Pure Storage FlashArray Review

The biggest return on investment for us is not having to do a swap out of the arrays every five years.


What is our primary use case?

We're a service provider, so it's the primary storage for hosting our customers.

How has it helped my organization?

Pure Storage is easy to use it has helped simplify our storage. 

What is most valuable?

vSphere integration and DevOps are our most valuable features. 

Also, one of our customers used to have a rates run that ran for eight hours, and when we migrated them across to Pure that went down to under two hours.

For how long have I used the solution?

Still implementing.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of Pure Storage is very very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Good to very good.

How is customer service and technical support?

Excellent.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We switched to Pure Storage mainly because of the frustration of dealing with performance on the old platforms that we used to use.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward and very quick. It was up and running in our data center within 24 hours of receiving it.

What was our ROI?

The biggest return on investment for us is not having to do a swap out of the arrays every five years. We've been through three evergreen refreshes now of arrays already deployed, and that's working out really well. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The main solutions on our shortlist at the end of the process were NetApp, EMC, and Pure Storage. We ended up buying both NetApp and Pure Storage because we always like to have at least two different vendors involved in our data centers. The decision not to go with EMC was because of the design that they'd done for an all-flash storage solution. It didn't fit with what we were trying to do.

What other advice do I have?

I find that the total cost of ownership to actually be lower than the fee implementation. We record and meter everything; electricity consumption and staff time spent looking after the arrays. Our figures put it somewhere between 40% and 50%, depending on how long we run the rates for.

The data reduction rates vary for us. Anything from 6 to 1 down to 2 to 1, because it depends on our workload. Latency is always good and it's generally less than a millisecond across all the arrays we run.

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