We performed a comparison between IBM FlashSystems and Pure Storage FlashArray based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.
Comparison Results: PeerSpot users find Pure Storage FlashArray easy to use and say it offers very low latency and excellent efficiency of their deduplication technology. The features in data protection, snapshotting, and replication between data centers and sites are better than many other solutions in today’s robust marketplace.
"It's very easy to manage."
"The technical support for this solution is good. They used to help us when the motherboard of Power Systems broke. Their response times are really fast."
"The performance of IBM FlashSystem is very good. The new technology and high throughput have given us more confidence in the solution. The management of the system has improved and we can control the monitoring system alerts and multiple FlashSystems with the Enterprise Cloud Edition, which is free. The migration of recently stored data to a new flash is much easier. You can move your data because you can utilize it externally."
"IBM FlashSystem is a stable solution."
"One of the most valuable features is that it's very easy to use and configure. It used to be more difficult, but now it's almost flawless."
"The most valuable feature in demand is virtualization and its support storage of virtualization features."
"This solution is really user friendly. It also offers good performance and is highly reliable."
"Installing FlashSystem is very easy. It takes less than half an hour, and I can handle it all myself."
"It is always out of the box, and ready to use."
"The code upgrades are very smooth."
"I like FlashArray's ActiveCluster as well as its snapshot and cloning capabilities."
"The most valuable features of Pure Storage FlashArray are simplicity, ease of use, and dashboard management."
"The most valuable features of Pure Storage FlashArray are the management view of the solutions, ease of provision, and deprovision, it is fantastic."
"The solution offers amazing performance."
"The most valuable features in Pure Storage FlashArray are deduplication and active cluster."
"The management is simple in Pure Storage FlashArray."
"The installation is not easy. You need to have extensive knowledge to handle it."
"IBM FlashSystems is lagging in optimizing storage technologies."
"The price is very costly."
"This product lacks some of the options we wanted. For example, expansion was difficult and it required a lot of patching to be done."
"Cloud file sharing is an area that needs improvement."
"In the next release having the next level of high-speed performance would be great."
"It is slightly more expensive, however, it all depends on your supplier."
"The storage capacity of this solution could be improved."
"When we were doing some tests, we found that there was an I/O freeze when they were switching the controller."
"The integration capabilities could be improved."
"There are many features which need to be added, particularly on the replication side."
"A minor issue that comes to mind is that, every once in a while, a hard drive will go bad."
"On a couple of occasions, the waiting time for an upgrade has been pretty substantial."
"I would like a feature to integrate with external or cloud solutions. For example, if I want to use this storage for a backup from the cloud, I want to have integration with the cloud vendors, such as Microsoft, Oracles, or Amazon. It could be available as an API to allow seamless integration. Additionally, the solution could improve by having native integration with a cloud provider, such as VMware or Microsoft, this would reduce the need to use third-party solutions to complete the task."
"The price of the solution can improve."
"This product has only two active controllers, whereas other solutions can have more. This is something that needs to improve."
IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard solid-state drives, IBM FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from the 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. This hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings.
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:
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."
IBM FlashSystem is ranked 7th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 35 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 44 reviews. IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.4, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Reliable and easy to configure with simple data migration capabilities ". 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". IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Dell PowerStore, HPE Primera, HPE Nimble Storage, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and Dell Unity XT, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with Dell PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), VMware vSAN, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell Unity XT. See our IBM FlashSystem vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.
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