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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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"The management software is very good.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""Its performance is most valuable. This solution is much faster than other as well as older storage solutions. The performance of the system is very good. We are getting 50 times better experience than the older storages. We are using AFF 300. It also has native cloud integration and most of the features.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the performance of the database access.""Rapid deployment, easy integration management and cloning of areas.""The most valuable feature is the ability to set a specific margin of performance to a specific workload.""Some of the valuable features include MetroCluster switchover, in terms of disaster recovery, it is easy to use, and flexible."

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"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.""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.""Technical support has been amazing.""Processes that used to take 40 minutes to two hours can be completed in five minutes.""I like its speed. It has all the features that I need.""Technical support is good.""The technical support is very good.""The all-flash disc is the most valuable feature of this solution."

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"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."

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"There could be an improvement when it comes to SLA support, it could be faster.""Better integration with other brands is important so we would like to see it easier to integrate.""Its pricing should be better. Its price is competitive, but they need to improve the pricing. They have different licensing models, which they need to improve. My expectation was cloud integration, which they have, but it is a different license. Therefore, people cannot enjoy it. If I want to use it, I need to pay extra. There is a cost involved for everything, but it should reach everyone. It is similar to having a Rolls-Royce, but you need to pay extra for the key. If you want the key, you need to pay.""Their problems are on the software and the controlling of the storage where they lack segmentation and federation.""The dashboard could be simplified.""The price of the All Flash solution is very high.""I would like to have the ability to replicate data between All Flash and other NetApp storage systems."

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"The solution is not cheap.""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.""Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.""A minor issue that comes to mind is that, every once in a while, a hard drive will go bad.""The integration capabilities could be improved.""Beyond a certain amount of petabytes, you have to have a separate system. Basically, it's not infinitely scalable.""On a couple of occasions, the waiting time for an upgrade has been pretty substantial.""I can't see where they can make anything better, unless, of course, they lower their prices even more."

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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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"They need to improve its pricing. The storage market is dying. So, they need to improve the price because it should reach all people. NetApp is one of the top ones, and they are charging a little bit of royalty as compared to other storage solutions.""This solution is not available to many users because the cost is very expensive.""NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is an expensive product.""Adding more capacity will increase the cost.""Most of my customers pay for the license on a yearly basis. It can be expensive depending on the capacity number."

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"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.""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.""We do not incur additional costs beyond the licensing fee.""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.""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.""There are no fees for licensing. The hardware is paid for only once.""There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution."

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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: The initial setup is pretty straightforward.
Top Answer: In terms of the cost, I do not handle the price or the payments at all. I can't speak to how much the solution costs or… more »
Top Answer: The solution should really build out a more hyper-converged product. In Indonesia, there are many competitors for… more »
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

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The NetApp EF560 all-flash array is an all-SSD storage system for applications that demand extremely high levels of performance and reliability. Requiring just 2U of rack space, the EF560 all-flash array combines extreme IOPS, microsecond response times, and up to 12GBps of bandwidth with leading, enterprise-proven availability features.

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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RP Data, Western Oregon University, Toei Animation
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NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is ranked 16th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 7 reviews while Pure Storage FlashArray is ranked 2nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 20 reviews. NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is rated 8.0, while Pure Storage FlashArray is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays writes "Easy to use solution but lacks federation and segmentation of data". 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". NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series, HPE Primera, Dell EMC Unity XT and SolidFire, whereas Pure Storage FlashArray is most compared with NetApp AFF (All Flash FAS), Dell EMC Unity XT, Dell EMC PowerStore, HPE Nimble Storage and IBM FlashSystem. See our NetApp EF-Series All Flash Arrays vs. Pure Storage FlashArray report.

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