HPE 3PAR promises a modern storage solution, but when you take a closer look, you’ll notice it is made up of logical unit numbers (LUNs), which represent decades-old design. It’s true that many other 3PAR competitors also utilize LUNs—but those at the top of the class, like Tintri, use virtual machines (VMs) as the unit of management. A 3PAR comparison to Tintri reveals the latter offers more than just speed: Tintri also provides its users better scalability, performance and ease of use.
Workload isolation (auto-QoS)
Quality of service min / max
Data services like snapshots, clones, replication at a VM Level
Single-pane of glass, policy based management
Enhanced storage vMotion / live migration offload
Per Workload Headroom Visualization
Real-time analytics across storage, network and compute
Predictive analytics to forecast storage and compute requirements
Expand all-flash capacity one drive at a time
Automated rebalancing of VM placement to optimize use of resources
Space savings (deduplication)
Multi-hypervisor support on a single system
Ability to backup to public cloud for long term retention
Address non-virtualized workloads
Tintri’s unique ability to take every storage action at the VM-level allows for greater automation and performance, with far simpler management. Tintri can scale out existing all-flash capacity one drive at a time to exactly match business need. With Tintri, users are able to optimize the placement of every VM across their footprint for the most efficient use of resources; the same is not true for users of 3PAR.
HPE’s analytics remain limited to the LUN and volume level—insufficient granularity to really understand what is happening with any individual VM, or to predict future resource needs. Customers using Tintri are able to forecast compute and storage requirements up to 18-months into the future. Tintri also provides its users with real-time analytics for troubleshooting existing issues at the VM-level—3PAR doesn’t work at the VM-level, and doesn’t offer a similar ability to manage and troubleshoot storage latency.
3PAR offers table stakes deduplication and multi-hypervisor support, but it lacks tight integration with public cloud for long-term retention. Overall, Tintri is the better and more modern approach to storage, with enhanced automation and application-level management.
“Tintri ensures that all of our applications perform predictably as we scale.”