Pure Storage FlashArray Competitors and Alternatives 2019

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Tye Summerville
Real User
IT Operations Manager at ACCC Insurance
Jul 03 2018

What is most valuable?

I live in Houston, so disaster recovery (DR) is very important, and the site-to-site replication is huge. I love that feature. We have our backups… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It had our organization start to think like an actual organization. A lot of stuff came out where the management of our workloads has improved… more»

What needs improvement?

What appeals to me is having mobile functionality. There is a vendor portal for 3PAR for whatever you want to purchase. I would like to see… more»

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

We had to go back and purchase iLO licenses and brocade switches for the flex fabric to have a complete solution.

What other advice do I have?

Understand your needs first. If you do not have a need for a highly technical solution, or you have workloads which are not high-performing. 3PAR… more»
Real User
Storage Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Nov 23 2018

What is most valuable?

* SnapMirror * SnapVault * FlexClone capabilities

How has it helped my organization?

It takes no time at all for our production instance to be snapped over to development and QA servers. Because so many other features and products… more»

What needs improvement?

It takes a good administrator or someone with knowledge of the product in order to manage it. That was one of the downfalls that we had with AFF… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were running into a lot of storage roadblocks that were performance based. Also, the IBM product that we were using was at the end of life for… more»

What other advice do I have?

NetApp, being the behemoth company that it is, if you're looking to have a solution provider be end-to-end when it comes to file, block, scale, and… more»
Real User
Vice President Tech Operations at Ten-X
Jun 21 2018

What is most valuable?

Our upgrades are seamless. Whether we're adding storage, or upgrading the software, we don't take an outage for those upgrades. Also, InfoSight does exactly what it needs to do. It… more»

What needs improvement?

The only thing that I can really compare Nimble to is all-flash because, right now, Nimble is a hybrid solution. I would like to see them come out with an all-flash alternative. I'd… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The switch was because of budgetary constraints. I knew I couldn't put in an EMC array in the initial solution that we used before, which was for VDI. If I had tried to deal with the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I'd put Nimble at about an eight out of 10 because Pure storage reset our standard for what is absolutely the best. Pure is a whole different platform and not hybrid. I like Nimble… more»
Real User
Storage and Virtualization Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 02 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to provision storage from the CLI, versus having to go in and use the GUI every time. I can just script it… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For us, it is cheap and deep. That's really why we wanted it, to get an expanded amount of storage. We also run Xtremes, but they're a lot more… more»

What needs improvement?

It could always use native replication. Then I could get rid of RecoverPoint.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our old arrays, the VNXs - we had a 5400 and a 5700 - were reaching the end of their days, and we wanted to go to the next step up, but not quite… more»

What other advice do I have?

It really depends on your specific needs: if it's speed or if it's longterm storage. Dell EMC has a whole array of products. I would say go for it… more»
AnushSanthanam
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 03 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are VM awareness and QoS policies. While VAAI and VASA set the stage for arrays to be intelligent from a virtualization… more»

How has it helped my organization?

From a PoC standpoint, both the hybrid and all-flash boxes delivered a performance boost up to twice the performance in comparison with what was… more»

What needs improvement?

I think with the world soon becoming only SSD, possibly NVMe, and 3D Xpoint. It would make sense for Tintri to drop the hybrid array down the line… more»

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

Treat this no differently than any other standard array. Decide on the functionality suite. The licensing model is relatively simple. For things… more»

What other advice do I have?

Understand your workloads and their demands well. This means you need VM performance metrics for at least three to six months, ideally, from… more»
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