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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.""The high performance is very valuable, as well as the enterprise reliability features.""There's lots of flexibility in how we use the resources while also maintaining a small footprint."

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"We find the product to be very flexible.""The most valuable features are stability and performance.""NetApp NVMe AFF A800 is easier to use than some other solutions and the UI is very good to use for day-to-day activities. Overall, the solution has good technology.""You can easily scale up, and scale-out."

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"One of the best features is the support, which is excellent.""The Pure1 component is most valuable at this point in time when comparing it with EMC. Pure1 is where you can have your diagnostics in the cloud, so you can look at things from your mobile phone.""Overall stability is very good. It is a very stable solution.""FlashArray has some fresh efficiency features. I've never seen a storage solution with a compression rating this high before. It's at least 4-to-1 on Oracle databases. It's the best flash storage for Oracle.""The latency is good.""It is very easy to install and configure. It has got excellent diagnostics. If you really need to see how the box is performing, the console gives you a lot of information. You can set thresholds as well as alerts based on the thresholds, which is a very powerful functionality. They are very proactive. They know how to monitor and manage the systems. They see a problem, and they are all over it before us. They see the problem before we see it, which is very good.""Technical support has been helpful and responsive.""The initial setup was extremely simple and straightforward."

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"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.""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."

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"The support can take a few days to have a response. However, the response that we do receive is very informative.""The cost of the solution is quite high. It would be ideal if they could adjust it so that it's a but less.""Increasing the RAM, and including physical cords would be beneficial.""The initial setup should be easier, and more like a plug-and-play approach."

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"I'd like to see the product implement active replication for vehicles such as VMware.""It's more multi-tenant functionality in their Pure1 manage portal that is lacking.""You cannot tag a LUN with a description, and that should be improved. What I like on the Unity side is that when I expand LUNs or do things, there is an information field on the LUN. This is the Information field that you can tag on your LUNs to let yourself know, "Hey, I've added this much space on this date". Pure lacks that ability. So, you don't have a mechanism that's friendly for tracking your data expansions on the LUN and for adding any additional information. That's a downside for me.""Efficiency improvements would always be welcome, but I'm not sure if they could get more efficient.""In terms of what needs improvement, the dashboard and management could be simplified.""The software layer has to improve.""Right now, the box itself is just strictly working as a backend storage system. It would be fantastic if we could access it directly like a NAS device through network access or SIS drives. I think they have an interface, but I am not sure how good it is. If we could address a box directly on the network without having to go through a server, it would be great. The replication schemas could be improved. We are not using replication on the storage level right now. We use a different type of replication. If their replication would be as good as the one that we have, I would probably run the replication schema because it might be faster, but I don't know that for a fact. So, I cannot say that they have good replication. All I can say is that they need to inform us better.""In the future, I would like to see integration with enterprise backup systems."

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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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  • "Considering the requirements and the situation, I don't feel that this is an expensive product."
  • "There are licenses for the use of this solution, such as commercial licenses."
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  • "Its price could be better. It is not too expensive, but it is the high-end cost. It is kind of a Rolls-Royce. You pay a lot, but you get a lot out of it. So, the price pressure on the way down would be great, but at the end of the day, if you need to do the work, you just pay for it."
  • "The licensing is on a yearly basis."
  • "Pretty much everything that you need is licensed when you buy the product. Licensing to me is different than the maintenance cost, but they can bleed into one another. We buy the product, and we expect three years of support bundled into what we negotiate on our storage arrays. I would start to see maintenance costs going into the fourth year, but we're not there yet."
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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 »
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    The most valuable features are stability and performance.
    Top Answer: 
    Considering the requirements and the situation, I don't feel that this is an expensive product.
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    The initial setup should be easier, and more like a plug-and-play approach.
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    The initial setup was extremely simple and straightforward.
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    We pay for licensing on a yearly basis. We're pretty happy with the cost. It's reasonable and not overly expensive.
    Top Answer: 
    To be able to do the welcome files simultaneously on a lower version would be helpful. I general, we don't really have… more »
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    Also Known As
    Pavilion HFA
    NetApp NVMe, AFF A800
    Pure FlashArray//X NVMe, Pure FlashArray//X, FlashArray//X
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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

    Your data is a gold mine. Get the most out of it - faster - with AFF A800. Designed for NVMe media, further accelerated with NVMe/FC connectivity to the host, AFF A800 all-flash systems deliver an incredible sub-200 microsecond latency. Providing more than 11.4M IOPS and 300GB/s throughput in a single cluster, AFF A800 redefines the limit of what’s possible with artificial intelligence and deep learning.

    Pure Storage FlashArray//X is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, which is a term coined by Gartner – that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation.

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    NetApp NVMe AFF A800 is ranked 22nd in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 4 reviews while Pure FlashArray X NVMe is ranked 13th in All-Flash Storage Arrays with 8 reviews. NetApp NVMe AFF A800 is rated 8.8, while Pure FlashArray X NVMe is rated 9.4. The top reviewer of NetApp NVMe AFF A800 writes "Flexible and easy to use with a simple initial setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pure FlashArray X NVMe writes "Excellent diagnostics, intuitive console, and fantastic support". NetApp NVMe AFF A800 is most compared with Dell EMC PowerStore, Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, HPE Primera, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform E990 and Fungible Storage Cluster, whereas Pure FlashArray X NVMe is most compared with HPE Nimble Storage, Dell EMC PowerMax NVMe, Dell EMC Unity XT, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform 5000 Series and Pure Storage FlashBlade. See our NetApp NVMe AFF A800 vs. Pure FlashArray X NVMe report.

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