Compare Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series vs. Pure Storage FlashArray

Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series is ranked 9th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 104 reviews. Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series is rated 8.6, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series writes "Eliminated all the management around replication and it helps us to do the recovery better and easier". 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". Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, EMC VMAX and HPE 3PAR Flash Storage, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and Nimble Storage. See our Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.
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It is the most stable high-end solution in this area.This is one of the most stable, high-end solutions in this area.The high performance of flash storage is especially valuable to us.This is one of the most reliable and dependable products on the market.I am happy about the storage system and availability.It's a state of the art solution in storage systems. High-availability and performance are the strongest aspects of these machines.

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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.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.The performance is very good.For us, the most valuable feature is the compression and deduplication. Being able to deploy a three to one ratio for storage is absolutely critical in today's world with the growing need for storage and the growing need for more space.The ease of management is one of the most valuable features of this solution. I would have also said that it's pretty fast but now our SQL servers are starting to beat it up pretty bad.

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The installation procedure it a bit difficult, because it is a high-end solution. With this type of product, the original company is interested in doing the setup for customers in the area, but because of sanctions we were not able to get support in our area. We faced many issued trying to learn to run this product.The interface should be simplified and made easier to use.In terms of new features, I would be interested to see deduplication added in their next release.In the next version I would like to see additional features like artificial intelligence and an increase in the amount of data it can store.In the next version I would like to see more intelligence.The user experience is pretty bad in Hitachi. A lot of mandatory tasks take a long time to work through.

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If they could make it cheaper, that would be something.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.Storage. There could be better storage.The scalability of the solution is not as good as it probably could be.A year ago they promised that they would be able to read through the database encryption with more metric and they have not delivered on that patch, which is significant because it gives us back so much more storage room. We want to be able to read through the encryption.We would like to see better troubleshooting aspects. It helps us if we can find out where the problem is. Right now, it's difficult. Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint the issue. If they had more visibility and more troubleshooting feature built into the tool that would really help.In the next release of this solution, we would like to see automated copy data management for SQL Server.

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This solution is cheaper than Dell EMC VMAX. When you are looking for a high-end solution, price matters, but availability and stability are more important than the price.When you are looking for high-end solutions such as this, price is less important than stability and availability.Pricing could be better, because the cost is very high.I would like to see better pricing and more discounts.

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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.I don't know the exact cost but it's around $1,000.Pure has been flexible with us on the pricing models.We have 16 or 18 arrays. We like to do the three-year support model so that we get Evergreen and therefore, we get free upgrades. We pay around more than 1.5 million dollars.Our costs are around $100,000.I have had a couple of customers who have complained about the cost. It can be a little more expensive than some of the other platforms. After it has been installed, I have never had a customer say, "I wish we wouldn't have spent all that extra money." They have always been happy with the product after it has been installed. They might be on the fence about it because of the price, but everybody who I have ever seen install it, they are always happy with it.We evaluated Oracle and Hitachi, but Pure Storage had the better pricing.The cost has room for improvement.

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RETHINK YOUR DEFINITION OF SPEED AND PERFORMANCE

With adaptive, guaranteed data reduction and a 100% data-availability guarantee, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F series helps you tackle complicated business challenges. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) VSP F series delivers up to 4.8M IOPS with sub-millisecond response times.
Featuring legendary Hitachi reliability, VSP F series arrays are backed by the industries only 100% availability guarantee. For these reasons, 80% of the Fortune 500 choose Hitachi all-flash arrays to accelerate the performance of mission-critical applications like Oracle, SAP, Virtualization, Microsoft apps etc. With over 350 patents in flash technology, Hitachi’s innovative mix of flash hardware and software accelerates ROI with enterprise-class reliability and performance.

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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Government10%
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