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HP 3PAR StoreServ is a flash storage option, from Hewlett-Packard.HP 3PAR StoreServ 8200We were setting up a whole new ERP for an academic client. We required a storage that provides us both file based storage for less demanding storage needs and block storage for more demanding needs like database and virtual desktops. We have been able to achieve that along with reducing our overall estimated storage footprint by making use of dedupe feature of HP 3PAR.,We are using HP 3PAR storeServ 8200 for both our file level and block level storage. I really love the amazing compaction ratio provided by HP 3PAR. Some of our disks have compaction ratio above 25:1, which is super amazing. You can definitely look for around 75% reduction of storage footprints. It has a great user friendly web console "SSMC"(StoreServ Management Console). This is an additional bonus and can be used by even non-storage people like DBA and Network to take a look at storage performance.,I was trying to look for what kind of threshold monitoring I can do using the web console for hour HP 3PAR. Though it covers most of the essential threshold alert settings, I was looking for things like CPU overheating, block corruptions. I was told these can not be monitored directly through SSMC but are thrown as minor and major alerts automatically by the system processor. Native reporting features in 3PAR are just fine, but they can be more user friendly and can be made to be more representative. We were facing high disk IOPS and increased service time, due to few overloaded disks. We had to dig this ourselves but it would have been nice if HP 3PAR could have provided some automated recommendations to improve performance.,10,The all flash HP 3PAR StoreServ provides great IOPS bandwidth. It depends on how many disks you have, for my environment of 8 disks with 6 TB each SSD, it allows upto 80,000 IOPS. HP 3PAR StoreServ has native offsite replication capability and onsite snapshot copy features. These features allow faster recovery. HP 3PAR StoreServ comes with inbuilt High Availability at controller nodes level and internal disk redundancy. This allows sustaining disk failures or controller node failure without immediately causing downtime. The deduplication feature, when turned on, provides a compaction ratio up to 25:1 times and hence helps reducing overall storage footprint, as HP claims, up to 95 % times.,NetApp All Flash FAS,Oracle Enterprise Manager, Asana, JIRA Software, HP StoreOnce, Veeam Backup & Replication, VMware vCenter Server,5000,12,We use them for data stores for VMWare infrastructure containing 10 ESXi hosts. We are using the 3PAR StoreServ Flash Virtual Volumes for Oracle ASM disks to host Oracle Databases. We are also using 3PAR StoreServ production virtual volumes and replicating them to non-production virtual volumes for disaster recovery. We use 3PAR StoreServ storage snapshots for quick recovery from volume failures.,We are using StoreServ for both file level and block level storage with no additional configuration required. We are using local Storage Snapshots as BCV (Business Continuity Volumes).,We have a big existing Mainframes and PeopleSoft infrastructure. We are planning to upgrade the technology stack and 3PAR StoreServ Flash Storage would be our choice for storage layer.,10,No,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Vendor Reputation Analyst Reports Third-party Reviews,The SSD volumes are little on the expensive side but we get amazing deduplication compaction which compensates for it. Hence, we would like to stick to the product until we come across something more exciting in future.HP 3PAR StoreServ Flash storage - High performance storage that won't break the bankWe have been using HP 3PAR StoreServ Flash storage as our primary Data Base server storage within Central IT. All Virtual machine and data base files associated with any of our data bases (production) our stored on the HP 3PAR StoreServ Flash storage. We have the array configured as an all-Flash array (no tiering is used).,It provides above the level of I/O that we need in order for our data bases to perform as needed. We have never hit a plateau as far as I/O is concerned. The 3PAR is very easy to setup, use and manage. Both the GUI and the CLI are very intuitive and allow you to manage the storage your way. The 3PAR packs a lot of storage space and performance into a much smaller footprint than our previous storage solution. The 3PAR uses aboout 1/3 of 1 Rack, while our old solution used 2 full rack spaces.,The system requires a physical or virtual system to manage upgrades and patches and for call home features. Most other systems have this integrated into the array. Just another piece of infrastructure to manage. There are some system jobs that come pre-scheduled in the initial setup, but there is at least 1 job that should be added to this by default. When you delete storage, you also need to run a job to compact the CPG (a group where the luns all reside) to reclaim the previously used storage as free. This should be done by default at least monthly in the background. There are 2 different GUI front ends that can still be used. The older version (3 PAR management console) is being phased out (has been for 3 years).,8,Our data bases are performing at very high levels and can now support the few times a year when we have very high demand. The system is very easy to use and has saved us up to 10 hours per week compared to our old system. With the smaller footprint we are consuming less electricity and using less cooling to provide more storage that is faster than our old solution.,EMC Symmetrix VMAX, XtremIO Flash Storage and Compellent,EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS, Compellent, Cohesity
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September 17, 2018

HP 3PAR StoreServ Flash Storage Review: "HP 3PAR StoreServ 8200"

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We were setting up a whole new ERP for an academic client. We required a storage that provides us both file based storage for less demanding storage needs and block storage for more demanding needs like database and virtual desktops. We have been able to achieve that along with reducing our overall estimated storage footprint by making use of dedupe feature of HP 3PAR.
  • We are using HP 3PAR storeServ 8200 for both our file level and block level storage.
  • I really love the amazing compaction ratio provided by HP 3PAR. Some of our disks have compaction ratio above 25:1, which is super amazing. You can definitely look for around 75% reduction of storage footprints.
  • It has a great user friendly web console "SSMC"(StoreServ Management Console). This is an additional bonus and can be used by even non-storage people like DBA and Network to take a look at storage performance.
  • I was trying to look for what kind of threshold monitoring I can do using the web console for hour HP 3PAR. Though it covers most of the essential threshold alert settings, I was looking for things like CPU overheating, block corruptions. I was told these can not be monitored directly through SSMC but are thrown as minor and major alerts automatically by the system processor.
  • Native reporting features in 3PAR are just fine, but they can be more user friendly and can be made to be more representative.
  • We were facing high disk IOPS and increased service time, due to few overloaded disks. We had to dig this ourselves but it would have been nice if HP 3PAR could have provided some automated recommendations to improve performance.
HPE 3PAR StoreServ is a great solution where both file level and block level storage is required. It will be recommended to use all flash SSD storage although cheaper near line storage can also be used for light application with less IOPS.
I would not recommend HP 3PAR StoreServ if you are looking for a low budget storage solution.
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September 11, 2018

Review: "HP 3PAR StoreServ Flash storage - High performance storage that won't break the bank"

Score 8 out of 10
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We have been using HP 3PAR StoreServ Flash storage as our primary Data Base server storage within Central IT. All Virtual machine and data base files associated with any of our data bases (production) our stored on the HP 3PAR StoreServ Flash storage. We have the array configured as an all-Flash array (no tiering is used).
  • It provides above the level of I/O that we need in order for our data bases to perform as needed. We have never hit a plateau as far as I/O is concerned.
  • The 3PAR is very easy to setup, use and manage. Both the GUI and the CLI are very intuitive and allow you to manage the storage your way.
  • The 3PAR packs a lot of storage space and performance into a much smaller footprint than our previous storage solution. The 3PAR uses aboout 1/3 of 1 Rack, while our old solution used 2 full rack spaces.
  • The system requires a physical or virtual system to manage upgrades and patches and for call home features. Most other systems have this integrated into the array. Just another piece of infrastructure to manage.
  • There are some system jobs that come pre-scheduled in the initial setup, but there is at least 1 job that should be added to this by default. When you delete storage, you also need to run a job to compact the CPG (a group where the luns all reside) to reclaim the previously used storage as free. This should be done by default at least monthly in the background.
  • There are 2 different GUI front ends that can still be used. The older version (3 PAR management console) is being phased out (has been for 3 years).
The 3PAR flash storage is perfect for use cases that need high I/O and low latency (like data bases or even VDI). The flexibility of the system allows you quickly to allocate or expand storage. I would not recommend it for use in archival storage (too expensive) or for systems that have very low I/O requirements.
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