2019-06-25T06:38:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering HPE 3PAR StoreServ?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering HPE 3PAR StoreServ, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 20Real User

This is an older solution so if you're replacing, buy the new products like Primera and Nimble. I rate this solution an eight out of 10.

2021-07-14T15:15:00Z
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Top 20Real User

On a scale from one to ten, I would give HPE 3PAR StoreServ a nine.

2021-06-03T19:28:58Z
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Top 20Real User

In general, this product works well. That said, it is not perfect because there is always a difference between what we expect and what is delivered. There has to be a gap. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2021-05-13T18:41:44Z
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Top 20Real User

The job of direct channel support to HPE 3PAR StoreServ is not an end of life or end of support but HPE Primera has now replaced it and I hope they get all the functionality in there like the HPE 3PAR. I remember it seems like HPE 3PAR and HPE Primera have support for volume plugins and that will be a big game if they can implement volumes on their system because that kind of release is much better than the datastore level.

2021-02-25T10:50:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The product is at end of life so although we'll continue to use it, I wouldn't recommend it. I rate this solution an eight out of 10.

2021-02-22T21:18:59Z
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Top 5Real User

It's a very good system, especially the All-Flash system. That's quite good. The only downside is the price — otherwise, the product is perfect. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight.

2021-02-22T12:51:53Z
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Top 5Real User

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2021-02-12T15:38:26Z
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Top 20Consultant

I'm a consultant and an HPE partner and I have my hands on several different things in terms of products I use. Normally I work with all the versions as far as software versions. I've worked with all the different hardware, 3PAR versions as well, and I do a lot of installations. The big thing and with 3PAR and with any other storage - and this goes for any kind of storage as you're sizing - is to make sure that you are getting the right size environment for what you currently have and what you expect for future growth. Otherwise, you may run into performance issues. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at a nine. We've been quite happy with the solution so far. It's robust and offers very good performance.

2021-01-15T23:26:34Z
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Top 20Real User

The most important things are availability, scalability, reliability, stability, and performance. We are service providers, and the customers want availability. You must focus on these things before buying storage. I advise going for All-Flash Storage to all people because spinning disks take too much space and electricity and provide less performance. That's why NVMe is better. I would rate HPE 3PAR StoreServ a seven out of ten.

2021-01-12T22:36:36Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend Hitachi over this solution. We plan to keep using this solution because it is useful for one or two of our projects. I would rate HPE 3PAR StoreServ a seven out of ten.

2021-01-11T12:04:14Z
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Top 20Real User

If you are a new company and you need more capacity, availability, and scalability, you can choose 3PAR. Otherwise, you can choose another storage. When you put 3PAR, you must tell the customers about the usable capacity from the first day, not the row capacity. I would recommend taking the official course from HP for 3PAR before performing any tasks. This is because 3PAR is not easy to manage in your IT environment. You must know everything about storage and how everything is written in the storage. I would rate HPE 3PAR StoreServ an eight out of ten.

2021-01-06T21:04:30Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

3PAR is very much reliable. In these four years, I've not raised a single ticket with HPE regarding 3PAR. I would rate HPE 3PAR StoreServ a nine out of ten. It has good support, good UI, and good reliability.

2020-12-21T21:40:57Z
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Top 20Real User

This is a product that I do not recommend because it is too difficult for people to manage, and it should also be a little bit cheaper. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2020-12-16T01:22:29Z
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Top 20Real User

We are now thinking about transitioning to the HPE Nimble or Primera, although not this year. This may happen in 2022. We plan to continue using this solution for performance, and availability. We are following the recommendation of HPE. They have recently started to mention the Primera and Nimble, which is why we are studying them. We are not looking as much at Nimble because we are interested in the 100% availability that Primera has. The Primera is a little more expensive than the Nimble, so this is something that we have to think about. This is a good solution and I can recommend it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2020-11-30T14:44:44Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with HPE. I'd recommend the product to others. We've only ever had a good experience with it. Overall, I would rate the solution nine out of ten.

2020-11-27T14:55:17Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would rate 3PAR a nine out of ten. The stability is the most important.

2020-11-27T14:49:00Z
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Top 5Real User

We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with HPE. Anyone interested in any solution should probably research the software that comes with their own system a little bit better. If you do that, there's a chance that you might not buy some of the things that we bought and that were defaulted on setup. That was not good. Knowing what works together well will help in the long run. Don't be afraid if a third-party asks you questions. They're probably just trying to get to the bottom of how your setup looks. I'd rate the solution six out of ten overall.

2020-11-24T07:49:14Z
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Top 10Real User

There is a storage replication feature that I think is nice, although we don't use it right now. For us, this product is a very good, full-flash storage. The suitability of this product depends on the organization. It comes down to a combination of the performance and the price. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2020-10-26T17:56:33Z
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Top 5Real User

The setup is pretty straightforward but HP only allows their engineers to do the setup. This gives us peace of mind for the setup.

2019-09-12T08:49:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend this product for sure. At a minimum, I would rate this product at eight out of ten. I give it an eight because of the support, that I can't get support in my country. This is the worst part. Support cannot be sold until we are out of the sanctions. It's not anything to do with HPE, it's political issues.

2019-08-29T08:53:00Z
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Real User

It's not necessarily about the price. The price is certainly an important factor, but what the solution does and how it supports you is even more important than price. Our biggest lesson was that we need to do our homework and make sure that we're going with a vendor that can support us in the long term. I would probably rate this as eight and a half out of ten. It does what it's supposed to and does that very well, even if there are areas to improve on. More integration with cloud would be great. But what it does, it does very well.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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MSP

We are happy with what we have in place. You should consider getting this solution if you are in the process of acquiring or switching. I would suggest giving this a good look. The biggest lesson we have learned from using the solution is the stability. This is what I always tell people. The stability is what surprises us. It's a stable solution. In terms of growth, we are planning on going from 35 terabytes to around 50 terabytes in the six months. We will probably keep using 3PAR but we may change to something better. We are here at HPE Discover 2019 looking for other solutions. If we cannot find something better we will continue using the same technology, the 3PAR. I would rate 3PAR at eight out of ten because we love the stability but sometimes we still lack upgrades for the solution.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

Using this solution has increased our system performance. We will continue to use HP products in the future, and this is a solution that is worth investing in. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

It's a great product. Their support is great. We even have the ability to have loaner products provided to us as an option. We can have the products come inside and test and use them before we make our final decision. That helps with the analysis and recommendation process, so it's been a great partnership with HPE. We haven't really had any significant issues. So other than that it's able to provide what we need and that the customer service is great, we haven't learned any big lessons from using it. We don't use too much deduplication, but from what we've seen so far, it seems to execute what we need it to execute. Once we get this issue that we've had recently resolved then I would say it's a ten out of ten. We haven't had any real issues with it.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

This product has met our expectations. Once we got past the minor configuration issues, it's been smooth sailing, so I'm very happy with it. It is important to understand the terminology upfront because it helps prepare to do the actual implementation. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2019-06-25T06:39:00Z
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Real User

From my experience in the past with other storage solutions, it is very easy to use with pretty good support. So far, from what I have seen, I do like it. It is a real good solution. It is probably one of the better storage solutions for large enterprises and main back-end storage that I have used in the past. We do the InfoSight predictive analytics. We have just gotten into it with the 3PAR storage, as we have mainly used it on the Nimble side. We actually don't use the deduplication right now. That is something that we have looked into, but haven't implemented yet.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

I don't really know the other products out there, but I love this product. We are not running SSDs drive yet. When we move to SSDs, I think it will be much faster. We are not yet using the HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity offering. Biggest lesson learnt: if you have a good product, you have less maintenance.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

Check out HPE. They are well worth it. It pretty much checks all the boxes that I have concerns about moving forward. This version will do dedupe better. We will start to use some of the data classifications where it tiers the storage for us. Of all the bubbles that I care about, it checks them all. We don't use dedupe on our old 3PAR. We're hoping to use it on the new one. We don't use InfoSight at the moment. It's something we're looking into, though. I'm very happy with it. It has performed as I expected.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

The biggest lesson that I learned from using 3PAR is the snapshot capability.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

Spend your time doing the research on the product and learn the system. So far, it has been pretty reliable. It has been a set it and forget it type product, which has been great, except for when there are some minor issues. However, the issues that we have had were resolved fairly quickly. We are flash and standard disk combo, or hybrid. Having flash though does not mean that we have faster performance. What it does helps us with is being able to see more patients, because we're not having to wait as long for applications to load or waiting for the data to get sent to where it needs to be. Biggest lesson learnt: Why didn't we do it a long time ago?

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

The performance is great.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

Look at HPE's roadmap for 3PAR, SimpliVity, and Nimble. Do your research, then pick the right one that works for you with the future that you envision. I'm highly interested in using InfoSight going forward. One of the things that I have always tried to do is get to where I had just one dashboard for everything from managing from the desktop up to my Internet perimeter security. I want to look more at Aruba Networks and Cloud services to see how that might be able to help me integrate my WatchGuard perimeter security. I'm looking at Commvault and switching to Commvault for my backups, because eventually I just want one dashboard that shows me everything: servers, storage, switches, access points, and security perimeter points. That is the platform that can get me there. That's one of the reasons why I'm at the conference is to check out HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity. Biggest lesson learnt: Don't be absent during the design phase.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

Look at both the 3PAR and Nimble, then see which one is best for your needs. They are both reliable systems which work great. They just run. We have had 3PAR for a while. So, it has reduced time to deployment by about 10 percent, which is the same as our older platform.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

I would recommend 3PAR, especially in the financial industry where data is mission-critical. It's very good.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

It is a great solution. There are others out there, but we have always been using 3PAR. We are pretty happy with it. We are using the GreenLake Flex Capacity offering. At first, the service was great, because we had a configuration that was meeting our needs. However, when the issue came with Spectre, and then the L1TF vulnerability came out, those really affected us, so hopefully we will find a solution that meets our needs going forward. That is what we are looking at now. We just started getting into InfoSight predictive analytics. It is something that I want to explore more, and something that I want to get going. I can say that, "All-flash is the way that the future will be."

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

I would definitely recommend it. It is a good fit for our organization, and if it works for you, that would be great too. File Persona is now included, so we might explore doing file shares straight off of the 3PAR array. We do not use HPE GreenLake. Biggest lesson learnt: The initial pain is worth it.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

It is a solid product. It works really well for our situation and what we need at a disaster recovery site. It is fairly simple to set up. We do not use InfoSight.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

We like it so much that we are in the process of evaluating our next three to five year roadmap. We are planning to reinvest in the next generation of the systems. Everything can always get better, but I’ve been very happy with it. I have not been called in during the middle of the night because of it. It is the right solution for the right people. Biggest lesson learnt: You get what you pay for.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

Definitely look at 3PAR. It is worth it. We do use the Memory-Drive Flash. We don't have any problems with latency anymore that we had eons ago. However, I can't really tell you from a technical perspective if it was from implementing 3PAR or something else. We do not use InfoSight predictive analytics yet, but I would like to. The biggest lesson learned is 3PAR is good, and I want it for future. Let us find a way how to do it. It was a giant leap in technology at the time that we purchased it, and I would like to do the same next time, which will be very close. While I wouldn't say not to buy a 3PAR again, we will need a new technology that will do the giant leap forward again. We need a big step once every few years instead of doing granular steps every year.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

The solution’s deduplication functionality is alright.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

Check the performance and every technical aspect that you can, as much as you can. Don't trust anyone else telling you otherwise. Test everything yourself. The biggest lesson I've learned from using this solution is that having centralized storage is the right way to go and that sizing is everything. If you don't do the sizing right and you don't understand every detail of the product, how it works, you can be in a very unpleasant situation when you pay half a million dollars and you have a product that does not work as you expected. What every IT guy will tell you is that we disable the dedupe, mostly because of the hit on the performance. Regarding InfoSight predictive analytics, we tried to use it. It was not that predictive because it doesn't give as much information as we were told. We had actually turned it on and we had a few critical issues but we got no alerts from InfoSight regarding them. It increased performance for a while, but then, as we grew, and we did not grow significantly, performance dropped down. For a few of our critical, online systems, we went back to using the physical disks and not the centralized storage. It was supposed to improve throughput but it was not enough, not as much as we were told before we bought the product. We have talked about using the flex-capacity offering, HPE GreenLake, but we haven't used it yet. From our experience, I would rate low, but I don't want to rate it low because from a technical perspective, it's a stable solution, it works. I would give the product a seven out of ten, even though our experience has not been that good. A seven is fair at this point.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

3PAR provides high performance and HPE's service is good. In terms of HPE GreenLake, we have just introduced this service to our client. We expect it will help with our client's capacity management efforts, but for now we have just presented and explained the service.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

Never go with your first impression regarding 3PAR. They say that hybrid is the best thing anytime, but if you read the small print, it depends on how you use it, etc. So, we went with an all-flash for that reason. So, don't go with your first feeling. Investigate and try it out. Try to get a demo to make sure it works. I like that the solution's availability gives me: * Ease of use * Performance * Good support from HPE.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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Real User

The All-flash has better performance, which means that our applications are faster. Our performance has increased by twenty to thirty percent. The biggest lesson that I learned from this solution is to try something before you reject it. My advice for anybody considering this solution is to test all of the functions that the vendor tells you about. It is important to see how it works in order to see whether it suits your business. This is a good solution, but it is not perfect. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2019-06-25T06:38:00Z
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