We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."
"The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features."
"We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk solution. When new drives come out, we are able to take out half of the drives in the system, put in new drives, move our VMs over to the new drives, take the other drives out, and populate those with new drives. Then, we are suddenly twice as dense as we were before. NVMe flash is only going to get denser and cheaper so we can make use of that every couple of years by just throwing newer disks into it at a fraction of the cost of a new SAN."
"The performance of the solution is good."
"The performance is very good."
"The features that I have found most valuable are the artificial intelligence for the storage inside of the software and firmware because customers do not like functionalities which require manual interruption."
"The initial setup is very straightforward. It's not overly complex."
"The most important thing that we had found when we purchased this product around six months back was its 100% availability and uptime."
"HPE Primera is scalable."
"One of the most valuable features is the ease of deployment."
"All of the capabilities of the hardware such as replication, snapshot, and the specific features are all included from the start as opposed to being on another license."
"The installation is nice and easy."
"I like most of the features. Its speed, performance, and availability are valuable. We are implementing the data reduction technology the most."
"The compression and deduplication features are the most valuable."
"The most valuable feature is reliability."
"The power systems are very reliable if you are running 24/7 operations. For ongoing mission-critical applications, it's the best solution."
"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."
"The most valuable features are flexibility and performance."
"When it comes to the interface of the solution we did not encounter any challenges. Additionally, the solution has good documentation."
"In our current configuration, we can only run the line controllers in high availability, active-standby mode, whereas we would like to see active-active implemented."
"The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal rails, and they cover up the zero PDU slot. So, I don't like the rail system that comes with the device. That is my biggest complaint."
"I would like to see the management layer improved."
"The file server embedded in Pure, the GUI, and the tracking and reporting features are better with Pure Storage."
"The cost of HPE Primera could be lower."
"On the controller side, I would like to see NAS capabilities."
"The interface needs to be more user-friendly in that sense that installation and management are still a bit on the high end."
"There really isn't any aspect of the solution that needs improvement for the customer other than its price."
"They could work to make scalability easier."
"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."
"We cannot use this storage for critical applications and data."
"Their technical support needs improvement in terms of reachability for the clients and response times. They should be more responsive and have more online platforms for support. They should make more technical information available online. There could be some kind of documentation community."
"We had issues when attempting to do a flash, we hope to resolve it soon."
"The pricing needs to be more competitive."
"IBM should improve its data reduction development."
"The support could improve by allowing you to speak to someone when you call rather than them calling you back. However, once we do have contact with one of their technicians they are excellent."
"The design is a little old-fashioned and could be updated. The rack is very primitive and designed in an older style."
"The installation is not easy. You need to have extensive knowledge to handle it."
"Cloud file sharing is an area that needs improvement."
"The licensing fees are very reasonable."
"This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through them. For controllers, you pay for the components inside of the SAN, but there is only one chassis that they work with."
"I believe HPE Primera and Pure Storage are similar in price."
"The price of this solution is good for medium-sized and large businesses."
"The price to capacity ratio is good."
"Licensing fees are billed on a yearly basis and the cost of GreenLake service is included."
"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."
"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."
"From what I see, this is competitively-priced and HPE are doing their best to stay competitive."
"The solution requires a license and could be less expensive."
"I find the pricing of the solution to be very reasonable."
"Among IBM, Dell EMC, and Pure Storage, IBM is the cheapest. The price is also based on our location, the size of our entity, and our regular annual purchases from them. We are a very big IBM customer, so we normally get very high discounts. We are not a big customer of Pure Storage. We don't buy that much from Pure Storage per year. Everything is included in the price. There is no extra license for different functions."
"The integration is already included in the license cost of IBM FlashSystem. The integration is very easy. You get the IBM storage core with all software, firmware, and upgrades. EMC provides the features in the box, but they are not free for customers. There is a licensing cost for features. We have yearly licensing, but IBM has also provided a new option where you pay as you go. They provide a big box, and I pay, for example, for 10 terabytes. If I exceed 10 terabytes, IBM will charge for the new storage after 10 terabytes. It is a good opportunity in the market for using the storage as a cloud and paying as you go."
"This is an expensive product and if the price were reduced it would be better."
"Overall the price of the solution is expensive and this includes the license."
"Its price is very good."
"The cost of the IBM FlashSystem is lower than the HPE solution."
Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform
The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform™ dramatically accelerates what organizations achieve by delivering universally unmatched storage performance, in an incredibly compact solution while reducing data center costs and complexity. Unrivaled flexibility for multiple data types and protocols, along with broad ecosystem integration, ensure that every customer has choice and control.
What is the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform
The Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform is comprised of the Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array™ and Pavilion HyperOS™. The Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array leverages a unique, switch-based architecture to create a multi-controller solution that delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, ultra-low latency, and storage density. Pavilion HyperOS is a powerful, purpose-built storage operating system designed to unlock the power of the multi-controller Pavilion HyperParallel Flash Array, which delivers scalability and flexibility that no other solution can offer.
Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform Data Sheet
Download the Pavilion HyperParallel Data Platform data sheet. Updated: December 2020
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
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.
HPE Primera is ranked 8th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 11 reviews while IBM FlashSystem is ranked 6th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 18 reviews. HPE Primera is rated 9.0, while IBM FlashSystem is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of HPE Primera writes "Artificial intelligence is good for technical work required to move from manual interactive to automatic". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem writes "Simple licensing, good performance, and easy to use and administer". HPE Primera is most compared with HPE Nimble Storage, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, Dell EMC PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and Pure Storage FlashBlade, whereas IBM FlashSystem is most compared with Pure Storage FlashArray, Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC Unity XT, HPE Nimble Storage and Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe. See our HPE Primera vs. IBM FlashSystem report.
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