Pure Storage FlashArray Benefits

Senior Systems Administrator for Research at Chapman University
As soon as we introduced our first Pure Storage FlashArray, the first benefit we saw, from our very first benchmarks, was that our production databases simply ran twice as fast with no other change. That increase in performance allowed us to then redesign our database environment in ways which had numerous additional benefits, primarily virtualization and automation. Our primary activity as DBAs is copying databases: making clones, doing refreshes, and creating development test copies. We spend all day, every day doing this. Pure Storage's technology allowed us to automate these tasks, reducing a manual database-deployment process that started as a 12-hour turnaround to an automated solution that takes about 15 minutes. View full review »
Marlin McNeil
CTO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
We are doing a project in tandem with Boeing to develop a security solution for their Oracle databases. We've been doing it in the VMware virtual solutions lab, which is back-ended by Pure Storage. It's a very complex project. Pure made it fast enough that we could cycle through the things that we needed to cycle through to get it exactly right. We were able to do so a lot of times, to rev it enough to get it refined to where the process was exactly right every time. There's no way we would have had time to rev it that much had it been on anything slower. It helps simplify storage. When you're running Pure all-flash, you don't have to do a lot of the old Oracle best practices. You don't have to worry about putting log files on a different disk channel than the data files, and those types of issues. As long as you don't max out the bandwidth of your connectivity, your Fibre Channel, then it doesn't matter. That has pushed the bottleneck down to the connectivity to the storage, as opposed to the different spindle groups on your storage. That has made it vastly easier to do large volumes, rapid provisioning in databases, without taking a performance hit. We like the data reduction rates. That has been really helpful. You get 4U of Pure Storage replacing something like two racks of spinning disks. One of the things that has contributed to that are the data reduction rates. Not only that, it helps dramatically speed the read coming back in, because you don't have to read it 400 times. Actually, the write doesn't hurt anything either because the write goes in once and then it gets deduplicated and that's that. It does help speed I/O because then everything is coming right off the front end of cache. Certainly, in terms of space, it's probably the most helpful. View full review »
Virgilio Albert
Owner with 51-200 employees
We are a Pure partner. What Pure has brought to us is a solution that our customers see has a lot of value. For the last ten years, there hasn't been a lot of differentiation between storage brands. We also deal with other products, other manufacturers, which are good products, but Pure is a different solution. It has allowed us to go with a different approach for our customers. When compared to different providers - I won't name them - there are other great companies out there, but Pure has managed to have a very different product with a differentiation that customers value. Also, the guys who normally spend hours, or days, or weeks working with storage, trying to get something done, can do it in minutes with Pure. They save a lot of time, and they can do other stuff instead of managing storage. View full review »
SRE at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Pure Storage has helped improve our organization because before them we had a 3PAR of a giant V400 and every day we would lose a disc or a magazine. We had to call out a guy to come onsite. It was a massive three-rack thing. Pure Storage, it's really modular, we're maxing out shelves where we can, and it doesn't take up as much space, it's not as hot, its a lot better than 3PAR. Replication is the main reason we have it. It has helped to simplify our storage in the way that it just simplifies and there's nothing to really set up. Once we have them linked we ship them over and we sit our RTOs and our RPOs. As dedupe and compression go up and we get more out of it, then we do see reduction in total cost of ownership. We're also throwing more and more on than we ever had before, so it's hard to tell, but we're getting more data on a smaller array than we ever had before. The 3PAR SSD arrays that we have are still failing a lot so even though we're under warranty, we still have to get someone out and usually have someone troubleshoot so that usually adds onto the cost. With Pure, we've had a disc fail and we pop it out and you pop it in and it's good to go. In terms of performance metrics, depending on what we have on it, some of our databases will get 4.8:1. When we do a big release our SQL tables change values so we'll see that reduced and we'll go up to sometimes 110% utilization. We're working with Pure Storage to try to fix that and see what we're changing so much. We also mistakenly had a 10pb on Pure so that data churn really reduced our usable storage. We're learning how to use Pure properly. View full review »
System Engineer with 5,001-10,000 employees
Snapshot recovery has been very helpful. When there have been snapshots that we've had to restore it's been easy for our SAN team to make those available for our server team. View full review »
Infrastructure Architect at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We run a lot of Oracle workloads and we need a lot of development environments and this solution allows us to snapshot those environments. It releases those to new teams within minutes at a very small storage cost amount. It really helps simplify storage. It's very, very simple to use. The web interface is also very easy to use. The bureau's EOS is just perfect, there's nothing really complicated about it. With the help of the array, it's very easy to navigate. We can see the volumes and our protection groups. It's a breath of fresh air compared to the Legacy storage that we were using. View full review »
Rujuswami Gandhi
Associate Director of Cloud Engineering at ZS
We were previously a legacy storage system. After moving to Pure, the stability and performance both dramatically improved. We don't have to worry about storage anymore. Previously, we had to babysit our storage system, doing things like managing the volumes, looking at the capacity, predicting when would we run out of space, and replication work. All of those created a lot of challenges with the previous system. Since moving to Pure, we no longer have to worry. We defined the policies once, and things mostly work. Pure Storage simplifies the management, overall. View full review »
Thomas Charewicz
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It simplifies the overall management. We don't have to worry about storage anymore. The solution mostly works. We used to have to babysit our previous storage system, such as managing the volumes and looking at the capacity to predict when we would we eventually run out of space. All of these things used to be challenges with our previous system. After moving to Pure Storage, we don't have to worry about them too much. We have defined our policies once, then things mostly work. View full review »
Sys Admin at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
I used to have to manually sync storage from server to server, for multiple clusters and database storage for disaster recovery but now, that's all automated. I set it up once, and it was done on the very first day we implemented bolts. Storage arrays were set up on the very same day and by that afternoon all of the replication was configured and I haven't had to touch it since. Has also helped simplify storage for us. It had taken the original person we used a full week to implement. With this solution, we had both arrays set up within around four hours with a thirty minute drive time between the two locations. We have seen TCO of flash be lower than SSD implementations. We're faster which is part of the equation too. We're paying for speed and if we would have had to buy other solutions, then that would have cost us on the morale side and on the user satisfaction side. Another way that it has helped my organization is that now we are seeing 3.6 to 1 on Oracle Databases. Our goal was 3, we had to have 3, so we got 3.6 to 1. View full review »
IT Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We are a small cloud service provider. When we put Pure Storage working on the services of our customers, most of the problems that we had in the past with the performance in IOPS have disappeared. It has been a great improvement for our customers' services. View full review »
Infrastructure Manager
It helps us simplify our storage because we use it for a specific use case of replication between sites. We have two data centers: a primary data center and a secondary data center. We got a Pure Storage device in each location and we do backups of critical data in both locations and then replicate them back and forth between the sites. This is the biggest thing it does for us. We have seen a reduction in total costs of ownership. Most of the data that's on the Pure came off of Dell EMC VNX. The money I saved by not renewing maintenance on the Dell EMC devices paid for the Pure Storage devices. I've saved a lot of money and gotten better-performing storage. With every update we get, we get a reduction in the space used which has been pretty dramatic with each one of the upgrades that we've gone through. View full review »
Senior Manager of IT Infrastructure at a K-12 educational company or school with 10,001+ employees
It is easy to manage. You don't have to have the same people who used to manage the Dell EMC arrays because the solution is more intuitive. I like the fact that, by default, we encrypt at REST. So, with database encryption, we no longer have to layer it using Transparent Data Encryption, we can use the native storage. This helps lessen the performance impact and simplify configuration. View full review »
Andrea Spaziani
Chief Information, Facility, Purchasing and Services Manager at Roma Metropolitane S.r.l.
We have consolidated all the VSI (55 VM) and VDI (100 VM) in the same storage, improving performance and overall virtual desktop acceptance. View full review »
IT Program Manager at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has allowed us increased performance along with massive consolidation of space and power. We went from a two cabinet EMC VMAX to a 12U racked system. Very impressive. Compared to Pure Storage, the IBM V7000 has not improved anything yet within our environment. View full review »
Kelvin Foo
APAC System manager at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution has improved our organization in the way that in the past we had reports that were taking up to two hours and after switching to SSD storage the overall processing power dropped to half an hour. The end users saw an immediate performance gain. View full review »
Chad Skidmore
Director at Engage
We've seen a significant reduction in the total cost of ownership. When we bought this product, the arrays that it replaced were just shy of about $1,000,000 apiece and they were the size of big refrigerators. The product that we replaced them with is a couple of rack units, like the size of a stack of a couple of pizza boxes, consuming way less power. There was a dramatic improvement in operating costs just as a result of the environmentals and space, let alone the cost of the unit itself. View full review »
System Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have VDIs, virtual desktops, which users log into every day. On the old storage, they would sometimes have three, four, or five-minute delays; it just because useless for five minutes. They couldn't do anything when they were logged in, because of the slowness. Now, with Pure Storage, we have totally eliminated that problem. This was the primary reason we purchased it and it has performed very well. We're very pleased. It has helped simplify our storage. It's small, it's fast, and it's very simple to manage. In one of our arrays we had a 35-to-1 data reduction, which is very outstanding. Not many places have that kind of benefit. View full review »
Storage Solutions Architect IV at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Our database administrators had to run some manual process twice a week since the disk performance of our previous storage unit was not able to respond to the requests fast enough. This process took approximately four hours and it had to be done manually twice a week by the DBAs. After the implementation, the time to run the process was reduced to minutes and it did not require any manual intervention from our DBAs. View full review »
Chaan Beard
Senior Data Center Solutions Architect at ChaanBeard.com
It has helped to simplify storage because it has a very easy graphical user interface. Our clients see a reduction in total cost of ownership by around 40%. We have also found that the total cost of ownership of flash is lower than SSD implementations. I track a whole bunch of business markers on the cost of components. I do a lot of cost analysis for customers and I get pricing from all the component manufacturers; Ingram Micro, Toshiba, Seagate and then I compare the pricing. I do that almost every week. I constantly see that it's cheaper than SSD implementations. View full review »
Strategy Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We have began to sell Pure Storage to our clients recently. A lot of these customers have become return customers because they have understood the model and its ease of use. This applies no matter the company's size, large or small. View full review »
Principal Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have complete control over it. We partner with Oracle on stuff, so we have support on it. Before, we have had issues with support from our other vendors. It has been a major improvement from a support perspective. The connections are a lot faster than what we had in the past. We've run Fibre Channel for our historical storage, and going from Fibre Channel to InfiniBand connected has blown up the amount of traffic that we can do. Now, we can support 40Gs per link, and there are eight links. When we went from being able to support four Fibre Channels at eight gigs a piece. One InfiniBand does what we did on all of our Fibre Channels. View full review »
Jerome Deliege
Head of Infrastructure Architecture at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We don't have anymore performance issues, which is good. The job of support for the storage engineers dramatically changed. We know more quickly the automation of the provisioning. We can now focus on things that bring more value to the company than just managing storage. View full review »
Sr. Systems Engineer at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
The speed to deploy or move VMs is ridiculous. By migrating our important systems to the Pure arrays, we have removed any storage issues and questions when there is a problem of "is it the storage?" The deduplication and compression rates are beyond impressive. The amount of data that I have moved to it from legacy storage has enabled us to retire units that are three or four times the physical size. View full review »
Peter Golledge
Unix and storage manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution has improved my organization because we can easily snapshot and share the same storage platform for non-production production and so we've been able to get very high performance from non-production environments as well. View full review »
Alberto Zanon
CIO at NGS srl
One customer didn't have the budget to renew all the VM and VDI infrastructure. It was not so huge (approximately 100 VMs). The VMware partner provided the Horizon View solution, suggested to upgrade it to Windows 10 (for example), but the customer didn't want to recreate the infrastructure. Without touching anything, and integrating from the traditional storage, was a two-tier Dell EMC squared infrastructure toward a flash array. We were able to guarantee the overall performance and consistency for Windows 7 machines without upgrading anything, which was a huge improvement without an additional cost. Then, we added a lot of additional VMs. View full review »
Systems Analyst at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Because we were able to afford to go all flash, we don't manage tiers, we're not moving data up, and we're not waiting for overnight cycles. View full review »
Parikshit Goutam
IT Manager at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
This solution has improved our organization in the way that we used to see latency but now with this solution we don't. It also has good performance. Latencies have come down for our performance in the SQL databases. We can put a lot more in a lot less in terms of space savings. We also save data center space and have good deduplication. It has also helped us simplify storage in the way that it's easy to manage. It's the most simple storage solution. View full review »
David Fong
Sr System Engineer at Stanford University
This solution has helped my organization by cutting down on provisioning time. I used to have to provision a VM and it would take ten minutes, now, it takes thirty seconds. It has helped simplify storage. I don't have to go to the management counsel anymore. Everything else is taken care of by support teams in the background which is very good. View full review »
Deputy Executive Officer at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We used to run VDI under other storage. The performance wasn't great, but when we moved to Pure we got less than a few microseconds in performance. Latency is the most important aspect for us. View full review »
Jon Waite
Pure Storage is easy to use it has helped simplify our storage. View full review »
Dean Bolton
Chief Architect at VLSS LLC
It helps to simplify storage. For most of our customers, when they move to Pure Storage, storage becomes an afterthought. They know it works and it performs well. View full review »
QA Engineer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
We have seen savings in our storage. The speed of deployment has gone from several days to a few minutes. E.g., our database team used to spend 93 days backing up and restoring databases. This product has reduced that time into minutes, simplifying storage for us. View full review »
Senior Director of Databases at a health, wellness and fitness company with 501-1,000 employees
Our biggest database is the Oracle ERP. Right now, it is around nine terabytes. It has grown from four terabytes in the last five to six years. Initially, we were worried because most of our functions and processes got slower. We thought we might have to add more infrastructure and upscale it from a CPU perspective. Then, we moved to Pure Storage, and we suddenly saw some of the processes, which were running slowly, sped up automatically. We have also seen a reduction in the latency. View full review »
Marcel Colsoul
Technical and Pre-sales Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
It reduces space and the the polar consumption. It also accelerates the applications. View full review »
Michael Raunig
System Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have perfect run through times and latency. We have a cluster system using two machines on Active-Active with a synchronized mirror. View full review »
Associate Director of Computing Services at Carnegie Mellon University
We can now quickly roll out multiple instances of virtual machines or FlashArray storage, more than we could before. View full review »
It's a product that we hardly ever call tech support for, because it just works. The performance and ease of use are all there, which is what we were looking for. We don't want to always have to call into tech support for something. It's one of those products where you forget about it because it just works. View full review »
Francis Pascual
Systems Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Once the project was enabled with data persuasion and we had Pure Storage behind it, there was a lot of saving storage. Before we used Pure Storage it took 93 days of employees who run the database to back up and restore databases. The scale of deployment basically went from several days to a few minutes. View full review »
Compute Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Now we can store more for a cheaper price as opposed to paying for larger devices and larger rack spaces which get outdated sooner and which we'd have to change every two years. It simplifies storage for us. There has been a reduction in the total cost of ownership. We did a cost analysis before buying Pure Storage. Now with Pure Storage, our developers work a lot faster and more efficiently which has definitely improved our productivity. View full review »
Customer Support Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
In our case, we are not using it for us. So, it helps us to go to customers and provide the full stack solution. So, we provide storage from Pure Storage. View full review »
Senior Network Systems Engineer at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution was installed at my organization before I got there but having worked with it in the past, I would say that the responsiveness with any SQL applications has remarkably improved. It has simplified our storage. It's a "set it and forget it." It's too early to tell if we've seen a reduction in total cost of ownership. The solution is expensive. It's hard to monetize the difference in performance that we're seeing, but it's obviously there and measurable. View full review »
ICT Operations Manager with 51-200 employees
We working now with VM Analytics to provide our customers some strategies about their VMs directly. View full review »
CTO at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
We use Zerto Virtual Replication software. We write all of those backups to Pure, then we use those in our disaster recovery scenarios. It has simplified our storage. We use it for a pretty specific use case of replicating between sites. I have two data centers, a primary data center and a secondary data center, with a Pure Storage device in each location. We do backups of critical data in both locations, then replicate them back and forth between the sites. View full review »
David Beaulieu
Digital Architect at CBC
Right now, we just have lab equipment that we test them on and we try to compare them with other solutions. View full review »
Development Manager at Moreton Bay Technology
You don't have to go and buy your own storage. You can get your storage access within two minutes, which is great, because it is a lot quicker for our team to get the servers up and running. It provides access to the systems that we want to give access to. View full review »
Georg Dueren
Cloud Solution Architect at Dimension Data
Its ease of use is a very big thing for our customers. It's easy to set up and easy to maintain. The support is automated, which is very good. View full review »
Network Specialist at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
It simplifies the connection between our infrastructure and storage. View full review »
Sr Tech Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
This solution has improved the way our organization functions through its reliability and consistent platform for storage. Has helped up to simplify storage because the management tools make everything a lot easier. View full review »
Ganesh Kuppuswamy
Engineer at CSG Systems
It has improved my organization in the way that now we have lower latency, we get fewer complaints from customers, and we see a constant response time. View full review »
Javier Echave
Pre-Sales Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc.
Deduplication works faster for our customers using this product. It simplifies building out the storage. View full review »
Paul Stage
IT Director at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
I don't really need to worry about storage anymore. I can focus on more critical issues. I log into the array interface maybe once every month to see what my deduplication ratio is and that is about it. View full review »
Kyle Guichard
Senior Director of Systems Engineering at Bill.com
We have been able to scale it to ten terabytes. Whereas, before we were stuck. View full review »
Siddarth Kotha
Solutions Architect at a non-profit with 1,001-5,000 employees
We tested our VDI environment on this array and it performed flawlessly and boosted the user experience. View full review »
Nikolay Georgiev
Infrastructure engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution has improved my organization because it has good performance. The interface is simple. Its ease of use has simplified storage for us. View full review »
Jeff Bilbro
Infrastructure Manager at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
FlashArray has allowed us to go all flash. There is no more worrying about how many IOPS our different storage tiers have and trying to buy more disks just to get higher performance. We simply don't worry about performance. View full review »
Shaun Lingenfelter
Senior IT Systems Administrator at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
* Cuts VM deployment down to seconds. * Cuts latency under MS. * Amazing performance. * Very stable; no worries about how much it can handle. View full review »

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