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"I have seen a huge increase in speed and performance on our databases.""It has been very stable. I have not seen or heard of downtime storage issues after moving over to it.""It helps to simplify storage because it has an easy front-end to access everything.""The stability is very good. I've done destructive testing on it and never had any type of storage outages from it.""The solution helps to simplify storage.""The connections are a lot faster than what we had in the past. One InfiniBand does what we did on all of our Fibre Channels.""It allows engineers to focus on other things rather than doing the more manual tasks. It automates tasks, so the ease of use is extreme. It simplifies the storage.""Having an intuitive user interface to get things running is great."

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"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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"The support for NFS protocols right out-of-the-box need improvement. I'm used to other storage vendors who have NFS support right out-of-the-box, and Pure Storage doesn't seem to have anything.""I would like to get a weekly report of how our storage has been used, and if there is any storage sitting there not being used.""Historical analytics would be useful. At the moment, they don't have any type of application built for historical analytics.""The initial setup was a little complex. We had some initial issues with the design and had to help correct some of the white papers for it, but it wasn't your standard use case.""Pure Storage will have issues with positioning in the near future since its a relatively new company. For now, customers need a PoC to trust using the solution, as it can't stand on its brand name alone. They need to improve Pure Storage's marketing.""We would like to see more development on their Copy Automation Tool (CAT) for Oracle, as well as better integration for our customers running Oracle VM.""They have a product, FlashBlade, which is their object storage integration, and that's something that we haven't integrated with yet. This might be an area for additional focus as it would play into scalability, because the very nature of object storage is that it's infinitely scalable.""I would like to see more detailed reporting on the data. However, it would be nice to know what are the exact VMs usage after deduplication and/or what that VMs actual latency and bandwidth is, outside of VMware."

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"We have seen a reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO).""It is a cheaper solution.""Pure Storage is all-flash, so this sometimes tends to make it a bit more expensive in the beginning.""It is light years beyond anything else with the same price point.""Pure is not a cheap product. It is not something that is inexpensive. But, the total cost of ownership tends to be lower than with other solutions, because you don't need a lot of expertise, you don't need a lot of training or very expensive engineers or very expensive consultants.""The price-to-performance is good. I looked at Pure about three to four years back, but the price-to-performance wasn't right for us. Now, it's right.""We have seen a reduction in TCO.""Pure came in at a better price point than EMC and performed better than Compellent."

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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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Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company16%
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider13%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise58%
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise62%
Dell EMC PowerPath is ranked 4th in Storage Software with 1 review while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 103 reviews. Dell EMC PowerPath is rated 7.0, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.0. 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 "A solution with high performance that is easy to install, troubleshoot, and manage capacity". Dell EMC PowerPath is most compared with NetApp ONTAP, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), HPE Nimble Storage, IBM FlashSystem and VMware vSAN.

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