IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Storage Service Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
May 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The compression and deduplication are the most valuable features because of the cost savings.

How has it helped my organization?

It simplifies things, as we are using higher availability systems. We have always had a 70:30 effective rule between vital critical applications and those systems which are not critical, important, and discretionary. The Symmetrix's line… more »

What needs improvement?

There are glitches in the system at this point in time. I don't get the information that we've traditionally gotten, things like the power report that used to be standard for all EMC components across the board. Now, you can't get them. You… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Since 2016, we have been buying all-flash components and the price has been trending downwards. What we are seeing in the new products, since we went from the VMAX3 to Power Max, is the price point still drops on the overall cost of the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Right now, we're doing a PoC with HPE 3PAR storage. We currently have almost 100 percent Dell EMC storage technologies in play. We are looking at it as other vendors to see if they have comparable products, what we can use, and if there are… more »
Mark Ballard
Real User
CIO at Mid America Clinical Laboratories
Sep 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are its ease of use and performance.

How has it helped my organization?

I do not hire as much tech support for this solution as I would normally have to because of the way that it works, so it saves money on staffing. VMware benefits our… more »

What needs improvement?

You can't use this solution with VNC, yet. We would like to see VNC integration or be able to use Pure Storage with VNC. I would like to see the cloud version of the… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay approximately $50,000 USD per year in licensing fees.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched from our previous storage solutions because of speed. At the time, Pure was a lot faster. It was flash, and we were on spinning disks at the time.

What other advice do I have?

We run VMware on Pure, mainly because of the speed and the ease of use of the Pure storage interface. The joint solution has helped because we can do the same thing with a… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at EMC, Pure, and IBM. The Pure interface was much better, which is why we chose it. The cost was also better in most cases.
Mircea Sandu
Real User
VMware and Windows Server Team Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 04 2020

What is most valuable?

What I like most about this solution is the simplicity of the array. The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it. The education, compression, and… more »

What needs improvement?

The price of this solution is high and should be lowered. It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of this solution is high.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with similar solutions from IBM and NetApp. The advantage to those solutions is that you can create a LAN on top of multiple arrays.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a very good solution and my main complaint is about the price. Out of all of the arrays that I have worked with, Pure Storage is one of the better ones. I highly recommend both the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

With respect to comparing other solutions, when you put all of the features in a box, leverage them and migrate your application to one of these arrays, it will give you a lot of benefits. Some people… more »
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