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Score 9.5 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Enterprise Flash Array Storage

    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%

    VMware vSAN

    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 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
    • VMware vSAN is rated higher in 1 area: Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    10.0

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    100%
    209 Ratings
    9.1

    VMware vSAN

    91%
    15 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%
    27 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    8.7

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    87%
    18 Ratings
    9.2

    VMware vSAN

    92%
    4 Ratings

    Availability

    8.6

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    86%
    8 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    8.4

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    84%
    8 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    99%
    143 Ratings
    7.4

    VMware vSAN

    74%
    8 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    8.6

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    86%
    4 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    2 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.1

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    91%
    13 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Configurability

    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    3 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    8.6

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    86%
    4 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.2

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    82%
    5 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    9.1

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    91%
    6 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    8.9

    Pure Storage FlashArray

    89%
    6 Ratings

    VMware vSAN

    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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    VMware

    vSAN is well suited for any application that can run in Virtual Environment. vSAN serves better for VDI, NSX, and vSphere on Cloud solutions. vSAN is a good fit for small and medium business companies. vSAN can't be a good solution where you have Oracle Solaris or IBM power systems. vSAN can't provide storage space using FCP protocol.
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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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    VMware

    • VMware runs VSAN certification programs to make sure the OEM sells validated nodes. It helps customers to select appropriate certified ready nodes like Lenovo ThinkAgile VX which comes factory configured and easy to set up.
    • Hyperconverged solutions reduce real estate space and networking costs when compare with shared storage. The host overhead also less.
    • Supports All-Flash (SATA and NVMe SSDs) and Hybrid vSAN with HDD and SSD. So customers can choose cost-effective solutions appropriate to their workloads.
    • Supports different storage policies, RAID and duplication, and compression features and it makes a complete storage solution.
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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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    VMware

    • We were a fairly early adopter of VMware vSAN and as such experienced several growing pains.
    • We experienced a few bugs that took a few software versions upgrades to go mostly away.
    • The biggest issue we had overall was with host drivers. Even with vSAN ready node compatible hosts, you have to be very careful that the drivers for NIC and RAID controllers are right.
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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

      VMware vSAN

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      VMware vSAN 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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        VMware

        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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        VMware

        Deploying and configuring VSAN is a relatively simple process for people that are already used to working in virtual environments, primarily for those that are familiar with vSphere. The compatibility of those two products is amazing. You shouldn't really encounter any issues and if you do, you surely did something wrong.
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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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        VMware

        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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        VMware

        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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        VMware

        Support is (as always forVMware) top notch and easy to work with. The majority of computer companies are outsourcing their tech staff, and it seems they do as well. But their guys know the product well and are quick to respond to your ticket (if the severity is right!).
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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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        VMware

        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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        VMware

        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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        VMware

        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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        VMware

        Currently[,] we are testing both technologies in a time frame so we [still know] after some years which one is the best, according to our loads' needs. We had VMware before moving to vSAN, one [of] many [reasons] to move to vSAN is the opportunity to make the jump in a continuous way. The basic infrastructure did not change, our tech team knowledge was maintained since we did not move to another vendor's solution.
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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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        VMware

        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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        VMware

        • we have realized savings in the licensing compared to traditional storage (over $500,000 over the last 5 years)
        • we have realized ROI through efficiencies in our staff of approx $1MM (over the last 5 years)
        • also, positive impact on the time to value/speed of implementation allowed us to realize business objectives (Over $1MM of ROI)
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