Enterprise Flash Array Storage Solutions

Top Rated Enterprise Flash Array Storage Products

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Enterprise Flash Array Storage Solutions Overview

What is Enterprise Flash Array Storage Software?

Enterprise flash array storage software, also known as a solid-state storage disk system, uses only flash media for persistent storage. Flash memory is an alternative to the traditional spinning hard disk drives that were the core technology of older networked storage systems. Flash storage is much faster than traditional disk storage, and it uses less power. It also takes up less physical space, is less prone to mechanical failure and is significantly quieter.

Enterprise Flash Array Storage Software Features & Capabilities

  • Data compression and deduplication

  • Disaster recovery

  • Management console

  • AI-driven management

  • REST APIs for cloud orchestration

  • Support for security standards

  • Elastic concurrency

  • High capacity

  • High performance

Flash Array Software Services

Flash array products include native software services that allow users to manage and protect data directly on the array hardware. There are a variety of available algorithms for data management such as:

  • compression and deduplication

  • snapshotting

  • replication

  • thin provisioning

Enterprise Flash Array Storage Comparison

To compare flash array storage options, you should consider the following factors:

  1. Upgrade Disruption: Businesses using flash array storage will have to upgrade their system from time to time. Depending on the flash array solution used, this could result in significant downtime for the array. If no downtime upgrades are important for your business, you should look for an option with low or no downtime upgrades, even if it costs more.

  2. Speed: While all flash array options provide faster speeds than traditional storage options, some are significantly faster than others. Consider the performance needs of your business when choosing a flash array option so you don’t overspend on performance you don’t need, or end up with a solution that isn’t fast enough.

  3. Simplicity: Some flash array tools are easy to manage, while others require more technical ability. For businesses with limited technical resources, consider choosing a simple to use solution, even if it lacks customization. Businesses looking for a highly customizable solution may prefer a tool with more granular management options.

Pricing Information

Flash array storage pricing has been falling in recent years. It is now nearing parity with hard disk drives. The traditional way to compare storage pricing is $/KB, or the cost of storing a single GB of data. However, real cost for the enterprise is much higher due to variability in platform hardware and software costs. This is still a useful place to begin as it provides a basic comparison metric. However, keep in mind that this is just a starting point, and that there is a range of available features that can greatly affect the overall price.

Enterprise Flash Array Storage Products

(1-25 of 49) Sorted by Most Reviews

Pure Storage FlashArray
131 ratings
204 reviews
Top Rated
Pure Storage in Mountain View, California offers all-flash array data storage promising affordability, high availability, and consistent performance.
HPE Nimble Storage
28 ratings
22 reviews
Nimble Storage was acquired by HPE in 2017. The enterprise flash array product line now goes by the name HPE Nimble Storage.
IBM FlashSystem 7200 (formerly Storwize V7000)
4 ratings
19 reviews
IBM's FlashSystem 7200 is a storage appliance.
IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)
7 ratings
14 reviews
IBM Storwize is a family of recognized all-flash and hybrid storage solutions designed to support the virtualization needs and application workloads of mid-sized enterprises.
IBM FlashSystem 5000 (formerly Storwize V5000E)
5 ratings
12 reviews
IBM's FlashSystem 5000 series, formerly IBM Storwize V5000, is a storage array available in all flash or hybrid-flash deployments. It is designed to support global enterprises with "six 9's" availability and AI-driven storage management.
IBM FlashSystem
28 ratings
11 reviews
IBM's FlashSystem is a flash array storage option.
Dell EMC Unity
12 ratings
9 reviews
Unity from Dell EMC is a family of all-flash and hybrid flash storage platforms emphasizing value and cost efficiency.
HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage
12 ratings
8 reviews
HPE 3PAR StoreServ is a flash storage option, from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
Dell EMC SC Series (Compellent)
23 ratings
6 reviews
Since it's acquisition in 2011 Compellent became a Dell product line of storage solutions (e.g. Dell Compellent Storage Center). Compellent products have been folded into the Dell EMC SC Series of enterprise flash and SAN storage devices.
IBM FlashSystem 5100
5 ratings
6 reviews
IBM FlashSystem 5100 is an end to end NVMe-accelerated, multicloud enabled flash array described by IBM as easy to deploy, use and scale. The IBM FlashSystem 5100 is an all-flash solution, and the FlashSystem 5100H is a hybrid flash solution.
NetApp SolidFire
3 ratings
4 reviews
NetApp SolidFire is all-flash storage.
EMC VNX (Discontinued)
20 ratings
3 reviews
The former EMC VNX series is EOL. The vendor invites users to instead try Dell EMC's Unity series family of midrange storage appliances.
XtremIO Flash Storage
3 ratings
3 reviews
XtremIO is flash storage from EMC.
Tintri VMstore
5 ratings
2 reviews
Tintri VMstore Intelligent Infrastructure is designed to simplify and automate storage management, deliver real-time analytics, and maximize performance so users can refocus efforts on high-impact projects and business innovation. Tintri is a DDN Storage company since the 2018 acquisition.
0 ratings
2 reviews
Reduxio in San Bruno, California offers flash array storage.
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays
14 ratings
2 reviews
NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays are the company's flagship flash storage solutions.
DDN IntelliFlash (formerly Tegile, from Western Digital)
3 ratings
1 review
DDN offers the IntelliFlash flash array storage option based on technology developed by Tegile. The solution was owned and supported by Western Digital since August 2017, and later acquired by DDN (DataDirect Networks) in 2019.
Kaminario K2
0 ratings
1 review
K2 is flash array storage from Kaminario in Newton, Massachusetts.
Dell EMC VMAX All Flash Storage
8 ratings
1 review
Dell EMC VMAX All Flash is the latest iteration in the former Symmetrix series of enterprise flash array storage, available in the Dell EMC VMAX 250F edition, or the Dell EMC VMAX 950F edition.
Huawei OceanStor
0 ratings
1 review
Huawei offers OceanStor Dorado, an all-flash storage system boasting a wide range of applications and versatility to meet the needs SMBs, larger enterprises, or vertical industry applications.
DDN IME All-Flash Cache
DataDirect Networks (DDN) offers their Infinite Memory Engine (IME) offered in the IME140 and IME240 appliances or via an IME software only edition, DDN IME Flash-Native Cache.
DDN SFA NVMe Storage
DDN Storage Fusion Architecture (SFA) appliances, available in the SFA200NV and SFA400NV editions, provide a scalable flash storage solution.
Hitachi Unified Storage VM
Hitachi offers flash array storage, Unified Storage VM.
Nimbus Data Gemini All Flash Arrays
Nimbus Data in San Francisco offers Gemini All Flash Arrays storage.
Oracle FS1 Flash Storage
Oracle's FS1 Flash Storage is an enterprise SAN storage.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main advantages of Flash storage compared to traditional storage methods.

Traditional flash arrays handled storage using traditional disk drives, which can be slow and take up a lot of physical space for large amounts of data. In contrast, all-flash storage is designed for high speed, low resource usage, and small form factors.

What are the best enterprise flash array storage options?

The top rated enterprise flash array storage solutions are as follows:

What businesses benefit most from flash array storage?

Enterprise flash array storage can be a pricey option, so it is important to consider how much your business can benefit from it. Businesses with large amounts of data to be stored are the most common beneficiaries of flash storage. By consolidating large amounts of data, businesses can make data processes faster while reducing physical storage space. Businesses with smaller amounts of data, or who aren’t as concerned about data process speed may not find flash storage to be essential.

Can you use both flash array storage and spinning disk storage solutions?

Many businesses make use of exclusively flash storage, while others use other solutions, but it is possible to use both. Some businesses use flash storage for application storage needs, while using spinning disk storage as a supplement. Spinning disk storage is ideal for high capacity storage needs where performance is less of a factor. A hybrid storage solution makes use of both technologies.