Pure Storage FlashBlade Review

It creates a much smaller footprint


What is our primary use case?

We have been using it for data center consolidation. It is our primary source for data center applications: production, development, and test. 

How has it helped my organization?

It creates a much smaller footprint. Previously, we had a large data center with 30 racks with 12 racks of storage, and we are now down to one. So, a huge electric savings along with freeing our data center ports.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its  ease of use. We went from six different storage vendors down to one. The training for the operations staff and others that had to deal with this on a provisioning standpoint was much easier to do. The process was seamless and very easy to learn.

It has absolutely simplified our storage because the dashboards on the consoles show a clear understanding of where you are, and it is also very easy to provision. This been a big help for our teams.

I am very happy with the latency, availability, and reduction rates.

What needs improvement?

On our dedupe during our initial buy, we were expecting a number a little higher like 4x. However, we are getting about 3.6. While it is close enough, it doesn't quite hit the numbers. So, this has been a challenge.

We are looking at Pure Storage's capabilities to move off-premise into the cloud.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability has been rock solid.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability has not been an issue. Performance has been great. It is just the capacity and dedupe part, which is a little light.

How are customer service and technical support?

We used technical support during the install process, and they were helpful.

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

We switched to Pure Storage as a decision to get away from Dell EMC.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It was very easy to set the IP addresses up and the rest of the initial parameters up, then go.

What about the implementation team?

Our consultants did the installation with the help of Pure Storage's technical support.

What was our ROI?

We have mainly seen a reduction in TCO because of operational efficiencies. It used to take us a lot longer to get servers and storage provisioned. Now, the speed of the disk, plus the ease of use, has made great improvements.

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

We used a reseller for the purchase.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were in a build a new data center mode, and Pure Storage was one of three option that we considered. Then, it became our final option.

The other options were HPE 3PAR Flash Storage and Dell EMC XtremIO Flash. While all three solutions are comparable in price, we chose Pure Storage because of politics. 

What other advice do I have?

It works quite well for us, and I would recommend it.

From a standpoint of pure performance, it's moving. We've been very happy with it. 

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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