Compare NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays vs. Pure Storage FlashArray

NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 12 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 3rd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 106 reviews. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 9.2, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "A consistent platform that can take the same amount of data in less amounts of space from our previous solutions". 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". NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with Dell EMC Unity, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and Nimble Storage. See our NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.
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The solution allows us to segregate one storage unit from another.The stability, speed, and reliability are the solution's best features. The information is also very secure.This storage solution is both stable and scalable, and it works for our needs.The most valuable feature of this solution is its speed.The replication and mirroring features are very good.The NetApp EF-Series gave our organization easy access to our data bases.The benefits are better up-time, better response time.It provides multi-protocol, which is what gives the edge when it comes to big lineage PC workloads.

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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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There could be better integration with some of our Cisco products.NetApp could improve the speed of the rebuilding rate.We need a center related to NetApp in Egypt so that we can deal with them directly.The pricing could be cheaper and it should have documentation in more languages, specifically, Russian.It was difficult to implement and lacks some additional features that would be useful, but as a solution fits a particular need for our organization.This solution has limited storage.It needs a better management tool.They could improve overall scalability through performance. Denser capacity, which is doable, it is what the competition is doing.

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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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The pricing of this solution is competitive with other vendors here in Egypt.he price point that we're getting is very competitive in the market. Since we are buying in such a large quantity, they gave us a huge discount.The price point for EF is considerably lower than the alternatives.

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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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NetApp EF540, NetApp EF-Series
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The NetApp EF560 all-flash array is an all-SSD storage system for applications that demand extremely high levels of performance and reliability. Requiring just 2U of rack space, the EF560 all-flash array combines extreme IOPS, microsecond response times, and up to 12GBps of bandwidth with leading, enterprise-proven availability features.

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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