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We performed a comparison between Huawei OceanStor and Pure Storage FlashArray 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
"It is easy to use, deploy, communicate and manage this solution.""The most valuable feature of Huawei OceanStor is the hybrid applications.""Huawei OceanStor is stable.""The support is excellent.""The pricing is very reasonable.""OceanStor is cheaper than Dell EMC, and its management interface is quite simple.""This is a stable storage system.""The setup and the price are the most valuable and not the features related."

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"The management features are well organized and they have a very good dashboard.""It's very fast and very easy to use. It performs well and is both flexible and compatible. We like it because it's easy to use.""The most valuable features of Pure Storage FlashArray are management and administration user-friendliness, provisioning, and performance.""The technical support is very good.""We find the ease of usability and setup valuable.""I like its speed. It has all the features that I need.""The scalability is good.""We've had different types of storage, and three things of this solution are valuable. The first one is its outstanding performance. The second one is its stability. In the about three years that we've had it, we've had component failures, but we never had a service interruption or any data loss. The third one, which is really critical, is that it is super easy to use in terms of provisioning, storage, and managing the arrays. I'm able to maintain a multi-site environment with a couple of dozen arrays with a single mid-level storage admin."

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Cons
"CFS integration is one area where OceanStor has some room for improvement. The CFS on OceanStor is dedicated, so it's not integrated with the existing active directory domain.""I would like to see the next generation all-flash, which could be combined.""The solution could improve by having better integration.""We did experience a little latency with this solution.""I would like to see more iterations and direct integration with other solutions.""The security could be a bit more robust.""In the future release, Huawei OceanStor should improve on what they already have. It is a good solution.""Technical support could be more helpful."

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"The integration capabilities could be improved.""Larger capacity and more storage ports would be the two things I'd like to see.""The solution is not cheap.""Data reduction is an area that needs improvement. There is a garbage collection service that runs but during that time, system utilization increases.""Beyond a certain amount of petabytes, you have to have a separate system. Basically, it's not infinitely scalable.""It was not proactive communication.""A minor issue that comes to mind is that, every once in a while, a hard drive will go bad.""Pure Storage FlashArray could improve the recent file storage capabilities because it is lacking a lot of features."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Huawei OceanStor is priced very well but is a bit complicated."
  • "The price of the solution could be less expensive. However, there are not any licensing costs."
  • "We pay a monthly licensing fee for this solution. The price could be less expensive."
  • "The pricing depends on the features the customer wants, such as storage, RAM, and processors, but in general, Huawei is much cheaper compared to Dell and Cisco."
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  • "Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution."
  • "The price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more."
  • "They have a standardized fee; it's been the same price for 10 years straight. I am happy with the price — I think it's good."
  • "We do not incur additional costs beyond the licensing fee."
  • "My organization has a yearly license, but I believe that Pure Storage FlashArray has capacity-based licenses as well. I'm definitely happy with the pricing."
  • "There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution."
  • "Pure is typically more expensive than everyone else. You get what you pay for, but I have lost deals to similar solutions because of pricing. They include everything, and that's another positive about Pure Storage. They aren't trying to nickel and dime their customers for different features. It is all included in one price. The license is by capacity, and the price depends on the capacity and the discount we're getting from the vendor. You get the SKU of the physical appliance, support, and maintenance, and that's it. You're licensed for whatever feature they offer. It is all rolled up into the price of the appliance."
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the flexibility in the rail, as it is hybrid storage.
    Top Answer:The administration should be simplified because there are a large number of options that make it too complicated, and the customers can get confused. The V6 has already been improved and is much… more »
    Top Answer:We are a system integration company and we are working with Huawei OceanStor products. It is mainly used for virtualization.
    Top Answer:Both are great platforms, but if you are considering all flash solutions, I would recommend you to consider Pure Storage. It may be more expensive, but it should pay for itself for its… more »
    Top Answer:We find the ease of usability and setup valuable.
    Top Answer:The licensing cost is close to zero. Every new function or functionality is included when paying the annual maintenance. Our customers value it because the maintenance is always the same regardless of… more »
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    Also Known As
    OceanStor Dorado V3 All-Flash Storage System, OceanStor 18000 V3 Series Storage Systems, OceanStor 6800 V3 Storage System
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    Overview

    OceanStor Dorado V3 is the industry's first all-flash storage that puts NVMe into commercial use. It is specially designed for enterprises' mission-critical businesses, meeting the most-demanding performance and reliability requirements of databases, VDI, server virtualization, and SAP HANA.

    Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class storage array that runs exclusively on the nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) protocol for memory access and storage. It represents a totally state-of-the-art type of storage technology. It offers users shared accelerated storage that delivers cutting-edge features in the realms of performance, simplicity, and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. Without forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure Storage takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.

    Pure Storage FlashArray is built with simplicity and reliability in mind. The solution can be implemented and optimized in hours, as opposed to other similar solutions that can take days. It has no moving parts, which removes areas where it could potentially be vulnerable to suffering errors. It is highly stable and gives users the ability to manage system shutdowns in a way that  prevents data loss.

    Benefits of Pure Storage FlashArray

    Some of the benefits of using Pure Storage FlashArray include:

    • A much higher level of speed than similar pieces of technology. Pure Storage FlashArray maximizes the speed at which data can be transferred while at the same time minimizing system latencies that might slow the transfer down. Additionally, it offers users quick memory read and data access speeds.

    • A higher bang for your buck in terms of the storage capabilities you get for the money you pay. They are smaller in size than more standard storage technologies, but they offer flash memory, which enables users to store larger amounts of data than the current standard.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Pure Storage FlashArray is a highly effective piece of storage technology which stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its overall robustness and the value that it offers by way of its reliability and ease of use. It provides users with many valuable features that allow them to maximize what they can do with this solution. Pure Storage FlashArray’s reliability and ease of use make it a highly valuable solution. 

    PeerSpot user Prabakaran K., a technical consultant at Injazat Data Systems, notes the robustness of this solution when he writes, "FlashArray has many valuable features. It's very user-friendly and it has high availability, so there is comparatively less downtime. During maintenance, there is no shutdown procedure, so you can directly power off the Array and manage the shutdown process without any data loss, which is a unique feature. Managing replication and data migration is also very easy."

    PeerSpot user Jason D., a cloud solutions architect at a tech services company, notes three features that make this solution valuable when he writes, "We've had different types of storage, and three things of this solution are valuable. The first one is its outstanding performance. The second one is its stability. In the about three years that we've had it, we've had component failures, but we never had a service interruption or any data loss. The third one, which is really critical, is that it is super easy to use in terms of provisioning, storage, and managing the arrays. I'm able to maintain a multi-site environment with a couple of dozen arrays with a single mid-level storage admin."

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    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government7%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business67%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    Huawei OceanStor vs. Pure Storage FlashArray
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Huawei OceanStor vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Huawei OceanStor is ranked 16th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 8 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 44 reviews. Huawei OceanStor is rated 8.6, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Huawei OceanStor writes "Its management interface it's quite simple". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure Storage FlashArray writes "Provides protection against ransomware threats with immutable snapshots, and it is well known for its scalability, ease of use, and non-disruptive upgrades". Huawei OceanStor is most compared with Huawei OceanStor Dorado, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell Unity XT, IBM FlashSystem and HPE Nimble Storage, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with Dell PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), IBM FlashSystem and VMware vSAN. See our Huawei OceanStor vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.

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