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James-Kelly
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator for Research at Chapman University
Nov 13 2018

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... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As soon as we introduced our first Pure Storage FlashArray, the first benefit was at least twice the performance increase. Our production... more»

What needs improvement?

The higher education moves slowly. We are still looking forward to implementing the full list of existing features. In terms of the future, I... 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, as it's not priced for you to buy one off-the-shelf.... 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... more»
Marlin McNeil
Real User
CTO 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
Virgilio Albert
Consultant
Owner 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... 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... 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... 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... more»
Ray Smith
Real User
Database Manager 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... 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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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»

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... more»
Mike Salins
Real User
Principal Product Manager at Actifio
Nov 14 2018

What is most valuable?

* The performance of the high speed FlashArrays. * They have a good API set. Their flash snapshot technologies are efficient. * The deduplication in the array, which is one of the... more»

What needs improvement?

They have a product, FlashBlade, which is their object storage integration, and that's something that we haven't integrated with yet. This might be an area for additional focus as... more»

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

It is light years beyond anything else with the same price point.

What other advice do I have?

If I want a product which has reliability and high speed, and Pure Storage is the first name that comes out of my mouth. I recommend them. These days, most storage products, with a... more»
Andrea Spaziani
Real User
Chief Information, Facility, Purchasing and Services Manager at Roma Metropolitane S.r.l.
Apr 06 2018

What is most valuable?

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

How has it helped my organization?

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

What needs improvement?

Reports of performance and LUN utilization could be improved. The VVol support is just released in GA. Pure has global... more»

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

Everything is included, so there is very simple licensing. F

Which solutions did we use previously?

We have used 3PAR for VDI and NetApp for VSI. The new solution has a very low price/performance ratio. With the price... more»

What other advice do I have?

Test it in your environment in a PoC or in a Try-and-Buy to check your deduplication and compression ratios. Pure has... more»
RESC
Real User
Storage Solutions Architect IV at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Performance, deduplication, compression, and fast response time for requests from servers and applications.

How has it helped my organization?

Our database administrators had to run some manual process twice a week since the disk performance of our previous... more»

What needs improvement?

I have not been able to find one yet.

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

The price seems fair according to the market. We analyzed multiple All-Flash Arrays (AFA) in the market, but Pure came... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We have another platform using spinning disk 600GB 15K RPM SAS drives, but our applications and servers have grown so... more»

What other advice do I have?

I always recommend a company to start with a proof of concept. That way, you can test your applications directly with... more»
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