All-Flash Storage Arrays Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Infrastr9a1a says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Infrastructure Manager
* Expandability for capacity management is pretty important. * It has compression, which allows you to store more data than you would normally under the arrays. * The ease of use in central management by Unisphere Central. * Cost-effectiveness, when compared to other products. View full review »
Chris Childerhose says in a Nimble Storage review
Solutions Engineer at ThinkON
The most valuable features are - 1. Ease of setup 2. Ease of Management with Web UI 3. InfoSight - analytics sight that collects data for all Nimble arrays deployed Infosight has been very valuable with determining upgrade requirements, bottlenecks, etc. The latest update to the site now allows Per-VM monitoring within the Virtual Infrastructure now too. View full review »
James-Kelly says in a Pure Storage FlashArray review
Senior Systems Administrator for Research at Chapman University
The most valuable feature has been its performance. It has allowed us to virtualize our production environment, which has many secondary benefits, primarily involving the automation of database administration activities. Very close to that primary benefit has been the effectiveness of their data reduction technology, a combination of deduplication and metadata indexing. In our environment, nearly all of our databases are copies of copies. With Pure Storage's data-reduction technology we can host an unexpectedly large amount of functional data in an affordable amount of storage. Also, their system-management REST API is excellent: well-documented and very easy to use. View full review »
Flavio Araujo says in a Dell EMC Unity review
User
Real Unified Storage (Block, File, VVols) in a unique 2U hardware. View full review »
Mark Glasson says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Senior IT Infrastructure Engineer and Administrator at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* FAST Cache: The ability for hot blocks to almost instantaneously be served from Flash. * FAST VP: Enables us to better utilise the Flash resources that we have. * ESRS/CloudIQ: Having the array communicating back to Dell EMC enables me to get faster responses to issues which may arise, like a failed disk. View full review »
Juan Montoya says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Platform Administrator
* Auto-tiering * FAST Cache Automatically, the cool data downgrades to slower disks and no human needs to intervene. The FAST Cache helps to have a large quantity of data in memory and speed up the presentation of new storage. View full review »
ITServerfb94 says in a Dell EMC Unity review
IT Server Admin at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Storage * Easy to manage and configure. * I can easily setup and configure the LUN and host without support. View full review »
Daniel Calleja says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Manager Information Technology at a real estate/law firm with 11-50 employees
* The performance * Ease of use View full review »
Abilio Tsunoushi says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Head of IT, South & Central America at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
* Small device * Using few U's on rack * Small consumption of energy * Fast access on data View full review »
ITManage593a says in a Dell EMC Unity review
IT Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
The ease of use. Being able to configure it was easy, which I liked. It is easy to manage. Managing it, I get alerts if there are any type of issues. I had a hard drive go bad, which had never caused any issues. Dell EMC contacted me, and said, "We are a shipping a new one out." My response was, "Why?" He told me that hard drive was bad. So, I went and looked, and it was. This was almost immediate. I never even knew anything had happened. As frequently as updates come in, it has far more updates than anything else, Dell does it for you, which makes it simple to do them. I just sit back and watch them do it, so it's nice. It keeps us up-to-date and secure. View full review »
Larry Lawler says in a Reduxio [EOL] review
CTO at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
We were also pleased to learn that Reduxio also has, beside dedup and compression that actually works, the "time machine" built in, which allows you to go back a few seconds or a few minutes before a ransomware attack gets you. For us, in the software business - I can see where some companies, their main concern is how many IOs per second it can do - but for us, it's recovering from ransomware. That's our number one characteristic that we look for. Then, the second one would be IOs per second. Everybody else does Snapshots, and that's just not workable, because if you're doing a Snapshot every minute and a half you run out of storage so fast, and you need four times the storage capacity to be able to take those Snapshots to recover from ransomware. The most important feature to me is being able to recover from ransomware. Because of the "time machine" that's built into the product, you can go back to five seconds before the ransomware hits your company's data, and prevent the ransomware from ever happening, and in today's business climate where there are so many ransomware attacks going on, that's me the most important thing. And one other feature that I think is unique to Reduxio that you should probably know about is, most storage arrays when you buy them, they call it a "forklift upgrade," where a forklift comes in there and pulls out the old storage, and brings in a new storage. But with Reduxio, it can use all your old storage arrays, whether they're NetApp, or IBM, or EMC, or HPE, as targets for doing backups. In our situation, once we had all of our guests off of NetApp, we then used the NetApp storage array as our backup target. We would write backup copies of the guests to NetApp and also to the cloud. So we'd have a local copy for recovery purposes, and a cloud copy for disaster recovery if the whole datacenter disappeared. Reduxio does that for you. It can write a backup copy to any storage array and, at the same time, write another copy to just about any cloud provider. View full review »
Steve M says in a Reduxio [EOL] review
IT Manager at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Backdating: This is Reduxio’s local every second backup technology. It is always-on and monitored 24/7, so it frees up a lot of time that I used to spend babysitting traditional backups. Value: For less money than my previous solution, I receive way more performance and backup features that far surpass anything on the market. Simplicity: The other options I looked at required a lot of upfront choices that could paint me into a corner, particularly the hyper-converged choices. I love that I have never had to open the Reduxio manual. All of the RAID, SSD tiering, QoS, local backup, and remote backup features do not require tons of knobs or complex management. The system just works, so I can focus on more important parts of my business while knowing that in the event of a deletion, corruption, or ransomware, I am never going to lose more than one second of changes. View full review »
Richard Onanian says in a Reduxio [EOL] review
Network Administrator at a university with 51-200 employees
Of course, the big feature, backdating of datastores right down to the second without any need for proactively taking snapshots, is incredibly valuable - and it works as advertised. If there is an emergency or just if you're experimenting, it only takes a scant few quick clicks to roll a datastore back to a specific time of your choosing, either branching that moment off into a new deduplicated datastore or just rolling the existing datastore back. I would have to say, though, that the most valuable feature of this system is the company that sells it. Every time I have learned about the latest and greatest storage system, then bought it, no matter how hard I tried to make sure that the features were delivered, I always ended up with a small subset of the promised features. Sometimes, they turn out to be a prohibitively expensive add-on license, sometimes they end up not working as promised, or sometimes they end up incompatible with our systems despite having verified compatibility beforehand. Reduxio delivers a self-contained system with all of the features rolled in and functional! It just plain works: * Deduplication * Backdating * Automated tiering of data for hybrid flash/spinning storage * System monitoring All of it is in the one price that we paid. All of it was delivered. All of it works. Not only does Reduxio deliver on their feature promises, but they also provided far more help with initial installation/configuration/optimization than I ever expected. I can't remember if I have ever been so impressed with a product or with a company. View full review »
Alex Lovett says in a HPE 3PAR Flash Storage review
IT Operations Manager
* The Remote Copy Group is amazing for the replication stuff. * We also use dynamic optimization to go between tiers. * The reporting, as well. We can quickly see performance per CPG and per LUN. You can drill right down to see actual performance to the virtual volumes themselves. That's really good. View full review »
Andrea Spaziani says in a Pure Storage FlashArray review
Chief Information, Facility, Purchasing and Services Manager at Roma Metropolitane S.r.l.
The most valuable features are extremely low latency, high IOPS with VMware, inline deduplication and compression. We liked the non-disruptive downgrade from FA-420 (POC) to FA-405 in production and the non-disruptive upgrade from FA-405 to M20. View full review »
SrManagee02f says in a Pure Storage FlashArray review
Sr Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution is simple to install. It comes with a large number of features out-of-the-box, which makes it easy for us to see problems and manage capacity. We use the Evergreen Storage model so that we will get upgrades as they are needed, or as we expand. It has helped us meet some financial challenges we had internally. In the past, we had to buy whole trays of disks from another vendor. It's too much money because we typically bill people ahead of the project. This solution has helped us meet the spending needs of our customers, and allow us to be more flexible. View full review »
Operatio6735 says in a Pure Storage FlashArray review
Operation Manager at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
The most valuable features of this solution are the speed, ease of use, administration, and the support model. We have the VMware plugin for Pure storage. It's the plugin that allows us to create a data store. It's super simple but we use it. It's in vCenter. The integrations have helped by making it quicker to deploy data storage. If we have a LUN that is ready to have a data store put on it, rather than us having to give access to certain people to create data stores, they can just do it directly from vCenter and they won't have to have access to the array. It makes it easier. It's a little faster. View full review »
MattBonfield says in a Nimble Storage review
Senior Systems Engineer
The way that it optimizes the hot data versus cold data is really what Nimble does super well. View full review »
MikeBollman says in a HPE 3PAR Flash Storage review
IT Director at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
From a 3PAR perspective, it's the ease of setup and use. You can train somebody pretty quickly how to do basic operations, especially if it's a very dynamic environment where you're constantly having to make changes with exposing additional VVs to a given host or spin up new servers. It's really simple to use. View full review »
Jeff Tedform says in a Nimble Storage review
Senior Network Administrator at a university with 201-500 employees
We have over 100 terabytes of storage, and it is all solid state. That is pretty valuable for everything we do. The build alone is amazing and the way everything is modular. It's swapable. The storage capacity efficiency is phenomenal. It is off the charts in comparison to the compression ratios that we got before. We are able to save a lot more to the device. View full review »
ChiefTec2f46 says in a Pure Storage FlashArray review
Chief Technology Officer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
My rating of Pure Storage is a ten out of ten because of the price for performance and footprint - the overall value. View full review »
Michael Archuleta says in a NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) review
CIO at Mt. San Rafael Hospital
The user experience has been absolutely amazing. We're about 80% virtualized on the desktop standpoint, so we do utilize VDI very highly. Using the All-Flash FAS solution, we had to basically determine that there was going to be some efficiencies and some speed as well, too, because you figure we're giving all of these health care users a virtual desktop, plus the utilization of All-Flash FAS, we need to make sure that their specific process is really rolling and moving in an efficient way, because the health care industry is a fast-paced organization. We're basically taking care of patients' lives. The technology that we bring has to be very efficient to provide the best patient care that we can have, and NetApp All-Flash FAS has really proven that point. View full review »
Kelvin Foo says in a Pure Storage FlashArray review
APAC System manager at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We like that there isn't a steep learning curve and it is easy to learn how to navigate. It's also quite scalable and easy to implement. View full review »
Rujuswami Gandhi says in a Pure Storage FlashArray review
Associate Director of Cloud Engineering at ZS
Flash is the most valuable feature. Scalability is one of the best features. You can quickly add more. You can swap out the drives with larger sizes, you can add more shelves. All of that is perfect - the whole concept of keeping it modular, where you can keep replacing components. That was definitely new several years ago. I would bet competitors are doing it now as well, but when they started, it was an innovation. View full review »
NetAdmin95898 says in a Dell EMC Unity review
Network Administrator at a government with 11-50 employees
It's all-flash. The solution is so easy to manage that I forget it is there. Their support is now a lot better, so that is good. They are very helpful when we called in and say, "This is the project that we want to do. Which box should we go about buying? They will send us the information and go through it with us." View full review »
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