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Score 7.8 out of 100

Pure Storage FlashBlade

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Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Unity

It could help to add more detail on the networking side. Better integration with RecoveryPoint would be helpful. Support has a lot more access and visibility to things that are happening. If we have more visibility it would help for troubleshooting purposes and allow faster resolutions to issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashBlade

Shared file systems are needed in nearly all large environments. most options are considered exotic & many of SAS's customers do not want to run them. Everyone knows NFS, but traditional NFS lacked performance. Pure offers a performant NFS with their FlashBlade
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

Dell EMC Unity
7.6
Pure Storage FlashBlade
Flash Array Performance
Dell EMC Unity
7.3
Pure Storage FlashBlade
Flash Array Integration
Dell EMC Unity
8.3
Pure Storage FlashBlade
Data Compression
Dell EMC Unity
5.7
Pure Storage FlashBlade
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Dell EMC Unity
8.3
Pure Storage FlashBlade
Simplicity
Dell EMC Unity
9.0
Pure Storage FlashBlade
Power Savings
Dell EMC Unity
7.0
Pure Storage FlashBlade

Pros

Dell EMC Unity

  • Very reliable arrays with a notification system when a disk fails
  • Simple disk provisioning and mapping
  • Easy to upgrade the firmware
  • Fast access with a relatively cheap storage combination of flash and SATA drives
  • integrates with Vmware vcenter
Timothy Sawah | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashBlade

  • Speed. We are seeing large transactions take very little time.
  • Upgrades- In-place upgrades of both hardware and software are extremely easy.
  • Ease of use- I have several engineers working on this and from setup to day to day operations it is extremely easy to maintain.
Michael Cannella | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Dell EMC Unity

  • Alerting: receiving an alert when an issue occurs. That is good to know. However, if the alert is cleared, or somehow no longer in alarm, no email is received. At times I will receive the email alert on weekends, not knowing if the issue is resolved or not until Monday when I can access the unit. I have learned in most instances, the alert is a false alarm, which could be a problem.
  • The alerting itself is sometimes not clear. For example, it tells me the link is down, we reset the connection, the link is still down, a tech was dispatched, he troubleshot, and finally the alarm cleared. This incident took almost a week. It went back into alarm after he left, then suddenly it cleared on its own.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashBlade

  • When reporting out a user has exceeded there quote, it only references the UID. It would certainly be nice it calls out the UID name that is clearly present in the Dashboard.
  • The ability to determine a snapshot total size would be helpful.
  • Proactive reachout to discuss new versions and assist in planning the upgrade would be a key win.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Dell EMC Unity

Dell EMC Unity 3.0
Based on 1 answer
Very cumbersome compared to other vendors in the same marketplace.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashBlade

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Dell EMC Unity

Dell EMC Unity 8.7
Based on 3 answers
Dell EMC's support for the Unity array is normally quite good. However, when there are issues with the reporting and statistics, they often are not responsive.
Muhammad Mulla | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashBlade

Pure Storage FlashBlade 8.7
Based on 9 answers
Without exception, the contacts with support have been quick and extremely knowledgeable. I do not fear getting an underqualified engineer to assess or work on my arrays. In addition to this support structure, the sales engineers are top notch as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Dell EMC Unity

We selected the Dell EMC Unity after looking at several other vendor solutions. We were budget conscious and wanted to select a device which would bring known quantities to the table. We were looking for devices which could support flash drives as the read cache for frequently used files but also needed a device to fit within our sizing and budget.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashBlade

Of all the storage arrays I've used in the last 20+ years, Pure Flashblade and Flasharray are by far the simplest and easiest to configure. By miles and miles, to be frank. Additionally, performing an upgrade to software or firmware on non-Pure storage platforms in the past has been a complete crapshoot and frankly has caused significant downtime due to failed controller failovers, etc, during upgrade. My 5+ years with Pure has been completely contrary to my previous experiences, and I would recommend them on this basis alone.
Jeremy Calcamuggio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Dell EMC Unity

  • ROI on VxBlock is not so good since RCM updates cost a lot.
  • ROI on Unity by itself is good, however.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashBlade

  • Pure has greatly narrowed the performance gap between file storage and fiber channel block storage with FlashBlade. Exotic file systems and costly FC fabrics are no longer needed to run performant storage.
  • Training is not required for a storage admin who has never touched a Pure array. Everything is where you would expect to find it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Dell EMC Unity

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Pure Storage FlashBlade

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Dell EMC Unity
7.5
Pure Storage FlashBlade
7.4

Usability

Dell EMC Unity
3.0
Pure Storage FlashBlade

Support Rating

Dell EMC Unity
8.7
Pure Storage FlashBlade
8.7

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