Pure Storage FlashArray Pros and Cons

Pure Storage FlashArray Pros

SrManagee02f
Sr Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It comes with a large number of features out-of-the-box, which makes it easy for us to see problems and manage capacity.
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James-Kelly
Senior Systems Administrator for Research at Chapman University
Their REST API is wonderful, well-documented, and easy to use.
As soon as we introduced our first Pure Storage FlashArray, the first benefit was at least twice the performance increase. Our production databases simply ran twice as fast with no other change.
Pure Storage technology allowed us to automate tasks, reducing something which started as a 12-hour turnaround down to about 15 minutes.
The data reduction technology part of the scalability has been impressive, like its ability to host additional workloads, volumes of data, and databases.
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Thayne Yost
Senior Network Engineer at US Dept of Energy Idaho Operations Office
It's reduced our overhead management time on storage, since it is so simple to get in and just provision a volume, present it to the host, and then you are done.
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SeniorMa7726
Senior Manager of Technical Alliances at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
All our junior partners can administer the storage arrays. It is simple and easy to use. We don't have to dedicate a whole team of full time people to work on it.
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Operatio6735
Operation Manager at a leisure / travel company with 5,001-10,000 employees
It helps us maintain uptime much better than other solutions we've used in the past, and the support is extremely quick and responsive.
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Derek Small
President and Principal Architect Engineer at Technetics
The back-end data reporting for Pure Storage is phenomenal. The data that you can see on the performance of your customers' array, so you can be proactive about upgrades or enhancements, and is a phenomenal tool to have access to as a partner. I haven't seen this type of stuff out of anything of the other storage systems.
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CloudAdm1d74
Cloud Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
For us, the most valuable feature is the compression and deduplication. Being able to deploy a three to one ratio for storage is absolutely critical in today's world with the growing need for storage and the growing need for more space.
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ITsuper677
IT Supervisor at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
They have really good baked in analytics to show you trends for growth history, so it does help with future planning for data growth.
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Delmar Tanner
Sr Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The speed is the most valuable feature, along with the ease of getting it connected. We were able to get it online in less than a day.
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Sean Bettencourt
Supervisor of Systems Engineering at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
We also use VMware integrations developed by Pure, their plugins in our vCenter environment. They help by allowing our non-technical operations teams to deploy new data stores and resize data stores without me having to involve myself all the time to do those simple tasks.
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Pure Storage FlashArray Cons

SrManagee02f
Sr Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to have an easy way to determine the cost per VM so that I can present a solution to our customers.
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James-Kelly
Senior Systems Administrator for Research at Chapman University
The higher education moves slowly. We are still looking forward to implementing the full list of existing features.
In terms of the future, I have been excited by some of the copy data management stuff that they're talking about building into the environment. There are feature sets where I've done a lot of automation work. So, I am always looking forward to extensions of their API. They're also talking about a phone home centralized analytics database being used as a centralized management console with a list of new cloud features, but this doesn't seem finalized.
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Thayne Yost
Senior Network Engineer at US Dept of Energy Idaho Operations Office
We did have one hiccup with the integration of vCenter. When we were installing Pure Storage, we were using vCenter 6.7, which defaults to the HTML5 Web Client. The current plugin for Pure Storage doesn't show up in that client at all. You have to go and use the legacy FlexFlash client to see the Pure Storage plugin in vCenter.
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SeniorMa7726
Senior Manager of Technical Alliances at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would like to see some improvements on the FlashBlade side around the CIFS space support. I am not super familiar with all the different NAS protocols that they run on their box, but there could be some improvements made on SMB CIFS side.
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Operatio6735
Operation Manager at a leisure / travel company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would love for them to have a hyper-converged solution.
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Derek Small
President and Principal Architect Engineer at Technetics
The setup needs to be improved the most. They can do a little more with the user interface, but the setup is what I would like to see made a bit easier.
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CloudAdm1d74
Cloud Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The scalability of the solution is not as good as it probably could be.
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ITsuper677
IT Supervisor at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
I would love to see a true one click upgrade solution. Right now, you have to click and schedule an appointment with Pure Storage to be able to upgrade. I would love for it to automatically download, install, and fall-over every controller as it updates.
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Delmar Tanner
Sr Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
It was a little costly. The price was ultimately higher than both of the other solutions that we evaluated. I'd say that's the only downside.
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Sean Bettencourt
Supervisor of Systems Engineering at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees
If they could make it cheaper, that would be something.
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Learn what your peers think about Pure Storage FlashArray. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2021.
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