Pure Storage FlashArray Review

It's got good speed for the price, as it uses eMLC, but it doesn't provide enough performance analytics.


Valuable Features

  • It has a small footprint, as the current system is only four units per rack.
  • It's got good speed for the price, as it uses eMLC, an advanced type of SSD.
  • It's very scalable, and we're not paying for capacity.
  • We get free controllers every three years.

Improvements to My Organization

For VDI, there's a consistent user experience. Users don’t switch to VDI if it's not at the same speed as a laptop or desktop, and Pure Storage provides that.

Room for Improvement

It doesn’t provide enough information on performance analytics. For example, Nimble Storage has Infosight, which provides data; Pure Storage doesn’t have an equivalent. It has every other feature, but more data would be the only thing missing.

Deployment Issues

No issues with deployment.

Stability Issues

It's really good and we've never had problem.

Also, it's very simple to use, and one of our customers described it as, “If you know how to use Facebook, you know how to use Pure Storage.”

I think it's actually easier than Facebook.

Scalability Issues

It scales very well. A new box contains three units, and uses the power of a toaster oven.

Customer Service and Technical Support

We haven’t had to use it. We ran into some issues, but found their technical engineer not as good as Nimble Storage's.

Initial Setup

The setup is easy, but not as easy as Nimble. It took about five hours to setup.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

There's no additional licenses needed, as everything is included.

Other Advice

Once you try it, you’ll realize how easy it is to use. It has almost every feature.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user213546 (User with 1,001-5,000 employees)
Vendor

Pure does not use eMLC drives for its data storage. Pure uses the cheaper grade cMLC drives. The eMLC drives are used as pseudo NVRAM for metadata so are written to over and over again.

author avatarit_user186732 (Pre-Sales Consultant at Tarsus Cloud On Demand)
Consultant

Pure also has Lun limitations.

author avatarit_user216765 (User with 1,001-5,000 employees)
MSP

What are the LUN limitations?

author avatarit_user186732 (Pre-Sales Consultant at Tarsus Cloud On Demand)
Consultant

You can only have up to 500 addressable LUN's , they have a code upgrade now that take that up to 800 LUNS

author avatarit_user425436 (Systems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees)
Vendor

With latest 4.8.0 Purity version the max LUN Limit is now 5000 for the //m series and 500 for the //m10

author avatarit_user649044 (Chief Information, Facility, Purchasing and Services Manager at Roma Metropolitane S.r.l.)
Real User

I'm an happy Pure User, and after 2 non-disruptive upgrade I agree with this comment, the bad side is the reporting (used space, performance etc.)