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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 9.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Enterprise Flash Array Storage

    HPE MSA

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%
    Pure Storage FlashArray ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Flash Array Performance

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    156 Ratings

    Flash Array Integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    146 Ratings

    Data Compression

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9
    89%
    155 Ratings

    Non-Intrusive Upgrades

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2
    72%
    150 Ratings

    Simplicity

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.5
    95%
    156 Ratings

    Power Savings

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    133 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • HPE MSA is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
    • Pure Storage FlashArray is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.0

    HPE MSA

    90%
    3 Ratings
    10.0

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    100%
    209 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    HPE MSA

    100%
    1 Rating
    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%
    27 Ratings

    Usability

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    87%
    18 Ratings

    Availability

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    86%
    8 Ratings

    Performance

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    84%
    8 Ratings

    Support Rating

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    99%
    143 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    86%
    4 Ratings

    Online Training

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    91%
    13 Ratings

    Configurability

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    3 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    86%
    4 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    5 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    91%
    6 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    HPE MSA

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%
    6 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    The HPE MSA is best suited for basic SAN requirements. Having dual controllers provides redundancy and allows for firmware upgrades without incurring downtime to the environment. It provides enough IOPS for most workloads be it VMWare or servers requiring storage. For applications such as MS SQL or Exchange, other SAN solutions would be better. Plus the lack of storage snapshot capabilities is also a detriment to the product line. Lack of any reporting capability is also an issue especially when determining workload capabilities.
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    Pure Storage

    When you need speed, it's FAST, especially for MS SQL databases. If you are having bottlenecks, you can spend your time finding it in the code because it's not Pure Storage. Love the data reduction and duplication. We can store so much more on this unit than the base physical size. Love the data snapshots. When you need to complete copy your entire environment for testing etc. Nothing is easier, a few clicks and you are done. Extremely helpful for testing and training.
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    Pros

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    • Functions well as a disaster recovery cluster repository
    • Since the space is a spinning disk, it is inexpensive
    • All of our VMs are stored in a mass storage repository on the system, but we could carve out specific LUNs if needed.
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    Pure Storage

    • The Pure Array does data reduction particularly well. We've seen a 7x reduction on some of our volumes.
    • It is easy to get used to the system after coming from other storage arrays.
    • It has some welcome additions such as a smartphone app that makes it easier to view your cases, etc.
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    Cons

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    • Firmware upgrades. We have had major issues on two occasions, causing extended downtime. HP was quick to help and resolve, but I am not sure why our simple implementation caused an issue that should have been picked up by testing prior to release. Once was bad, twice painful. The end result is that we purchased a unit solely to test firmware upgrades on, not really great for us!
    • Support life span. Units go end of life support after around 4 years, a little too short for us.
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    Pure Storage

    • Reporting is too general. Being a tech nerd, I want to be able to see the nitty-gritty details. I also need to be able to define canned sets of reports for problem application systems.
    • Pricing is a bit higher then some of their direct competitors .
    • Seriously, I have nothing else.
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    Pricing Details

    HPE MSA

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    HPE MSA editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pure Storage FlashArray

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Pure Storage FlashArray editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        It is a functioning Replication system for us and checks all the boxes that the auditors are looking for. Further, it is inexpensive and the storage we purchased was cheap. HP has a good reputation in the industry that plays into the decision also.
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        Pure Storage

        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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        Usability

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        No answers on this topic

        Pure Storage

        The install went smoothly, and the engineer explained every step along the way. The next couple of days he checked in to make sure that migration was running as planned. The user interface is designed with usability in mind. You don't need a dedicated "Storage Silo" to manage this product. For smaller IT departments that need to support many different workloads, this could not be a better feature
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        Reliability and Availability

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        No answers on this topic

        Pure Storage

        We have never had an outage with Purestorage. Yes we have had 2 drives go out but replacements were installed so fast there wasn't any issues. We have had a NVRAM module replaced but were noticed from Pure they were sending a replacement because they were predicting a failure so pure was proactive preventing any issues. Knowing Pure is monitoring our device 24x7 gives us peace of mind.
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        Performance

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        No answers on this topic

        Pure Storage

        The corporation has a very diverse data load and when we migrate from a hybrid storage to pure all-flash, significant gains have already been observed. Latency always remains below 1 ms regardless of the load and volumetry used. Application performance also depends heavily on whether or not the code is more permormatic and network access infrastructure. The product has been meeting expectations
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        Support Rating

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        No answers on this topic

        Pure Storage

        Pure Support is timely and communicative. They are always ready to assist and very skilled at what they do, no matter the time of day. Even at 12:10 a.m. on New Years Day when your array has a hiccup that causes some errors in your environment, they will be on the phone with you in an instant. If they are unable to determine the cause right away, because things appear to be normal, they will take your environment's configuration, lab it up in their support environment and then research until they figure out what caused the problem. Even if it takes 3 months. True story.
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        In-Person Training

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        No answers on this topic

        Pure Storage

        Excellent training and really you don't need that much. We received training at the Pure offices and also on site when the product was installed. Simple things like how to login to the GUI interface, how to setup users, how to create volume and mount it. How to make a snapshot, how to copy it and mount it. Really is pretty self explanatory on how to do things with the GUI interface. We were expecting complicated base on other vendor products, we got super simple.
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        Online Training

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        No answers on this topic

        Pure Storage

        Great videos and documentation. There is a common theme with PureStorage, "Keep it elegantly simple". They have great support network and great support user groups. Documentation has been very helpful with providing auditors with methods and procedures on security and other ways the product works. Great documentation on setting PureStorage to be the most effective with VM's, SQL Server, and other products.
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        Implementation Rating

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        No answers on this topic

        Pure Storage

        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

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        The dual controller configuration of the HPE MSA trumps the Synology DiskStation's single controller configuration. For that alone, I would select the HPE MSA. Without that setup, any controller issue or firmware upgrade is disruptive to the systems the SAN is providing storage to. Furthermore, HPE's support is better than what Synology currently provides. The lack of phone support on Synology's part slows down the troubleshooting of issues compared to HPE. Furthermore, HPE's engineers are able to do a remote session and can work on the problems directly compared to Synology's support.
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        Pure Storage

        Pure Storage FlashArray came up as being the most cost-effective of the lot plus the extras added like call-home support were very welcome. The competitors' options were a lot more expensive and the call-home support added a lot more to the already high costs.
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        Scalability

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        No answers on this topic

        Pure Storage

        In our case we have equipment in all of Latin America in different data centers and with the mobile app or with pure1 we have everything centralized in just one
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        Return on Investment

        Hewlett Packard Enterprise

        • Increased up time. Better user experience.
        • Good value for money. ROI high.
        • Peace of mind. Just knowing that you rely on the solution to meet storage performance needs is great.
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        Pure Storage

        • Thanks to the deduplication that is built into the product we are seeing great reduction in total space required by consolidating similar data types on the same array.
        • Our users are very pleased with the performance.
        • The replication allowed us to move our workload from to another data center with minimal downtime.
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