What is our primary use case?
We use Pure Storage FlashArray in a couple of backup products. Our DDP offerings, data platform offerings, is where we use Veritas with Pure Storage FlashArray. Then, we use the Pure Azure Service model with the secure multi-tenancy features. Pure Storage FlashArray can be managed centrally.
In individual file cases where most customers were looking for performance-based, minimum latency applications, we have deployed Pure Storage FlashArray.
What is most valuable?
The integration and migration features have been really good.
We're getting good performance, and the compression ratio is also very good in Pure Storage FlashArray.
It has an Evergreen model and always maintains the controllers, so the controllers never let you down.
What needs improvement?
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.
It would be good if Pure Storage FlashArray gave a library-type access.
Maybe, small box releases could be utilized for backup purposes such as Data Domain offered by other vendors.
For how long have I used the solution?
I've been using Pure Storage FlashArray for the last two and a half years.
We have deployed it both on-premises and on hybrid cloud environments.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
As for stability, Pure Storage FlashArray is definitely a reliable solution.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
It can be easily scaled. I work with over 500 customers who use this solution.
How are customer service and technical support?
The technical support is awesome, and there's a lot of documentation available online.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup is very easy.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
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.
What other advice do I have?
I think with other products, there are issues with support systems and warranty features. Even the maintenance cost can be very high. In comparison to those products, Pure Storage FlashArray is very good.
Overall, Pure Storage FlashArray has never let us down in front of customers so far, and I would rate this solution at eight on a scale from one to ten.