Pure Storage FlashArray Review

It's very fast, easy to use, and the cloud-based management is good


What is our primary use case?

It's a high performance storage array. We want some deals regarding replication and stretch cluster. 

How has it helped my organization?

In our case, we are not using it for us. So, it helps us to go to customers and provide the full stack solution. So, we provide storage from Pure Storage.

What is most valuable?

It's very fast, easy to use, and the cloud-based management is good.

The simplicity of it. The performance is good, but the simplicity is the best thing. Storage management is quite complex, but Pure Storage is easy to manage.

What needs improvement?

I would like some performance analytics which go deeper than today. It should be specific to some hosts and applications. This would be good.

It is quite difficult to read documentation and get documentation. To get some things on the web, it is really easy. However, I would to have some in-depth information about how the product is working.

From an API point of view, it's quite a complex product.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have it in our labs, so it's not in a production environment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is okay. We can scale it quite high if we want. This is what we have seen on some projects, which is good,

How was the initial setup?

To set it up is quite easy. When you know how it works, it's really easy. You can set it yourself without any problems. Plug it in, the software updates, and that's it.

What about the implementation team?

We had a guy from Pure Storage helping us and sharing skill sets. This way, they could know our stuff and we could know their stuff.

What other advice do I have?

Test it, get familiar with it, then decide whether to purchase it.

I don't have any experience with predictive performance analytics yet.

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