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Pros
"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN."

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"The solution offers good stability.""We choose 3PAR for its speed. It's so fast and reliable.""The initial setup was straightforward.""HPE 3PAR StoreServ is easy to use, fully featured and has a great graphical user interface.""HPE 3PAR StoreServ has been stable.""It is easy to set up, easy to use, and user-friendly. It is easier to work with HPE 3PAR than with Hitachi. Its technical support is also good.""We use all the features, but some of the most valuable are the replication, priority optimization, provisioning, and deduplication. There are a lot of good features in this product.""Their support is the most valuable. The support that we are getting from HP Turkey is very good. This product is better than some of the other products in terms of reliability. It is very reliable."

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"The dashboard is such that you don't need to be a storage expert to administer it.""The system efficiency is excellent overall.""I would say in terms of architecture and in terms of functionality, the product is quite good.""It's got full API functionality and the performance is pretty steady.""The most valuable feature is the performance, as well as how you manage performance on the system.""SolidFire provides seamless performance across your storage system when you need to scale up. Other storage systems do not do that."

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Cons
"I would like to see the management layer improved.""In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented.""The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint."

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"The price is a little bit high.""The solution could improve by being more secure.""An area of improvement for this solution is an increase in the bandwidth as well as an upgrade of the storage functionality and capabilities. The storage needs to be expandable for future-proofing.""Scalability and management could be improved.""It is suitable for medium-sized businesses and data centers with less number of users and less important data. It is not really an enterprise-level solution. It needs more capacity. It is also not really stable. It should be more stable. It should also support any server model. It is really weak in this area.""This solution only provides active-passive replication, as opposed to active-active.""Although we experienced malfunctions where a virus was running and it failed.""The cloud-based monitoring Infosight would be better if users are automatically enrolled in the cloud/group based on the configuration or information gathered or uploaded on the internet."

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"The inclusion of more protocols and interfaces would make it easier to integrate with other products.""You don't have business continuity with SolidFire. I think it could be a nice feature to have in the future.""The technical support is really bad and has to be improved.""The upgrade process could be better.""SolidFire should start from two nodes instead of the four nodes. That's the only thing. In a lot of solutions, we have to use four nodes, that's the better thing. But as a starting point, two is better. That's why their starting point is expensive.""The user interface needs to be improved. Much of the client feedback involves comments such as "Oh, it's hard to navigate through.""

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with."
  • "The licensing fees are very reasonable."
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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
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    This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
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    The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
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    HPE Primera has many great features but one of the best is that it is very easy to deploy. From an overall perspective… more »
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    We use all the features, but some of the most valuable are the replication, priority optimization, provisioning, and… more »
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    It's got full API functionality and the performance is pretty steady.
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    While I don't know specifics about the licensing costs or procedures, my understanding it's comparable to other… more »
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    We have had some issues with it scaling as high as the marketing says it can. We've got some very large clusters of up… more »
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    Pavilion HFA
    HPE 3PAR Flash Storage, InServ, Storeserv, 3PAR Flash Storage, HP Enterprise Storage, 3PAR Flash Array, HP 3PAR Flash Storage
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    Overview

    Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

    The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.

    What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform

    The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.

    Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet

    Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020

    HP 3PAR all-flash storage accelerates business agility by boosting application performance with over 900,000 IOPS at less than 0.7 ms latency. And it does this while delivering all the enterprise-class, Tier-1 features and functionality you expect from the storage platform that powers three of the world’s four largest managed service providers.

    SolidFire delivers all five core elements needed to deliver newfound storage agility to your next generation data center and beyond. With SolidFire you can deploy new applications and capabilities faster, provide more agile and scalable infrastructure, increase application performance and predictability, enable automation and end-user self-service and raise operational efficiency and reduce cost.

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    Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
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    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE 3PAR StoreServ vs. SolidFire and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HPE 3PAR StoreServ is ranked 3rd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 37 reviews while SolidFire is ranked 19th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 6 reviews. HPE 3PAR StoreServ is rated 8.2, while SolidFire is rated 8.2. 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 SolidFire writes "Simple to deploy and has good stability ". HPE 3PAR StoreServ is most compared with HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and IBM FlashSystem, whereas SolidFire is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), VMware vSAN, Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC Unity XT and NetApp NVMe AFF A800. See our HPE 3PAR StoreServ vs. SolidFire report.

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