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"The features I found most valuable are the ease of deployment, it's easy to upgrade, easy to configure and easy to administer. There is no need for vendor professional services which saves project cost. The usage of WebUI for all primary features like hostname, IP address, SNMP traps, zone sets, addition and deletion of zone members or zone sets, backup of switch DB is very simple.""The issues with these switches are extremely rare, and the whole product line is very predictable and stable.""The most valuable features of this solution are the devices, databases, and zoning."

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"Their REST API is wonderful, well-documented, and easy to use.""As soon as we introduced our first Pure Storage FlashArray, the first benefit was at least twice the performance increase. Our production databases simply ran twice as fast with no other change.""Pure Storage technology allowed us to automate tasks, reducing something which started as a 12-hour turnaround down to about 15 minutes.""The data reduction technology part of the scalability has been impressive, like its ability to host additional workloads, volumes of data, and databases.""We also use VMware integrations developed by Pure, their plugins in our vCenter environment. They help by allowing our non-technical operations teams to deploy new data stores and resize data stores without me having to involve myself all the time to do those simple tasks.""The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.""The most valuable features are the replication of data and the continuous snapshot that we can take from the disc.""At this point, I don't know anything that they could provide in a better way."

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"It is quite a stable product. It should be shipped with the latest firmware to avoid download and upload schema at the beginning of the initial setup. There should also be the possibility of downgrading the firmware when required. WebUI needs DCNM instead a web-based GUI should be made available like Brocade san switch.""The licensing model could be less complicated.""The GUI client is Java-based and we know that Java is not secure, so everyone disables it."

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"The higher education moves slowly. We are still looking forward to implementing the full list of existing features.""In terms of the future, I have been excited by some of the copy data management stuff that they're talking about building into the environment. There are feature sets where I've done a lot of automation work. So, I am always looking forward to extensions of their API. They're also talking about a phone home centralized analytics database being used as a centralized management console with a list of new cloud features, but this doesn't seem finalized.""If they could make it cheaper, that would be something.""It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.""The problem is that we can only make a few groups, around five or six groups. I like groups and we need a lot of them. We had to put all the information in only a few groups and cannot make a more detailed separation of them.""It would be nice to have a better view of the allocated capacity on their Platform as a Service solution because we have to do some manual calculations to understand how much we are going to pay every month to use the storage that is allocated.""Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""The integration capabilities could be improved."

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"It's perpetual licensing and maintenance is a recurrent cost."

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"In terms of other contemporary arrays, Pure is something you need to have a use case for, as it's not priced for you to buy one off-the-shelf. If you have a use case, heavy lift Oracle Databases, any type of noticeable virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), or need low latency and high throughput, you should consider all-flash at least and probably Pure Storage.""Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""The price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more.""They have a standardized fee; it's been the same price for 10 years straight. I am happy with the price — I think it's good.""We do not incur additional costs beyond the licensing fee.""My organization has a yearly license, but I believe that Pure Storage FlashArray has capacity-based licenses as well. I'm definitely happy with the pricing.""There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution.""Pure is typically more expensive than everyone else. You get what you pay for, but I have lost deals to similar solutions because of pricing. They include everything, and that's another positive about Pure Storage. They aren't trying to nickel and dime their customers for different features. It is all included in one price. The license is by capacity, and the price depends on the capacity and the discount we're getting from the vendor. You get the SKU of the physical appliance, support, and maintenance, and that's it. You're licensed for whatever feature they offer. It is all rolled up into the price of the appliance."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features of this solution are the devices, databases, and zoning.
Top Answer: It's perpetual licensing and maintenance is a recurrent cost.
Top Answer: The GUI client is Java-based and we know that Java is not secure, so everyone disables it. It would be nice to have an HTML-based client. The initial setup could be simplified.
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: You do have a license that is required and you also have to pay for support. The license we have is not a monthly subscription model.
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Cisco MDS 9100, Cisco MDS 9222i, Cisco MDS 9700
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Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches have met and often exceeded the demanding requirements for storage area networks for more than a decade. They offer a combination of performance, non-stop operations, and multiprotocol flexibility.

Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. Without forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.

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Top Industries
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company28%
Media Company4%
Financial Services Firm19%
Healthcare Company15%
Manufacturing Company9%
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company7%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise58%
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise76%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco MDS Series vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Cisco MDS Series is ranked 2nd in Enterprise SAN with 3 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 16 reviews. Cisco MDS Series is rated 9.4, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.4. The top reviewer of Cisco MDS Series writes "Easy to upgrade, easy to configure and easy to administer". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashArray writes "The data reduction technology has been beyond impressive. We also really like their ability to handle diverse workloads, access-patterns, and database technologies with no loss of performance". Cisco MDS Series is most compared with Dell EMC Connectrix SAN, HPE SN6000 and INFINIDAT InfiniBox, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, IBM FlashSystem and Dell EMC PowerStore.

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