital Zürich
Dec 26 2016

What is most valuable?

Flexibility, in regards to the different disk tiers in the 3PAR, is the most valuable feature.I can manually move data between the different tiers (NL, FC or SSD) or I can let AO do it for me. Thus I do not need 100% precise planning in… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I can play with it real time, all day. There's no need for a very dedicated planning for the future because I always can change it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

Go and play. We have a lot of offices and backup sites so they can really get hands on. That's the benefit.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Vendor
Technical Project Manager at a engineering company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 24 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its tiered approach to data structuring. We can quickly move data that's stored on slow disks to faster disks if the demand arises. That's good value for our company.

How has it helped my organization?

We've recently embarked on a large-scale convergence project where we've consolidated about 250 physical servers to virtual servers. Those virtual servers are hosted onto 3PARs 7400 systems, which are located in two data centers. They give… more »

What needs improvement?

Data de-duplication is something that's lacking in 3PAR. We use HPE StoreOnce systems as part of a backup solution. StoreOnce systems, they use a SAS disks, which are spin disks. They have about 80% de-duplication ratio, which from a backup… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

We have a global HPE agreement and it depends on the sort of size of projects and whether or not we issue and RFP when we got to other suppliers. If we do issue an RFP, then we're not tied internally to working with HPE. We can work with… more »
Vendor
Systems Analyst at Turku PET Centre
Dec 24 2016

What is most valuable?

It's dynamic and easy to manage. It really meets our requirements.

How has it helped my organization?

We are in healthcare and we do a lot of imaging with huge amounts of data. If and when we need more storage space, extending 3PAR is easy. It has made everything more simple.

What needs improvement?

There aren’t many things to improve, but better monitoring would help us get a better look at everything we are doing. I would like to see more monitoring and graphs. It's not easy to pick up the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

All of the products with every vendor have their strong points. The strong point for HPE was that we had used HPE before. We were able to transform from the old system (EVA) to 3PAR, and that was the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Consultant
IT Manager at Turku PET Centre
Dec 24 2016

What is most valuable?

For us, the most important feature is reliability. It must be tough because we work in a hospital and we want it to be solid. It must work always, always, always.

How has it helped my organization?

We count on that it works and it's always on; at a quarter of the price. The price and the reliability are key for us.

What needs improvement?

We need faster disks, but their solid-state disk takes care of that. But they are expensive. I think the solution is to spend more money.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Actually, it was HPE old technology. We really didn't switch anything. It's HPE already just old hardware, so we just upgraded.

What other advice do I have?

We like the system, so I can suggest to a friend that 3PAR is okay.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Consultant
Connect Germany at Westfälische Wilhelms-University
Dec 15 2016

How has it helped my organization?

The great value is the integration with the hardware and the software which really has great features that they develop over time. The system we bought back in 2012/13 and installed in 2013 is no longer in the system we are using now in 2016. This is because the software evolved so much and features… more »

What needs improvement?

The things I keep asking for are certain features which are now available but not to all the systems that are on the market. Sometimes they say we don't think the hardware you have can sustain this feature. We don't let you try it if it probably can't sustain the feature. There are other features… more »

What other advice do I have?

In terms of choosing a vendor, there is a mix of capabilities. You need to find someone who is proven in the field, in general. But if you want to go for latest products, we bought a 7400 even before it was announced. There is nothing in the field. You have to have good partners with whom you can… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Storage and Virtualisation Analyst at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 14 2016

What is most valuable?

For me, the most valuable feature is its flexibility. You don't have to pre-plan everything. With more traditional storage systems, you had to decide on the size of your RAID groups and what RAID groups you wanted. A lot of customers don't… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Since 3PAR is self tuning and it optimizes itself to a better level of performance, then that translates to the application level and the business users can get their functions done quicker and more efficiently.

What needs improvement?

I think it needs to become even more automated, especially with all this new hyper-converged functionality, which is really easy to upgrade. It should also be self-healing. The upgrade process is still quite clunky for 3PAR. It receives an… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think the license structure is quite transparent and fair.

What other advice do I have?

I'd say are the main two qualities vendor must have is good product and good technical support. Obviously, they must also have a reasonable price. 3PAR is reliable. Although it takes a little bit of time to get set up, once you get set up… more »
Vendor
CIO at Vanheede Environment Group
Dec 11 2016

What is most valuable?

The data deduplication is one valuable feature. Another thing is the fast storage possibility and the whole clustering mode. Because we have a dual data center set-up and we wanted to have a high availability solution, we chose HPE 3PAR.

How has it helped my organization?

This has helped our organization with fast storage and the whole administration which is handled quite automatically. In this way, I can save one full time equivalent (FTE) a year in my team, so that alone is a great benefit.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a more stable deduplication because with the deduplication we have right now, the percentage that we can save is not as high as we hoped for. The second thing I’d like to see is a more scalable and faster storage… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

When looking for a vendor, stability and a proven track record are the things to look for. I would absolutely recommend it. When you need fast storage, high capacity, and deduplication, it's a good solution.
Vendor
CIO at Equra Health
Dec 11 2016

What is most valuable?

It's probably the most cost-effective, value-for-money system for the mid-market.

How has it helped my organization?

Besides from being cost effective, it's got a low-cost disk, upon which you can load any of your imaging stuff. Then, there are also the higher-cost disks, and the SSDs, which are phenomenally fast. SSDs make our systems work significantly… more »

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I think I would like to see lower-cost SSD features. I would prefer to spend a little bit less there so I can afford to actually move my entire 3PAR system into SSDs.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I have heard of a solution called "Clear" or something like that. If you look at them, trolley-for-trolley, or pound for pound, I think that HPE 3PAR is probably the best system around.
Consultant
Managing Director at Lanware
Dec 08 2016

What is most valuable?

The service and the support, as well as the technology. Yes, there are plenty of technical features that it offers, which we would expect from HPE. One of the reasons that we use HPE is because they… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's a very critical technology component within our service offering. The storage sits central to everything else, such that it needs to be really robust. It needs to be highly available and it needs… more »

What needs improvement?

I suppose I’d like to see more security in terms of encryption on the device without it impacting performance. For all I know, that might exist. It’s something occasionally we get asked for. Our… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before 3PAR, we used the HPE EVA technology. We’ve always used HPE.

What other advice do I have?

Absolutely get the design of the system right. Work very closely with the right pre-sales technical teams. If you don't, it can be expensive to try and rectify that after you've bought it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Broadcasting Technologist at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 08 2016

What is most valuable?

The features I like are the reliability, the cost, and support. It is quite an expensive kit, but the support we get and the reliability is what we pay for, and that's important to us.

How has it helped my organization?

The scalability has improved our organization. We can add to it, and we can future-proof it in that regard. It's flexible in that we can grow it or shrink it as our business demands require. It allows… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see, obviously, regular disks and more storage on them. I would like to be able to fit more data into the same amount of space or smaller. That's always where disk storage is going to… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

When looking for a vendor, look for reliability, backup, support, and reputation. It's got to be someone we know who has a good reputation in the industry. We do go with some newer sort of vendors as… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Section Manager at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 08 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the functions and the flash disks. They make our storage system much faster than previous systems.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit is that it's one big solution and then we have all of the flash functions.

What needs improvement?

I would you like to see compression included in a future release. That’s what we are missing.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We knew we needed to invest in a new solution because of lifecycle management. It was time to lifecycle the product.

What other advice do I have?

Look at the vendor’s support and the setup; the benefits. HPE is great.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Philip Sellers
Real User
Solutions Engineer at AmWINS Group, Inc.
Dec 04 2016

What is most valuable?

In a word, performance. It was primarily brought in to replace our EVA with something that was more capable from a performance perspective. We did not order solid state in our original configuration and we were looking for something which… more »

What needs improvement?

My 3PAR array is too old to support File Persona, and I would love to be able to do that, but that's something that we would need more powerful controllers. We've got the first generation, so at some point we will get it, but we've got to… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

I really love that platform. It's rocked for us. It's, like I said before, it's near nirvana for our environment, because we are trying to do something where we want to avoid disasters and have seamless fail-over, and I don't know of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Consultant
Senior PreSale Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 19 2016

What is most valuable?

* High granularity * Easy to use * Convergence with the HPE/VMware ecosystem

How has it helped my organization?

3PAR's ease-of-use has really improved our functioning because it requires less administration and less tuning. It really just works.

What needs improvement?

We need something with less performance and lower cost to fill a gap in our customer solution offerings. We'd like to be able to have something like branch office storage, which is still capable of interacting with enterprise systems like 3PAR 8400, for example, in terms of replication, backup… more »

What other advice do I have?

3PAR made its success by scaling down enterprise systems to the mid-range level, which was not typical for the storage market. Although no one cares about inventing something cheap, HP did it with 3PAR and succeeded. But my advice would to try it! It's cool.
Vendor
Senior Systems Engineer - Storage and Virtualization at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 22 2016

What is most valuable?

It's reliable and it's fast.

What needs improvement?

They are constantly moving and will address an issue instantaneously. If somebody has an issue, HPE is very responsive because the 3PAR is one of the flagship products. I haven’t had any issues and they’re very on top of making sure that we follow through with code upgrades.

What other advice do I have?

To pick a solution, we generally create a matrix and then fill in what we want out of the product. We pump in vendors and choose whoever meets the targets that we set. I would also advise that users follow best practices with the 3PAR.
Vendor
Director - Data Centre Operations at MCAP
Aug 21 2016

What is most valuable?

What's relatively common in most SAN environments is consolidation of storage under a single management interface or pool. The ability to quickly scale and expand storage as required, and to accommodate whatever deliverables you're putting out there. I think one of the advantages of 3PAR obviously… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Although there's been a lot of technical advancement, one of my biggest beefs with HP's drive towards OneView as a management platform for this point is really around their licensing. It's been somewhat cost prohibitive. Obviously with the new release of OneView in the near future, the licensing… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

Really understand what your needs and requirements and future expectations are. Every vendor has a product that fits in the same market space, whether it be Dell, IBM or HP. I think it's really about what your long-term expectations and goals are. With 3PAR for example, if a lot of your underlying… more »
Vendor
Storage Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 31 2016

What is most valuable?

It's a definitely an easy to use interface. It's also easy to learn. We're currently moving over to more HPE solutions, so it was an easy transition.

How has it helped my organization?

Ease of management at the device level. Having the volume sets is a lot more efficient than we do on some other systems, so it's easier to group by host. That was definitely better than the other systems.

What needs improvement?

One big thing I would like to see is to be able to promote a virtual volume while it's still exporting. That's something a lot of the arrays are doing, other vendors, and 3PAR is kind of the only one that's not doing it. It's kind of the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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… more »

What other advice do I have?

Know that the raw usable is actually raw and not a lot of arrays come with their usable being RAIDed already. Say it says 270 terabytes, that's raw, and it's actually if you use a RAID5 you got to take a 20%. So you have to adjust for that… more »
Vendor
Systems Engineering Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 31 2016

What is most valuable?

I think it's the direction in which they're moving in terms of flash storage and being able to take your legacy systems, integrate the old hard drives with flash storage and perform the migrations. Especially when including virtualization and trying to shrink your data center and improve performance.

How has it helped my organization?

HPE has been our de facto standard, and the benefits are the integration with the rest of our system, including solutions for system administration of having one interface with OneView and being able to use 3PAR with your storage and manage everything. The integration with virtualization as all that just brings down cost with administration, and to me that's one of the biggest things it brings.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Vendor
Senior Datacenter Specialist at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Jul 31 2016

What is most valuable?

What I like about 3PAR is just how easy it is to use. A lot of my guys don't do storage admin every day and yet they have no issues allocating the storage. From my perspective, it's really easy for me to be able to get in and do any… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's consistency. And again, it's going through to HPE for everything. And I know that my blade, my DL and my 3PAR are all going to work seamlessly together.

What needs improvement?

Upgrades on them are a bit tricky. For us to do a head swap on one is a full outer joiner storage frame, which is obviously not that easy to do in a production environment.

What other advice do I have?

Either go all Flash or at least a mix of flash and near line, you don't want to just get locked in with just near line or SaaS, because you're going to get locked in with slow disk and it gets really hard to upgrade after the fact.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Real User
IT Manager at Continental Currency Services
Jul 25 2016

What is most valuable?

It's very user intuitive. It's not really that complicated as long as you have the basic knowledge on how SANs work. It's easily deployable and costs verses other brands is good. This size is also a plus.

How has it helped my organization?

It's more about the redundancy. Their uptime has to be pretty much all the time. They can't really afford to have any down time. The reliability that HPE offers, the 3PARs are just a perfect fit for the company. They're easily deployable and it's easy to provision storage to the blade server when we… more »

What needs improvement?

There's a lot of stuff you can do with the 3PAR. Right now, we're using it for what it's mainly designed for - the provision storage. I'm still looking into all the other features like Deduplication and Flash Cache. If we see that deduplication can fit into our infrastructure, and if it will benefit… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Vendor
Sr. Manager Enterprise Services at a venture capital & private equity firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 11 2016

What is most valuable?

The performance that we get out of it. We probably purchased too big an array for our needs. We're not even touching on the IOPs that it can do. That's been a great benefit; the support on the 3PAR has been really nice also. It's very reliable and it was cost competitive with other arrays at the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We're almost entirely HPE outside of the network stack, so it's nice to have one place to call for support. When comparing the cost to the comparable EMC solution at the time that we purchased it, 3PAR was significantly cheaper. It was almost 100% financial decision. They had similar performance… more »

What needs improvement?

Support in the European region. These are things we are addressing with HPE and they're fixing already, but that's been the biggest problem - getting support engineers scheduled for maintenance, replacing a drive, doing an upgrade. We've had scheduling problems with them. We had one instance where… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend it over anything. It's a great array; the cost was very competitive; the performance is great.
Vendor
Senior Systems Engineer at a university with 10,001+ employees
Jul 05 2016

What is most valuable?

Easy management is huge as is the scalability and the performance.

How has it helped my organization?

We're using deduplication a lot so getting a return on our investment there is a great. We're getting a lot of performance through that, so we're running probably a 1000 VMs on a 7440 that has done pretty well for us.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to see reporting around percent of utilization on the performance side. It tells you what you're doing in the reporting but I would like to know what my array's capable of, versus what I'm using.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

Get 4 nodes at the start. I would say that's important. Plan more long term rather than what you need now. Get the licensing and nodes you need upfront, makes it easier to expand later.
Vendor
IT Director of Technology at Resorts World Las Vegas
Jun 29 2016

What is most valuable?

We used it in a casino BI environment, along with the BladeSystem 3000. It was a very good performer, and really no problems with it. It was rock-solid. Using it in a BI environment, we got a lot of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's a good performer. There's a lot of options coming out with the 3PAR and I'm very interested in looking at the old Flash systems too. In fact, I'm actually thinking of converting the 3PAR… more »

What needs improvement?

It needs to be cheaper.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a very expensive solution.

What other advice do I have?

In a converged environment, 3PAR is a very good product to look at. There's a lot of good competition out there with NetApp and EMC VNX, but 3PAR is right up there with them. It has features and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Consultant
CIO at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 29 2016

What is most valuable?

We went with 3PAR because we primarily use other storage solutions for our main production products. We chose 3PAR for one product because it runs on OpenVMS and it's only certified to run on HPE. That's why we went with 3PAR. It was a… more »

What needs improvement?

It's a mature product. It's been working fine.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

What other advice do I have?

I would also evaluate others hard. We use Pure Storage in other areas a lot.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Vendor
Technical Advisor - IT Service Management (ITSM) at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 29 2016

What is most valuable?

The 3PAR is a way for us to manage our SAN fabric and have a way to do that in this very complex environment in which we operate. The 3PAR's been something we've relied upon for a number of years and continue to do so.

How has it helped my organization?

Our particular function works to coordinate with our capacity teams to define the requirements and then they come to us and say they need this amount of storage attached and so forth. From a technical standpoint, I'm not really well versed in that particularly. Internally in our company it's more… more »

What needs improvement?

I was trying to get into the StoreServe this morning; couldn't get into the basic hands-on lab. Technically, I can't address anything as far as features, support, or anything like that which might be helpful.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.
Vendor
Chief Digital Officer, Director at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 27 2016

What is most valuable?

The implementation of it was amazing. It's easy and it's come a long way. The platform we had before was about four years old, so the technology's always going to be better. We didn't take that for granted. Overall I think that the ease of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It's really taken away a few headaches that we had. It's one of those things you know it's there until you get something that's built for what we want to do, it was matched to what our requirements were. It's provided huge turnaround for… more »

What needs improvement?

I'd like it to be quicker.

What other advice do I have?

Think about the next 10 years, where are you heading. Personally, I say HPE's a pretty strong organization. They send the right messages, saying the right things. They seem like a very digital company which is all about customer, and that… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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… more »
Vendor
Network Analyst at Central CUSD #301
Feb 08 2016

What is most valuable?

* The overall quality of the product is fantastic. Advanced Optimization is one of the best features I never thought I needed until I actually used it and saw it in action. * The overall speed has been great as well. * Create vVols and assigning them to the hosts is streamlined and easy. * The ability to delegate and control every aspect of the storage array has allowed us to split the workload… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have a HP 3PAR C7200 storage array with a small portion of it being Flash. Even though it's a small percentage of our total SANs usable capacity, the applications that we run off it have greatly exceeded our expectations. I can't even fathom the performance increase of having an all-Flash array. Using HP's Adaptive Optimization including the Flash storage, it's great to see if one of our… more »

What needs improvement?

The management console could use some work. All the functionality is there, of course, but it can be hard to find some features or do certain tasks. I feel like to get to some features, I need to dig through many sub-menus then tabs in those sub-menus to change a simple thing. Their StoreServ Console (optional) Makes this better, but it still isn't perfect. I would love to see some better help… more »
Vendor
Head of IT Architecture at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 17 2016

What is most valuable?

Most importantly for us, this product provides us with flexibility, it has a tiered architecture, and was easy to adopt into our IT infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

We built our data warehouse around it, which now operates much more efficiently. We have a smaller footprint, thus saving us physical space and costs associated with larger structures.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see more and better documentation on how we can get more out of it. This is lacking right now and I feel like we can do much more with our investment. Both documentation and education on how to best use the product would be nice.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other options as we were going through a third-party supplier, but I can't recall specifically which other vendors we considered.
Vendor
Head of Global Engineering Computing at Siemens
Jan 17 2016

What is most valuable?

We use 3PAR to separate certain parts of our infrastructure. For example, we can decide which portion of our data will be stored on SSD's and which will be stored on disc drives. We have a flexible contract with HP in order to do this, and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It makes us more flexible because we can extend our storage size easily. But the most important advantage, again, is our flexible contract with HP. It's a technically wonderful product, but it's also wonderful because of the contract. We… more »

What needs improvement?

We're satisfied with the existing solution, but we are still having discussions to improve something. We're not missing anything in terms of hardware, but the firmware could be improved.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

3PAR is less costly than our previous solution. We were able to migrate from EVA to 3PAR.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate other options because we've been with HP for many years now. We have 25 locations worldwide and we needed a global flash-storage solution. HP, also a global company, was the right fit.
Vendor
Storage Admin at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 17 2016

What is most valuable?

With our previous EVA system, we couldn't shift data between different tiers online. We have multi-tiered storage and can move them online between SSD and global SAS. With 3PAR, we can quickly move our large volumes and check or test… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have zero downtime with 3PAR. This saves us a lot of money as the business stays up and running.

What needs improvement?

There is only one thing I would really like to see, but I'm not entirely sure if this is actually 3PAR-related or not. I'd like real-time reporting. We can get reports, but it's difficult to monitor the system in real-time, which is… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is fair, but you have to pay for every little feature, which is something I really dislike about HP. You buy the software, then the hardware, then the OS license, then if you want more, you have to pay more just to put your data… more »

What other advice do I have?

We're really happy with 3PAR as it performs very well despite a few failing discs, which is normal. Upgrades went well and we haven't had any outages. We'd recommend it to others.
Tony Rigby
Real User
Head of IT Infrastructure at Amey
Jan 13 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is the ease of 3PAR's scalability. We have 330 different organizations within our company; we do anything and everything. That's why scalability of 3PAR is so important to us.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides us with on-demand service. For example, if we win a contract but don't have access to a service facility until midnight, we have to be able to "flood in" suddenly to keep the services running without any downtime. We have to be able to keep the systems running instantaneously and don't… more »

What needs improvement?

It needs to provide better customer visibility of what's going on. For example, having access to a customer's ticketing system if only on a real-time, read-only basis could be a perspective that's extremely helpful. It's important that we have clear and open lines of communications with our… more »

What other advice do I have?

If you speak to your techies, as opposed to your managers, and ask them how easy it is for them to use and understand 3PAR, they'll say it gets a 10/10. The techies get it and they love it.
Vendor
Director of ICT at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 12 2016

What is most valuable?

We can deploy new servers and new solutions pretty quickly. If systems are stopped while the record picks up that they're starting to fail, we can add more resources to them quite dynamically.

How has it helped my organization?

It's a lot more automated and a lot easier, which provides us with a better business continuity solution.

What needs improvement?

HP has what they call the OSS, operation support site. I hand over all my BAU to HP to manage and fix, but they don't go down to the 3PAR level. We can't afford to fall back on government money to take the time to identify issues. OSS only provides high-level support, and it would be an improvement… more »

What other advice do I have?

Spend as much as you can on HP support for the product. Don't rely on it being all in-house.
Vendor
Senior IT Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 08 2016

What is most valuable?

The compression it offers is probably the most valuable feature for us. We're able to reduce 16 terabytes of data by a 2:1 ratio, giving us the ability to put a lot more onto the 3PAR than our previous solution. Our files include a lot of… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have about 250 users on it and it's not messy. We're able to tailor it to our needs, including the GUI, which makes it easy to use.

What needs improvement?

IT is always evolving, but there are no improvements that I see right now. There will be a lot of new stuff, I'm sure. I'm interested to see what happens in the future.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our prior solution was end-of-life, and this was about six or seven years ago.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at EMC, Nimble, and Pure Storage, but 3PAR is the market leader.
Vendor
Infrastructure Specialist VMware/Server with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 07 2016

What is most valuable?

Scalability is the most valuable feature for us. It also has a great price point for cutting edge technology.

What needs improvement?

Because we buy so much storage, we have a lot of headroom that we may not use for six-12 months. So what we'd like to see is the booked-capacity piece which has recently been introduced at HP Discovery London. We'd also want tighter integration between NetApp and HP. We also had stability issues… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

At my prior employer, we used EMC and NetApp, which were stable platforms and environments. A lot of it comes down to how you deploy. 3PAR is also a great product, but you can still deploy it incorrectly.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* EMC * NetApp * Whiptail The storage team tech lead chose HP over these.
Vendor
CIO at Anadolu Medical Center
Jan 07 2016

What is most valuable?

We need performance and this provides it. We also need affordable prices -- both at sales and post-sales -- and maintenance. In terms of technical support, our local HP team supports my requests and I know we can turn to them to understand our issues. In terms of the technology itself, it's not much different from other technologies. But what sets it apart if what happens after the sale --… more »

What needs improvement?

I'd like their technical support to be better. If we need to go to level three, there isn't always someone locally and it can be time consuming to get someone with the right skills.

What other advice do I have?

If it is a first time investment, it's no problem. If it's a migration, then you need to take care of the migration risks as well. There should be no data loss because migration is risky.
Vendor
Senior IT Specialist at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 31 2015

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the reporting and replication. With the reporting, we get needed information about how much and where we're consuming storage. Reporting also shows us our replication as we replicate between volumes.

How has it helped my organization?

It's helped us with data redundancy, which makes our system run more efficiently. Also, the interface is user friendly, but it requires a little training to know all the different functionalities and options.

What needs improvement?

It could improve in the virtualization of the storage. Also, it needs better reporting on other vendors' technologies, such as VMware.
Vendor
Senior Server Engineer/Service Owner at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 31 2015

What is most valuable?

There are several valuable features, including the easy-to-use application and straightforward end-user tools. That's been helpful for me and there's nothing complicated to learn. The reporting and charting are also actually quite good. I… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I think it leverages our investments of using this multi-tiered storage approach. We have SSDs, we have SAS, and we have inline SAS, so we're able to have a lot more teams running in one environment rather than having to build separate… more »

What needs improvement?

It needs better statistics and configuration. The system allows too much human input. It's automated enough, but it wants you to determine some of the settings. If you do them wrong, you can make a very good system perform badly. If you do… more »

What other advice do I have?

Plan what the I/O needs are. You need better statistics before you buy something. Really plan to see what the loads are.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Hitachi and we chose HP because of the price and ease-of-use.
Vendor
ICT Infrastructure Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 31 2015

What is most valuable?

It handles the structure of our system easily and provides us with really good performance. We have the older systems and not the new ones with the 7400. They all mesh together well and we've been able to move data from the old to new easily. It's also easy to code.

How has it helped my organization?

We use all of HP's services, so HP is a big partner of ours. Staying with HP for storage means we don't need to switch partners.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see just a little bit more virtualization so that as I work on the front end, I can make any necessary disc switches. I'd also like to see expanded correspondence systems.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched because HP is stable and reliable.
Vendor
Server and telecoms services team manager/ITSM Expert at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 31 2015

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us are the flexibility and expandability of the platform itself. Also, there are regular updates with the software which bring out new features. The licensing policy is such that it brings us some additional revenue if we ever needed it. It's quite clear what kind of license we're purchasing.

How has it helped my organization?

It's simplified our management and increased the speed of our applications. We're able to use different solutions on 3PAR. It's become easier and faster to do.

What needs improvement?

We'd like to remove some of the barriers to integration with Microsoft. Having the same level of integration with Microsoft as with other applications would be an improvement.
Vendor
Sr. Unix Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 17 2015

What is most valuable?

Ease-of-use is very high on our list of features, as we are, like everyone else, trying to do more with fewer people. The reliability is very high, as we have performed… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Probably the most beneficial aspect from my viewpoint is that it has reduced the amount of time that I spend administering storage requests by at least 50%. This allows us… more »

What needs improvement?

The newer versions of the hardware have really addressed the minor concerns we had, specifically hard drive replacements which were tedious in earlier models due to shelf… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing the features that we use was not overly complex to get worked out, and HP was very helpful in providing details on the features we needed to provide the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

My company has used HP storage arrays since before I joined.

What other advice do I have?

Work with your HP pre-sales people to determine which model of array will best satisfy your requirements. I've had very good relationships with all the HP technical and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have evaluated other vendors over the years, but we have stayed with HP due to the high reliability and ease of use.
Consultant
Storage Team Lead at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 01 2015

What is most valuable?

Excellent support staff and quality equipment.

How has it helped my organization?

The 3PAR arrays provide excellent performance for a very reasonable price point.

What needs improvement?

Their installation and design engineers leave something to be desired.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I can say that one can realize very nice discounts if the order is placed towards the end of the calendar year, as that coincides with HPs fiscal end of year. Licensing for some features can be quite expensive, so one should take care to… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used other HP arrays, EMC, Netapp, and Fujitsu. HP 3PAR by far has the best combination of great equipment, very good support, and good implementation staff. We have standardized on HP 3PAR for this reason.
Vendor
Storage and Backup Engineer at Fidelity Investments
Oct 31 2015

What is most valuable?

* Scaleable from two to eight controller nodes for High Availability * Persistent fabric array ports * Performance tuning * Dynamic and adaptive optimizations * Highly granular storage * One gigabyte… more »

How has it helped my organization?

I cannot share the information on how it improved our storage estates, but in general, it has very good SAN performance compared to EMC Clariion, IBM XIV, IBM Storwize V7000 and its other competitors.

What needs improvement?

They have released a unified version of HP 3PAR, with a separate NAS server unit in the enclosure/rack. I would like to see a proper unified system (same controller serving both SAN and NAS solutions)… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing and licensing depend on the customer/partner deals and negotiations/agreements.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We chose 3PAR because it has the best price compared to its competitors, and delivers the performance expected.

What other advice do I have?

It has met our performance and stability expectations. 3PAR is one of the best in the market and it is evident that its sales have raised to 10x since it was acquired by HP. All cloud solutions from… more »
Vendor
Database & Hosting Team leader at a media company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 26 2015

What is most valuable?

The ability the use all available disks for different RAID requirements and also the replication is available out of the box. The ability to tune the volumes to spread across newly allocated drives.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we were with another vendor, and we suffered performance issues due to architecture limitation. With 3PAR, we were able to provide the business an acceptance level of performance which… more »

What needs improvement?

Better user interface compared to the current PC installed client. A browser based solution was introduced recently and improvements were noticeable.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Always purchase at the financial year end of the vendor to obtain the best pricing, and also purchase the maintenance in advance. I purchased it with five years maintenance included.

What other advice do I have?

3PAR is designed around the ASIC which eliminates the CPU bottleneck and RAID limitation in other vendors. We would say 2-3 years. Always purchase at the year end of the vendor to obtain the best… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did evaluate five other vendors, one example Nimble, however, at that time they only had iSCSI model available.
Vendor
Senior Manager, IT Infrastructure & Operations at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 14 2015

What is most valuable?

Right now we’re actually undergoing an expansion of the 3PAR and we’re using flash gearing with AO which is kind of maximizing that flash storage with a spindle in combination. I think that’s gotta be… more »

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest benefit is the flash the IOPS cannot be beat. I’m in a very ever evolving environment and I have now the confidence that I have the appropriate resources at hand that if a bigger problem… more »

What needs improvement?

I don’t know, I think as we scale I’d like to implement replication features. We haven’t been able to test those out yet ‘cause we only have one unit but no, all-in-all I’m pretty happy with the UI.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We still have it. We have a Legacy Dell Compellent Array, it does great for file storage. It just really wasn’t meeting the mark for our infrastructure and once we put this 3PAR on our SAAS… more »

What other advice do I have?

In terms of a rating from 1-10, I’d say a nine and I’m not gonna give you a ten until I have at least two units mirrored over my data centers. I think that’s gonna get me a ten, but bottom line is… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I think it’s a common theme for people in my position. I have an older array, it’s the generational investment coming up and we looked at a number of different models, different competitors but you… more »
Vendor
Sr. Director, R&D Labs at Nuance Communications
Sep 30 2015

What is most valuable?

For high-performance computing, we're always interested in innovation. The 3PAR solution, for example, with dedup and the chunklet concept is a piece of technology that… more »

How has it helped my organization?

So the benefits from using 3PAR, for example, is that with the chunklets, we can get performance and features that we've never seen before. So, for example, a traditional… more »

What needs improvement?

So one of the topics we always discuss with the 3PAR engineering team is the ability to have 3PAR run on standard hardware. Pretty much software-defined storage. That… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

So in our high performance computing environments, we are I/O bound, which means that we process about two to three million files a second. In order to process that data… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The problem we had was scalability, and we tried a numerous amount of vendors, and HP, with its product portfolio, did a great job being cost effective and allowed us to… more »

What other advice do I have?

So the criteria we use for our products is always about performance, latency, and cost. The reason for that is as a high performance computing environment, we want to get… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The partners or the vendors we worked with in the past are EMC, NetApp, and IBM. We actually had their hardware in for testing. Some of them we actually bought, based on… more »
Vendor
Sr. Systems Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 29 2015

What is most valuable?

I would say one of the most valuable is the ability to dedup on a CPG level. That's one of the newest features that has come out most recently and has enabled us to get a ratio of about 7.1 to 1… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to save money by not buying more physical drives for storage and more cabinets, things like that.

What needs improvement?

Oh, that's a great question. I would consider having better integration with VMware. It's on a license basis and VMware does communicate with the SAN, but right now the capabilities are only that it… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This was actually a revolution of getting us into the cloud because one of our clients demanded that we start offering a cloud-based solution. This is when we went out and started really looking for… more »

What other advice do I have?

Specifically with flash, I would say don't believe the hype of other vendors that say they can save you money by deduping and that was their go to strategy. With 3PAR, they can do the exact same thing… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For us, it was about reliability. Our SaaS solution, our clients depend on and our clients' customers depend on on a daily basis, so that was number one. NetApp was a contender, but honestly we mostly… more »
Consultant
Group CEO at LayerX Group
Sep 29 2015

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of the HP 3PAR solution for us I would have to say would be around thin provisioning and being able to provision big and then see what the utilization is like. And… more »

How has it helped my organization?

So a key example of how the HP 3PAR has benefited our organization would certainly be from a reputation point of view. HP 3PAR is globally well known as a very high end, if not the best storage… more »

What needs improvement?

In the future releases of 3PAR, in terms of the overall roadmap, now I have been to the CDN booth and obviously can't say too much about that. But, HP's roadmap tends to align very well with our… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

So before we went down the road of looking at the HP 3PAR, we were using another HP product, LeftHand, which was doing the job fine, but as we started to scale and started to see the demands of the… more »

What other advice do I have?

So most recently, we have implemented the all flash or the entire flash-based 3PAR 7450, and the roadmap towards making that decision was really around performance. We've always kept a couple of… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other than HP, we've been talking to, I wouldn't say working with, but we've been talking to both Cisco and Dell, more so with Dell over the years. But we've really failed to engage to the level that… more »
Vendor
Director, IT Services at University of Auckland
Sep 27 2015

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features to us are the automatic failover, the peer persistence, and that ability to be able to be confident that if we have a data center outage, that our business will keep running. Those were the features from a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Some of the benefits that we're facing in using 3PAR, I did mention before, are around the ability to patch our systems quite easily. We can easily failover. We know that if there are any issues, we can continue to provide services. We… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We knew we needed to invest in a new solution because we had a lot of issues in our data centers. We needed to increase our resilience and make sure that we could have our teaching and learning and research continue while we might have data… more »

What other advice do I have?

It just depends on what your requirements are. You've got to match your requirements to the system you need. Very important, we do reference checks. We do make sure we get all our requirements. We do comparisons. We've got pretty strict… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It needed to fit into our current infrastructure. We needed to make sure that whatever we put in place had as minimal effort required regarding staff work load. We wanted to make sure that it didn't need any manual intervention in order to… more »
John Askew
Real User
Systems Architect at The University of Auckland
Sep 02 2015

How has it helped my organization?

We're a big user of the adaptive optimization environment, so we have a tiered storage environment. We have SST, which is about five percent of the total environment. We have the 10K drive, which is about 25 percent of the environment and the remainder is the inline storage as drives being four terabyte drives.

What needs improvement?

We have an awful lot of data sitting in our environment. We have about 1.2 petabytes of storage sitting on the 3PARs at the moment replicated. We'd really like to get into data compression to do duplication on those devices. At this stage, we can do that on the SST in the environments but we can't do it on the remaining storage. We'd really like to be able to see the storage data being migrated… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went through a very exhaustive testing environment and selection process to make sure we were getting the best platform to support our metro storage cluster. We have achieved all the goals we've set out to attempt, so I can say with some confidence that it is a carrier grade class piece of storage and from the point where we put it in we've run without fault, without outage and we're very… more »
Vendor
Infrastructure Manager at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 02 2015

What is most valuable?

The replication is important to us for our cross-campus and cross-site replication. So the recovery manager to be able to take capacity free snaps and use those for dev tests and stuff like the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Ease of administration, cutting down the time to do things when we do migrate arrays, looking into the stats and making sure we've got, the applications are performing like they're supposed to.

What needs improvement?

I'm interested in their new stuff around, in the road map around, in line dedupe on the array, compression back up protection stuff over and above what they've got already, integrating into… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using a different solution. We did a detailed paper analysis. We flew out to the guys in San Francisco, to their labs. We had a look at their storage and what they were doing, their… more »

What other advice do I have?

It pretty much does almost everything we're looking for. I think they've got a good road map for the future. Recommendations to peers - It really depends on what you need. If you're looking for… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We ended up with EMC. We had the 3PAR guys on there. Overall, I think it was the best solution for us.
Vendor
Storage Technologies Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 01 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

Valuable Features

The best feature is how easy it is to use.

Improvements to My Organization

We are able to replicate our Logical Unit Numbers (LUNs) easily from one 3PAR device to another. With our old SAN storage, it was either too complicated to do LUN replication or not available at all.

Use of Solution

We've used it for three years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered, and we have deployed two F400s, two 7400s, and one 7200.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: 8/10. Technical Support: 8/10.

Initial Setup

For the most part straightforward. HP had an engineer available onsite for one week to help with setup and any questions that we had.
Vendor
Enterprise Architect at Alliance Resource Partners
Aug 24 2015

What is most valuable?

So we actually go with a three tier solution. We have near line, we have fast class, fiber channel, and we have SSD, the flash. We began making an entrance into introducing flash. That was really as… more »

How has it helped my organization?

One of the biggest benefits that we just experienced was we actually went through an Oracle E-Business Suite R11 to R12 migration. Three-quarters of a terabyte database. Oracle came in, said this… more »

What needs improvement?

Actually, during our migration we had a very choreographed timed execution of needing to transform virtual volumes from one level, from one tier to the next. AO wasn't necessarily getting us there. It… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

So originally, we were actually running on EMC CX700 and VNX 5300s. The back end was front ended actually with AIXP5P6 series systems. We were needing to realistically bring our ERP system forward… more »

What other advice do I have?

In comparing HP 3PAR against really EMC and some of the others, the ability to kind of maximize the actual storage. So thin provisioning, the ability to use all disc realistically across the storage… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Realistically, we ended up choosing HP. It was the more expensive solution at the time, but given the need for the performance, we also looked at a three to five year roadmap and the ability to… more »
Real User
Director, IT Infrastructure & Architecture at SOCAN
Aug 24 2015

What is most valuable?

One of the things that I really liked about the 3PAR solution, going back to the architecture, is its unified architecture for their entire suite of products. Companies like NetApp and EMC, have a… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We've seen a huge improvement in processing times and coming from a traditional SAN over to the HP 3PAR all flash solution, we saw about a 90 percent reduction in the processing time to some of the… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to see a little bit more of automated reporting. As an IT director, I would like to get a better view, high level view of how the environment is performing instead of having to go and ask… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously using EMC. We looked at EMC, obviously, with the XtremIO product. We looked a little bit at NetApp. We haven't had a previous relationship with them, so we didn't look too deeply… more »

What other advice do I have?

There's always room for improvement. You know, maybe two years from now we'll be seeing flash costing, 10 cents a gigabyte or something like that. But, no, we've been extremely happy with the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In the business that we're in, we deal with a lot of data. I like to think of ourselves as big data before big data was big data. We've been around since 1925. Obviously, there weren't computers back… more »
Vendor
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 16 2015

What is most valuable?

Disk-utilization tier-ing (3PAR Adaptive Optimization)

How has it helped my organization?

The organization was able to consolidate disparate storage environments into a single chassis with multiple connection types, utilize the different disk tiers across all software/hardware connected platforms, all the time providing the… more »

What needs improvement?

While there is direct module integration with different Hyper Visors on the market, the actual software of those integrations do leave some feature integration off requiring both management interfaces. The greater this integration becomes… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I utilized HP Lefthand devices and EVA SAN’s (Models 5000 and 4400)

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* Dell Compellant * EMC VMX
Vendor
Enterprise Systems Administrator at a agriculture with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 15 2015

What is most valuable?

I like the adaptive optimization and that it functions as virtual storage and I don’t have to go in and carve things across spindles.

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest benefit is the ease of administration, since we only have one administrator – me. If I’m not there and others need to be able to allocate storage, I can give a step-by-step guide for my… more »

What needs improvement?

In future versions, I would like to see Peer Motion become bi-directional, and also able to function over the normal data ports and not require extra ports. I thought I was going to like storage… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Well, we had an EVA, which is another HP product, and our storage usage was growing so fast that we weren’t going to be able to expand that to cover what we needed.

What other advice do I have?

Support and service is a big one for us, we needed good support. Also, we had to make sure pricing was good. For our purposes, it’s the best SAN that we have found. The things that keep it from being… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Dell, HP, NetApp, and EMC. There are two big reasons why we chose HP: * The 3PAR product is a lot easier to administer because it’s a virtual storage that aggregates all the disks… more »
Vendor
Systems Engineer IV at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 28 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

Valuable Features:

Ease of Use Performance Stability Tiering

Improvements to My Organization:

Stability has been the greatest benefit of the solution.

Stability Issues:

Stability is great.

Scalability Issues:

Scalability is good as we have grown the area several times without an issue.

Initial Setup:

Initial setup was straightforward.

Other Advice:

I would recommend the solution to anyone, but check into your environment.
Vendor
Senior Storage, Virtualization, and DR Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 28 2015

What is most valuable?

The biggest pro is the overall performance. Provisioning is easy and fast. With NetApp, we needed to run scripts, which was a much slower process. In general, it’s been such a good fit for us, as it's fast, easy, and flexible.

How has it helped my organization?

Our biggest one was the overall performance. Our SQL servers are performing better now, and because it’s easy to provision, more team members can provision who weren’t comfortable doing so before hand.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using NetApp. We were seeing overall poor performance.

What other advice do I have?

We were looking mainly for IOPS. We have a lot of SQL, so IOPS was important to us. We also wanted tiering to move things in-between tiers easily. Come to the shows and get demos. Get your hands on it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Major players, such as EMC. We felt HP was a better fit. We weighed it out and HP fit our needs better than EMC.
Vendor
Storage Administrator at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 28 2015

What is most valuable?

It is incredibly easy to manage. We’re getting the performance that we need, and that’s what we need storage to be. We plug it in and it works, and everybody forgets about it, which is what we need… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It’s not as complex as EMC, so whenever there’s requirements for allocating storage, it’s very easy to do. The turnaround only takes 48 hours, whereas with EMC it was taking three days to a week to… more »

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see the system reporter improve. With the reporting feature, I’d like a little more versatility in how I get my reports. The 3PAR just runs and nobody complains, but I’d like to see what… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

It was before my time, but they wanted to diversify from EMC. We are slowly migrating entirely to HP.

What other advice do I have?

I think that the most important criteria when selecting a vendor is the business need and the reliability to make my job easier. I need it to be fast and efficient and be able to get graphs and… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Just EMC, who were already in place.
Vendor
Senior Network Engineer at Colonial Savings
Jun 28 2015

What is most valuable?

Easy manageability, and the speed is very quick.

How has it helped my organization?

Less downtime, unlike our previous solution.

What needs improvement?

That’s hard to say because it’s pretty good for us. The areas that we would suggest for improvement, HP is already looking at.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We chose HP to improve on the latency because we knew we needed something that could solve our new needs. Our last system, Dell Ecologic, was very bad and was down a lot.

What other advice do I have?

Look for something that is expandable and reliable. 3PAR is great.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at EMC and HP. 3PAR is using some very high quality software, so we chose HP. Dreamworks uses HP, so we figured it would do us just fine.
Vendor
Sr. Solutions Analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 25 2015

What is most valuable?

Reliability. It’s a good, solid product with ease-of-management.

How has it helped my organization?

Before switching over from HP’s old storage, we just needed to upgrade our aging infrastructure, which was pretty easy.

What needs improvement?

3PAR has everything that I’m interested in. I come from a storage background, and everything that I want to see is there. I don’t really have anything pressing to suggest, but nothing is perfect.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

It was mostly just aging storage. We used HP AVA before, and so we just switched over to a new product.

What other advice do I have?

We always look for ease of use, and 3PAR is very easy to use. From my experience with other storage platforms, if you want something where underlying hardware is designed with a goal and you rely on… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was purchased prior to me being there, so I’m not sure what else was considered.
Vendor
Senior Systems Engineer - Storage and Virtualization at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 25 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

Our most important criteria when selecting a vendor for Flash Storage is partnership. Additionally, we value this solution for its performance and manageability.

How has it helped my organization?

During the migration process, we have had to troubleshoot less than in the past.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is fine. We put disks in the system a couple of weeks ago, which went off without a hitch.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven’t had any issues with scalability

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: We haven’t had any issues. We wanted white-glove treatment and that’s what we got. Technical Support: We haven’t had any issues. We wanted white-glove…
Vendor
Infrastructure Systems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 25 2015

What is most valuable?

One single rack with the ability to expand and grow as needed. We are not currently using flash, but probably will in the future for some database solutions.

How has it helped my organization?

We now have the ability to expand storage on-demand as needed. The application won’t run out of space as it's really easy to add a disk and continue without any interruption.

What needs improvement?

The management console could be improved, but the newest release already seems much better than the previous version.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had aging equipment with capacity limitations.

What other advice do I have?

We look at cost and scalability. We’ve had room to grow as needed based on demand or business needs. We now have 1500 global users. You should look at 3PAR as it's flexible, stable, and provides the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at EMC.
Vendor
Manager Information Technology I at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 25 2015

What is most valuable?

Scalability is the most valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

We had unexpected capacity growth. We informed the integrator what was going on and they were able to work with HP, forecast what we needed, and install it overnight without any downtime.

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see future versions have improved protection and optimization, such as whether we're using the right disks properly for the assigned workload.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn’t have a solution in place, so we went through an integrator and got a recommendation.

What other advice do I have?

When deciding on a storage vendor you need to look at IOPs and scalability. I would recommend 3PAR; we tell everyone everyday. It beats Hitachi and EMC (Clarion) hands down. We would recommend them over all those solutions.
Vendor
IT-Consultant with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 24 2015

What is most valuable?

* Peer Motion * On-line import * AO

How has it helped my organization?

As a 3PAR consultant, I have installed systems for a lot of customers, municipalities, and other state authorities. I cannot speak for them, but the results are very good… more »

What needs improvement?

Deduplication on FC disks needs improvement.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Wait for the right opportunity as HP tends to do “3PAR bundles”. They bundle 3PAR storage and software licenses at a great discount, so never accept the listing price for… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

9/10.

What other advice do I have?

I can clearly see a trend of implementing a full flash array instead of the traditional 3PAR hybrid solution. Why? Well, the cost of SSD is dropping steady and the $/GB is… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As an IT consultant, it’s my job to compare different storage solutions. Many of our customers want our consultation where I evaluate and recommend different products… more »
Chris Gurley
Vendor
Federal Civ/Intel Engineering Lead at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 01 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

Leading up to EMC World 2015, IT Central Station asked how I would compare EMC XtremIO and HP 3PAR. Until recently, the flash storage conversation in my organization and many others has centered on XtremIO and Pure Storage, the leaders of the all-flash array (AFA) space. To that end, I've written a few posts already. In 2015, though, the HP giant began to rouse and challenge the mainstream status quo with its 3PAR offering. Quantifying 3PAR's platform is different from XtremIO and Pure, though, as it can seem amorphous given the many ways it can be quoted. Are you asking for all flash? 3PAR will give you that and lay claim to the best-of-breed title. Oh, but you want some mass storage akin to archival or virtual tape, too? 3PAR changes jerseys and shouts, "I'm it!" Is it, though? Let's put…
Vendor
Senior System Administrator at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 30 2015

What is most valuable?

3PAR has CPG (common provisioning groups) which allowed us to create multiple RAIDs on the same disks, move LUNS between CPGs and between RAID arrays. No other storage had this capability.

How has it helped my organization?

It gave me flexibility in moving things around, for example, I could move the production LUN and test LUNs from RAID 5 to RAID 6 in order to have more redundancy disk failures.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used a NetApp N6040n, and we switched in order to have more flexibility on our storage array as CPG moved LUNs between different RAID arrays.

What other advice do I have?

It integrates very well with Windows 2012 as well as VMware.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at EMC but 3PAR was the cheaper solution, and it was more flexible.
Vendor
System Administrator at ProCredit Bank
Apr 29 2015

What is most valuable?

Although the technology is packed with features, it's still very simple and intuitive to use at both hardware and software levels.

How has it helped my organization?

We are now using thin provisioned disks from 3PAR attached to hosts. Using this feature, along with chunklet RAID technology, we are able to reduce the overall physical… more »

What needs improvement?

From my point of view, the part of this product that needs improvement is the reporting. I would like it to have richer graphic charts, more info, and more reports.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The original cost for two storage devices, was around US$200,000. Both devices have been in production for a year now, and we have not changed a part of it starting from… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

As I mentioned earlier, we were using an HP EVA storage device, and it was not giving the right speed or IOPS we needed. We started to look at different solutions… more »

What other advice do I have?

For sure you should ask HP to present you the product and I think you'll love how simple and robust it is. It's a great product for mid-range, big companies, and banks… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As I mentioned above, we had five or six vendor companies for storage. This was NetApp, EMC, IBM, HP, etc. We chose HP as the technology it has, had no real competitors at… more »
Vendor
Senior Systems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 27 2015

What is most valuable?

For the P10400, we didn’t license many of the features that would have made this product really shine. We bought it for its advertised scalability, active-active… more »

How has it helped my organization?

3PAR, in general, has helped us speed up deployments and better track our I/O consumption. We are able to speed up deployments because we are no longer having to install a… more »

What needs improvement?

Licensing is still a pain point. It has gotten better, as any spindle count based licensing is capped at a certain number of spindles depending on the model of the array… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The original setup was about $700,000 for the v400 and $350,000 for the 7400. The day to day cost is negligible in terms of support as they are really stable arrays.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using HP EVA and direct attached storage. Our EVA’s were getting old and needed to be replaced within a year or two. The push to replace them sooner came after our… more »

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework and follow the deployment guides, it will save time and headaches. If you do not license at least Direct Optimization the array cannot re-level the data… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated the Hitachi VSP and Netapp FAS 6800.
Vendor
Solution Architect with 51-200 employees
Apr 27 2015

What is most valuable?

The thin technology and adaptive optimization features make the SAN appear bigger and faster than what it replaced, all the while using a third of the rack space. We also… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We are using a lot less power and space with this SAN compared to our previous solution. This SAN only takes a third less power and capacity, yet it provides almost twice… more »

What needs improvement?

The only area I would say that could use improvement is communication on what upgrades should be applied. We have been told that the re-seller cannot perform, nor… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product seemed to be too cheap when compared to replacing our existing SAN. Therefore, we were hesitant at the features and performance offered. I believe we spent… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used an EMC solution before. The price, performance and features swayed us to HP 3PAR.

What other advice do I have?

Compare all vendors carefully as there are a lot of features that appear to be similar but in actuality are very different.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared EMC and IBM, but both cost more and lacked key space and performance features.
Vendor
Network Administrator at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 26 2015

What is most valuable?

* Virtual volume sets * Hosts sets * Remote copy * Snapshots * Storage tiering * We currently use SSD for a few databases

How has it helped my organization?

Our storage management has been simplified and the performance has improved.

What needs improvement?

We have a need for a LUNS larger than 16TB but this unit does not support it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

An EMR upgrade forced us to do a hardware refresh and HP was chosen for several reasons including cost, performance, and ease of use.

What other advice do I have?

I would highly recommend working with HP directly during the installation process. We had the system up and running with production data one week after the equipment arrived.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at EMC storage.
Consultant
Solutions Architect - EMC at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 26 2015

What is most valuable?

The ability for data to be auto-tiered and the flash capabilities.

How has it helped my organization?

The ability for the PAR array to thin provision, effectively means that we can buy only what we need for the first year, and then plan and manage the data for future growth. What this means, is better… more »

What needs improvement?

Scalability, in the sense that it would be awesome if the product had the capability to not only scale spindles, but also processing power.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used an older HP model and switches, and we upgraded as it was a storage refresh.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good, stable product, and management is pretty straightforward. For the price, it is a no brainer.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at EMC and IBM array’s in the same class, but 3PAR was a better value for money with what they were able to offer.
Consultant
Senior Engineer at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Apr 26 2015

What is most valuable?

The performance is a good feature.

How has it helped my organization?

We have consolidated our storage solution from six EVA's of various ages into a single 3PAR array.

What needs improvement?

The support needs to be improved.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't have an idea of actual numbers, but I do remember at a high-level meeting, stating that a three year lease, including hardware support, would cost us about as much… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We migrated pieces from various storage technologies - EVA, Nexsan, and an old EMC Clarion. They were all EOL and 3PAR appeared to have the performance to consolidate all… more »

What other advice do I have?

3PAR is the best storage product HP has ever sold. It's not cheap, but it's definitely one of the better block-level storage products out there.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* DDN * EMC * Isilon
Consultant
Sr. San and Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 26 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

RCIP - Its part of our data replication into our DR site Flash

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven't seen any issues with this.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability has been fine. No issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Good - they provide a nice customer service experience. Technical Support: Good - they provide a nice customer service experience.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No previous solution was in place be 3PAR.

How was the initial setup?

It's a straightforward…
Vendor
Network Systems & Security Admin at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 26 2015

What is most valuable?

* Reliability * Support * Flash storage - I wish we were using it

How has it helped my organization?

We have not had a moment's down time.

What needs improvement?

I would like it to be greener, with a lower power draw and generating less heat. That is not a comment on a problem with this SAN, it's something I look for in any hardware additions.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also previously used NetApp and Xiotech, and switched to 3PAR as HP presented a solution that addressed performance, scalability, and, I'm told, it was cost effective.

What other advice do I have?

Set time aside to go through the setup spreadsheet.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we looked at several presentations.
Vendor
Systems Integrator - VMWare, Cisco, EMC & HP. with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 19 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

What is most valuable?

ASIC assisted RAID Calculations Performance Flash

How has it helped my organization?

Incredible performance Automation Ease of use

What needs improvement?

Host Integration Support for new platforms

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

There were some minor issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues if you plan properly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues at all.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: It's the best. Technical Support: It's the best.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched because of the performance and…
Consultant
Server and Storage Practice Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 19 2015

What is most valuable?

The 7200 and 7400 are both easy to manage. The reporting suite is a must and gives you all the information you need to manage storage. Thin suite helps you manage how the storage is used and… more »

How has it helped my organization?

We have implemented two 7400 arrays replacing older EVAs with replication, we used to use CLX (Cluster Extensions for EVA) for the Windows machines, but we never had anything but manual failover for… more »

What needs improvement?

Majority of the day to day management can be done via the GUI, but certain functions have to be setup via the command line interface such as AFC.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Prior to the 7200, we had a HP P2000 storage array, and this proved not able to cope with the workload (it was designed/implemented and used to be managed by another company) since the 7200 has been… more »

What other advice do I have?

After spending months of looking at products and choosing the HP 3PAR’s the best advice is to: * Plan the installation and migration – this saved us time in getting the new storage in production *… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* EMC * IBM
Jerome Wendt
Analyst
President/Lead Analyst at DCIG
Mar 29 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

Since 2012, there have been three constants in DCIG’s world: death, taxes and an HP 3PAR StoreServ storage array model coming out on top in its Midrange Array Buyer’s Guides. In each of the three (3) Buyer’s Guides focused on the topic of Midrange Arrays produced in that time, HP 3PAR StoreServ arrays have consistently ranked well with the HP 3PAR F400 coming out on top in 2012, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 in 2013 and the latest 7440c nailing the top spot in the 2015-16 Buyer’s Guide. To accomplish these feats, HP had to do more than simply put more powerful hardware into its arrays. HP had to merge disk and flash media, offer software that today’s highly virtualized infrastructures require and deliver these in a way that satisfied today’s enterprise demands. The HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c…
Vendor
Business Systems Manager with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 12 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

We were running HP servers and an HP storage area network (SAN), but with the business’s growth we were coming to a point where we either needed to upgrade the CPU and buy additional disks for the SAN, or replace everything – we considered both possibilities. The application provider did have a version running on Windows, but we wanted the proven stability of UNIX, and in particular of HP’s HP-UX. MomentumPro is business-critical, and runs all our inventory and financial systems. We considered systems based on other UNIX platforms, but that would have involved bringing in a completely new operating system, which would add additional risk. If we had a year for the project we might have looked at other UNIX versions, but our business’s rapid expansion meant we had tight timescales– so we…
Consultant
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 06 2015

What is most valuable?

* Wide striping * Ease of use * Dedicated ASIC * Thin Provisioning * AO and DO * Adaptive Flash Cache * Persistent Ports * Tiered storage * AFA * Funcitonality

How has it helped my organization?

It enables growth from the existing array due to the thin provisioning suite.

What needs improvement?

Ease of updating.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used EVA, but as we are an HP house, we migrated to the latest HP offering due to the benefits.

What other advice do I have?

Do it, you will never look back. We're not currently using 3PAR flash storage, but definitely plan to in the future. 3PAR AFA is the class leader.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at EMC and PURE.
Consultant
Technical Manager / Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 18 2015

What is most valuable?

* Separated multilayer and specific SAN Storage operating system (Informos) * ASIC based operation * High end feature in mid-range scale * Wizard based configuration console * Scale in scale out… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Increase provisioning time and reduce configuration complexity based on chunklet technology. It supports advanced virtualization services on storage operations and virtual computing infrastructure.

What needs improvement?

Common data center standards for temperature, humidity, firefighting etc.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to use the EVA 8000 series but they have just two nodes in that series and it is unsupported for active clustering, HA for controllers and nodes. 3PAR is also more cost effective on hardware… more »

What other advice do I have?

It has a large basket of advanced features to integrate storage system into the service layer, good performance on provisioning and SAN service.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we compared this series to the EMC VNX series based on feature/performance/technology and cost.
Vendor
Infrastructure Team Lead at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 18 2015

What is most valuable?

* Replication between sites * Migration * Dynamic Provisioning * Tearing * Manageability * Easy user interface

How has it helped my organization?

A real example is that before 3PAR, the nightly batch job would start at 7:30 PM and run until the next day in the afternoon, until around 2:00 PM. Now with the 3PAR… more »

What needs improvement?

Firmware stability could be improved. Apart from that I can't think of anything else.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Original cost was about $2 million. Day to day, it's just the cost of the power to run the hardware.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had a XP24K and a EVA 6000 and we were experiencing challenges in replication and doing tiering. That was one of the main reasons we chose to switch.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the SSD but not flash. Even without that part, we are very satisfied with the performance. It is reasonable and good product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Hitachi HUS VM, and EMC alongside 3PAR.
Consultant
Technical Consultant – Storage at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 16 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

As a storage technical consultant, I have implemented HP StoreServ (3PAR) systems for customers for the past 3½ years. The StoreServ family of arrays accommodate up to three storage tiers within a single chassis and scales nicely from small shops to large data centers using either fibre channel or iSCSI attachment.  Recently introduced features allow customers to use solid state disks to cache I/O to magnetic disks (Adaptive Flash Cache) and deploy de-duplication on certain configurations. Also, HP will soon offer file services (CIFS and NFS) provided directly by the array controllers on specific controller models. The StoreServ family is one of the easiest array platforms to manage that I have worked with. I have been particularly impressed by how quickly my customers are able to learn…
Consultant
Director, Midwest Cloud Consulting at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 29 2015

What is most valuable?

The CPG, Dynamic / Adaptive Optimization, the CLI, and more importantly the way it's licensed as you are not "tagged" and held hostage when you're at 1TB, and another, and another, and another. The… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Scaling and performance. Easy to add shelves, easy to move data around while everything is hot, move data from tier to tier, expanding a LUN, there are so many ways it's just amazing how much it's… more »

What needs improvement?

Removing a LUN mapping from a single host is a bit odd, worse a single host in a host set, it needs 10G ports for IP based replication (needs to be 1 or 10G). Keep working on the SSMC and allow for… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Funny you ask - let's just say a "no named" array that had redundant controllers completely torched nearly every ESX datastore where it "gutted" the data inside of it, but left the shell. Yet, the… more »

What other advice do I have?

Whether you are new to storage or advanced, this is the most amazing piece of hardware I have ever had my hands on, built, and used. The thought behind much of the detail of how it works just seems… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The usual EMC stuff.
Consultant
Associate Infrastructure Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 28 2015

What is most valuable?

The reporting features on the 3PAR are one of the most valuable features in a flexible and intuitive web-based tool.

How has it helped my organization?

Reporting has always been a challenge for our company. Add-on tools for reporting purposes are often expensive and require additional configuration. The 3PAR build in reporting features were the… more »

What needs improvement?

Storage migration features. Comparing the 3PAR to IBM’s SVC, storage migration could be much easier to perform if there are lessons to be learned from IBM’s brilliant product.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes. The cost of scaling up was far too high. When compared with the 3PAR, there has been huge cost savings which resulted in the ROI being achieved.

What other advice do I have?

The product is definitely worth considering. As mentioned before, onsite support might be limited due to geographic location (only if you live in a very remote part of the planet) but generally the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered an EMC VNX as well as an IBM XIV.
Vendor
Senior System Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 28 2015

What is most valuable?

SSD, SAS and SATA disks in one box, transparent failover between datacenters, delivers performance as promised.

How has it helped my organization?

Less data is stored in silos, more is kept in this central solution with advantages of raid, tiering and backup. We are looking into Flash, we already own some violin boxes and have a small capacitiy… more »

What needs improvement?

Monitoring and reporting.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No, we owned its predecessor and were very happy with that.

What other advice do I have?

Organize a couple of meetings with the technical staff to build the storage array that will meet your demands. Knowing in front which type of RAID you will need and the type of IO will benefit you.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, comparable systems from Dell, EMC and Hitachi.
Vendor
Managing Director with 51-200 employees
Jan 25 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

About a year ago I was tasked with expanding one of this first US production StoreServ 7000 arrays and wanted to share the process and shed some light on the "gotchas" involved. This post was sitting in my drafts folder 90% completed for a while now but as many 7000 arrays are starting to be expanded I wanted to complete this post. The system I was working on it was relatively small since this Financial client was just getting starting with 3PAR storage. We started with a one shelf 16 drive 7200 array (leaving 8 slots open) and the task at hand was to fill the remaining 8 slots with 450GB 10K SFF drives. As depicted in the StoreServ Installation Guide adding drives to the array is a relatively easy process. Overall there are 5 milestones to the process with a majority of them being…
Vendor
Independent IT Analyst with 51-200 employees
Jan 22 2015

What do you think of HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

HP 3PAR, 360° storage This is the first time in a while that I won’t be attending HP Discover. It’s a pity, not only because I have the chance to get updates directly from the horse’s mouth there, but also because it is always well frequented by good bloggers and other interesting people. At the event, HP usually organizes what they call “coffee talks” and you have the chance to get briefed and also have a lot of confrontation on each single line of their business (not that I’m really interested in everything they do, but Storage, Cloud and Enterprise IT in general are all well covered). BTW, thanks to my friend Calvin Zito I got news in advance and even though I’m overseas at the moment, I want to comment on what I discovered a few days ago. When good gets better You’re most likely aware…

What is HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

HP 3PAR all-flash storage accelerates business agility by boosting application performance with over 900,000 IOPS at less than 0.7 ms latency. And it does this while delivering all the enterprise-class, Tier-1 features and functionality you expect from the storage platform that powers three of the world’s four largest managed service providers.

Also known as
HPE 3PAR Flash Storage, InServ, Storeserv, 3PAR Flash Storage, HP Enterprise Storage, 3PAR Flash Array, HP 3PAR Flash Storage
HPE 3PAR StoreServ customers

Just Energy, Latisys, team AG, DreamWorks, BlueShore Financial, Erasmus MC

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