Pure Storage FlashBlade Review

They see a problem coming and alert us even before our own system does


What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is for the database masking and testing. 

How has it helped my organization?

We have an improved the lifecycle of database testing and has improved QA in the space that we use it for. 

Storage has been simplified for us in the way that it's easy to manage. Their automatic monitoring really helps when things break or are about to break. They see a problem coming and alert us even before our own system does. 

It's good to have a good way to back up high-performance type arrays like this,
especially if we could back it up on the back end versus the front side where things are impacted.

As a Pure Storage platform, the cost-benefit is hugely based on the deduplication and capacity. Otherwise, we would have had to have a bunch of arrays to support that capacity. The physical footprint of the array, the capacity that it's using, and the high performance are all things that we have seen benefit from.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features would be the IOPS performance and the ease of management. 

What needs improvement?

In the realm of micro-services, I think that Pure Storage can do well if they start getting in there and making their arrays more micro-services ready. 

We can add a bunch of compute, we could forever compute, but the array at some point comes to a screeching halt. I think if there's a way to make the flash array go wider that would be the better way to go in the long run.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had this solution for two years and we haven't had any issues with it. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Salability does have its limits but we haven't had any limit or scalability issues in the area we use it.

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

We considered building our own solution but at some point, we realized that there was a higher risk to that. We ended up choosing Pure Storage because they could prove that other customers had successful implementations with minimal issues that was a huge plus. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was as easy as it can get. 

What about the implementation team?

We used a reseller for the deployment called Trace 3. The consulting and integration of the whole solution was done by them and then turned over to my team. There was an issue that we didn't know how that was happening. It was more of an application team problem that they didn't come to us before starting all of that. 

What other advice do I have?

In terms of performance analytics, due to our own fault, we tend to use a lot of capacity faster than we think. Because of our slow internal processing, we can't add capacity fast enough when we need it. We know it is capable of easily adding capacity.

I would rate this solution a nine and a half and I would definitely recommend this solution to a colleague at another company. It's very stable, efficient and it performs very well. 

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