Blagovest BlagoevChief IT expert at a financial services firm
Anonymous UserSolutions Architect at a wholesaler/distributor
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN."
"The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features."
"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."
"Our customers have given very positive feedback about InfoSign, which is the management software for this solution."
"In my opinion, HPE is making good progress and moving ahead with InfoSight, which is predictive analytics and artificial intelligence."
"One of the most valuable features is the ease of deployment."
"All of the capabilities of the hardware such as replication, snapshot, and the specific features are all included from the start as opposed to being on another license."
"The features that I have found most valuable are the artificial intelligence for the storage inside of the software and firmware because customers do not like functionalities which require manual interruption."
"The most important thing that we had found when we purchased this product around six months back was its 100% availability and uptime."
"The performance is very good."
"The initial setup is very straightforward. It's not overly complex."
"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."
"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."
"The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it."
"The most valuable features are the replication of data and the continuous snapshot that we can take from the disc."
"At this point, I don't know anything that they could provide in a better way."
"The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint."
"In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented."
"I would like to see the management layer improved."
"This solution would be expensive for small business and it could be priced more competitively for that market."
"The interface needs to be more user-friendly in that sense that installation and management are still a bit on the high end."
"On the hardware side, you should have the ability to expand capacity to larger numbers."
"On the controller side, I would like to see NAS capabilities."
"There really isn't any aspect of the solution that needs improvement for the customer other than its price."
"One of the drawbacks of the model we purchased is that it is not running NVMe drives. Even though they say that it is NVMe-ready, it is still on the SSD drives. The model that we purchased has only eight hard drives, and only the ones on the top could work on NVMe. The rest of them are still on the SSD. Its competitors, such as EMC and Pure Storage, are moving or have already moved to NVMe. HPE should improve this solution for NVMe. HPE should also improve IOs in this solution. IOs in HPE are weaker than Hitachi and Pure Storage."
"We cannot use this storage for critical applications and data."
"The file server embedded in Pure, the GUI, and the tracking and reporting features are better with Pure Storage."
"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."
"If they could make it cheaper, that would be something."
"It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays."
"The problem is that we can only make a few groups, around five or six groups. I like groups and we need a lot of them. We had to put all the information in only a few groups and cannot make a more detailed separation of them."
"It would be nice to have a better view of the allocated capacity on their Platform as a Service solution because we have to do some manual calculations to understand how much we are going to pay every month to use the storage that is allocated."
"Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution."
"The integration capabilities could be improved."
"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with."
"The licensing fees are very reasonable."
"The price of this solution is good for medium-sized and large businesses."
"From what I see, this is competitively-priced and HPE are doing their best to stay competitive."
"The price to capacity ratio is good."
"It is basically in the mid-range of the price. It is not cheaper than Hitachi, but it is cheaper than Pure Storage. There are no additional costs. Everything was taken care of in the price."
"Licensing fees are billed on a yearly basis and the cost of GreenLake service is included."
"I believe HPE Primera and Pure Storage are similar in price."
"There is only a one-time license purchase needed and no additional costs. If HP could reduce the training cost, then that would be advantageous to the seller."
"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."
"Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution."
"The price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more."
"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."
"We do not incur additional costs beyond the licensing fee."
"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."
"There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution."
"Pure is typically more expensive than everyone else. You get what you pay for, but I have lost deals to similar solutions because of pricing. They include everything, and that's another positive about Pure Storage. They aren't trying to nickel and dime their customers for different features. It is all included in one price. The license is by capacity, and the price depends on the capacity and the discount we're getting from the vendor. You get the SKU of the physical appliance, support, and maintenance, and that's it. You're licensed for whatever feature they offer. It is all rolled up into the price of the appliance."
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HPE introduces HPE Primera, a new storage platform designed to deliver superior simplicity, availability, and performance for mission-critical applications
HPE Primera advances the HPE Intelligent Data Platform, a portfolio of products and solutions designed to help customers transition from delivering storage to unlocking business value with intelligent data
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.
HPE Primera is ranked 10th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 10 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 16 reviews. HPE Primera is rated 9.0, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.4. The top reviewer of HPE Primera writes "Artificial intelligence is good for technical work required to move from manual interactive to automatic". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashArray writes "The data reduction technology has been beyond impressive. We also really like their ability to handle diverse workloads, access-patterns, and database technologies with no loss of performance". HPE Primera is most compared with HPE Nimble Storage, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage, IBM FlashSystem and Dell EMC PowerStore. See our HPE Primera vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.
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