Pure Storage FlashArray Review

It is noticeably easier to manage than other appliances that we have


What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for any server and database that has high I/O demands on disk.

How has it helped my organization?

It is noticeably easier to manage than other appliances that we have.

Our Pure Storage unit is really small, so we just move what we have to it.

What is most valuable?

  • Speed
  • Scalability
  • The cost

What needs improvement?

We do have an issue with the vCenter integration. Pure Storage says it has a lot of free space, but vCenter says its completely full. This is because their dedupes are saved as space, but Vcenter still detects the disk as completely full. So, we do have an issue with that. Therefore, we would like to see improvements with the way it integrates with vCenter for picking up dedupe.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have had the product for a year and a half.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. It hasn't gone down since we've had it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

From what we've been told, it looks like it would be really scalable if we purchased more. The licensing and scalability patterns are really cost-effective. We don't have to rebuy things in different tiers to just continue on, so we like that.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is really good. They are really responsive. For the call that we had, we had a call back within 15 to 20 minutes.

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

We noticed a dramatic increase in application performance when moving it from NetApp to Pure Storage.

Pure Storage seemed more cost-effective than NetApp. When we did our POC, we saw big performance gains between all-flash on NetApp and all-flash on Pure Storage. It was significantly better.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty straightforward. They set it all up for us.

They pretty much manage the firmware upgrades for us, and they've gone well so far.

What about the implementation team?

We dealt directly with Pure Storage engineers for the deployment, and our experience was good.

What was our ROI?

We have seen a reduction in total cost of ownership.

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

It is cheaper than NetApp.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were several vendors we looked at. We also looked at Nimble, but we did not do at PoC of them.

We just liked the way Pure was pitched to us overall.

What other advice do I have?

Get a PoC and see how it works out for you. See if you see an improvement with your apps and go from there.

We really like it. It is really speedy.

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