Pure FlashArray X NVMe Alternatives and Competitors

Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe vs. Pure FlashArray X NVMe and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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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.
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