Pure Storage FlashArray Review

Our clients see a reduction in total cost of ownership by around 40%


What is our primary use case?

We are a reseller of Pure Storage FlashArray. Our customers use it for virtualization, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped to simplify storage because it has a very easy graphical user interface.

Our clients see a reduction in total cost of ownership by around 40%. We have also found that the total cost of ownership of flash is lower than SSD implementations. I track a whole bunch of business markers on the cost of components. I do a lot of cost analysis for customers and I get pricing from all the component manufacturers; Ingram Micro, Toshiba, Seagate and then I compare the pricing. I do that almost every week. I constantly see that it's cheaper than SSD implementations.

What is most valuable?

The security operating system is its most valuable feature because it's very simple, easy to use, and operate. You don't have to do very serious training to operate this equipment. It's user-friendly and pretty straightforward.

The performance analytics are moderate. It's not the best performance platform out there but it's the easiest to operate.

What needs improvement?

They need to find another way of doing data protection, RAID is not working very well. It takes performance away from the SSD.

I would like to have multi-cloud integration.

Latency needs a bit of work. It's pretty good but it needs to get below 300 microseconds. Then the data reduction would be excellent. On average I see twelve to one data reduction.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's not so scalable. It's got moderate scaling capabilities right now. The clustering technology needs a bit of work, they need to improve that. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I've used their technical support and would say that it's excellent. I would give them a ten out of ten. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

My clients know it's time to switch solutions because I run a proof of concepts where I test the manufacturer's equipment. If I find something that is a big difference then I let them know about it. Cost, performance, tools, and ease of use are all factors that we take into consideration when choosing to switch. We also chose this solution because of the Evergreen upgrade and the ease of use.

What about the implementation team?

I also install Pure Storage for my clients. The initial setup is very straightforward and very simple. It takes me an hour to set one up.

What was our ROI?

My client's return on investment with Pure Storage is in about 7.3 months.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Nimble, which is now owned by HPE, and E8, Dell EMC, and NetApp platform.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten. Not a ten because nobody's a ten. We haven't achieved perfection yet.

I would advise someone considering this or a similar solution to push Pure Storage for multi-cloud integration.

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