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"The Active IQ feature is a productive mechanism that automatically collects reports and users' statuses.""Data efficiency is the most valuable feature because of the dedupe and compression.""The most valuable feature is the ability to do QoS.""We have SQL clusters across the United States. It has sped up our IOPS and made it a lot easier for users.""The most valuable features are the low latency and high-performance.""The most valuable features are high performance and encryption. It also provides aggregate level dedupe.""The most valuable features are the IO performance that we get, the cluster part, and the increased workload and performance with the SSDs.""The most valuable feature, primarily, would be speed. That's why we got it. Storage is costly but it's very, very fast. Very efficient, very fast."

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"This solution has given us improved application uptime and performance.""The solution has improved our throughput by helping us keep up with the demand and acquisitions that we have been going through.""The solution’s deduplication functionality works great. We are getting about a 16:1 dedupe ratio on our VM workloads.""It has allowed us to set up a fully functioning disaster recovery site with replication, which we have been able to configure between our 3PAR systems.""If it runs, and you don't know about it, that is the best thing that you can have in IT infrastructure. This is what 3PAR does for us.""The all-flash positions our organization for growth. If somebody comes to us who needs an application with performance, we have that already formulated.""The remote copy group failover is very useful and has helped us.""It allows us to cohost as needed. We are able to put more systems on one data storage system and it is still able to deliver the availability and speed that we need it to deliver."

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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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Cons
"I would like to see more frequent updates at a faster pace.""There needs to be compatibility with upgraded applications. We don't want the system to be upgraded, but not have backwards compatible to existing applications.""I would like to see aggregate level encryption in the next release. This is critical.""I would like them to roll in global monitoring instead of having to buy another product for it.""The initial setup was a little complex, because we weren't very knowledgeable in the NetApp at the time. We were using a third-party, and they didn't have a lot of technical individuals, so it took a while to get it out.""We'd like to see improvement in the time to retrieve from the Cloud, whether it's on-prem to cloud and whether it's public or private cloud.""We don't have many issues related to the appliance itself. In terms of the OS, we do get some hiccups here and there.""The system is pretty stable but most of the ONTAP versions are not really stable. There have been multiple bugs in different ONTAP versions."

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"We would like to see dedupe and compression allowed on all drive types.""I would like to have more details on alerting. It is not real granular right now. What It gives you is sort of basic, and we can't do a lot of tweaking on our own. We would like to be able to tweak some of the alerts for our team.""The onsite techs have caused outages.""The GUI was a little hard to figure out how to use.""I want artificial intelligence. I don't want anybody from my team to touch it anymore. I want the AI to do everything.""I would like to have single click upgrades because the process is cumbersome right now.""We've started to see an issue with the older models that we have. We've had issues where facilities would have unscheduled power outages or scheduled power outages and the 3PARs weren't able to come up successfully. We actually had an incident recently where it wiped data that we didn't anticipate would be wiped.""Upgrades could be improved. We would like to see more upgrades."

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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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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Our total cost of ownership (TCO) has decreased by 40 percent.""I am able to store two times more data than what I'm purchasing, which affects the way funds are being utilized.""Disk level encryption is already in the solution, but it is very costly. Its pricing should come down.""From an application standpoint, we have seen a lot of return investment on the speeds and responsiveness of the actual storage.""The total cost, the pricing of it, has gone up quite a bit.""Our TCO decreased significantly because we were paying maintenance on nine different arrays throughout the country. We've condensed those down to three arrays, and our maintenance fees from the IBM product dropped by over a half million dollars a year, saving us $500,000 USD.""Our TCO has increased by 15 to 18 percent.""Using NetApp, our total cost of ownership decreased by 17%."

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"It makes for less administrative overhead.""We have seen ROI. While the costs were quite high at the time of purchase for our environment, the ease of use and the fact that it hasn't failed all the time, working fine, that makes it worth buying.""We went with 3PAR because we have HP-UX systems. Since we already knew HP-UX, they offered us a significantly cheaper solution than the one that we had for storage.""We have seen ROI. We are able to see more patients now, bringing more money into the practice.""For the entire six node cluster and the two 7200 units plus the Brocade Fibre switches, we financed it through HPE Financial. It was $850,000. We leased that and paid it off in October of 2018.""I have to renew support in October for the existing solution. That will cost me roughly $50,000 this year, which in the grand scheme of things, $50,000 is not that much compared to paying $850,000. However, it will be the last year that I'll be able to get direct support from HPE. Therefore, product has to be replaced in 2020.""Our licensing cost are $32,000 annually.""I would like it to be cheaper."

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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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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 »
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Top Answer: The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.
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NetApp All Flash FAS, NetApp AFF, NetApp Flash FASHPE 3PAR Flash Storage, InServ, Storeserv, 3PAR Flash Storage, HP Enterprise Storage, 3PAR Flash Array, HP 3PAR Flash Storage
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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.

HP 3PAR all-flash storage accelerates business agility by boosting application performance with over 900,000 IOPS at less than 0.7 ms latency. And it does this while delivering all the enterprise-class, Tier-1 features and functionality you expect from the storage platform that powers three of the world’s four largest managed service providers.

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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Acibadem Healthcare Group, AmTrust Financial Services, Citrix Systems, DWD, Mantra GroupJust Energy, Latisys, team AG, DreamWorks, BlueShore Financial, Erasmus MCNielsen, Lamar Advertising, LinkedIn, Betfair, UT-Dallas
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Find out what your peers are saying about HPE 3PAR StoreServ vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
442,517 professionals have used our research since 2012.
HPE 3PAR StoreServ is ranked 4th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 32 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 103 reviews. HPE 3PAR StoreServ is rated 8.8, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of HPE 3PAR StoreServ writes "The product's technical support is outstanding as I can reach someone right away". 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". HPE 3PAR StoreServ is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, IBM FlashSystem, HPE Primera and HPE StorageWorks MSA, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, IBM FlashSystem, VMware vSAN and Nutanix Acropolis AOS. See our HPE 3PAR StoreServ vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.

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