Pure Storage FlashArray Review

It forms the core between our synergy of all our platform systems across the country

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution on-premises and each array has a different use case. We have VDI, SQL, and General and the program provide better integration between the management and visibility of the solution. Our organization takes advantage of the VMware integration developed by Parrot and this gives us a lower level administrative access to more admins that don't have a background in storage.

How has it helped my organization?

VMware is extremely beneficial to our IT organization because we can scale as we increase our usage.

What is most valuable?

The solution has great efficiencies because it has scalability. It also becomes the core between our synergy of all our platform systems across the United States.

What needs improvement?

In the next release of the solution, I would like to see Vormetric native block encryption.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is rock solid. Very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution is extremely costly.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is fair and the team was helpful.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Hitachi, 3PAR, and HP but we had performance limitations.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward. You simply plug it in and turn it on.

What was our ROI?

An initial return on investment is easily visible. But scalability to the cost doesn't really show the investment costs. We're investing too heavy on the cost without seeing the value of the array or the efficiencies.

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

I am not sure what the costs for the solution are but it is embedded in the solution support.

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution eight out of ten because I saw a lot of growth beyond the performance capabilities. I do, however, want to see improved costs, integration, and encryption. Those are the big ones.

My advice to others would be to use your pre-sale targets as the layouts, as well as all your mitigated controls and requirements. Then forecast the capacity and performance metrics prior to your purchase.

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