Pure FlashArray//X NVMe Reviews

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Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 05 2019

What is most valuable?

What I really like about this program is that it is easy to use and easy to configure. I am also very happy with their support. It's the first storage company that we've actually engaged with and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The moment we started using Pure FlashArray//X NVMe, we immediately saw a 30 to 40% improvement in performance. In addition to that, we saw a highly dense configuration where we were able to eliminate… more»

What needs improvement?

Every time I think of something that needs to improve, they're one step ahead, which I love. The only area I wish to see improve, I believe is coming, is in the FlashBlade product. Blade… more»

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

As far as the licensing costs, everything is included in the license. That's something that our other competitors don't seem to do very well with as they usually have additional costs.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were running on very old hardware that was all spindle-based sand solutions. Large-sized equipment with too much power consumption. We looked at other solutions like Kaminario, Nimble, Nimbus… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to 10 Pure Storage has rightfully earned a 10 rating. We are very proud to be a customer and I hope the developers will continue to innovate and keep up the good work.
Jordan Hubbard
Real User
Manager of Infrastructure at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
Sep 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The duplication algorithm allows us to get a lot more use out of less storage. We're running a five terabyte array right now and we're running probably about 30 terabytes on it. So the duplication… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Speed has definitely been a big improvement for us. We were running a bunch of iSCSI to EMC VNX and that had a gigabyte bottleneck. Now, since we're running through a true fiber channel to the Pure… more»

What needs improvement?

They can tout the functionality and cutting edge technology that they have, but that's where the price tag comes in. The cost is high, but I think as they grow their business and get more customers… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I had worked at a different company and we switched from EMC's XtremIO flash array to Pure and we were actually one of Pure's first customers when we did that. Their simplified support model and then… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try to get as many discounts as you can if you go with Pure. If you don't need performance-oriented space or storage, Cohesity is very well priced and scalable. If you just need file server storage… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

EMC still has good products so they were still there. We were looking at adding additional space to the VNX. And then for general purpose, we did look at some stuff through Cohesity, but we needed… more»
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Sean Donaldson
Real User
CTO at Secure-24
Nov 13 2018

What is most valuable?

Based on the various types of workloads and environments we run, we have looked at Pure Storage as being one of the largest infrastructure-based changes we have seen in our environment in the last 10 years of infrastructure hosting. What… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest impact changing to Pure is we saw an influx of tickets from customers because they thought their BI applications were broken because they were running too quickly. Operationally, we find that we are not having storage problems… more»

What needs improvement?

With Pure Storage, we would like to continue seeing price reductions with flash storage. I don't think we're any different than anybody else when we continue to look to the industry for price reductions of both NVMe and traditional SSD… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Over the last four years, we have displaced the majority of other storage solutions in our data centers with Pure Storage.

What other advice do I have?

To say, "Pure Storage has simplified storage," is a bit of an understatement. The array has gone from having a PhD in working with it to effectively having a high school diploma. Anyone who understands anything about IT can run a Pure… more»
Ray Smith
Real User
Head DBA and Technical Management at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* Simplicity * Performance * Visibility Those are the three most valuable features that I've observed. The visibility you have on what the frames are doing, even your phone is amazing, very detailed… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The feedback I've had from the storage admins is that it's the simplicity. It's easier and quicker to allocate storage for us. We're able to get higher-density workloads on the same infrastructure… more»

What needs improvement?

One area that I haven't been sold on yet is the POD replication. We've seen that when we create a POD in synchronous mode, it increases the latency. We have another array that our latency isn’t… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

If you're looking at it from a database perspective, you obviously want to make sure that you can scale your workloads without a degradation in performance. What we've seen on the X’s, and the Pure’s… more»

What other advice do I have?

It depends through which lens you're looking at it. If you're looking at it from a database perspective, you obviously want to make sure that you can scale your workloads without a degradation in… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The vendors at the time would have been Dell EMC and Hitachi.
Mark Ballard
Real User
CIO at Mid America Clinical Laboratories
Sep 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are its ease of use and performance.

How has it helped my organization?

I do not hire as much tech support for this solution as I would normally have to because of the way that it works, so it saves money on staffing. VMware benefits our… more»

What needs improvement?

You can't use this solution with VNC, yet. We would like to see VNC integration or be able to use Pure Storage with VNC. I would like to see the cloud version of the… more»

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

We pay approximately $50,000 USD per year in licensing fees.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We switched from our previous storage solutions because of speed. At the time, Pure was a lot faster. It was flash, and we were on spinning disks at the time.

What other advice do I have?

We run VMware on Pure, mainly because of the speed and the ease of use of the Pure storage interface. The joint solution has helped because we can do the same thing with a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at EMC, Pure, and IBM. The Pure interface was much better, which is why we chose it. The cost was also better in most cases.
Real User
Director at a software R&D company with 201-500 employees
Sep 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The performance is the most valuable feature of this solution. We have taken advantage of the VMware integrations developed by Pure with the validated design, FlashStack… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has benefited my organization because it has reduced time to insights. Its agility has been a benefit for our IT organization. We are running VMware on Pure. The main… more»

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I would like to see real-time analytics for further insight into consumption models. The scalability and telemetry analytics could be improved.

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

With VMware, we pay $300,000 annually.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We knew that we needed to switch because our system wasn't performing so we knew we had to buy something. We liked Pure because it had a good pitch.

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give to someone considering this solution is, don't wait. Go for it. I would rate it a seven out of ten. There is room for improvement.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Hitachi, Nimble, and EMC. We went with Pure because they have the best pitch.
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its ease of use.

How has it helped my organization?

Using this solution has benefitted us operationally by making us more efficient. VMware benefits our IT organization through cost efficiency.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see replication and DR features in the next release of this solution.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not switch from a previous solution. We brought this in as a way to improve operational efficiency, which is something that we're always looking for.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is researching this or a similar solution is to give it a shot. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered IBM and Dell EMC for our storage solution.
Real User
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is reliability.

What needs improvement?

The UI for this solution needs to be improved.

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

Our licensing fees are $500,000+ USD.

What other advice do I have?

VMware benefits our IT organization because of its ease of deployment and manageability. We are using VMware on Pure, and we have implemented this because of the speed. VMware is faster, so it helps when you log in. We use vCenter integration. It helps because you can see the storage added, and… more»

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What is Pure FlashArray//X NVMe?

Pure Storage FlashArray//X is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, which is a term coined by Gartner – that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation.

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Pure FlashArray//X NVMe customers

Fremont Bank, Judson ISD, The Nielsen Company

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