Pure Storage FlashArray Review

Some of the features are low latency, inline deduplication, and compression.


What is our primary use case?

Our VDI with VMware Horizon include 100 VM for office and graphics desktop with nVidia GRID, the low latency and the high deduplication permit to reduce storage footprint, power consumption and to increase the consolidation on few VMware Host.

How has it helped my organization?

We have consolidated all the VSI (55 VM) and VDI (100 VM) in the same storage, improving performance and overall virtual desktop acceptance.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are extremely low latency, high IOPS with VMware, inline deduplication and compression.

We liked the non-disruptive downgrade from FA-420 (POC) to FA-405 in production and the non-disruptive upgrade from FA-405 to M20.

What needs improvement?

Reports of performance and LUN utilization could be improved. The VVol support is just released in GA.

Pure has global deduplication and the reports (Analysis tab - Capacity) are not clear, you don’t know how much Shared Space is used by each LUN but only the “Unique“ Space and the Snapshot Space.

I’d love to view the average, minimum and maximum performance in the reports (Analysis tab - Performance) but it is only graphics and you need to export data in CSV to find this information.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were no stability issues. It is always on from the first LUN deployment to VSphere.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There were no scalability issues. NDU and NDD were very simple, without interruption or performance decrease for its cluster nature, active/passive.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I would rate the customer service as very high.

Technical Support:

They are all skilled. They upgraded the storage firmware from remote every time we asked via a phone appointment.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We have used 3PAR for VDI and NetApp for VSI. The new solution has a very low price/performance ratio. With the price of the SSD upgrade of our NetApp FA3220 and the one year maintenance of the old 3PAR, we bought Pure Storage with a three-year support agreement.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very simple. In two hours, we started to use Storage vMotion.

What about the implementation team?

The product was implemented directly by the vendor’s team and they are very skilled.

What was our ROI?

In two years, we will start to save. With their Evergreen Storage subscription, we can enjoy protection of our investment.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Everything is included, so there is very simple licensing. F

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated EMC XtremIO and NetApp FAS.

What other advice do I have?

Test it in your environment in a PoC or in a Try-and-Buy to check your deduplication and compression ratios.

Pure has global deduplication and the reports (Analysis tab - Capacity) are not clear, you don’t know how much Shared Space is used by each LUN but only the “Unique“ Space and the Snapshot Space.

I’d love to view the average, minimum and maximum performance in the reports (Analysis tab - Performance) but it is only graphics and you need to export data in CSV to find this information.

IPv6 is now fully supported, Windows Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) is added in the latest firmware as supports for Docker APKG 1.0.1 and Dynamic Volume in the Purity Container Engine.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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