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Pure Storage FlashArray

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Pure Storage FlashArray

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NetApp All Flash FAS

It is very well suited for any organization who is trying to host network drives as it supports CIFS protocol and is very good at it. We looked into multiple products including SMB with other flash storage platforms and still went back to Netapp because it does CIFS really well. Any organization who is trying to host VDI on flash will benefit from the use of NetApp All Flash FAS as we did. Our users immediately noticed a difference in performance of their VDI bootup times and overall experience. From the admin's point of view, they noticed server reboot times to be a few seconds. Overall, this array provides a lot of IOPS, does data compression and reduction really well and is worth the investment.
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Pure Storage FlashArray

It is very effective in an area where you need to handle high levels of IO as well as maintaining redundancy. This would apply to critical applications or high activity databases. This product would not be very effective for long-term storage of cold data that is not touched very often.
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Pros

  • Supports CIFS, NFS, ISCSI and FC protocols. Not all flash products out in the market today support all protocols and this makes it harder for small - mid scale organizations who cannot afford multiple million dollar storage platforms.
  • Handles workloads really well. We have VDI, SQL DB, Production workloads running on it all at the same time and the array doesn't choke on latency or IOPS.
  • CDOT has come a long way and with the newer versions of CDOT, the data reduction and compression makes way for a lot more usable storage than what you pay for in RAW.
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  • Straightforward to manage, Pure Storage stays out of your way so that you can quickly provision storage, increase lun capacities, etc.
  • Snapshot-based replication works very well and is immensely less complex than other technologies such as srdf.
  • Rock solid, stable performance.
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Cons

  • As always, Netapp upgrades are really painful. I wish there was an easy way of upgrading Netapp.
  • GUI is hard to use and CLI is even worse. GUI is confusing and you click all over the place before you get over the learning curve. CLI has changed from the 7-mode days and is very confusing to use. I have had scenarios where the support themselves use documentation to put in the proper commands.
  • Like any array, Netapp's CDOT has it's own bugs in the software. We learnt the hard way when one of our nodes went down and a bug prevented take over of SCSI services which resulted in an APD situation on all our ESXI hosts. Was a nightmare rebooting all the VM's and ESXI's to relieve them of the APD's. People don't pay millions towards a storage platform to go through nightmares.
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  • Data reduction varying drastically sometimes based on the workloads like patches and schedule rollouts.
  • Capacity sizing is one of the key factors to handle the new workloads considering the data reduction variation.
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Pure Storage FlashArray8.6
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It has so far been a very fast and stable product. We have had wonderful support when we have needed it and the account manager and engineer attached to our organization have been very responsive with any questions and concerns we have had.
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Pure Storage FlashArray8.8
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> Proactive alerting from the support team to address the potential issue and verify the system health checks.> Remote firmware upgrade installation during the scheduled windows with customer approvals.
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Pure Storage FlashArray9.1
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The install was very quick. The engineer that Pure sent said that if we started by 10 am we would be done by lunchtime, and he was not kidding.
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Alternatives Considered

We looked at Pure, Nimble, XtremIO and NetApp. Although all the arrays did really well, the ability to support all protocols sets NetApp apart. Each vendor had its own pluses and minuses and we bought the array that best suited our business needs and budget.
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Better data reduction and sub ms latency with VDI workloads
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Return on Investment

  • ROI has been tremendous as it has come in handy in all the scenarios we were looking at
  • Users and admins both happy with the overall performance and management is happy that they got a good deal from reseller.
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  • OpEx cost increases as the data reduction changes based on the newer workloads, which require one to buy additional capacity.
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Pricing Details

NetApp All Flash FAS

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Free Trial
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Pure Storage FlashArray

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
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