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HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage is designed to deliver the agility and efficiency demanded by virtual data centers integrating SAP products. All HP 3PAR models are targeted towards the most demanding SAP customers for their SAP production systems and landscapes; they are simple to use, yet powerful, autonomically tiered, and multi-tenant storage arrays. They are supported by a powerful suite of software products that provide ease of management, efficient storage utilization through thin technologies, autonomic storage tiering and leading availability features such as persistent cache and full-mesh interconnect. The features of HP 3PAR StoreServ are ideally suited for integration with SAP systems that rely on a robust, scalable, and efficient storage solution.
HPE 3PAR Drive Magazine - hard drive - 600 GB - 4Gb Fibre Channel is rated4.50 out of5 by116.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remote Copy for DR is a key feature for usWhat is our primary use case?Normal file storage, SQL databases, Cache databases, and replications to our DR instance. The business needs it covers for us are not highly complex, only a little.Performance is good. We've had some issues with doing virtual volume updates using Snapshots. We've had some issues with the dedupe garbage collection process as well. Supposedly those have been addressed with the latest OS update that we've yet to apply.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.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.For how long have I used the solution?One to three years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Stability has been an issue going back to the dedupe issue.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?I haven't had to do a whole lot of scalability with it. We're on a lease model, so we spec'ed it out for what we needed and haven't really had to scale it up at all, for the most part.How is customer service and technical support?We had issues with HPE support, trying to work through that whole dedup issue; it was long and drawn out.I'm not highly satisfied with support at this point, unfortunately. I am satisfied with our local reps. They have dug in their heels with us and have tried to help, to get a faster time to resolution, but it's the people we were dealing with through the phone and emails who really were not finding the resolution in a timely manner.Which solutions did we use previously?The switch was based on that fact that we're on a lease-refresh cycle. That is what really drives this kind of change, for our business.Our main criteria in selecting a vendor include stability, that is a big one. What really drove us towards 3PAR was having just one vendor; having HPE as both our server and our storage versus HPE for server alone.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was straight-forward. We came from the P9500, so it was more or less a rip and replace. It was involved with the project to replace our Blade infrastructure as well, but from start to finish, it probably took six months from design to implementation.What was our ROI?I see the value in investing in 3PAR. I think HPE, overall, is a good partner for us and we're happy. It's just the support that is the only issue that we've had with them. But overall, I'd say we're happy with HPE as a company.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We also evaluated Pure Storage but we wanted to stick with one vendor.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 solid for us.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-06-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like how easy it is to use for users who don't do storage admin every day.Improvements to My OrganizationIt's consistency. And again, it's going through to HPE ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/hewlett-packard-enterprise ) for everything. And I know that my blade, my DL and my 3PAR are all going to work seamlessly together.Valuable FeaturesWhat I like about 3PAR ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/hpe-3par-flash-storage ) 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 troubleshooting with it and it's very consistent. It's a rock steady performer.Room for ImprovementUpgrades 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.Other Solutions ConsideredWe 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 ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/emc-vnx ) for a while, we actually had some BMCs in our environment as well. Right now, they are running alongside our 3PARs, we do actually want multi-vendor storage for their environment, depending on what the demands are for the storage. We treat our 3PARs as our tier two storage.Other AdviceEither go all Flash ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/enterprise-flash-array-storage ) 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.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-07-31T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compression has allowed us to regain some data center floor spaceWhat is our primary use case?Our use case for 3PAR is for all our block storage. Our biggest consumption for 3PAR is for our hypervisors, VMware and Hyper-V. We're almost 90 percent virtualized and 3PAR fits the need for hypervisor environments very well.We got our first 3PAR in 2008 or 2009 and we're up to 71 3PARs now.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 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. But now we're using the all-flash arrays and, with the deduplication and compression, it just really fits our virtualization environment very well.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.For how long have I used the solution?More than five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?They are very stable, we have very few problems with them.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability is very good. We have replaced multiple 3PAR systems with just one or two 3PARs, because of how they scale in the all-flash environment.How is customer service and technical support?I would rate technical support an eight or nine out of 10.Which solutions did we use previously?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. And Adaptive Optimization was something we were really wanting.How was the initial setup?The very first 3PAR we got was an eight-node V800, so we were very involved because it was a very big five-rack system, a very large system. It was one of the largest in the southeast. The initial 3PAR was not very straightforward, we had to have help. But since then, we've been able to do some of our own installations without much trouble.What was our ROI?HPE has been a long-standing partner with us in terms of block storage, so it's been a continuous investment.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 environment in a smaller number of 3PARs.It's almost a 10 out of 10 but the reason it's not is that some of the upgrade processes have been a little challenging, not always technically, sometimes services-oriented. But other than that, the product itself, the ease of use and the value it's provided for us make it a valuable asset for us.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-06-25T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Due to the fact that performance is key for us, we like the ability to see real time statistics and historically analyze metricsValuable FeaturesThe 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 adaptive optimization where we can move things between different tiers, retuning and rate levels on the fly, the pier motion stuff moving when doing disc array migrations between models, moving the application online with no down time.Obviously, our performance was key. The ability to see real time statistics and do historical analysis on performance metrics, post base per-LAN and be able to see what's going on when something's going wrong.Improvements to My OrganizationEase 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.Room for ImprovementI'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 application aware snap shots. That's the sort of stuff I'm looking for.Stability IssuesVery stable, haven't had any problems.Scalability IssuesScales well.Customer Service and Technical SupportObviously stuff goes wrong from time to time but the support is good.Previous SolutionsWe 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 software stack. We were really impressed with that.Initial SetupStraightforward from bringing the array on-site to plugging in and getting the first LAN provision was less than a day.Other Solutions ConsideredWe ended up with EMC. We had the 3PAR guys on there. Overall, I think it was the best solution for us.Other AdviceIt 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 something that can scale well and protect your data across multiple sites, we've got visibility into the performance metrics. That's the sort of stuff I'd look at. Do they have a vision for file and object based storage, is that coming? How does it integrate with back up products and archiving.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2015-09-02T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is flexible, and they have a convenient capacity model that works well for usHow 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 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 come right onsite.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 run the storage, and I still had HPE servers. I need flexibility for interoperability across multiple platforms, not just HPE.For how long have I used the solution?Three to five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?We had major issues in years one and two.Now, it is stable. In the beginning, we had some stability and reliability issues. Over the last three years, it has been very stable and reliable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It is definitely scalable. We do not have any issues.How is customer service and technical support?The tech support is great. If we have a problem, we literally will have boots on the ground with senior sales people, as well as the people to fix the problem, to help make sure we are taken care of.How was the initial setup?It was complex for us, but we were literally migrating nine data centers across the globe, from product A to product B. We got in our way more than anyone else did. I can't judge how the product would be in a typical environment, since we are talking about 75 petabytes over nine data centers. It was a big project.The product is straightforward enough. If we were to do it as a new implementation, it would not be an issue.What other advice do I have?We are happy with it. However, there is always room for improvement.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2018-06-28T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We use a virtual domain to create pools for our clients to manage their own storageHow 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 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 where they are able to manage their own resources, instead of we, as storage admin, getting involved in that.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 been gravely needed in terms of the back end and in terms of the front end, to meet application needs, I'm glad it's meeting up. So we are not encountering any risk at all.For how long have I used the solution?Less than one year.What do I think about the stability of the solution?So far, no disaster has happened, so I can't comment any more than that on the stability.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Since it's going to expand to a 240 disk maximum, in terms of scalability I have to go for another controller with the nodes and stuff. But based on the model, if you go ahead with a good different model, it supports more disk space in your enclosure areas.How is customer service and technical support?So far I've only opened one case, in the beginning when I implemented a 3PAR in my environment, and I can say I'm satisfied.How was the initial setup?It is straightforward. It's user friendly.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.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-12-20T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We have a lot of SQL, so IOPS was important to us. We also wanted tiering to move things in-between tiers easily.Valuable FeaturesThe 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.Improvements to My OrganizationOur 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.Stability IssuesIt’s been very stable. In comparison to what we had before, it’s a 10/10 -- incredibly stable.Scalability IssuesIt’s very scalable.Customer Service and Technical SupportPretty good. Up there with a 10/10 so far. The few issues we had were resolved quickly.Previous SolutionsWe were using NetApp. We were seeing overall poor performance.Initial SetupStraightforward. Wasn’t overly complex.Other Solutions ConsideredMajor players, such as EMC. We felt HP was a better fit. We weighed it out and HP fit our needs better than EMC.Other AdviceWe 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.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-06-28T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Workloads have improved in performanceWhat is our primary use case?We are using 3PAR for production workloads, processing insurance policies and claims, file shares, and storage.It has been performing well so far. We have had a few hiccups on the configuration side, but we have been working with HPE on them. For the most part, the product has been pretty seamless.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 physical is better; virtualization has taken hold and is starting to take off. We are going through the process of consolidation to 100% virtual. It has been incremental growth over a short period of time.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 have our storage set up to replicate between two sites. The next piece would probably be to stack on a synergy appliance and be able to get our compute layer replicated between the two sites as well, which would round out that whole DR scenario.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 having to go to a web browser, where you get a ping on your phone which says, "Your license is coming up for renewal," or, "You have a drive that is bad," in conjunction with stuff, such as InfoSight.This is something which provides value back to me, because then I am not having to constantly babysit my vendors and say, "When do I have renewals coming due?" It is tough to get vendors who engage with you on that level. They go back and say, "Just a heads up, but these are what are coming due." Maybe they can backfill that with a mobile app.My admins like having this functionality and direct integration, where it is like, "I need to do this, this, and this." If they could do it all from their phone that would be better. Though, sometimes it is tough, because of tiny phones, and all there is to use is a web browser. It can be hard to read on a smaller screen. If it is a mobile app, maybe it could be finessed into something where basic tasks could be done.For how long have I used the solution?Less than one year.What do I think about the stability of the solution?After we got past all the hiccups with the conditional configuration, the stability has been rock solid. I like the simplicity of it. We do not have to fidget with it a whole lot once we have it set up correctly. It has been stable and performs well, so I have no complaints whatsoever.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability is incredible. We have a single server cabinet today, but we can grow it to as many cabinets as we need.How is customer service and technical support?We go through a third party. We did not use HPE tech support unless we need to escalate an issue.Sadly, the support from HPE has not been all that great. It is tough to get a tech out or get a response from some of the techs that we have.How was the initial setup?I was not involved in the initial setup. When I came onboard, the product was already in the environment.What was our ROI?We have already seen ROI. We have had it in the environment for about three months. It has been absolutely tremendous. Workloads have improved in performance. We do not have a lot of the same struggles that we used to.It is stable. It does what its supposed to. You can feed it compute and storage as you need to. Whereas with our standard DL380 and ML350 servers, once you get to a certain point, that is as big as you can get. With this product, you can throw another shelf of storage or blade at it and grow it as much as you need to.As our workloads have increased, we have been able to finesse those into a good size to where they are valuable for us.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.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 was ease of use. HPE seemed to have all the pieces that we needed, and it easy enough to get somebody trained up on how to manage it.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 what you are getting into. Research the different tools which are out there. Make sure that it is a good fit. It is nice to have the high performance stuff, but if you do not have high performance workloads, keep it simple and 3PAR is simple for us.Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: Our biggest requirement was ease of use. Scalability was another. We can scale it up pretty much as big as we need to. Those were the two biggest criteria.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2018-07-03T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ?The stability of the solution conquers us, every dayWhat is our primary use case?We use it for the production and backup environments. We use it for a service that we deliver directly in our data center for our customers. It's a live environment, directly for the customers.What is most valuable?The stability is what we consider to be the best feature it provides. The stability of this solution is what conquers us, every day.The deduplication is pretty good too. It does the work.What needs improvement?Upgrades could be improved. We would like to see more upgrades.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?We have already had situations where we had to optimize and put more space on the storage. It has been very simple to get done. We are happy with what we have in place.How are customer service and technical support?Technical support is pretty good. We always have somebody available to support us. We do have a maintenance contract with third-party vendors for HPE but we've been attended to very well in this field.If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?It was the first solution that we defined, at the beginning of the data center, so it has always been there. Since I joined the team after the data center was already implemented, I don't have a previous scenario to compare it to, what it has improved or not.How was the initial setup?The setup was straightforward, because of the partnership that we maintain with Logicalis. They supported us during the whole deployment.What about the implementation team?We used a company named Logicalis. They are our partners for everything that we have. Any doubt that we have or any challenges that we face, they are our port of call. We have had a good experience with them.What other advice do I have?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.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-07-10T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We made the decision to purchase it with the view for growth, and we know we'll just plug another array or another stack pretty quickly.Valuable FeaturesThe 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 understanding what we needed and then procuring it and getting it, and then how quick it was to get it installed. It's just amazing.Improvements to My OrganizationIt'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 us.Room for ImprovementI'd like it to be quicker.Stability IssuesSo far, we've had no issues.Scalability IssuesWe know it's there. We made the decision to purchase it with the view for growth, and we know we'll just plug another array or another stack pretty quickly.Customer Service and Technical SupportOne of my engineers might have called, but I haven't.Other Solutions ConsideredIt 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 levels of technology change. Some of my engineers were a little reluctant to move away from Cisco. But HPE came and sat down and just said "We'll do whatever it takes. What do you need? What are your concerns?" Just worked with us in real detail: able to understand what our concerns were, where we were going, and making sure that the engineers were made comfortable. But also making sure, which was the last part which comes across the line, was that the technology was what we needed, was enough for growth. Whereas Cisco was just a "here's a quote, sent it to us" which I think for me swung me over to HP. The commitment to the customer.Other AdviceThink 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 stuff matters to me, whereas some of the competitors, they don't have that mindset. Cisco definitely doesn't have that mindset. I really think long-term about. Sure, Cisco had a lot more features, but we didn't really need them. So, that made the decision easier. For me, when I think about HPE, think about longevity. You want to invest in technology, you're almost investing in the company.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-06-27T00:00:00-04:00