Pure Storage FlashArray Review

It helps to simplify storage. After moving to this product, storage becomes an afterthought.


What is our primary use case?

We do a lot of Oracle implementations and getting Oracle workloads to run faster and better. For a lot of our customers, they are looking at Pure Storage for its underlying storage. It makes everything a lot easier for them in terms of increasing performance, lowering operational costs, and making their day-to-day lives easier.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps to simplify storage. For most of our customers, when they move to Pure Storage, storage becomes an afterthought. They know it works and it performs well. 

What is most valuable?

  1. The performance that you receive and its ease of use. 
  2. Being able to get it up and running in a very short order. 
  3. Having an intuitive user interface to get things running is great.
  4. It takes away a lot of issues that customers were dealing with before. E.g., a lot of times, customers are dealing with performance problems when they migrate to Pure Storage that go away, then they don't have to worry about them anymore. Then, they can focus on other things, like automation.

What needs improvement?

We work with a lot of Oracle customers. We would like to see more development on their Copy Automation Tool (CAT) for Oracle, as well as better integration for our customers running Oracle VM.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

From our internal usage and our customers, the product is rock solid. We haven't heard of any issues or seen anything ourselves.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy. You rack the array, you plug it in, you connect a couple cables, and you can be up and running in under an hour.

What other advice do I have?

Try it out. It is easy to get it up and running, and simple to migrate your Oracle workloads over to run an apples to apples comparison. The performance numbers speak for themselves. If you factor in the ease in terms of operations, as well as the cost of the array compared to other solid state arrays, it becomes a clear positive for Pure Storage.

All of our customers are looking at submillisecond latency, which is the common Pure Storage metric, and we have definitely seen it there. Everything has been great in terms of throughput and availability has been fantastic.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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