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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 benefits… 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 databases… 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 have… 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. If… 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 by… 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… 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… 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 when… 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… 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 them… 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… 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… 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 frames… 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»

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… 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… more»
Anonymous User
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… 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… 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… 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… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
System Engineer with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

There are a couple of things we really like: the flash storage, the deduplication, and IO times are very good. The snapshots are also fairly… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The one major gripe I have is that there is no snapshotting enabled by default on the SAN. There was a situation where all of our LUN were… more»

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

Pure Storage is a good price and it's a solid product for the price point. Only two or three times over the last 5 years have we had Pure flash… more»

What other advice do I have?

When we do a mass migration of data to the Pure SAN, it along with any other SAN out there still has to deduplicate that. So, it arrives in a large… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 23 2018

What is most valuable?

Ease of use is the most valuable feature for us. It just does what it says. It's very efficient, really quick, and replication is great. Predictive… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The new features that they are coming out with are very compelling for us, especially now that they have a partnership with AWS it will get some… more»

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

We were getting rid of Dell EMC because they were awful and they cost a fortune. vSAN was also an option because we use a lot of VMware but we… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten. If you're considering this solution I would advise you to do a Pure Storage demo and have them put an… more»
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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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All updates, upgrades, and hardware work are all performed on-line with no impact.
The most valuable features are extremely low latency, high IOPS with VMware, inline deduplication and compression.
Performance, deduplication, compression, and fast response time for requests from servers and applications.
Redundancy and the fault tolerance of the platform are the most impressive.
Data reduction and compression. Sub millisecond latency.
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.
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