James-KellySenior Systems Administrator for Research at Chapman University
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It is very durable and that is particularly important."
"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."
"It is a cloud-based environment and at times, it is not very simple to use."
"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."
"Our fees are approximately half a dollar per gigabyte."
"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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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.
Cloudian HyperStore is ranked 11th in File and Object Storage with 1 review while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 16 reviews. Cloudian HyperStore is rated 8.0, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.4. The top reviewer of Cloudian HyperStore writes "A reasonable-priced and durable solution for storing our company backup data". 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". Cloudian HyperStore is most compared with MinIO, Scality RING8, NetApp StorageGRID, Red Hat Ceph Storage and IBM Cloud Object Storage, 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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