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Pure Storage Review
Some of the features are low latency, inline deduplication, and compression.

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Valuable Features:

The most valuable features are extremely low latency, high IOPS with VMware, inline deduplication and compression.

We liked the non-disruptive downgrade from FA-420 (POC) to FA-405 in production and the non-disruptive upgrade from FA-405 to M20.

Improvements to My Organization:

We have consolidated all the VSI (55 VM) and VDI (100 VM) in the same storage, improving performance and overall virtual desktop acceptance.

Room for Improvement:

Reports of performance and LUN utilization could be improved. The VVol support is going to be released, but is not already in GA.

Pure has global deduplication and the reports (Analysis tab - Capacity) are not clear, you don’t know how much Shared Space is used by each LUN but only the “Unique“ Space and the Snapshot Space.

I’d love to view the average, minimum and maximum performance in the reports (Analysis tab - Performance) but it is only graphics and you need to export data in CSV to find this information.


Use of Solution:

We have been using the solution for two years.

Deployment Issues:

The deployment was super fast and without any issues.

Stability Issues:

There were no stability issues. It is always on from the first LUN deployment to VSphere.

Scalability Issues:

There were no scalability issues. NDU and NDD were very simple, without interruption or performance decrease for its cluster nature, active/passive.

Customer Service:

I would rate the customer service as very high.

Technical Support:

They are all skilled. They upgraded the storage firmware from remote every time we asked via a phone appointment.

Previous Solutions:

We have used 3PAR for VDI and NetApp for VSI. The new solution has a very low price/performance ratio. With the price of the SSD upgrade of our NetApp FA3220 and the one year maintenance of the old 3PAR, we bought Pure Storage with a three-year support agreement.

Initial Setup:

The initial setup was very simple. In two hours, we started to use Storage vMotion.

Implementation Team:

The product was implemented directly by the vendor’s team and they are very skilled.

ROI:

In two years, we will start to save. With their Evergreen Storage subscription, we can enjoy protection of our investment.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:

Everything is included, so there is very simple licensing. For pricing, you have to take into account their performance on deduplication and compression in a $/GB comparison.

Other Solutions Considered:

We evaluated EMC XtremIO and NetApp FAS.

Other Advice:

Test it in your environment in a PoC or in a Try-and-Buy to check your deduplication and compression ratios.

Pure has global deduplication and the reports (Analysis tab - Capacity) are not clear, you don’t know how much Shared Space is used by each LUN but only the “Unique“ Space and the Snapshot Space.

I’d love to view the average, minimum and maximum performance in the reports (Analysis tab - Performance) but it is only graphics and you need to export data in CSV to find this information.


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