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"The issues with these switches are extremely rare, and the whole product line is very predictable and stable.""The features I found most valuable are the ease of deployment, it's easy to upgrade, easy to configure and easy to administer. There is no need for vendor professional services which saves project cost. The usage of WebUI for all primary features like hostname, IP address, SNMP traps, zone sets, addition and deletion of zone members or zone sets, backup of switch DB is very simple.""The most valuable features of this solution are the devices, databases, and zoning."

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"The most valuable features in Pure Storage FlashArray are deduplication and active cluster.""We've been using FlashArray's snapshot for backups. Their replication across sites and response time are also excellent.""Support has been helpful.""The management features are well organized and they have a very good dashboard.""We're getting good performance, and the compression ratio is also very good in Pure Storage FlashArray.""The compression and deduplication features help to make the best use of the capacity.""I like FlashArray's ActiveCluster as well as its snapshot and cloning capabilities.""Processes that used to take 40 minutes to two hours can be completed in five minutes."

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"The GUI client is Java-based and we know that Java is not secure, so everyone disables it.""It is quite a stable product. It should be shipped with the latest firmware to avoid download and upload schema at the beginning of the initial setup. There should also be the possibility of downgrading the firmware when required. WebUI needs DCNM instead a web-based GUI should be made available like Brocade san switch.""The licensing model could be less complicated."

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"On a couple of occasions, the waiting time for an upgrade has been pretty substantial.""We would like to be able to connect to data tape for backup, specifically to the LTO backups.""I feel like there is too much automation; the user doesn't have any manual input.""FlashArray's capacity for forecasting should be improved because it needs to be a bit more current. I think it's bundled with the deduplication and other compression factors. We need more user interfaces for forecasting in this software and more interfaces need to be integrated with this array management tool.""The integration capabilities could be improved.""The system has dual controllers but does not have a high level of resiliency built-in.""I think replication is one area that still needs improvement. Earlier, Pure Storage FlashArray only had IP-based replication. There was no API-based replication, but they have enhanced the feature now. However, they need to work on API replication for C-type of arrays.""The file functionality could be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's perpetual licensing and maintenance is a recurrent cost."
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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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    The most valuable features of this solution are the devices, databases, and zoning.
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    It's perpetual licensing and maintenance is a recurrent cost.
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    The GUI client is Java-based and we know that Java is not secure, so everyone disables it. It would be nice to have an HTML-based client. The initial setup could be simplified.
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    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 »
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    The pricing is okay. We pay to license on a yearly basis. It's just a standard fee with no extra costs.
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    Also Known As
    Cisco MDS 9100, Cisco MDS 9222i, Cisco MDS 9700
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    Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches have met and often exceeded the demanding requirements for storage area networks for more than a decade. They offer a combination of performance, non-stop operations, and multiprotocol flexibility.

    Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, that delivers major breakthroughs in 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 takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.

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    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Healthcare Company13%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco MDS Series vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Cisco MDS Series is ranked 2nd in Enterprise SAN with 3 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 33 reviews. Cisco MDS Series is rated 9.4, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Cisco MDS Series writes "Easy to upgrade, easy to configure and easy to administer". 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". Cisco MDS Series is most compared with Dell EMC Connectrix SAN, HPE SN6000 and INFINIDAT InfiniBox, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and IBM FlashSystem.

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