NetApp NVMe AFF A800 Competitors and Alternatives

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John Lyons
Sales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
May 28, 2019
We were able to move off of Exadata and AIX and consolidate down to one storage platform

What is our primary use case?

We used it for Oracle Databases. The customer for which we did the PoC of PowerMax is planning on deploying mission-critical applications on this solution: Oracle workloads such as their quoting system and their data warehouse.

Pros and Cons

  • "The SRDF replication piece is probably the best feature. It's useful for maintaining recoverability in the event of a disaster."
  • "When it comes to Oracle and database workloads, data reduction could be a little bit better. Some of the competition, like Pure, have post-processes which do additional deduplication and compression on the backside; everything is in-line and then they do a secondary process. It would be a good option if you could start getting 5:1 or 6:1 data reduction on database workloads."

What other advice do I have?

I would give PowerMax a nine out of ten, only because we had that single issue with the compression module failing. Otherwise, it did exactly what we wanted it to. It wasn't as fast as the XtremIO, but we didn't think it was going to be as fast as that in the first place. The XtremIO was somewhat oversized. So from a performance standpoint, we were very happy with it.
reviewer1151352
VMware and Windows Server Team Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Apr 4, 2020
Simple to use, good performance, resilient, and good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it."
  • "It is not possible to create a cluster 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 solution and the company. My suggestion to anybody who is considering this product is to do the mathematics regarding the budget and the price really well because the rate can be expensive when it comes to upgrading in the future, either scaling it up or out. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
reviewer1222509
Manager of IT Department with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Feb 28, 2020
Has good speed and offers good virtual volumes

What is our primary use case?

We are using version //X70 of Pure FlashArray. Our primary use case is to have a very fast storage array.

What is most valuable?

The virtual volumes and clarification around storage arrays are the most valuable features 

What needs improvement?

In terms of what needs improvement, the dashboard and management could be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the Pure FlashArray for about five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Overall stability is very good. It is a very stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable as you can add capacity very easily. We have about 2000 users using the storage array.

How are customer service and

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