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Score 8.5 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

We us our AFF to support all applications that have a response time imperative or are IO intensive such as databases, email, VMware VMs and applications that have users at a keyboard needing a responsive interaction. It is also where we put all data that must be encrypted at rest such as HIPAA data.
It is of no value to data that is generally archived, little used or has low IO requirements. These would include scanned images, videos, IP Camera storage and most CIFS and NFS file based storage. For these types of applications SATA is still a better choice.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashArray

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.
Todd Rasmussen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
9.5
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.3
Flash Array Performance
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
10.0
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.4
Data Compression
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
9.0
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.3
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
10.0
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.5
Simplicity
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
9.0
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.4
Flash Array Integration
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.2
Power Savings
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.0

Pros

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashArray

  • 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.
Muhammad Mulla | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

  • The GUI of Ontap is in constant flux. Every time there is an upgrade it appears to be completely redesigned. Some stability in its design would be nice
  • As new or improved technologies addressing compression, compaction and deduplication occur within upgrades it would be nice if preexisting data could benefit from it by background processes looking for opportunities to apply savings to data in place.
  • It is not simple to see when data from the AFF is being access inefficiently through the cluster interconnect. Because data moves sometimes access to the data remains with the nodes that originally owned them. I would like to be able to easily identify these instances so that I can take corrective action.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashArray

  • 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.
Don Howard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 8.9
Based on 22 answers
Up time, stability, ease of use, flexibility, and the support team. Pure continues to earn my business with all of these positives. These traits are reinforced with every interaction that occurs with the Pure team, whether it is sales or support. Pure continues to do what is can to make everyone successful
Wes Dunaway | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 9.0
Based on 14 answers
Pure's are very easy to use and provide some of the best performance available
Max Tevs | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 9.1
Based on 3 answers
5 years in production, with 0 outages.
Will Fife | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 9.1
Based on 3 answers
We get better than local SSD performance across many hosts at the same time. The only thing we have found is faster, and only by a little is local NVMe
Will Fife | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 8.7
Based on 98 answers
Working with Pure's support team is 180 degrees different than working with any other storage vendor we've ever dealt with. Their technology and their product design makes their job a lot easier, because of its straightforwardness and reliability. Their centralized phone-home/management/analytics support platform also means that they will always know everything about your array that they need to, in real time. You don't need to run tests or gather data or run some kind of utility that you then send the results of to the support team. They already know. This allows them, sometimes, to even be proactive, making you aware of some emerging issue, and then fixing it, before you would otherwise have even started to notice it.
James Kelly | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 8.7
Based on 6 answers
The Pure side of the implementation went well, it was cleaning up bad decision made earlier that were the problems.
Trey Pautsch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashArray

We baked off Pure Storage FlashArray against NetApp and Nimble and Pure blew both of those products out of the water. Pure's all-flash approach guaranteed that none of our critical data would ever be on spinning disk - so that was a very important topic for use. Pure was also one of the first storage vendors to provide encryption across the whole array as well, and that was a big selling point for us.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 9.1
Based on 3 answers
All the features are there and we didn't have to purchase an extra license for anything. All pretty straight forward to confugure.
Trey Pautsch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

  • Epic, our EMR providor, has very aggressive guidelines for performance. The Netapp AFF meets those guidlines easily eben in a mixed workload environment. This has helped us meet our business objectives by not having to diversify our storage platforms or vendors.
  • Multi-protocol support (block (ISCSI/FiberChannel) or File (NFS/CIFS)) Allows us to use the Netapp systems to solve all storage requirements regardless of the system needing storage
  • Clustered technologies along with non-disruptive movement of data between nodes on the cluster make hardware refreshes simple and allows the business to keep running without interruption even during massive data moves.
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pure Storage FlashArray

  • Out business projects have accelerated like never before. We have great confidence that the storage system is modular (thereby not making us spend huge amounts of money for each expansion) and that our investment is protected well in the long run due to the very long support life of the products while keeping the maintenance cost filed/flat.
  • Our virtualization environment is now running so much smoother and we reduced almost 20% of compute capacity/resource utilization right after we moved datastores to Pure FlashArray.
  • We moved from 2 hybrid storage systems of half a rack each to 3U with half capacity filled, reduced latency 10-15 times (depending on which application and which storage system the application moved from), reduced purchase costs and maintenance costs by at least 25% compared to alternatives evaluated.
  • As a negative impact, the IT infrastructure team is now dealing with more business projects and is much busier delivering those projects instead of troubleshooting performance issues or attending constant meetings explaining why we can't take on a project or calculating how much investment is needed for infrastructure for a new project.
Krishna Prasad Reddy Kunkala | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays

General

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

Pure Storage FlashArray

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
10.0
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
8.9

Usability

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.0

Reliability and Availability

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Performance

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Support Rating

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
8.7

In-Person Training

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Online Training

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Implementation Rating

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
8.7

Scalability

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

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