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Pure Storage FlashArray

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Likelihood to Recommend

NetApp SolidFire

Solidfire is a good, multi-purpose array for iSCSI environments. Grid architecture allows incremental, linear expansion of the array both in capacity and performance. The all-flash is a very high performance, low latency platform for a lot of applications. The way the company has architected the platform allows for continual upgrades and removes the lift-and-load replacements if you stay with Solidfire in the future. The Solidfire fiber channel implementation is workable, but largely there is a checkbox. I cannot imagine any fiber channel shop is going to look at a Solidfire seriously, unless they are looking to move towards Ethernet based transport. Write intensive workloads struggle on the array. The double-helix data protection combined with the architecture can make writes more latent than expected - well into the teens and 20's of ms within the array.
Philip Sellers | 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 SolidFire
7.9
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.3
Flash Array Performance
NetApp SolidFire
9.6
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.4
Flash Array Integration
NetApp SolidFire
8.4
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.2
Data Compression
NetApp SolidFire
8.6
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.3
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
NetApp SolidFire
8.6
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.5
Simplicity
NetApp SolidFire
6.2
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.4
Power Savings
NetApp SolidFire
6.2
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.0

Pros

NetApp SolidFire

  • Speed is incredible.
  • Ongoing maintenance is great.
  • Price point was quite good.
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 SolidFire

  • API documentation could use some help
  • GUI can be slow
Anonymous | 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 SolidFire

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 SolidFire

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage FlashArray 8.9
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 SolidFire

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 SolidFire

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 SolidFire

NetApp SolidFire 8.5
Based on 3 answers
When we have had problems, the response on the Solidfire side has been strong, but not perfect. As they scale and integrate into NetApp, support from regions outside of the USA are having a more difficult time diagnosing and addressing issues for complex problems. The Boulder, CO, and Raleigh, NC, support teams are both extremely strong and provide top-notch support. ActiveIQ is a great support tool both for NetApp/Solidfire and for the customer. The proactive support tickets opened have been helpful. The node-based support has been excellent - meaning when we had a DIMM fail, they sent a replacement node - no time consuming troubleshooting of internal components to fix the issue. Upgrades are handled by SF technicians, so it feels white-glove
Philip Sellers | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 SolidFire

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 SolidFire

SolidFire was chosen over these other service providers because of relationships we have with the company, with our reps, and with the local Denver presence. We also are a partner, and we felt that the solution stacked up technologically very well against the competition and was more cost effective.
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 SolidFire

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 SolidFire

  • The ROI was quick - under 1 year
Anonymous | 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 SolidFire

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 SolidFire
8.4
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

NetApp SolidFire
Pure Storage FlashArray
8.9

Usability

NetApp SolidFire
Pure Storage FlashArray
8.9

Reliability and Availability

NetApp SolidFire
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Performance

NetApp SolidFire
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Support Rating

NetApp SolidFire
8.5
Pure Storage FlashArray
8.7

In-Person Training

NetApp SolidFire
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Online Training

NetApp SolidFire
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

Implementation Rating

NetApp SolidFire
Pure Storage FlashArray
8.7

Scalability

NetApp SolidFire
Pure Storage FlashArray
9.1

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