Pure Storage FlashArray Review

Our databases are considerably faster due to the speed at which it executes I/O

What is our primary use case?

We use Pure Storage for most of our databases, as well as for other application binaries.

How has it helped my organization?

Our biggest database is the Oracle ERP. Right now, it is around nine terabytes. It has grown from four terabytes in the last five to six years. Initially, we were worried because most of our functions and processes got slower. We thought we might have to add more  infrastructure and upscale it from a CPU perspective. Then, we moved to Pure Storage, and we suddenly saw some of the processes, which were running slowly, sped up automatically.

We have also seen a reduction in the latency.

What is most valuable?

The most interesting feature is the speed at which it executes I/O. After moving to Pure Storage, I have noticed that our databases are considerably faster.

Our performance has improved by at least four times.

What needs improvement?

The support for NFS protocols right out-of-the-box need improvement. I'm used to other storage vendors who have NFS support right out-of-the-box, and Pure Storage doesn't seem to have anything. We have shared APPL_TOP on our Oracle ERP, which would require an NFS type of storage. So, we had to resort to building our own NFS VM, then attach Pure Storage to it, and have it go through the server. This didn't really serve our purpose, as it's a lot slower because it's now going through a VM installer NFS server.

While we know Pure Storage supports snapshots, we haven't been able to implement databases or replication using them.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has been very stable. I have not seen or heard of downtime storage issues after moving over to it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It looks like it is scaling pretty well.

How is customer service and technical support?

I have not used the tech support.

What was our ROI?

We have seen a reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO). 

What other advice do I have?

Use Pure Storage for databases. I have seen a huge increase in speed and performance on our databases.

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