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"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.""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."

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"It's easy to use, has good stability, and many features.""The high performance and high availability improved our overall processes.""The most valuable feature is the speed."

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"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.""The most valuable features are the replication of data and the continuous snapshot that we can take from the disc.""The all-flash disc is the most valuable feature of this solution.""One of the features that my customers are really interested in is immutable snapshots. There are immutable snapshots to which your applications can be reverted back if you are hit by some kind of ransomware threat or malicious attack. That's kind of a key deal, and it is one of the selling points I use to point out to my customers the value and the features that Pure Storage brings to the table.""The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.""The solution offers amazing performance.""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."

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"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.""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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"I would like to have replication functionality built directly in the product, rather than having to use a separate device for this.""IBM's support is not good. I experienced a big problem where I opened the console IBM Storage and would see that something was broken. I called the call centers, and I said, "I have a problem. My drive is not working." They want me to give them the serial number, I gave it to them and they told me "I cannot find your product. Your product is not here."""The pricing should be more competitive.""Other vendors have included a block and file system. IBM doesn't include a file system. And yet, it's very necessary for all organizations' networks to have file systems. We have other systems for the file system, however, ideally, we would like to have one system with these features."

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"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.""We understand that they're thinking about it, but one of the things that would be nice is if they added some basic file-level capabilities to the platform. The idea is that they would run a basic NFS or CIF share from the controllers. FlashBlade is the powerhouse for File and Object storage, but if you don't need all that power, a lightweight file function would make FlashArrays more versatile.""It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.""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.""Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""The solution is not cheap.""I can't see where they can make anything better, unless, of course, they lower their prices even more."

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"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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"There are pricing options from the mid-rand to the high-range, of which the suitability depends upon the requirements.""The price of the FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is reasonable."

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"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.""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 are no fees for licensing. The hardware is paid for only once.""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 price, in general, is around $100,000, however, I know it costs more.""Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""The pricing is reasonable.""I think that the pricing is less expensive compared to other standard products in the market today. Even the support contract and maintenance services cost less when compared to market-leading products like EMC."

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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 »
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IBM FlashSystem 9100, FlashSystem 9100
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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

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IBM FlashSystem 9100 combines the performance of flash and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) end-to-end with the reliability and innovation of IBM FlashCore technology and the rich features of IBM Spectrum Virtualize - all in a powerful 2U enterprise-class storage system. Providing intensive data driven multicloud storage capacity, FlashSystem 9100 is deeply integrated with the software defined capabilities of IBM Spectrum Storage allowing you to easily add in the multicloud solutions that best support your business.

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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Nielsen, Lamar Advertising, LinkedIn, Betfair, UT-Dallas
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm14%
Insurance Company5%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Healthcare Company14%
Manufacturing Company9%
Government8%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company7%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business72%
Midsize Enterprise3%
Large Enterprise25%
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Large Enterprise57%
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Large Enterprise75%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe vs. Pure Storage FlashArray and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is ranked 24th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 4 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 1st in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 20 reviews. IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe is rated 8.4, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe writes "Good performance, easy to manage, and remains stable even during maintenance". 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 9100 NVMe is most compared with Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, Dell EMC PowerStore, HPE Primera, Huawei OceanStor Dorado and NetApp NVMe AFF A800, 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 IBM FlashSystem 9100 NVMe vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.

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