Effective automatic failover/failback systems, integrates well, and high performance
Pros and Cons
"There's a lot of good features. HPE 3PAR StoreServ is similar to Dell EMC. It is a high-speed system with automatic failover/failback, integrated with Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware. These are the main reason for choosing HPE 3PAR StoreServ in Denmark. We have a very good consulting service together with the product."
"HPE 3PAR StoreServ could have better integration into the cloud and converged infrastructure."
What is our primary use case?
I work with customers all over demark, which consists of small to large companies. I normally make dual data centers with one HPE 3PAR StoreServ on each side. Our customers are mainly running with failover/failback mission-critical systems.
What is most valuable?
There's a lot of good features. HPE 3PAR StoreServ is similar to Dell EMC. It is a high-speed system with automatic failover/failback, integrated with Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware. These are the main reason for choosing HPE 3PAR StoreServ in Denmark. We have a very good consulting service together with the product.
What needs improvement?
HPE 3PAR StoreServ could have better integration into the cloud and converged infrastructure.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have been using HPE 3PAR StoreServ for approximately 13 years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
HPE 3PAR StoreServ is a highly stable solution.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
The solution is easy to scale. It is normally used for enterprise companies.
How are customer service and support?
The support from HPE is good but slow. The speed of the resolution could be faster.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We use HP Enterprise, Dell EMC, Hitachi, Fujitsu, IBM, and Lenovo.
A lot of the solutions today are very similar. This was not the case five years ago. If some new functionality comes out with, for example, Dell, other vendors will have the same features in a short time.
How was the initial setup?
The initial installation is complicated. The storage administrator needs to be trained or they need to have a contract with someone who can take control over the system. Mainly in Denmark, the customers prefer someone to take control of the system. There are companies that will take care of their systems.
What about the implementation team?
We can do the implementation of the solution.
There is some maintenance that is required for HPE 3PAR StoreServ, such as upgrading firmware software, upgrading the system to a larger system, increasing the capacity, or increasing the performance of the system.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
The price of HPE 3PAR StoreServ is reasonable, but buying upgrade licenses are priced very high. There are additional fees.
What other advice do I have?
HPE have have made a new system to substitute with 3PAR. It is the HPE Primera solution. It is a product similar to 3PAR, but it's more converged together with the hybrid system. You can implement it on-premise of the cloud. It has cloud connect functionalities and the market is going that way.
If you want a solution better than HPE 3PAR StoreServ you will be using Primera.
I would advise those wanting to implement this solution to use a partner which has high-scale competencies. They need to be technical experts, both in hardware and software. Customers cannot implement this solution themself.
In the beginning, it was allowed for customers to do the installation, but after one or two years, HPE decided that it was not allowed. It is not allowed today. You need a certified person to do the installation and configuration.
I rate HPE 3PAR StoreServ a nine out of ten.
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller