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HPE 3PAR 8400 Replication Software Suite - Base License

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The HP 3PAR Replication Software Suite offers automatic replication, transparent failover and Point-in-Time (PIT) copies enabling seamless disaster recovery for critical data. These features provide an agile, efficient and simple solution to protect against the unpredictable. This suite is ideal for virtualized data centers demanding data availability and business continuity 24x7. Remote Copy Software dramatically reduces the cost of remote data replication and disaster recovery by leveraging thin copy technology, enabling multi-site and multi-mode replication with both midrange and high-end arrays, and reducing the need for professional services. Virtual Copy enables rapid application recovery-while containing costs with a "thin-aware" implementation that minimizes the amount of physical capacity that is actually being consumed by your data-and without sacrificing performance, availability, or versatility. HP 3PAR Peer Persistence software enables HP 3PAR StoreServ systems located at metropolitan distances to act as peers to each other, presenting a nearly continuous storage system to VMware vSphere hosts connected to them.

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Brand: HPE
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: HP 3Par Products
Model: 8400 Replication Software Suite
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: HPE 3PAR

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Category: Networking applications
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Network - storage management

Product Reviews
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 43reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Convergence with the HPE/VMware ecosystem? is a feature we've found valuable. Valuable Features:* High granularity* Easy to use* Convergence with the HPE/VMware ecosystemImprovements to My Organization:3PAR's ease-of-use has really improved our functioning because it requires less administration and less tuning. It really just works.Room for 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 capability, peer motion, etc. Specifically, we need lower end 3PAR devices. Sometimes, we need 3PAR for the same cost of an MSA2040 to replace it.Deployment Issues:There have been no issues with deploying it.Stability Issues:We had some issues with power down recovery and boot disk issues. Other than that, it's a stable solution.Scalability Issues:We had no issues scaling it for our needs.Other Advice: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.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are both customer and partner. We are integrators with pretty advanced internal architecture. September 30, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Our data security is greater and our system works faster, and we're able to manage storage with a user-friendly console. Valuable Features:* 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))Improvements to My Organization:Data security was greater and the system worked faster.Room for Improvement:There were no areas for improvement a that time.Use of Solution:I used it for one and a half years, before I moved companies.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:It's excellent.Technical Support:It's excellent.Previous Solutions:NoInitial Setup:It was very simple with a user guide provided from HP.Implementation Team:We used a vendor team.Other Advice:Just to go for it if you need storage on site. If you need it in the cloud, there are other solutions tor that.Problem with one of the disks in storageDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. August 22, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I like how easy it is to use for users who don't do storage admin every day. Valuable Features: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 troubleshooting with it and it's very consistent. It's a rock steady performer.Improvements to 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.Room for 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.Other Solutions Considered: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 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 Advice: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.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by It's not really that complicated as long as you have the basic knowledge on how SANs work. Valuable Features: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.Improvements to 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 need to. It just works, it's a perfect fit.Room for 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 the company, then we'd definitely look into that option. It would be nice to have it as a core feature included in the product initially at no extra cost.Stability Issues:Everything is straightforward.Technical Support:It's outstanding.Initial Setup:As long as you check the start-up manual, you should be able to deploy it pretty simply.Other Solutions Considered: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.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by We're using deduplication a lot so getting a return on our investment there is great. Valuable Features:Easy management is huge as is the scalability and the performance.Improvements to 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.Room for 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.Stability Issues:It's very stable.Scalability Issues:I don't know if you can really fix this but to upgrade from 2 nodes to 4 can be a hassle because you have to re-balance everything. So you have to either do a lot of work or duplicate what you've got which can be expensive. I don't know if there's a good way to fix that though, other than start with 4 nodes.I think we're getting towards the upper end of what we have and with what HPE would consider our array is capable of and what percentage of that would be helpful, so we don't have to try and guess. Because you know you ask how many IOPS an SSD can get and they'll say, "Yeah, 2000 to 3000," something like that. Who knows what you're actually going to be able to get out of it. Based on your IO size and things like that, being able to see a clear picture would be cool.Technical Support:With 3PAR WE haven't had to use technical support.Previous Solutions: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.Initial Setup:I'd like to be able to license different tiers of disks for different features. We have arrays that we could use for different purposes really. And so if I'm using near line drives for camera backup, I don't want to have to license them for things like dynamic optimization that I'm not using them for. If they're in the machine, now you have to license everything. So I'd like to see that. It might make things more expensive but I do like the model that Pure uses where it's just everything's included.Other Advice: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.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by It was primarily brought in to replace our EVA with something that was more capable from a performance perspective Valuable Features: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 could grow with us, that could handle unpredictable DM ware workloads better, and that didn't have the bottlenecks of a traditional monolithic array. Since that time, we have added solid state to accelerate the performance further.Room for Improvement:My 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 wait for a refresh cycle.Use of Solution:We've had 3PAR since the 7000 series were introduced, and I think that's been three or four years.Stability Issues:3PAR stability has been there since day one. It's one of the platforms that has just been a joy to work with, because it changed the way that we are able to protect our entire environment. Being a telecom, we've got really good high speed links between our two data centers and we are able to do with 3PAR in a Peer Persistence configuration, and that's a feature where it clusters the two 3PAR rays together with seamless failover for LUNs from one array to another.Now I've got disaster avoidance, rather than disaster recovery of a traditional replication technology. So Peer Persistence for us is kind of nirvana. It's been a great solution for us.It started out just with VMware, then they added support for our Windows clusters. Most of the things we run on the blades are things that we can do this with. So if we have a blade fail, the great thing about a blade is the server profiles, move that to another blade, spare, in the enclosure, it comes back up in the same server running again, and if we have a storage failure, it automatically switches over in the backend, and our users never know.Scalability Issues:We've got plenty of room to grow. We're about three or four years into our 3PARs and we've still got more than at least about 50% of our drive shelves open, so we have a lot more room to grow. With each generation of drive that comes out, we can install bigger and more capable drives in it, so we haven't hit any scale issues there.Technical Support:7/10 - it can be hit or miss. We get better luck with our premium support levels. We have a named TAM for some of our systems, that works out well. Escalation managers are always good. There is good technical talent, it's just sometimes hidden by first level support. That can be difficult and frustrating at times, but over ten years working with them, I would say today it's probably a little better than when I first started. Actually, I would say it's probably improved a good bit since I first started working with them, but it's still got some room to go.Previous Solutions: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 all of that. So we had all of this data running on EVA and we were staring to hit some limits, and the EVA didn't have good telemetry to let us know where the edge of the cliff actually was, so we were teetering right on the edge and about to fall off when we got the 3PARs in. So that kind of saved our bacon.When we were evaluating potential replacements for our HP EVA storage array, we looked at Tintri and Tegile. We ended up doing evaluations for both of them.Our company purchased Tegile for another project. Internally, my security officer didn't like the NFS of Tegile. That was kind of a no-go for internal use. Otherwise it has really great features for virtualization. That was really appealing to me as a VMWare administrator. We talked with them after a VMUG meeting and brought it in, did a proof of concept on it. It didn't perform as expected in our environment and we found out after the fact why. We would have needed a second active controller and a second disk shelf to get the full IOPS we were expecting out of it. That kind of killed our evaluation. It had good features, it had good reporting, which was one of our big criteria moving from the EVA. We wanted something that was going to let us know how it was performing. That was really strong, in Tintri. It's also been three and a half years since then, so that product has changed a lot also.Initial Setup:3PAR installation was an easy one. We had really good consulting services that came in and walked us through that process. We've done a couple of field upgrades and those have gone smoothly also, so 9/10.Other Solutions Considered: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.Other Advice: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 another solution that can accomplish that in our environment.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. July 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Convergence with the HPE/VMware ecosystem? is a feature we've found valuable. Valuable Features:* High granularity* Easy to use* Convergence with the HPE/VMware ecosystemImprovements to My Organization:3PAR's ease-of-use has really improved our functioning because it requires less administration and less tuning. It really just works.Room for 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 capability, peer motion, etc. Specifically, we need lower end 3PAR devices. Sometimes, we need 3PAR for the same cost of an MSA2040 to replace it.Deployment Issues:There have been no issues with deploying it.Stability Issues:We had some issues with power down recovery and boot disk issues. Other than that, it's a stable solution.Scalability Issues:We had no issues scaling it for our needs.Other Advice: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.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are both customer and partner. We are integrators with pretty advanced internal architecture. April 18, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by One of the most valuable features for us is that it has a tiered architecture which we were able to easily adopt into our IT infrastructure. Valuable Features:Most importantly for us, this product provides us with flexibility, it has a tiered architecture, and was easy to adopt into our IT infrastructure.Improvements to 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.Room for 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.Use of Solution:We've had it for three years.Deployment Issues:We haven't had any issues with deployment.Stability Issues:We don't have any problems with stability. The way we've configured it gives us a lot of resilience.Scalability Issues:It's extremely scalable.Initial Setup:The setup and configuration were pretty straightforward. We were able to quickly adopt it and to get the ball rolling.Implementation Team:A third-party proposed the solution to us and we bought it.Other Solutions Considered: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.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. January 14, 2016
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