Pure Storage FlashArray Review

We have seen savings in our storage. The speed of deployment has gone from several days to a few minutes.


What is our primary use case?

The primary use of Pure Storage was for a data virtualization project using Belfrics. We needed the latency that would be required for the product.

We are moving into a DevOps environment and CI/CD. Their departmentalization was an enabler because database is a service in the pipeline where the underlying risk factor has to be correct, especially the storage. This primarily applies to the driver and the infrastructure as a base, but the end game is to have a DevOps pipeline.

How has it helped my organization?

We have seen savings in our storage. The speed of deployment has gone from several days to a few minutes. E.g., our database team used to spend 93 days backing up and restoring databases. This product has reduced that time into minutes, simplifying storage for us.

What needs improvement?

Part of our company works on Dell EMC because Pure Storage did not have synchronous applications when we were purchasing our products.

If Pure Storage had its features at parity with its competitors, it could move ahead. 

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales well, around a petabyte.

How is customer service and technical support?

We have an in-house engineer in one of our onsite offices.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. We started with about 60TB and have grown from there.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI.

We have seen a reduction in the TCO, because Pure Storage is partnering with Belfrics. This partnership reduces our latency and space.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a vendor search, which included a big payments project across Asia-Pacific for a company that could do data provisioning very quickly. Then, Pure Storage was chosen. 

We also considered Dell EMC, HPE, and IBM. We picked Pure Storage because of its ratio per terabyte and speed.

What other advice do I have?

Pure Storage is now our de facto standard product to use.

The analytics were gathered for this environment, and the environment is big. Production-wise, it is running Oracle, and performance-wise, it is running enterprise applications.

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