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Real User
Sr Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 04 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is simple to install. It comes with a large number of features out-of-the-box, which makes it easy for us to see problems and manage capacity. We use the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved our performance. We run a lot of security tools that scan for different things, and this would greatly impact our other storage arrays that were… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to have an easy way to determine the cost per VM so that I can present a solution to our customers. We're going through a transformation where we are trying… more»

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

Pure has been flexible with us on the pricing models.

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

We needed to do a lifecycle replacement, and we also knew that at the time that flash was just really starting to take hold. We had used a hybrid model before and we… more»

What other advice do I have?

After implementing this solution, we did see the performance impact. The performance had increased, although our customers did not see it. So as IT, on the backend, we… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to choosing this solution, we evaluated Dell EMC. We looked at Nimble but they weren't all-flash at the time so they didn't last very long. I am sure that we… more»
James-Kelly
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator for Research at Chapman University
Apr 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature has been its performance. It has allowed us to virtualize our production environment, which has many secondary benefits, primarily involving the automation of database… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

In the higher-education industry, things moves slowly. We are still looking forward to implementing the full list of their existing features. In terms of the future, I have been excited by some of the… more»

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

In terms of other contemporary arrays, Pure is something you need to have a use case for. It isn't priced for you to just buy one off-the-shelf. If you have an appropriate use case though--heavy lift… more»

What other advice do I have?

Start with performance, then start to narrow things down by looking at the additional functionality that a particular solution is going to bring into your environment. There are use cases where raw… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had existing relationships with vendors who had spinning disk technology. What we weren't getting was the type of flexibility for automation and copy management that all-flash technology offered… more»
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Thayne Yost
Real User
Senior Network Engineer at US Dept of Energy Idaho Operations Office
Jun 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The simplicity is the most valuable feature. I do not have to deal with how to provision RAIDs or manage disks. I just plugin my disk groups, and it does it all on the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The inline deduplication and compression have exceeded our expectations. The rep from Pure Storage kept promising us 4:1, and we were very skeptic about getting that. We… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

We just barely bought our Pure Storage, so we haven't been able to use Evergreen Storage subscription at all yet. However, it's a really cool concept. As long as we… more»

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

We are replacing legacy HPE EVA and legacy Hyper-V systems moving to VMware with Pure Storage, as our storage solution. We have a very old HPE EVA system. We knew that we… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have made recommendations to friends who work for other companies that are looking for storage right now to just go ahead and buy Pure Storage. From what I have seen, it… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate the HPE 3PAR and HPE all-flash systems, because we were a legacy HPE environment, where everything we had was HPE. Beyond that, we didn't really… more»
Real User
Senior Manager of Technical Alliances at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 25 2019

What is most valuable?

When I was a customer, the most valuable feature is the ease of use. It is the whole package: The ease of use, cost, and the ability for it to perform at a level that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have done a lot of different things with Pure Storage. We have included some real-time analytics that we developed for our eCommerce website and run those on… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

We have an Evergreen Storage subscription. We like it a lot. We recently upgraded from the M-series to the X-series FlashArrays. We used the Evergreen Storage solution and… more»

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

We thought we we going to go with the new version of Hitachi, and everything was going to fine: Lift, shift and replace with the new one. What we started doing was… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do a fair evaluation. Be objective, look at the different technologies, and use the technologies. See what they look like and what you will to have to deal with when… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Hitachi, who was our current vendor. We evaluated Dell EMC for the VMAX and XtremIO. Then, we evaluated Pure Storage. We are also a NetApp customer, so we… more»
Marlin McNeil
Real User
CTO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Nov 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* It's really fast * It's fall-off-the-log easy to use. That is the strongest selling point. The ease of use is really nice. In terms of the Predictive Performance Analytics, it certainly contributes to better overall performance and I'm a total fan of that. I've worked with some other flash storage… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

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

I think our client, Chapman University, was on Dell EMC before they went to Pure. What I'm about to say are some of my impressions, I don't know that I know all the details that went into the decision. I think that they were just done with Dell EMC and that Dell EMC's all-flash solution was an… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do it. I have zero reservations about recommending Pure to anyone who is looking for some really good all-flash. Pure is the way to go, for sure. All-flash is great whenever you can get it but I really like the Pure offering. It's very robust. I heard the "chief scientist," the brains of the deal… more»
Real User
Operation Manager at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are the speed, ease of use, administration, and the support model. We have the VMware plugin for Pure storage. It's the plugin… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us maintain uptime much better than other solutions we've used in the past and the support is extremely quick and responsive. The ease of management, cutting edge… more»

What needs improvement?

From a software perspective, it's been great. They've done a lot of things with VM integration from the Pure side. I would love for them to have a hyper-converged… more»

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

We have 16 or 18 arrays. We like to do the three-year support model so that we get Evergreen and therefore, we get free upgrades. We pay around more than 1.5 million… more»

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

Before Pure, we had EMC VNX, and we were having the entire array reboot and we would lose a server room at a remote casino. All VMs would go down and have to reboot… more»

What other advice do I have?

They're the leader in the industry and everyone's chasing them. They're a cloud-native array that no one's ever done and their storage is excellent. Even if they weren't… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I wasn't a decision-maker in the decision-making process. Had I been, I would've considered Nimble All Flash Array. I wouldn't consider anything else. Everything else that… more»
Virgilio Albert
Consultant
Owner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 25 2018

What is most valuable?

The ease of use. That's what our customers love. They say it's very easy, they don't need special training, they don't need to call us or any other company or integrator to help them do their job. That's the main reason they purchase Pure… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

Pure will probably have to move to other layers of the stack, not only storage but, maybe, hyperconverged. That's one thing they might have to look at because, if you are looking for storage, Pure is the player and the winner. But, if you… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to buy Pure. I am very excited about this product. I would recommend that anybody who is looking at storage should really look at and consider Pure, and they will probably buy Pure. The performance is great. In terms of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Normally, when we go to compete for a customer, they are looking at all the most important brands. Dell EMC is part of most storage bids. There is NetApp and sometimes we face IBM. In our territory there is Hitachi, which is a great… more»
Real User
SRE at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 31 2018

What is most valuable?

The magic that the storage does would be the most valuable feature for us. Deduping on the fly is really cool to us because some of our stuff we get around seven to one, which is amazing. I definitely like the new redesign of the UI that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

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

We switched because we were running out of support with 3PAR and they wouldn't renew our support unless we got a new array which was a lot of money. We had some of those SSD arrays, we didn't want to put all our eggs in one basket so we… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine. If someone was considering this solution I'd definitely ask them what their use case for was. If they had a high workload, like for example, I have a buddy who works in the entertainment industry, and they… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have a bunch of different storage, like Isilon from Dell EMC, NetApp, HPE 3PAR, Cohesity, and Pure Storage. They're all different functions, and Pure is our warrior, if we need something really fast, really low latency.
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What is Pure Storage FlashArray?

Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. Without forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.

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The most valuable features are extremely low latency, high IOPS with VMware, inline deduplication and compression.
It is an SSD array that has awesome performance, low submillisecond latency, and does what it is supposed to do. It just works, which is difficult for things to do anymore.
Its array houses our entire production environment.
The GUI is very easy to use and intuitive.
Non-disruptive upgrades: You can upgrade at anytime without worry.
Very stable; no worries about how much it can handle.
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.
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