All-Flash Storage Arrays Features

Read what people say are the most valuable features of the solutions they use.
Philip Sellers uses HPE 3PAR Flash Storage
Solutions Engineer at AmWINS Group, Inc.
In a word, performance. It was primarily brought in to replace our EVA with something that was more capable from a performance perspective. We did not order solid state in our original configuration and we were looking for something which could grow with us, that could handle unpredictable VMware workloads better, and that didn't have the bottlenecks of a traditional monolithic array. Since that time, we have added solid state to accelerate the performance further. View full review »
Chris Childerhose uses Nimble Storage
Solutions Architect at McMillan LLP
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 »
Flavio Araujo uses Dell EMC Unity
User
Real Unified Storage (Block, File, VVols) in a unique 2U hardware. View full review »
Mark Glasson uses Dell EMC Unity
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 uses Dell EMC Unity
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 uses Dell EMC Unity
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 uses Dell EMC Unity
Manager Information Technology at a real estate/law firm with 11-50 employees
* The performance * Ease of use View full review »
Infrastr9a1a uses Dell EMC Unity
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 »
Abilio Tsunoushi uses Dell EMC Unity
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 »
Larry Lawler uses Reduxio
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 uses Reduxio
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 uses Reduxio
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 uses HPE 3PAR Flash Storage
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 uses Pure Storage
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 »
David Hammink uses Dell EMC SC Series
System Administrator with 11-50 employees
* Ease of use * Reliability * It is fast and performs well. View full review »
Craig Billins uses Tintri VMstore
Infrastructure Engineer at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees
The feature that I find most valuable is the VM level awareness that the VMstore gives you. This is great for finding problems where VMs are hogging all the performance. The VMstore is also very stable. I have not had a single issue since the purchase my company made. View full review »
Richard Boucher uses Reduxio
Director of Information Services
The TimeOS support and I/O performance. For instance, recovery of data from any point in time, and the speed of the unit, are incredible compared to other devices we reviewed. We can backdate to any time necessary to recover from any kind of disaster, like ransomware. It is very easy to use, very easy to configure, very easy to manipulate how we manage our data stores. View full review »
Tamir Fahima uses Reduxio
IT Infrastructure Manager with 201-500 employees
* Ease of use * Time to market * Scalability We can install new software and new applications in no time. That means we don't need buy a new shelf or new disks, just create a virtual machine and the system does everything behind the scenes. View full review »
CIOd0cb uses Reduxio
CIO
* Super easy to use, manage, maintain; just jump into the pool and start to swim, the learning curve was super quick. * Very good price/performance solution. * Straightforward to learn. * The ability to scale out, adding more capacity, is very easy. View full review »
Alexander Amore uses Reduxio
System Enginner at a wholesaler/distributor with 201-500 employees
We love the fact that we do not have to worry about ransomware and can rollback to any point in time. We can sleep easy knowing our data is safe. View full review »
Christopher Williston uses Reduxio
IT Systems Analyst at a K-12 educational company or school with 201-500 employees
Truly an incredible array. We are seeing .4ms average latency with more than 10K IOPS while running 300 VMware VDI desktops and roughly 45 servers. The HTML5 UI is clean, easy to navigate, and very intuitive. Creating new volumes is extremely simple and only takes a few seconds to complete. Our storage savings after their "NoDup" in-line dedupe and compression process is an average of 7:1 ratio, which we have also found to be very impressive. View full review »
DataCent4153 uses Dell EMC Unity
Data Center & IT Infrastructure Administrator at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The ease of use, which makes it very good. View full review »
Frankie Youngblood uses Dell EMC Unity
Systems / Security Administrator with 51-200 employees
We currently deploy the Unitys for CIFS-based file access to supplement our VxRail deployment, which was installed around the same time. View full review »
Stijn Mahieu uses Dell EMC Unity
IT Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
The multiprotocol support. It's supporting NFS, fiber channel, CIFS, and these kinds of things. The multiprotocol is very attractive. View full review »
Adonis Estévez uses Dell EMC Unity
IT Techinal Engineer at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
* VMware integration: Grants both the Storage and Virtual Administrator the ability to create and mount datastores, or even to check how much space each VM is consuming. * Block compression on F Models: Compression on F Models or in flash pools allows us to almost duplicate the available space on the array; more space for less money, everyone likes this. * Simple management: The simple GUI implemented on the Unity arrays simplifies management. View full review »

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