Pure Storage FlashArray Review

Its ability to simplify storage is great


What is our primary use case?

We use it as reliable storage.

How has it helped my organization?

The virtual machines hosted on this storage are much faster. It boots so quickly that it is almost inconvenient.

The solution has probably reduced my power use substantially.

What is most valuable?

Reliability and performance are its most valuable feature.

Its ability to simplify storage is great.

I look at the performance metrics periodically, which are spectacular.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is tremendous.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is great.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is great.

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

We were previously using a NAS, and it was not performing.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. I had done the preparation first. I had a good relationship with the presales engineer. It went as expected.

What about the implementation team?

We did use an integrator for the deployment, and our experience with them was good.

What was our ROI?

We have not seen a reduction in our TCO nor have we seen ROI.

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

We have an Evergreen Storage subscription, which I think is a great feature.

It is an excellent choice, if you can afford it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Tegile, Dell EMC, and Pure Storage. We chose Pure Storage for performance and cost reasons.

What other advice do I have?

We have integrated the solution with VMware and vCenter. It went well.

The solution’s inline deduplication and compression works fine.

I don't have the need for the predictive performance analytics.

The company seems to be engineering oriented, and I appreciate that.

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