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"It provides a high availability and will increase the performance of any server or operating system.""We have found the solution to be quite flexible and very scalable.""The user interface is good."

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"The solution offers amazing performance.""The all-flash disc is the most valuable feature of this solution.""This solution is very scalable.""We've had different types of storage, and three things of this solution are valuable. The first one is its outstanding performance. The second one is its stability. In the about three years that we've had it, we've had component failures, but we never had a service interruption or any data loss. The third one, which is really critical, is that it is super easy to use in terms of provisioning, storage, and managing the arrays. I'm able to maintain a multi-site environment with a couple of dozen arrays with a single mid-level storage admin.""FlashArray has many valuable features. It's very user-friendly and it has high availability, so there is comparatively less downtime. During maintenance, there is no shutdown procedure, so you can directly power off the Array and manage the shutdown process without any data loss, which is a unique feature. Managing replication and data migration is also very easy.""The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.""Technical support has been amazing.""One of the features that my customers are really interested in is immutable snapshots. There are immutable snapshots to which your applications can be reverted back if you are hit by some kind of ransomware threat or malicious attack. That's kind of a key deal, and it is one of the selling points I use to point out to my customers the value and the features that Pure Storage brings to the table."

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"While I utilize it for data migration, I would love to do that data migration in a GUI from an ease of use perspective.""The technical support is good but they are not available all the time.""Although PowerPath is very mature and has been on the market for more than 15 years there are still a lot of bugs that have been profiled with PowerPath, specifically, during any OS upgrade."

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"I feel like there is too much automation; the user doesn't have any manual input.""The integration capabilities could be improved.""I can't see where they can make anything better, unless, of course, they lower their prices even more.""Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""Beyond a certain amount of petabytes, you have to have a separate system. Basically, it's not infinitely scalable.""Pure Storage FlashArray could improve by being more secure.""The price should be lower.""A minor issue that comes to mind is that, every once in a while, a hard drive will go bad."

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"The price of the solution is fair."

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"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.""There are no fees for licensing. The hardware is paid for only once.""When we bought the unit, we bought per capacity. So, the licensing is per capacity, and the only thing that we have to buy every year or every three years is maintenance. Included in that maintenance is the upgrade of the controllers every three years at no cost to us.""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.""Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution.""I think that the pricing is less expensive compared to other standard products in the market today. Even the support contract and maintenance services cost less when compared to market-leading products like EMC.""The price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more."

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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: The all-flash disc is the most valuable feature of this solution.
Top Answer: The pricing is rather costly when compared to similar solutions. There are no fees for licensing. The hardware is paid for only once.
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EMC PowerPath: Host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.


PowerPath automates data path failover and recovery to ensure applications are always available and remain operational.


Adjust I/O paths constantly to leverage all available data paths and to monitor and rebalance the dynamic environment for the best application performance.


Simplify and standardize data path management across heterogeneous physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments.

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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Healthcare Residential Service Company
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Top Industries
Computer Software Company39%
Manufacturing Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
Financial Services Firm18%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company9%
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company7%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise57%
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise76%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerPath vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Dell EMC PowerPath is ranked 3rd in Storage Software with 3 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 20 reviews. Dell EMC PowerPath is rated 8.0, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerPath writes "Powerful and mature but still has bugs to work out". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashArray writes "Provides protection against ransomware threats with immutable snapshots, and it is well known for its scalability, ease of use, and non-disruptive upgrades". Dell EMC PowerPath is most compared with NetApp ONTAP, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC Unity XT, Dell EMC PowerStore, HPE Nimble Storage and IBM FlashSystem.

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