Pure Storage FlashArray Review

The connections are a lot faster than what we had in the past. One InfiniBand does what we did on all of our Fibre Channels.

What is our primary use case?

We use it for virtualization.

How has it helped my organization?

We have complete control over it. 

We partner with Oracle on stuff, so we have support on it. Before, we have had issues with support from our other vendors. It has been a major improvement from a support perspective.

The connections are a lot faster than what we had in the past. We've run Fibre Channel for our historical storage, and going from Fibre Channel to InfiniBand connected has blown up the amount of traffic that we can do. Now, we can support 40Gs per link, and there are eight links. When we went from being able to support four Fibre Channels at eight gigs a piece. One InfiniBand does what we did on all of our Fibre Channels.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the speed of it. It is much faster than anything that we can get from similar competitors.

The solution helps to simplify storage.

What needs improvement?

Historical analytics would be useful. At the moment, they don't have any type of application built for historical analytics.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. I've done destructive testing on it and never had any type of storage outages from it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't scaled yet, but we're planning to. We do upgrades constantly.

It's very scalable and easy to do.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We moved from an infrastructure that was owned by another team, so we needed something to move our own stuff onto. We originally tried some hyperconverged solutions from Dell EMC, but they didn't perform well at all. It took years to get that together and when we ran our benchmarks on them, and we decided they were not good. So, we immediately turned eyes to Oracle who is a big provider for my whole company, not just my team, and talked to them about what they had that was going to suit us, and they pointed us towards Pure Storage. As soon as we had a proof of concept and were testing it, we decided to run with it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a little complex. We had some initial issues with the design and had to help correct some of the white papers for it, but it wasn't your standard use case.

What about the implementation team?

We used Oracle.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Pure Storage.

We investigated some flash storage implementations for it and based off of the way that the appliance works the added cost of flash doesn't scale with the performance that you get with it, so it hits on our middle ground. It works perfectly for us. We don't need to look at any type of flash storage.

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