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"Tech support has been absolutely amazing. I think on the technical aspects as well, my staff is able to get great support from the NetApp technical support resources that we have. What I love about NetApp is they have a health care division. At times, it's such an amazing thing because if we have a healthcare-related issue, there's no one better than having prior CIOs from health care organizations that NetApp has hired, and that are part of the health care team, to help out with any of those initiatives and support problems. Support has been absolutely phenomenal.""This solution has reduced our data center costs because when we went from the 8000 and 3200 series that took us from 20 racks of storage down to two.""The solution’s thin provisioning has allowed us to add new applications without having to purchase additional storage. We use thin provisioning for everything. We use the deduplication compression functionality for all of our NetApps. If we weren't using thin provisioning, we'd probably have two to times more storage on our floor right now than we do today.""The most valuable features of this solution are the deduplication and the ability to move data to different clouds.""The most valuable features of this solution are snapshotting and cloning.""The overall latency in our environment is very low because it's All Flash and we've got 10 Giga dedicated to the storage network""Speed, reliability, ease of use are the most valuable features.""Our AFF 8040 is currently helping us in terms of response time and speed because it is a flash system. Most importantly, it enables our SQL Cluster to respond to database queries and things a lot faster. It minimizes latency."

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"The All-Flash models are pretty fast for the vast majority of our remote workloads.""This solution makes it easy to manage storage, provision new workloads, and scale-up.""This product is perfect for small, and mid-range customers who need to pay less, but still, get enterprise-level capabilities.""Integration is easy with this product.""The most valuable feature is the integration with vCenter."

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"With Pure Storage, we don't see any latency or IOPS. It has been a very seamless integration.""It is noticeably easier to manage than other appliances that we have.""We have tons of capacity on it.""It is fast and reliable. It works.""They have really good baked in analytics to show you trends for growth history, so it does help with future planning for data growth.""All our junior partners can administer the storage arrays. It is simple and easy to use. We don't have to dedicate a whole team of full time people to work on it.""The solution has probably reduced my power use substantially.""Our storage phones home. It is smart and intelligent in that aspect, which has been huge for us. We don't have to be storage administrators."

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Cons
"The total cost of ownership has increased a little.""We would like to have NVMe on FabricPool working because it broke our backups. We enabled FabricPool to do the tiering from our AFFs to our Webscale but it sort of broke our Cobalt backups.""Something I've talked to NetApp about in the past is going more to a node-based architecture, like the hyper-converged solutions that we are doing nowadays. Because the days of having to buy massive quantities of storage all at one time, have changed to being able to grow in smaller increments from a budgetary standpoint. This change would be great for our business. This is what my leadership would like to see in a lot of things that they purchase now. I would like to see that architecture continue to evolve in that clustered environment.""It would be very useful if we could do the NFS to CIFS file transfer, but it is not supported at this time.""The cost of this solution should be reduced.""It has not reduced our data center costs. NetApp charges a pretty penny for their stuff.""We have had issues with CIFS presentations and outages, so if that was removed, we could do seamless upgrades without affecting CIFS presentations. That would be an advantage. That's about the only improvement I can think of.""We currently use some thin provisioning for our planning system, but we will probably move away from thin provisioning because our Solaris planning system actually has some issues with the thin provisioning and way Solaris handles it, since Solaris uses a ZFS file system. The ZFS file system doesn't like the thin provisioning changing things and it brings systems down, which is bad."

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"We would like to see the concept of Storage Groups brought back to this product line.""This solution would be improved with the addition of flexible raid volumes.""This product needs to have better integration with enterprise backup solutions and archiving devices.""Currently, the protocol SNMP is not implemented. That's a problem, as we follow this protocol and I can't check the integrity of this equipment.""Support Responsiveness & time to fix bugs should be improved."

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"The GUI is simplistic and basic. I feel like it's explanatory, but not enough, it needs a little more to it.""We do have an issue with the vCenter integration. Pure Storage says it has a lot of free space, but vCenter says its completely full. This is because their dedupes are saved as space, but Vcenter still detects the disk as completely full. So, we do have an issue with that.""I would love to see a true one click upgrade solution. Right now, you have to click and schedule an appointment with Pure Storage to be able to upgrade. I would love for it to automatically download, install, and fall-over every controller as it updates.""I would like to see some improvements on the FlashBlade side around the CIFS space support. I am not super familiar with all the different NAS protocols that they run on their box, but there could be some improvements made on SMB CIFS side.""We have not seen a reduction in our TCO nor have we seen ROI.""We would like more extended historical data to help with some of the capacity planning. This is something that we are asking for all the time. E.g., what was the historical performance of this particular volume? So, we would like more historicals.""We haven't seen ROI yet.""It goes at about 95 percent, so we have had some performance issues. It is hard to clear them."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The pricing is good.""It consolidates a lot of our storage into one or two chassis, which makes money savings in our data center.""We have used the solution’s thin provisioning to add new applications without having to purchase additional storage. We use thin provisioning on all of our flash arrays at this point. It gives us the choice to be able to overprovision and take advantage of compression, compaction, and thin provisioning all at the same time. We can get more out of the purchases that we make.""I would like it to be a lot less expensive, but it's been a very good solution for us.""The price of the upgrading of the solution is high. I could buy a whole unit of All Flash FAS 300 with a shelf for around $285,000. Yet if I want to add one additional shelf, it'll cost me $275,000. So they want you to upgrade by replacing it. It's cheaper to buy a whole new unit than to just scale out. The upside is they last. AFF lasts us three or four years. So that's a good investment.""It definitely reduces costs because it simply takes less power to run these systems. While the SSDs don't take power, they are in general very big right now. So, the running cost has decreased for a lot of our customers.""One of the reasons we like this solution is that all of the features are included with the one license.""We would like it to be free."

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"The Evergreen Storage subscription is great, because then I get new controllers every three years.""We have seen a reduction in total cost of ownership.""It is cheaper than NetApp.""There should be quite a bit of reduction of TCO with just licensing (and stuff) because we run the VM environment off it.""The solution could be cheaper.""Our licensing is on a yearly basis. So, every year, we renew. We could do a three-year contract, but right now, we only do a one-year.""We have a seen a reduction in TCO. It is definitely a cost-effective solution for us. We have seen ROI.""We have an Evergreen Storage subscription, which I think is a great feature."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Well, Is one thing NetApp Storage has vs other brand is the mix of protocol CIFS with NFS booth working together in the… more »
Top Answer: This question is very dependent on your requirements. Both are among the best in the field. Of course, the intended cost… more »
Top Answer: The answer depends on your needs and budget. If you want high performance (who doesn't) or let's say the latency matters… more »
Top Answer: I saw that you have doubts about what you chose. I have a lot of experience with the constructor, honestly I can… more »
Top Answer: They’re both great solutions and I’ve used both. EMC is being VERY aggressive on pricing which may be the undoing of… more »
Top Answer: First of all the decision should be taken looking at similar products in terms of capacity and performance. I will show… more »
Top Answer: Both are great platforms, but if you are considering all flash solutions, I would recommend you to consider Pure… more »
Top Answer: Pure Storage is extremely reliable — it's never failed.
Top Answer: Our licensing is on a yearly basis. They have a standardized fee; it's been the same price for 10 years straight. I am… more »
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Also Known As
NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FAS
EMC Unity, Dell EMC Unity
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Overview

NetApp AFF8000 All Flash FAS systems combine all-flash performance with unified data management from flash to disk to cloud.  Leverage the Data Fabric to move data securely across your choice of clouds—enabled by Cloud ONTAP™ and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Plus, you get the industry’s most efficient and comprehensive integrated data protection suite, on premises or in the cloud.

Dell EMC Unity, powered by Intel Xeon processors, delivers the ultimate in simplicity and value, enabling your organization to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud.

Dell EMC Unity’s All-Flash and Hybrid Flash storage platforms optimize SSD performance and efficiency, with fully integrated SAN and NAS capabilities. Cloud-based storage analytics and proactive support keep you available and connected.

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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Sample Customers
Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra Group
Draper, Rio Grande Pacific, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
Nielsen, Lamar Advertising, LinkedIn, Betfair, UT-Dallas
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company16%
Financial Services Firm12%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
Retailer8%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider23%
Manufacturing Company10%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company17%
Manufacturing Company13%
Government7%
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Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm20%
Healthcare Company15%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company9%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise76%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise70%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise41%
Large Enterprise53%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise57%
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Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise77%
Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC Unity XT vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
511,773 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Dell EMC Unity XT is ranked 4th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 5 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 47 reviews. Dell EMC Unity XT is rated 8.6, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC Unity XT writes "A High performance and flexible solution that I trust for our customer's data centers". 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 Unity XT is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, HPE Nimble Storage, IBM FlashSystem, HPE 3PAR StoreServ and Dell EMC SC Series, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with IBM FlashSystem, HPE Nimble Storage, Dell EMC PowerStore, VMware vSAN and Pure Storage FlashBlade. See our Dell EMC Unity XT vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.

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