Pure Storage FlashArray Review

It helps to simplify storage, especially because we can do in-place upgrades and can grow on demand

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is to run SAP applications on top of the flash solutions.

SAP is very important to our business. It's a key function. We are running ERP and CRM systems. Our systems run on-premise.

How has it helped my organization?

Running SAP on Pure Storage helps a lot without doing any further tuning to improve application performance. Our internal clients are happy.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the performance of Pure Storage underneath and that many applications, which are already integrated with it. I can use the system applications, e.g., for backup restore. Therefore, I don't need to buy them in addition to the product, as they are already part of the solution.

It helps to simplify storage, especially because we can do in-place upgrades and can grow on demand. I can pay on demand, so it helps me to simplify the usage of the storage.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is super stable.

It has even improved the performance of SAP HANA.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is already there in both directions. You can scale the storage, as well as the compute.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support comes out of one single stop. It is very helpful to have one single number to contact.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward and simple.

Our HANA installation was a greenfield. So, we started the Pure Storage system with HANA.

What about the implementation team?

We used a partner (integrator) for the deployment. We used Tech Data. Everything was based on design guides and reference architecture, our experience was very good.

What was our ROI?

There is some benefit in regard to total cost of ownership, because it's a condensed system. It saves a lot of space in the data center, saving power.

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

Pure Storage has not helped to reduce our HANA licensing costs.

What other advice do I have?

I am pretty happy with the solution, as it is currently.

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