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We performed a comparison between HPE Primera and Pure FlashArray X NVMe based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two All-Flash Storage Arrays solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"The performance of the solution is good.""The most valuable feature is an all-flash system, which means the data access speed is amazing while the latency is almost nothing, and it can deliver IOPS up to 16,000.""There has been a lot of changes in HPE Primera OS, and most of the time any package related to it is simple to upgrade. It does not require any support for the operation. The customer can easily deploy any code directly from the GUI which is very good. Additionally, we have individual storage we can allocate and easily manage.""Primera's main advantage is its support for NVM drives and normal flash drives. It has some sort of AI analysis that automatically tells us how to optimize the performance.""HPE Primera is scalable.""It is a stable and scalable solution with quick and efficient storage capability.""HPE Primera is an all-flash storage product that's very stable and has a higher storage capacity. It can also give better ROI compared to NetApp.""The initial setup is very straightforward. It's not overly complex."

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"FlashArray has some fresh efficiency features. I've never seen a storage solution with a compression rating this high before. It's at least 4-to-1 on Oracle databases. It's the best flash storage for Oracle.""The initial setup was extremely simple and straightforward.""It has good, reliable, fast storage.""The Pure1 component is most valuable at this point in time when comparing it with EMC. Pure1 is where you can have your diagnostics in the cloud, so you can look at things from your mobile phone.""The latency is good.""Technical support has been helpful and responsive.""The solution is very straightforward to set up.""The solution is scalable."

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Cons
"They could work to make scalability easier.""We cannot use this storage for critical applications and data.""The initial setup is not straightforward.""There are certain features that require engineering-level access, which should be accessible to storage admins as well.""Like most storage, we want to see flash become more and more stable. Like any flash that uses MLC or TLC techniques, over time, the more writes you have, the less usable the storage becomes. They try to plan for this and have a lot of extra space in the arrays, but over time, their performance does degrade. This is true for any flash storage.""One of the drawbacks of the model we purchased is that it is not running NVMe drives. Even though they say that it is NVMe-ready, it is still on the SSD drives. The model that we purchased has only eight hard drives, and only the ones on the top could work on NVMe. The rest of them are still on the SSD. Its competitors, such as EMC and Pure Storage, are moving or have already moved to NVMe. HPE should improve this solution for NVMe. HPE should also improve IOs in this solution. IOs in HPE are weaker than Hitachi and Pure Storage.""The file server embedded in Pure, the GUI, and the tracking and reporting features are better with Pure Storage.""The reporting console can be improved with out of the box reports."

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"The software layer has to improve.""You cannot tag a LUN with a description, and that should be improved. What I like on the Unity side is that when I expand LUNs or do things, there is an information field on the LUN. This is the Information field that you can tag on your LUNs to let yourself know, "Hey, I've added this much space on this date". Pure lacks that ability. So, you don't have a mechanism that's friendly for tracking your data expansions on the LUN and for adding any additional information. That's a downside for me.""We have run into a couple of instances recently where we are running out of space. So we have had to buy some more packs for it and they have deployed fine and it has increased smoothly.""We would like to see more visibility into garbage collection and CPU performance in the GUI.""They could add more support for file storage and different types of storage.""I'd like to see the product implement active replication for vehicles such as VMware.""Efficiency improvements would always be welcome, but I'm not sure if they could get more efficient.""It's more multi-tenant functionality in their Pure1 manage portal that is lacking."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is basically in the mid-range of the price. It is not cheaper than Hitachi, but it is cheaper than Pure Storage. There are no additional costs. Everything was taken care of in the price."
  • "Licensing fees are billed on a yearly basis and the cost of GreenLake service is included."
  • "I believe HPE Primera and Pure Storage are similar in price."
  • "There is only a one-time license purchase needed and no additional costs. If HP could reduce the training cost, then that would be advantageous to the seller."
  • "The price of HPE Primera could improve, it is expensive."
  • "HPE Primera service is cost-effective."
  • "Because it has high availability, the cost is above average. The cost depends upon the sizing, and every customer has a different size. It is slightly above average in terms of cost compared to its competitors, but the value add was that they could know what their maintenance cost was going to be going forward. They knew what their renewal or expansion costs would be."
  • "The license for HPE Primera is all-inclusive."
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  • "The licensing is on a yearly basis."
  • "Pretty much everything that you need is licensed when you buy the product. Licensing to me is different than the maintenance cost, but they can bleed into one another. We buy the product, and we expect three years of support bundled into what we negotiate on our storage arrays. I would start to see maintenance costs going into the fourth year, but we're not there yet."
  • "The support cost per array is about $20,000 a year for 24/7 support."
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    Also Known As
    Primera
    Pure FlashArray//X NVMe, Pure FlashArray//X, FlashArray//X
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    Overview

    HPE introduces HPE Primera, a new storage platform designed to deliver superior simplicity, availability, and performance for mission-critical applications
    HPE Primera advances the HPE Intelligent Data Platform, a portfolio of products and solutions designed to help customers transition from delivering storage to unlocking business value with intelligent data

    Pure Storage FlashArray//X is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, which is a term coined by Gartner – that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation.

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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm38%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Transportation Company8%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Engineering Company14%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business52%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise35%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise35%
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    Buyer's Guide
    HPE Primera vs. Pure FlashArray X NVMe
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Primera vs. Pure FlashArray X NVMe and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    HPE Primera is ranked 9th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews while Pure FlashArray X NVMe is ranked 12th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 8 reviews. HPE Primera is rated 8.2, while Pure FlashArray X NVMe is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of HPE Primera writes "A rock-solid, enterprise-class product that provides 100% availability and is backed by an excellent company". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure FlashArray X NVMe writes "We can monitor our storage from anywhere, and it is light in maintenance and very stable". HPE Primera is most compared with HPE Nimble Storage, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, Dell PowerStore, IBM FlashSystem and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas Pure FlashArray X NVMe is most compared with HPE Nimble Storage, Dell Unity XT, Dell PowerStore, Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array and Dell PowerMax NVMe. See our HPE Primera vs. Pure FlashArray X NVMe report.

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