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HPE 3PAR StoreServ vs. HPE StorageWorks MSA
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE 3PAR StoreServ vs. HPE StorageWorks MSA and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"3PAR is different from other storage solutions because it uses a chunklet when we initiate the storage. Every disk is submitted as a 1 GB chunklet. This chunklet can be RAID 1, 4, 5, or 6. This fabulous feature is very useful for me because I can distribute the RAID for any volume. The adaptive optimization is the biggest feature in 3PAR. 3PAR is very usable with thin volume because it detects zeros while writing. Every time I tell the hypervisor to make the full provisioning, it makes the volume as simple provisioning in 3PAR, not full provisioning. Other vendors take this volume as thick provisioning because of which the capacity is reached quickly. It doesn't happen in 3PAR because it detects zeros. It only writes the data, and it doesn't write zeros. There are two processors in 3PAR: the ASIC processor and the main processor. The ASIC processor detects zero writing and doesn't write it, which is a big feature in 3PAR.""HPE 3PAR StoreServ has a good interface, it is user-friendly and easy to use.""The features which are most valuable are the availability of the system and the management.""The speed is very good.""The solution is easy to use and very stable.""The solution offers good stability.""There are a lot of screens for easy management where you can change some settings. But after a few years, the important settings were better after an upgrade, and all the vendors have other ways to upgrade their systems.""Very recently, we are able to do a lot of data center automation by being able to script some of the 3PAR actions for our private cloud."

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"The most valuable features were the dual controllers and being able to expand it.""The most valuable features are the storage levels and snapshot features.""The solution is very easy to use, it is not really complex for any user, such as non-technical individuals.""The simple configuration feature is great. It is very simple, allowing you to set up MSA very easily.""The product is very easy to deploy."

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Cons
"The solution could be improved in regard to space reclamation by adding automation.""As long as they can keep the solution stable, it will be good. Stability is very important to us.""From an overall perspective, all the latest technologies can improve support and performance. This is very important for us.""If HPE 3PAR could handle NAS and all things related to NAS, you would not need to have a mixture of different storages, storage boxes, one solution could fit all.""HPE 3PAR StoreServ has limited flexibility in building replication solutions. There are limitations to the number of IOPS the system can do. It's not bad as it is doing its job. However, for the application, if you need a toolbox, you can build everything concerning periodic replication modes of synchronous or asynchronous three-site, four-site, with supported cascading which requires you to buy an IBM product. It also takes a few hours to one day to upgrade the system and sometimes; it takes more time because, in some HPE 3PAR StoreServ 20000 Storage, you have an eight-node system. If you do an upgrade, you do it node by node and every node might take more than an hour.""The speed of the hard disk could be better. The performance is the main issue for us. The performance of the VMs is not comparable to desktop machines, for instance, and we might need another solution to improve the performance. Other than that, we don't have any issues. We already have a great part of storage with SSDs, and the performance is not as good as I expected.""This product has come to the end of its lifecycle.""This solution only provides active-passive replication, as opposed to active-active."

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"Synchronized replication is very important for MSA; however, HPE StorageWorks MSA doesn't provide synchronized replication.""This product is getting a little bit older, so new features like deduplication are not included.""It would be ideal if there was a better management interface.""The solution could improve by adding configuration tools.""The support contract is expensive, although they are very responsive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We paid for five years of support when we purchased the product."
  • "The SSD is a little bit expensive."
  • "This is not an expensive product but every time you add capacity to it, you need to pay for re-balancing."
  • "Its price is a bit high for adding another tree, but when we purchased it, it was okay with us. We had compared it with EMC and other solutions, and it was okay at that point in time. Our storage has a lifespan of seven to eight years. When you purchase it, you need to keep a headroom of around 40% to 50%. After three to four years, you generally plan for an upgrade. The price is not so bad today for two years or so, and within a year, I might find that I have to upgrade or increase the storage. This usually happens when there is a radical change or a new application has come that is consuming a lot of data, but generally, there is a plan for the amount of data that we generate and the storage upgrade."
  • "It is lower in price as compared to other vendors, such as Dell. As compared to Huawei, all storage solutions are expensive, including this one."
  • "It is a bit more expensive. IBM is cheaper than HPE in Turkey."
  • "This solution is expensive. We pay every year for support. It's a lump sum because we pay for data center support services, and everything is included in one."
  • "The cost is reasonable given that the licensing is all included once you purchase it."
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  • "When we bought this solution it was very reasonably priced and they were willing to deal."
  • "This solution is quite expensive; they should lower the cost."
  • "This solution involves a one-time CapEx payment, followed by warranty extensions."
  • "The price of the solution is a little high and they should provide more competitive pricing. If you want to increases the storage size there are additional fees."
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    Top Answer:HPE 3PAR StoreServ has a good interface, it is user-friendly and easy to use.
    Top Answer:The solution is very easy to use, it is not really complex for any user, such as non-technical individuals.
    Top Answer:The price of the solution is a little high and they should provide more competitive pricing. If you want to increases the storage size there are additional fees.
    Top Answer:The solution could improve by adding configuration tools.
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    Also Known As
    HPE 3PAR Flash Storage, InServ, Storeserv, 3PAR Flash Storage, HP Enterprise Storage, 3PAR Flash Array, HP 3PAR Flash Storage
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    Overview

    HPE 3PAR StoreServ is an AI-driven storage solution that prevents issues before they occur by learning and adjusting in real time. The solution offers a tier-1 all-flash foundation for mission-critical workloads. HPE 3PAR StoreServ was designed with more than 3M IOPS and consistent sub-ms latency. It aims to transform midrange and enterprise deployments with solutions that scale from a few TBs to more than 20PBs. In addition, the solution is built to modernize data centers and is made to handle unpredictable workloads effortlessly. By implementing HPE 3PAR StoreServ, you gain automated and rapid provisioning, hardware-accelerated deduplication and compression, and a multi-tenant design.

    HPE 3PAR StoreServ Features

    HPE 3PAR StoreServ has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Flexibility: With HPE 3PAR StoreServ, you can easily deploy highly configurable, scale-out storage for multi-tenant workloads.
    • Always-on availability for your data: HPE 3PAR StoreServ includes an always-on resilient storage infrastructure for your hypervisors and applications. In addition, with Peer Persistence, your virtual machines (VMs), hosts, and data can move freely across data centers rather than being constrained by their physical boundaries.
    • Fast, scalable performance: HPE 3PAR StoreServ enables you to accelerate consistent mixed-workload performance and also provides necessary QoS levels that are optimized for your highest priority applications.
    • Performance insights: HPE 3PAR StoreServ helps you gain performance insights in real time, and anticipate as well as prevent issues across the infrastructure stack by utilizing cross-stack analytics.
    • Flash optimized data protection: With tier-1 data services, multi-tenant security, and copy data management, you can avoid downtime.
    • Seamless data mobility: HPE 3PAR StoreServ makes it possible for you to not only experience converged data protection, but also experience seamless data mobility services, at flash speed, from the edge to the cloud.

    HPE 3PAR StoreServ Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing HPE 3PAR StoreServ. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Easy to manage. The web interface to manage the units is a great asset and one that makes managing storage easy.
    • User-friendly GUI
    • Exceptionally fast and well-managed replication

    • Low latency
    • Hybrid storage gives you the ability to assign different roles to different types of storage arrays inside one enclosure
    • Both file-level and block-level replication

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the HPE 3PAR StoreServ solution.

    A SAN Consultant at a tech services company says, “One of the features that I like the most is the data replication element. The reason I like it is due to the fact that it's pretty clean on replicating data over to a second site. The product stands on its own in heavy enterprise environments. It's easy to make changes without affecting the environment. The solution is very easy to use. The product is very robust and offers very good performance.”

    A Storage Manager at a financial services firm mentions, "There are a lot of screens for easy management where you can change some settings. But after a few years, the important settings were better after an upgrade, and all the vendors have other ways to upgrade their systems."

    A Senior IT Infrastructure & Data Center Operation Engineer at Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) comments, “The adaptive optimization is the biggest feature in 3PAR. 3PAR is very usable with thin volume because it detects zeros while writing. Every time I tell the hypervisor to make the full provisioning, it makes the volume as simple provisioning in 3PAR, not full provisioning.”

    Whether you need best-in-class performance or are looking to get the most capacity for your investment, MSA has a fast, affordable solution for you. And every MSA comes with an intuitive setup and management interface anyone can master.
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    Just Energy, Latisys, team AG, DreamWorks, BlueShore Financial, Erasmus MC
    Femsa CSC, TTX, Rabobank
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    Financial Services Firm19%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Government5%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Buyer's Guide
    HPE 3PAR StoreServ vs. HPE StorageWorks MSA
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE 3PAR StoreServ vs. HPE StorageWorks MSA and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE 3PAR StoreServ is ranked 1st in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 41 reviews while HPE StorageWorks MSA is ranked 4th in Modular SAN (Storage Area Network) with 5 reviews. HPE 3PAR StoreServ is rated 8.4, while HPE StorageWorks MSA is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of HPE 3PAR StoreServ writes "Robust and easy to use with a simple setup ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of HPE StorageWorks MSA writes "Easy to deploy and manage with good monitoring capabilities". HPE 3PAR StoreServ is most compared with HPE Primera, Dell Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and IBM FlashSystem, whereas HPE StorageWorks MSA is most compared with IBM FlashSystem, NetApp FAS Series, HPE EVA, Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series. See our HPE 3PAR StoreServ vs. HPE StorageWorks MSA report.

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