Pure Storage FlashBlade vs. Quantum ActiveScale

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Pure Storage FlashBlade
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
Pure Storage offers FlashBlade, a scale-out file and object storage – architected to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) while accelerating tomorrow's discoveries and insights.N/A
Quantum ActiveScale
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
Quantum offers the ActiveScale cloud object storage system, acquired from Western Digital February 2020, designed to provide a highly durable, scale-out economic storage system. ActiveScale is a more recent model replacing the former Amplidata Object Storage product line that was acquired by Western Digital from HGST in 2015.N/A
Pricing
Pure Storage FlashBladeQuantum ActiveScale
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Offerings
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Pure Storage FlashBladeQuantum ActiveScale
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Pure Storage FlashBladeQuantum ActiveScale
Small Businesses
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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Score 9.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Azure Blob Storage
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Score 8.5 out of 10
Azure Blob Storage
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Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Azure Blob Storage
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Score 8.5 out of 10
Azure Blob Storage
Azure Blob Storage
Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
Pure Storage FlashBladeQuantum ActiveScale
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(29 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(10 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Pure Storage FlashBladeQuantum ActiveScale
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Quantum
Enterprise grade organizations with B2B clientele would be served well by using this product. It alleviates the need for an on-premise storage solution by offering a cloud-based alternative. Smaller organizations with less data capacity needs would be better served with an in-house solution, unless they come out with more reasonable pricing down the road.
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Pros
Pure Storage
  • Speed. We are seeing large transactions take very little time.
  • Upgrades- In-place upgrades of both hardware and software are extremely easy.
  • Ease of use- I have several engineers working on this and from setup to day to day operations it is extremely easy to maintain.
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Quantum
  • Flexible data management options
  • Powerful data housing system storing trillions of bits of data seamlessly
  • Conveniently built in the cloud
  • Safe option for storing sensitive data
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Cons
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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Quantum
  • Lack of customization, though not much is needed with the out of the box solution
  • Better options for B2C customers
  • More flexible pricing plans
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Likelihood to Renew
Pure Storage
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Quantum
It has been a fantastic solution, and now it is so highly integrated into our business, it would be difficult to imagine continuing to without it. It is part of our customer contracts as well, and it saves us from having to invest in the on-premise alternative to provide the required storage capacity.
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Usability
Pure Storage
Good API, multi-protocol support is great.
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Quantum
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Support Rating
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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Quantum
Support has been wonderful. Representatives are generally empathetic and knowledgeable, and they’re quick to provide status and resolution.
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Alternatives Considered
Pure Storage
The NetApp a800 we tested was 14% faster than Pure FlashBlade with NFS workloads. However, NetApp lacked ease of administration and performing simple tasks such as creating multiple NFS volumes required scripting from the command line. Our flashblade contained 15 baldes and our NetApp was a clustered pair with each half containing 24 nvme devices.
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Quantum
What sets Amplidata apart is the cloud-based storage capability. We’ve realized cost savings due to the fact that we are no longer housing the data on premise, and clients rest assured that they have greater visibility into their data.
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Return on Investment
Pure Storage
  • We were able to consolidate 5 different storage platforms of lesser performance onto a single Flashblade and achieve much, much lower latency and higher throughput.
  • We've been able to reduce the amount of training and configuration required to just Pure Flashblade, instead of 5 different vendors and products.
  • In addition to our core use cases, Flashblade has capabilities that we are pursuing for some new projects, i.e. analytics data store and the object store features.
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Quantum
  • Amplidata has enabled us to replace our on-premise data storage for many of our larger clients, thus reducing the cost to deploy and house this ourselves
  • Clients feel confident in storing their sensitive data with us knowing that they have full management and visibility at their fingertips
  • The ability to quickly scale allows us to meet the needs of clients of all sizes
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