Enterprise Flash Array Storage Solutions

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IBM Storage FlashSystem

IBM's FlashSystem is a flash array storage option.

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Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage in Mountain View, California offers all-flash array data storage promising affordability, high availability, and consistent performance.

IBM Storage FlashSystem

IBM's FlashSystem is a flash array storage option.


TrueNAS is a network-attached storage featuring all-flash and hybrid storage editions, from iXsystems headquartered in San Jose.

HPE Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage was acquired by HPE in 2017. The enterprise flash array product line now goes by the name HPE Nimble Storage.

Dell Unity XT Unified Storage

Dell Unity XT hybrid flash arrays are storage systems for running general purpose workloads that do not require the low latencies and speed of all flash/NVMe architectures. Unity XT hybrid flash arrays balance performance, efficiency, features or outcomes.

IBM Storwize (now part of FlashSystems)

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.


Dell VMAX All Flash is the latest iteration in the former Symmetrix series of enterprise flash array storage, available in the Dell VMAX 250F edition, or the Dell EMC VMAX 950F edition.

NetApp AFF A-Series

NetApp AFF A-Series All Flash Arrays are the company's flagship flash storage solutions.

HPE 3PAR StoreServ

HPE 3PAR StoreServ is a flash storage option, from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

Dell Compellent (discontinued)

Since it's acquisition in 2011 Compellent became a Dell product line of storage solutions (e.g. Dell Compellent Storage Center). Compellent products became part of the Dell EMC SC Series of enterprise flash and SAN storage devices and are now EOL.

NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays

The NetApp® EF-Series is a family of entry-level and midrange all-flash storage arrays that accelerate organizations' access to data and help derive value from it. These systems offer NVMe flash storage and provide more affordable to extreme IOPS, boasting response times under 100…

SolidFire (discontinued)

NetApp acquired the scale-out flash storage startup SolidFire in late 2015. The product line was discontinued in October of 2023, and is no longer available from NetApp.

EMC XtremIO Flash Storage (discontinued)

XtremIO was a flash storage from EMC that is now discontinued. Dell Technologies instead offers the PowerStore series.

Tintri VMstore

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…

Huawei OceanStor

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.

EMC VNX (Discontinued)

The former EMC VNX series is EOL. The vendor invites users to instead try Dell EMC's Unity series family of midrange storage appliances.


Reduxio in San Bruno, California offers flash array storage.

StarWind Storage Appliance (SA)

StarWind SA helps organizations with fixed compute platforms meet storage performance and capacity growth requirements by providing them with high-performance and scalable storage covered by 24/7 support. StarWind Storage Appliance is designed to handle high-performance or unpredictable…

Dell PowerMax NVMe

Dell PowerMax NVME is presented as a end-to-end NVMe, storage class memory (SCM) for persistent storage, real-time machine learning and up to 350GB per second to power critical workloads.

DDN IntelliFlash

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.

Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series

The Lenovo ThinkSystem DE Series Storage Arrays are storage-area network (SAN) available via hybrid and all flash storage. Presently the product line includes the hybrid storage arrays models ThinkSystem DE2000H, ThinkSystem DE4000H, ThinkSystem DE6000H, and the all-flash storage…

DDN SFA7990XTM Hybrid Flash Storage Platform

The SFA7990XTM Hybrid Flash Storage Platform is designed to grow with the needs of accelerating business requirements. Select the optimal blend of price, performance and capacity, and the SFA7990X delivers, meeting the broadest range of workloads. The SFA7990X addresses intensive…

E8 Storage
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E8 Storage, founded in 2014, offers an all-flash-array boasting high performance and availability.

Violin Memory
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Violin Memory in Santa Clara, CA offers a flash storage platform emphasizing cost-efficient storage that yet still supports applications at high performance.

Nimbus Data Gemini All Flash Arrays

Nimbus Data in San Francisco offers Gemini All Flash Arrays storage.

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FlashArray Architecture Overview
This video explains the architecture of FlashArray and how it was specifically designed for flash.

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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.

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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.