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Infographic: Flash Storage 3PAR vs. XtremIO

When it comes to all-flash storage there are a few options to consider. Let’s take a look at two of them and the reasons to consider one before the other. HP’s 3PAR, which came out in 1999, was architected for the kind of extreme performance, agility, and efficiency needed in massively consolidated environments at cloud/ITaaS hosting providers. The competing product, EMC’s XtremIO, was also architected to fully leverage flash and enables the data center of the future. So, which one do you need for your business?


StorageMojo remarked “3PAR is hard to beat on maturity. The engineering began over a decade ago and has gone through several generations. 3PAR was engineered from the ground up with eight nodes, has been selling into enterprises for years and is supported by HP’s global service organization. They have all-flash and mixed configurations.”

3PARs benefits:

  • Policy-driven, Autonomic storage Tiering technologies: It balances cost and performance to meet service level requirements for the lowest cost.
  • Autonomic provisioning and management: It simplifies and expedites common storage administration tasks while smart automation reduces human error.
  • Host-based software products: It reduces manual administration by offering autonomic performance and capacity utilization monitoring.
  • Wide striping: The HPE 3PAR StoreServ Architecture can provide the best of traditional modular and monolithic architectures in addition to massive load balancing.
  • File Persona Software: A feature of the 3PAR OS that enables a rich set of file protocols, Object Access API, and file data services without having a separate NAS appliance.

Industry usage:

  • Financial Services Firm:17%
  • Healthcare:16%
  • Transportation:11%
  • Insurance:8%


The Gurleyman said it best “XtremIO is right for you if you need blazing speed, some reduction, and can accept a bit of risk around a still-maturing product. That’s what it does today. On the other hand, 3PAR can be spec’d with the same speeds in mind, but I personally believe it excels most when you value one of its other capabilities (hybrid, file+block, maturity).”

XtremIO’s benefits:

  • Content-based Data Placement: Incoming data is divided into 4KB chunks which are then fingerprinted based on their content and distributed evenly across all nodes in the complex.
  • Dual-Stage Metadata Engine: As data is stored to disk, it is passed to the owning node and decides where the data will reside.
  • Data Protection: XtremIO boasts an 8% overhead on data protection.
  • Shared In-Memory Data – The storage of all metadata in memory means copy services can be achieved extremely quickly with no overhead costs.

Industry usage:

  • Financial Services:17%
  • Healthcare:16%
  • Transportation:11%
  • Insurance:8%

Below is an interactive comparison for 3PAR vs. ExtremIO. Are you still unsure which option is best for your bottom line? Contact Pinnacle Business Systems to talk about the best solutions for your business.