How has it helped my organization?
With Pure Storage FlashArray we have been able to deploy several thousand VDI servers, virtual machines, very quickly and efficiently. We were also are able to virtualize 80% of our workload, and we are planning to get 90 to 94% of our workload virtual. That's a huge reduction in the cost of hardware.
What is most valuable?
What I like most about this solution is that it is simple to bring in, install, and get it going. You can get it installed in a few days.
What's more, the compression ratio that we're getting is that our database portion is pretty high, so it saves a lot of money.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
We have had no issues with the stability so far.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
The solution is very scalable because it is fairly smooth and easy to upgrade.
How are customer service and technical support?
The technical support has been pretty good. The support team is available all the time and they seem to know what they are doing.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
Pure was the first solution we used and now we use a couple more. One of them is an EMC product and then we also have a new start-up called Vector, so we currently use three solutions.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was pretty straightforward and the integration was very easy to do. There were no hidden features and the GUI was very straightforward.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Traditionally we have been buying massive storing arrays from EMC and from Hitachi, but most of them were built for very high tier applications. For VDI with your desktop, you really don't need that so it was easier for us to go for an array that used high-speed devices, providing Hadoop capabilities because the nature of your desktops are literally the same. So we needed to look at newer technology, and this really was one of the first ones to be there, and it was very popular. We did a study on the market and found that VR was one of the leaders in this space, so we brought them in.
What other advice do I have?
We ran into some issues with the program at first and we had to work around those issues to fix our problems. So at the end of the day, it wasn't really a smooth ride. It took us a year to get it to stabilize and to get the best out of Pure. That's why I would give it an eight or a nine out of ten. But definitely not a 10.