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NVMe All-Flash Storage Arrays
September 2022
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Professional 2: Application Developer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Simple to use, but is missing many key features
Pros and Cons
  • "A valuable feature of XtremIO is that, in terms of administration, it's simple and manageable."
  • "If you are looking at flash storage solutions, XtremIO doesn't offer any unique features. Most of my customers are migrating their workload from XtremIO to other formats because of this."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case for XtremIO is for managing business applications, either critical or non-critical. It's mainly used in the banking and finance sectors, but it can be used for other sectors as well. XtremIO is an on-premises solution. 

What is most valuable?

A valuable feature of XtremIO is that, in terms of administration, it's simple and manageable. 

What needs improvement?

If you are looking at flash storage solutions, XtremIO doesn't offer any unique features. Most of my customers are migrating their workload from XtremIO to other formats because of this. If you look at Hitachi or IBM, they have the VSP G series or FlashSystem, these products have many features available. We can scale up and scale out, add multiple nodes, use a global cache, and we don't have the same kinds of features in XtremIO. Because of the lack of unique and key features, most customers nowadays don't want XtremIO. 

XtremIO needs to have a global cache. Internal architecture should also be redefined and existing architecture sectioned off. Additional unique features should be added, rather than just common features like replication. Right now, XtremIO is an all-flash array, which is costly. I would like to see them come up with a hybrid model, one that is more cost-effective and may offer more benefits to customers. 

Since XtremIO is all-flash, it doesn't currently have NAND support. I would like to see interface support from XtremIO, and at least NAND or SD card support. If they supported a combination of SSDs and SDs, that could be beneficial to some small and medium businesses. 

Dell should also provide a data analysis tool, in the case of any issues with internal components like controls, cache, backup drive, etc. It would be helpful to have a tool to troubleshoot performance issues. 

A last feature is that XtremIO should have a cloud mobility option, in addition to flash. XtremIO has no data migration features, so these features should be implemented without needing to purchase an additional license or application. XtremIO needs some fine-tuning and these are where I would start. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with XtremIO for three years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable and has good performance. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. The option to scale out is available on XtremIO. 

How are customer service and support?

I had a good experience with Dell EMC's support. 

How was the initial setup?

The setup process is simple. 

What about the implementation team?

My company proves implementation and maintenance services. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

XtremIO is an all-flash array, which means it's a costly solution. When compared with general mid-range storage solutions, this is more expensive. As far as I know, there are no additional costs besides the license. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other similar options are the Hitachi VSP G series or IBM's FlashSystem. These products have features that are missing from XtremIO. 

What other advice do I have?

I recommend XtremIO primarily for big companies, but I would like to see improvements in terms of feature availability and reliability. Also, XtremIO doesn't support the IBM iSeries. 

I would rate this solution a five out of ten, right in the middle. It's missing a lot of features and has a lot of room for improvement. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Solution Sales Manager at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Effective automatic failover/failback systems, integrates well, and high performance
Pros and Cons
  • "There's a lot of good features. HPE 3PAR StoreServ is similar to Dell EMC. It is a high-speed system with automatic failover/failback, integrated with Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware. These are the main reason for choosing HPE 3PAR StoreServ in Denmark. We have a very good consulting service together with the product."
  • "HPE 3PAR StoreServ could have better integration into the cloud and converged infrastructure."

What is our primary use case?

I work with customers all over demark, which consists of small to large companies. I normally make dual data centers with one HPE 3PAR StoreServ on each side. Our customers are mainly running with failover/failback mission-critical systems.

What is most valuable?

There's a lot of good features. HPE 3PAR StoreServ is similar to Dell EMC. It is a high-speed system with automatic failover/failback, integrated with Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware.  These are the main reason for choosing HPE 3PAR StoreServ in Denmark. We have a very good consulting service together with the product. 

What needs improvement?

HPE 3PAR StoreServ could have better integration into the cloud and converged infrastructure.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using HPE 3PAR StoreServ for approximately 13 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

HPE 3PAR StoreServ is a highly stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is easy to scale. It is normally used for enterprise companies.

How are customer service and support?

The support from HPE is good but slow. The speed of the resolution could be faster.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We use HP Enterprise, Dell EMC, Hitachi, Fujitsu, IBM, and Lenovo.

A lot of the solutions today are very similar. This was not the case five years ago. If some new functionality comes out with, for example, Dell, other vendors will have the same features in a short time.

How was the initial setup?

The initial installation is complicated. The storage administrator needs to be trained or they need to have a contract with someone who can take control over the system. Mainly in Denmark, the customers prefer someone to take control of the system. There are companies that will take care of their systems.

What about the implementation team?

We can do the implementation of the solution.

There is some maintenance that is required for HPE 3PAR StoreServ, such as upgrading firmware software, upgrading the system to a larger system, increasing the capacity, or increasing the performance of the system.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of HPE 3PAR StoreServ is reasonable, but buying upgrade licenses are priced very high. There are additional fees.

What other advice do I have?

HPE have have made a new system to substitute with 3PAR. It is the HPE Primera solution. It is a product similar to 3PAR, but it's more converged together with the hybrid system. You can implement it on-premise of the cloud. It has cloud connect functionalities and the market is going that way. 

If you want a solution better than HPE 3PAR StoreServ you will be using Primera.

I would advise those wanting to implement this solution to use a partner which has high-scale competencies. They need to be technical experts, both in hardware and software. Customers cannot implement this solution themself. 

In the beginning, it was allowed for customers to do the installation, but after one or two years, HPE decided that it was not allowed. It is not allowed today. You need a certified person to do the installation and configuration.

I rate HPE 3PAR StoreServ a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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Technical Specialist at Pouyan Pardazesh Tehran Co
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
A solution with great stability and easy-to-use replication tools
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution allows for easy, useful replication with good features for VPLEX and VIVO."
  • "The solution should include a free process in the HPE portal that uses serial numbers to verify that hardware is genuine."

What is our primary use case?

We are resellers and deploy the solution for our clients as a guard for storage on virtual machines, databases, and their VDI. 

What is most valuable?

The solution allows for easy, useful replication with good features for VPLEX and VIVO. 

What needs improvement?

The solution should include a free process in the HPE portal that uses serial numbers to verify that hardware is genuine. We find Chinese hardware easily but it is difficult to determine if it is genuine which causes problems. 

The solution should allow for connection and replication with other storage models such as HPE, IBM, and Hitachi.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable and I rate it a ten out of ten. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable within the storage limitations for each model.

For example, category 380 allows for one device. To scale up, you need to add additional software or hardware like VPLEX.

I rate the scalability a ten out of ten. 

How are customer service and support?

Our company handles software issues but uses technical support for hardware replacements. 

Due to sanctions in Iran, I am not permitted to contact technical support directly but must submit issue tickets through authorized agents. I am unable to rate technical support because I do not have direct access to them. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy. 

Depending on the size of the project, we assign two to ten engineers for setup and deployment which can take a total of one to three hours. 

We also provide six hours administrative training to our customers via small, on-the-job courses we have created. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Most licenses for the solution are free but upgrades are available when adding additional software or storage. 

The solution little or no cost so I rate it a ten out of ten. 

What other advice do I have?

Supply of genuine hardware is challenging and there should be more availability in the market. I rate the solution a seven out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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Senior Consultant at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
Consultant
Overall simple to use, good local support, but integration need improvement
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of this solution is the overall simplicity."
  • "Huawei OceanStor Dorado could improve the integration, there have been some compatibility issues with some operating system functions."

What is our primary use case?

Most of my clients are using this solution to manage their smaller storage and as a backup solution.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the overall simplicity.

What needs improvement?

Huawei OceanStor Dorado could improve the integration, there have been some compatibility issues with some operating system functions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had an issue with the scalability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The local support has been very good.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward. The team did not do a lot of training and was able to handle the installation without issues.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of the solution is competitive compared to others, such as Dell EMC and Hitachi. I believe the reason they are providing a discount is they want to increase their penetration into the market.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated Dell EMC and Hitachi solutions.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Huawei OceanStor Dorado a six out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Manager of IT Department at a engineering company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Simple initial setup, reactive support, and simple management

What is our primary use case?

We are using Pure Storage FlashArray for data backups.

What is most valuable?

The management is simple in Pure Storage FlashArray.

What needs improvement?

We need to add more storage in Pure Storage FlashArray with the cluster mode activated for us to have better performance.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Pure Storage FlashArray for approximately one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable with low vulnerabilities.

How are customer service and support?

The support is very good they quickly react to problems.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used a Hitachi hybrid storage solution with both traditional storage and flash storage.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very simple.

What about the implementation team?

We have two administrators that support this solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of the solution is not expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Pure Storage FlashArray a ten out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Buyer's Guide
NVMe All-Flash Storage Arrays
September 2022
Get our free report covering Dell Technologies, Pure Storage, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and other competitors of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform 5000 Series. Updated: September 2022.
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.