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ICT Director KA Infra at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Obsolete, stable, overall great support
Pros and Cons
  • "The technical support is good."
  • "The performance of the solution is not good anymore and the software is different from all the other types and is not compatible. There are more negative things at this moment than positive. This is why we are removing them all from our organization this year."

What is our primary use case?

We have used HPE 3PAR Flash Storage in the past for all our IT data. For example, we have used it for claims, office management, business intelligence, business information. It can be used for a lot of purposes.

What needs improvement?

The performance of the solution is not good anymore and the software is different from all the other types and is not compatible. There are more negative things at this moment than positive. This is why we are removing them all from our organization this year.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE 3PAR Flash Storage for approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

HPE 3PAR Flash Storage was scalable in the past but in the current market, it is a four out of ten. You are not able to add more power to the solution, it is not stackable.

We have approximately 6,000 users using this solution.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used Nimble and Primera.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is not that difficult nowadays. It takes approximately two days.

What about the implementation team?

When we need to do the implementation HPE comes with us and does it together with our maintenance department and an external company.

We have three engineers that do the maintenance of the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of the license depends. Some people expect more from the hardware. Some expect more from the licensing, and that is because you can receive several licenses nowadays, such as the terabyte license. You buy the storage, and you pay extra for the terabyte license for the software. There is a one-time purchase for the license and you pay annually for the maintenance.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated NetApp.

What other advice do I have?

HPE 3PAR Flash Storage is old and is obsolete and we are moving to newer versions of the system.

HPE has several storage options, such as Nimble. HPE has a lot of operating systems for their storage, and they all have a different approach. They were all from different companies which HPE bought, for example, Nimble and Primera.

I would not recommend this solution anymore. I would advise others to look for new types of storage solutions.

I rate HPE 3PAR Flash Storage a four out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Joseph Ashong - PeerSpot reviewer
Head, Internal Audit at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Good interface and documentation, but flash needs improvement
Pros and Cons
  • "When it comes to the interface of the solution we did not encounter any challenges. Additionally, the solution has good documentation."
  • "We had issues when attempting to do a flash, we hope to resolve it soon."

What is our primary use case?

We were using the solution for storing data. Recently we were having problems not being able to do a flash when we attempted. We will need to relay to IBM the challenges with taking the flash. Once this problem is resolved, we can do a better comparison with other solutions.

What is most valuable?

When it comes to the interface of the solution we did not encounter any challenges. Additionally, the solution has good documentation. 

What needs improvement?

We had issues when attempting to do a flash, we hope to resolve it soon.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used the solution for approximately three years. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of the solution was easy. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are presently evaluating NetApp and this solution. By the time we finished with our evaluations, I will be able to come back to IBM on what challenges we have encountered. We use IBM in all other aspects, including service. That is why we think that combining the IBM storage will be much easier for us than other entirely new solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I rate IBM FlashSystem a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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