Pure Storage FlashArray Review

It reduces space and accelerates our applications.


What is our primary use case?

We are using Pure Storage as an all-flash product. It is a niche product, and only used for high performance data.

With Dell EMC, they have all-flash arrays, but they also have other types of storage. Our client use the solution for DevOps and their high speed databases. 

How has it helped my organization?

It reduces space and the the polar consumption. It also accelerates the applications.

What is most valuable?

The VME feature is interesting. Additionally, I like the way they went to market with their All Green Program.

What needs improvement?

The connectivity needs improvement. You do not have the possibility to have a file and block connectivity at the same time on the same machine. It has limited ability to do so.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good. 

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have 19 years experience with Dell EMC products, and almost two years of experience with Pure Storage. The main difference between Dell EMC All Flash and Pure Storage FlashArray is that the Dell EMC product is building on a traditional architecture. You have more functionalities and more connecting possibilities with Dell EMC at this moment. Of course, Pure Storage FlashArray is on a quick road to closing the gap.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to install. It took us only a half an hour to deploy. If you have a complex environment with a lot of servers, it may take a bit more. I would say the average setup time is one to two hours. 

What was our ROI?

It is key for a customer to consider the ROI of the product. One has to consider the price, and the architecture of the product. 

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

The pricing of Pure Storage is all-inclusive. It is very fair, and very easy. In comparison, Dell EMC has licensing that needs to be added if you wan to work in a complex environment or in specific functionalities. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When comparing Pure Storage and Dell EMC, I think that Dell EMC has to improve its real performance. Also, Pure Storage is a lot easier to install than the Dell EMC product. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
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