Pure Storage FlashArray Review

An easy to use product for all of my team members


What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for on-premise storage.

I have personally used this solution for 15 years, and now, four years with my current company.

How has it helped my organization?

It's a product that we hardly ever call tech support for, because it just works. The performance and ease of use are all there, which is what we were looking for. We don't want to always have to call into tech support for something. It's one of those products where you forget about it because it just works.

What is most valuable?

It is an easy to use product for all of my team members.

What needs improvement?

Granular growth of the storage needs improvement. Right now, if I wanted to add storage, I have to buy a whole shelf. It would be nice to just buy a few drives.

I would like to see data tiering to AWS.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We put a lot of stress on it, and it is very stable. We have only had one tech support call in the last four years for a hard drive replacement.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability works. We are using between 30TB to 50TB.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would evaluate the technical support as good, I have a team who calls in for support, if there an issue. They have not complained to me about any problems.

How was the initial setup?

The configuration was very easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost of the storage needs improvement.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Dell EMC and locally attached storage. We chose Pure Storage because it had the best performance of all the products that we tested. Also, its virtualization performance is extremely fast, and it has good ease of use.

What other advice do I have?

Definitely test the performance, compression, and deduplication. You are going to get more out of the storage than what you anticipated.

We are a Cohesity customer. We have use cases where we integrated Pure Storage with Cohesity.

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