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Which should I choose: HPE 3PAR StoreServ or Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series?


I'm researching All-Flash Storage Arrays. I'm looking for feedback about HPE 3PAR StoreServ and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series. Can anyone help?

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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

3PAR is SAS-based storage. The industry is already moving away from the 35-year-old SCSI-way, so it's not a good idea to buy any product with it. 

I'm not sure about Hitachi, but as far as I know, they also have SAS backend, so, the obvious answer to the question "Which should I choose?" is "none of them". 

My recommendation is - choose other vendors (or models) which provide end-to-end NVMe support and make a choice between them.

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Hitachi, if cost and performance for mission-critical apps are high priority. 

Otherwise, HPW 3PAR (or now HPE Primera) will be the best all-around for cost and performance. Plus, HPE's Storage Insight is the best on the market

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Both are great platforms, but if you are considering all flash solutions, I would recommend you to consider Pure Storage. It may be more expensive, but it should pay for itself for its functionalities.

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It depends on what kind of requirement you will use with this All-Flash Storage Array. 

Usually, high random IOPS is a must for AFA, however, recently there are more and more requirements that are talking about low latency as the key in the virtualization environment. So if you would like just for high random IOPS and MBPs, considering the SAS SSD AFA will be enough, but if lower latency will be your major impact in the environment, NVMe AFA will be the best.


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Top 5Real User

NImble Storage from HPE or Primera, Hitachi sold their disk division. HPE 3Par will be announced soon as the end of life. 

Instead, Primera has been created (Primera has the best from Nimble and 3Par). I hope it helps.

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Top 10Reseller

I think that you need to meet the needs looking to the best fit to your environment. Looking into Hitachi Vantara portfolio, you will see entry level storage to enterprise. At my point of view, performance, reliability and scalability should be considered.

Another consideration above performance (IOPS and latency), you must to provide the correct profile, such as block size, random or sequencial data, cache hit, replication and snapshots needs. All those informations provides a better solution for your environment. 

Dont you forget about the scalability, I think that you must to know how you are growing to fit the best equipment. 

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during the application operations.

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Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series.

author avatarEvgeny Belenky
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@Sheereen Alashqar can you please explain (technically) why you recommend this product and not the other one? Thanks

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Top 20Real User


Just assess Pure Storage box as well and also if you are focusing on some specific workload do mention it while discussing with the Pure Storage team like OLTP, DB(SQL/Oracle) or any platform service, etc. At last, your budget is also a major factor while evaluating. As all Flash Arrays do cost more.

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Top 5Real User

I would like to advise in general:

1). Make your choice/selection based on your requirements; not based on product.

2). Find product(s) that best fit those requirements.

3). There are lot of features which are selling points for All-Flash Storage manufacturers; you will find those at their website in-front product page if those features are not in #1 of your requirements then search features in them for what you need OR search the product which has the selling points what you are actually looking for(Functional" and "Non-functional" requirements).

To get to an appropriate and correct "Solution" you need to:

Make a list of "Functional" and "Non-functional" requirements and select the product that can get to your business goals effectively.

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Top 10Real User

You can check Pure storage. The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series is very good.

I do not have it in my environment but I have studied the box and it's good.

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If you are not looking at Pure you are missing the boat! 100 % satisfied customers, best economics, management, highest uptime, I could go on and on. See https://www.purestorage.com/re...

author avatarEvgeny Belenky
Community Manager

@reviewer1322832 can you please provide any comparison/factual numbers vs 2 products mentioned in the question?

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Top 5Real User

Ms. Ashouri,

To answer this question correctly, I would need to know how you plan to use the storage, the applications, the required IOPS/latencies/throughput, your budget, capacity requirements, data protection requirements, rack space, power, cooling, networking, etc. Choosing between the two platforms in an information vacuum is irrelevant. There are other considerations. What is your experience with either vendor? What is your planned lifecycle for the storage? What are your company's internal politics?  

On a personal note, I do not have a vested interest in what you select. Both are fine products. There are better. But if these are the two you have narrowed your selection, then either one is a good product. Each has advantages and disadvantages vs. the other.

Good luck.



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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Both storage systems are perfect, whatever choosing depends on customer needs.

What are you looking for (primary storage, Cloud Storage, Full Flash, Archive, BigData, Enterprise NVMe Scale-Out Data Platform)?

How many IOPS are demanding?



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