Compare Pure FlashArray//X NVMe vs. Pure Storage FlashBlade

Pure FlashArray//X NVMe is ranked 2nd in NVMe with 8 reviews while Pure Storage FlashBlade is ranked 10th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 14 reviews. Pure FlashArray//X NVMe is rated 9.4, while Pure Storage FlashBlade is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Pure FlashArray//X NVMe writes "Enables us to consolidate as much of the physical hardware as possible within our data center". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashBlade writes "An easy to use solution with a straightforward setup and good speed". Pure FlashArray//X NVMe is most compared with Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe and Fusion-io, whereas Pure Storage FlashBlade is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Qumulo.
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The duplication algorithm allows us to get a lot more use out of less storage. We're running a five terabyte array right now and we're running probably about 30 terabytes on it. So the duplication rate is pretty phenomenal, without a cost to performance. It still runs pretty smoothly.What I really like about this program, is that it is easy to use and easy to configurate.The most valuable feature of this solution is reliability.The most valuable feature of this solution is its ease of use.It has benefited my organization because it has reduced time to insights.The most valuable features of this solution are its ease of use and performance.We're able to get higher-density workloads on the same infrastructure, and we have a smaller physical footprint. The performance is excellent – during our test the bottlenecks are never on the X array, it just keeps picking up the pace to match what you need. The real-time visibility is a differentiator in my opinion.It's incredibly easy to use and greatly simplified our ability to both deploy and manage our storage subsystems.

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The most valuable feature of this solution is performance.Using this solution has made our backups more reliable.The most valuable features include the ease of implementation, ease of use and the speed that you can do backup and recovery on.The initial setup is pretty easy and simple.We have integrated it with VMware. The integration process is pretty good. Especially with VMware, it helps with the capacity of it.We can capacity plan at a greater level than we used to.It has absolutely simplified our storage because the dashboards on the consoles show a clear understanding of where you are, and it is also very easy to provision. This been a big help for our teams.The ease of deployment and management has helped us simplify our storage. We also do not have to worry about capacity management as much. A lot of these things are native to Pure Storage.

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Every time I think of something that needs to improve, they're one step ahead, which I love. The only area I wish to see improve, I believe is coming, is in the FlashBlade product. Blade implementation fell short on a few of the services.The UI for this solution needs to be improved.I would like to see replication and DR features in the next release of this solution.In the next release, I would like to see real-time analytics for further insight into consumption models.We would like to see VNC integration or be able to use Pure Storage with VNC.We've seen that when we create a POD in synchronous mode, it increases the latency.I want to see Pure Storage not only be for fast storage, but I want to see it be for the entire data center.

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I would like to see more VM-Aware features in the next release of this solution.I would like to see more monitoring capability included in the next release of this solution.In terms of scalability, it doesn't expand out quite as robustly as some of the others, but it covers 90% of the market in what it does.The speed could be improved.I have not seen ROI.The technical support needs to improve. When we open a case, it is auto assigned to a support tech person. Nine out of ten times, we get an email right back saying that person is off until tomorrow. I cannot handle that. They just did this over the weekend to us, too. I had to call our rep and have them do something about it.On our dedupe during our initial buy, we were expecting a number a little higher like 4x. However, we are getting about 3.6. While it is close enough, it doesn't quite hit the numbers. So, this has been a challenge.They need better integration with public clouds along with a better hybrid solution.

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They can tout the functionality and cutting edge technology that they have, but that's where the price tag comes in. The cost is high, but I think as they grow their business and get more customers that it will probably go down a little bit.As far as the licensing costs, everything is included in the license.Our licensing fees are $500,000+ USD.With VMware, we pay $300,000 annually.We pay approximately $50,000 USD per year in licensing fees.With Pure Storage, we would like to continue seeing price reductions with flash storage. I don't think we're any different than anybody else when we continue to look to the industry for price reductions of both NVMe and traditional SSD storage. We would like to see these prices continue to decline and erode, even displacing large spinning disks.

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Support is a separate line item. Support is a different cost, but whatever your support is now, that's what you're going to pay forever. If your support's $100 today, six years from now it's $100. It doesn't fluctuate unless you upgrade it, or change it, etc.Our licensing is renewed annually.I have seen ROI. It has allowed me to increase the density of my VMs without having to purchase anything additional.We used a reseller for the purchase.Our customers have seen a reduction in TCO.

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Also Known As
Pure FlashArray//X, FlashArray//X
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Overview

Pure Storage FlashArray//X is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, which is a term coined by Gartner – that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation.

FlashBlade is the industry’s most advanced scale-out storage for unstructured data, powered by a modern, massively parallel architecture to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) and accelerate tomorrow’s discoveries and insights.

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Fremont Bank, Judson ISD, The Nielsen Company ServiceNow, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Dominos, Man AHL
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