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"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."

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"HPE Primera is scalable.""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.""One of the most valuable features is the ease of deployment.""The initial setup is very straightforward. It's not overly complex.""The performance is very good.""The performance of the solution is good.""The most important thing that we had found when we purchased this product around six months back was its 100% availability and uptime.""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."

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"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.""Technical support has been amazing.""I like its speed. It has all the features that I need.""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.""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.""We're getting good performance, and the compression ratio is also very good in Pure Storage FlashArray.""I use all the features of this solution and I find them to be easy to use and functional, such as the compression and capacity to expand.""At this point, I don't know anything that they could provide in a better way."

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Cons
"I would like to see the management layer improved.""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.""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."

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"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.""There really isn't any aspect of the solution that needs improvement for the customer other than its price.""The interface needs to be more user-friendly in that sense that installation and management are still a bit on the high end.""We cannot use this storage for critical applications and data.""On the hardware side, you should have the ability to expand capacity to larger numbers.""They could work to make scalability easier.""The cost of HPE Primera could be lower.""On the controller side, I would like to see NAS capabilities."

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"The problem is that we can only make a few groups, around five or six groups. I like groups and we need a lot of them. We had to put all the information in only a few groups and cannot make a more detailed separation of them.""It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.""When we were doing some tests, we found that there was an I/O freeze when they were switching the controller.""I like what they're doing, but some of my customers complain that they do not have all the bells and whistles and knobs to fine-tune workloads that some of the competitors have. In my opinion, that's good. All customers don't have dedicated storage gurus, and they can get themselves into trouble if they fine-tune too many of those high-performance knobs, but they do get knocked down. Pure Storage takes a hit in the minds and opinions of some of the customers because they cannot customize things as much as compared to a legacy storage provider's appliance such as NetApp, Dell EMC, or even HPE. I personally think 95% of my customers are better off letting the system fine-tune itself. That was something that you needed to do 12 or 15 years ago, but now with all-flash, the technology can handle what it needs to handle. Customers just end up shooting themselves in the foot if they are tweaking too many default settings.""I feel like there is too much automation; the user doesn't have any manual input.""It would be nice to have a better view of the allocated capacity on their Platform as a Service solution because we have to do some manual calculations to understand how much we are going to pay every month to use the storage that is allocated.""Beyond a certain amount of petabytes, you have to have a separate system. Basically, it's not infinitely scalable.""CIFS and SMB Shares cannot be mounted directly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""The licensing fees are very reasonable."

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"I believe HPE Primera and Pure Storage are similar in price.""Licensing fees are billed on a yearly basis and the cost of GreenLake service is included.""The price to capacity ratio is good.""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.""The price of this solution is good for medium-sized and large businesses.""From what I see, this is competitively-priced and HPE are doing their best to stay competitive."

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"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.""The pricing is reasonable.""There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution.""We do not incur additional costs beyond the licensing fee.""When we bought the unit, we bought per capacity. So, the licensing is per capacity, and the only thing that we have to buy every year or every three years is maintenance. Included in that maintenance is the upgrade of the controllers every three years at no cost to us.""There are no fees for licensing. The hardware is paid for only once.""We consume it as a service, and that's actually something we really like, or at least I really like from the technical perspective. That's because it means there is no hassle when we need to upgrade arrays to add capacity. We just interact directly with technical counterparts, and we say, "Hey, we're filling up," and they say, "All right, here's another data pack." They ship it in, and we install it. So, the as-a-service model has worked very well. Given the outstanding data reduction rates, it has improved our profitability because we're selling allocated volumes as part of the cloud service or recovering those costs from our tenants. It is very efficient, but that has offset the premium price. It started out that way, but over time, as we've added capacity, the price per gig has gone down a lot because we have a lot of it.""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."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We have been able to consolidate storage into Pavilion. Pavilions are our only SANs because it is a bring your own disk… more »
Top Answer: This is hardware. They have a singular array that you can populate with your own disk, or you can buy the disks through… more »
Top Answer: The rail system that Pavilion uses to mount up into a standard Dell or APC cabinet extends further back than normal… more »
Top Answer: HPE Nimble is a versatile synced WAN San solution. It is easy to use and doesn’t require much training for admins. The… more »
Top Answer: The initial setup is very straightforward. It's not overly complex.
Top Answer: We are under a perpetual license in terms of software.
Top Answer: Both are great platforms, but if you are considering all flash solutions, I would recommend you to consider Pure… more »
Top Answer: The all-flash disc is the most valuable feature of this solution.
Top Answer: The pricing is rather costly when compared to similar solutions. There are no fees for licensing. The hardware is paid… more »
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Overview

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

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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Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
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Nielsen, Lamar Advertising, LinkedIn, Betfair, UT-Dallas
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider26%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company9%
Government8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company7%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Small Business55%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise18%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise57%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise75%
Find out what your peers are saying about HPE Primera vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,873 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HPE Primera is ranked 8th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 11 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 20 reviews. HPE Primera is rated 9.0, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. 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 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". HPE Primera is most compared with HPE Nimble Storage, HPE 3PAR StoreServ, Dell EMC PowerStore, NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS) and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform F Series, 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. See our HPE Primera vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.

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