Pure Storage FlashArray Review

Since we were able to afford to go all flash, we don't manage tiers, we're not moving data up, and we're not waiting for overnight cycles.

What is our primary use case?

VMware is currently our main use case because it dedupes really well.

How has it helped my organization?

Because we were able to afford to go all flash, we don't manage tiers, we're not moving data up, and we're not waiting for overnight cycles. 

What is most valuable?

Firstly, dedupe is the most valuable feature. Hands down. Simplifying storage is also a big win overall. As far as the monitoring with the latency goes, we're not monitoring the apps to see how they're doing at different periods, which saves us time. We're just setting thresholds, walking away, and waiting for emails if they're broken.

What needs improvement?

The big thing would be to simplify the compatibility to Openstack. The Openstack going into Nova works really well, but if Pure had a few more of those features that would be my win.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's been rock solid.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

So far it seems good.

How is customer service and technical support?

We've used them a few times, mainly with upgrades. They are quite responsive and our local team was pretty good.

How was the initial setup?

They gave us the rundown and was simpler than expected. They gave us the sheet and sent us off saying, "Hey, if you need us, give us a call." We just plugged it in and up it came.

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller, but then we did our own deploy along with their help. They came in and gave us a training course so that we could maintain it ourselves.

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

There are a lot of companies that give a solid performance and a lot of places you can get flash. The pricing wasn't that much different, It's really the simplicity that makes a difference. If the data starts flowing too fast, it slows things down and does it later. Those features are the winners for us.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We're constantly on the hunt, and we always keep three to four vendors in. Usually, it's been the bigger players, the IBM's, the EMC's. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, but we were looking for something a little different this time around.

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