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Highlights

Pure Storage Flashblade and Pure Storage FlashArray are both storage solutions used by businesses to allow for affordable, scalable storage for business data.  Pure Storage FlashBlade is an Object Storage software built to store files and objects in a blade architecture that can be accessed by servers.  Pure Storage FlashArray is an Enterprise Flash Array Solution that compresses files to store for access from servers.  PureStorage FlashArray is most popular with mid-sized businesses, while Pure Storage FlashBlade is most popular with larger enterprises.

Features

Pure Storage FlashBlade and Pure Storage FlashArray are both all flash storage solutions, but they have some unique features that set them apart from each other. 

Pure Storage FlashBlade provides support for large amounts of data storage and analysis, which makes it a popular choice for larger enterprises.  Additionally, implementation and management of Pure Storage FlashBlade is simple, allowing new users to get their storage set up easily, with dashboards to provide information about their storage solution.  Additionally, storage backups are simple to set up, and data restoration is efficient.

Pure Storage FlashArray includes data compression and deduplication, allowing Pure Storage arrays to hold larger amounts of data then one would normally expect in a single array.  In addition to storing large amounts of data, Pure Storage FlashArray also has high reliability, with many users stating they never experienced unplanned downtime.  Lastly, Pure Storage FlashArray offers high speed and performance in virtual environments.

Limitations

Pure Storage FlashBlade and Pure Storage FlashArray both provide storage solutions, but they also have some limitations that are important to consider.

Pure Storage FlashBlade has limited replication features, which can be a problem for businesses seeking to replicate large amounts of data.  Additionally, Pure Storage FlashBlade doesn’t include block-level deduplication.

Pure Storage FlashArray provides an API for building integrations with other software, but there aren’t many connectors out of the box.  Businesses with many needed integrations may need to consider other options if they aren’t comfortable building out integrations. 

Pricing

Pure Storage FlashBlade and FlashArray both offer free trials businesses can use to see if the solutions will work for them before making a purchasing decision.  Detailed pricing for either solution is not available online, but businesses can reach out to the vendor for an exact quote.

Community Pulse

Reviewers Who Considered Both Products

Pure Storage FlashArray

Chose Pure Storage FlashArray

We have all these devices in our private cloud so that the comparison is given by itself. If we have an application that is delaying, we only have to migrate the volume to the Pure Storage FlashArray and without more arrangements. We always manage to lower the latency and its …

Chose Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure has better granularity and the data reduction rates are much better on Pure than on this product. XtremeIO had faster sequential read/write operations.

Pure Storage FlashBlade

Chose Pure Storage FlashBlade

It delivers the following, see below, and this is why it was selected as the platform of choice.
*Supports CIFS, NFS, and object
*Speed and performance

Chose Pure Storage FlashBlade

The size, the simple implementation, and simple management was the key factor.


Chose Pure Storage FlashBlade

Flasharray C is the true second-tier storage we were looking for with all the features we need.

Feature Set Ratings

    Enterprise Flash Array Storage

    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Pure Storage FlashArray ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Flash Array Performance

    10.0
    100%
    156 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Flash Array Integration

    10.0
    100%
    146 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data Compression

    8.9
    89%
    155 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Non-Intrusive Upgrades

    7.1
    71%
    150 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Simplicity

    9.6
    96%
    156 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Power Savings

    7.6
    76%
    133 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Pure Storage FlashArray is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    10.0

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    100%
    209 Ratings
    8.7

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    87%
    35 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%
    27 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    8.7

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    87%
    18 Ratings
    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    82%
    1 Rating

    Availability

    8.6

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    86%
    8 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    8.4

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    84%
    8 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    99%
    143 Ratings
    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    82%
    19 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.6

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    86%
    4 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.1

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    91%
    13 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Configurability

    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    3 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    8.6

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    86%
    4 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    5 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    9.1

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    91%
    6 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%
    6 Ratings

    Pure Storage FlashBlade

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    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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    Pure Storage

    If data storage, access, and security [are] of the highest priority to your business then Pure Storage FlashBlade is an excellent tool that must be considered. Analytics or sharing that requires the fastest speeds available will benefit from the NVMe solid-state drives they use which are far superior to spinning rust. It is less ideal for those who do not require such time-critical work.
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    Pros

    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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    Pure Storage

    • Flexible on the pricing models.
    • Comes with a large number of features out-of-the-box.
    • It is all included in one price.
    • Satisfied the needs of low latency and high throughput.
    • Beautiful REST API, well-documented, and easy to use.
    • Provides the twice of the performance.
    • Easy to manage.
    • Immutable snapshots, to avoid possibly ransomware.
    • Very helpful Mobile app.
    • Support is extremely quick and responsive.
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    Cons

    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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    Pure Storage

    • 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.
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    Pricing 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

      Pure Storage FlashBlade

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Pure Storage FlashBlade 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

        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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        Pure Storage

        No answers on this topic

        Usability

        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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        Pure Storage

        Good API, multi-protocol support is great.
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        Reliability and Availability

        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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        Pure Storage

        No answers on this topic

        Performance

        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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        Pure Storage

        No answers on this topic

        Support Rating

        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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        Pure Storage

        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.
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        In-Person Training

        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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        Pure Storage

        No answers on this topic

        Online Training

        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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        Pure Storage

        No answers on this topic

        Implementation Rating

        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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        Pure Storage

        No answers on this topic

        Alternatives Considered

        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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        Pure Storage

        The primary difference was speed. Pure Storage Flash Blade worked up as a wonder while migrating, storing, recovering, and backing up data. Hitachi Content Platform was much more scalable but was occasionally flared up with some optimized performance and speed issues while handling large amounts of data across various platforms in the organization.
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        Scalability

        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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        Pure Storage

        No answers on this topic

        Return on Investment

        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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        Pure Storage

        • 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.
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