Pure Storage FlashArray Scalability

SrManagee02f
Sr Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We tend not to do too much expansion but we can easily scale with the way we have structured our purchasing model on Pure. We can add small chunks as we need capacity, and we can once or twice a year add, which is kind on our budgets. It's kind on the IT people, as we don't have to fight our way through approvals because we're buying very massive amounts of expansion. It just makes it a little easier for us to do our own jobs internally. View full review »
James-Kelly
Senior Systems Administrator for Research at Chapman University
The data reduction technology part of the scalability has been impressive. We really like its ability to host diverse additional workloads, categories of data, and vendor database technologies. We have purchased a second array. We also added an additional shelf for capacity to the first array. The process of adding both of these devices took less than an hour in each case: The SE shows up, plugs stuff together, turns it on, and the data moves over. View full review »
Thayne Yost
Senior Network Engineer at US Dept of Energy Idaho Operations Office
We are hoping that we get to scale up, at some point. My initial impression is that it should be very easy for us to expand just by replacing the disk groups or by adding a shelf. As far as my impressions of being able to scale, I think it will be pretty simple. Until we get to that point, I don't know. We haven't really seen much on the performance side, because we only have five VMs in there right now. I can definitely say that it is extremely fast. It is much faster than our legacy HPE spinning disks. However, until we get a lot more servers on it, I won't know if we going to hit a bottleneck or cap it out at all. I don't think we will, but until we get more on there, I won't know. View full review »
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SeniorMa7726
Senior Manager of Technical Alliances at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
We decided how big of a failure domain that we wanted to entertain. We decided to split three into what could have been one single controller interface system. However, at some point, if we lose 500 terabytes, what does that do to our company? Now, we have things like active clusters which mitigate a lot of these issues, but people still need to be wary about how they design their failure domains. View full review »
Marlin McNeil
CTO at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
We have never, ever run up against a bottleneck. It's a piece of cake to scale it. You plug in more and you keep going until you max out your bandwidth and then you put another storage controller in, a Fibre Channel controller, and go some more. View full review »
Operatio6735
Operation Manager at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Scalability is very good considering the architecture that they're built around, which is the scale-up architecture. It's very good. View full review »
Virgilio Albert
Owner at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
So far, the scalability is great. As a partner, what we want is to keep selling more and more products to our customers. One feature that Pure has is that it gives you even more storage as the company develops new functionality or does software upgrades. Even though it doesn't allow us to sell as much as we would like, our customers appreciate that. They have more capacity without investing any money. So the scalability is great. View full review »
Sre61c6
SRE at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of scalability, we buy new controllers or we build new shelves and we're able to scale out pretty much whenever we want, as long as we have the money to spend. View full review »
Derek Small
President and Principal Architect Engineer at Technetics
They are at least 30 percent faster than their closest competitor. It depends always on the differences on how you scale. I had customers get NetApp, who couldn't get anything out of it. They finally added another storage shelf and started getting some decent numbers. Well, instead of adding a couple more storage shelves, I could do that with one Pure Storage array. What if I don't need that much storage and don't want to have five shelves? You don't need that with Pure Storage, because one shelf will strain. I don't have any massive Pure Storage installs. Probably the biggest ones that I have been apart of are five or six arrays. View full review »
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. In regards to storage and SANDS, it's very difficult to have a scalable solution when you're talking about hardware stores. It's just really difficult to do that. Overall, I think Pure does a good job with scalability. View full review »
ITsuper677
IT Supervisor at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Scalability seems pretty simplistic. You just buy more drives and slap them in the box, then tack it onto your current storage pool. It seems like it would be pretty easy to scale out. However, I don't know about scaling up. I don't think they do extra data shelves, so you would have to buy a whole new unit. View full review »
Delmar Tanner
Sr Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
We haven't had to scale out yet because the solution is new to our organization, but I have heard it's pretty easy to do. Right now, we have a capacity of about 100 TB. We don't plan to scale right now. When we bought it, we sized it to allow for about two years of growth. So unless something unexpected happens, we should be okay. View full review »
SystemEnd4f8
System Engineer at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have around 5 Pure Storage SANs and several of them are maxed out on trays. View full review »
Infrastr31b9
Infrastructure Architect at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
We scaled up when we bought new arrays where we get the snapshot replaced and upgraded for no extra costs. During the workloads and while the upgrade was taking place there were no outages, none whatsoever. View full review »
Sean Bettencourt
Supervisor of Systems Engineering at a software R&D company with 501-1,000 employees
Scaling is easy. You just plug in new disks, it sees them and it works. I can't explain it any better than that. You just plug it in and it works. View full review »
TeamLeadc75a
Team Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The flash array scales up well, but it doesn't really scale-out. I think that's more where Pure's FlashBlade comes into play. You'd have to replace it with the next model up controller, in order to scale. View full review »
DBA0bbf
DBA at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution scales well. The issue we had with stability is now under control, so we are able to scale out fine. We can just drop in new disks when we need them. View full review »
Thomas Charewicz
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We can quickly add more shelves and drives with larger sizes, which is perfect. The whole concept of keeping it all modular is definitely new. View full review »
SeniorVib215
Senior Vituralization Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The scalability options are very nice because you can scale it much better and faster. The scalability was there in the previous environment also, but this is far better than what we had before. It basically helps the user in case they are looking for more storage. We can scale it much faster. View full review »
SrITAnal8af3
Sr IT Analyst at a local government
Pure is our primary enterprise storage. We have a smaller one with about a 120 servers and a little over 400 virtual desktops. We have one 20 terabyte model and a 10 terabyte model. I believe it is scalable. View full review »
CloudInfd4f4
Cloud Infra Manager at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
The solution is easy to scale. I'm running two environments right now, so I need to scale. I've got an A-side and a B-side. View full review »
SysAdmin3d53
Sys Admin at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability appears to be easy but we haven't had to use it. View full review »
Christian Gravel
CEO at Intellect Dynamics
We've never had an issue with scale as we've deployed to some of our clients. View full review »
ITDirect71e2
IT Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
We have already made upgrades now for two months. We think that the scalability is very good. If you want to go to another array or add more capacity, they will change it, if you have the support. So, we put more capacity on it. There is a simple way to do it which has a protection of investment. View full review »
Sarkis Kotelyan
System Administrator at VERIFI
We haven't really scaled up. View full review »
SeniorMa0c72
Senior Manager of IT Infrastructure at a K-12 educational company or school with 10,001+ employees
With scalability, I have run into a little problem with our last upgrade. There were some undocumented limitations to the number of drives that our controller could run on. So, instead of putting in a new data pack as we had anticipated, we had to keep adding and removing to get up to the capacity that we needed to be. What should have been a one day process (or a few hours) turned into a month and a half process. View full review »
Infrastrcbc2
Infrastructure Architect at a health, wellness and fitness company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's scalable. You can hit a point where you fill up enough drives in the shelves. We're at that point now where we've got to expand. We've got to add another shelf. View full review »
Kristi Kettgen
IT Network Engineer at Turlock Irrigation District
With scalability, you just add more shelves and buy new controllers. If you have the Evergreen Storage subscription, then you get new controllers every year. I can buy more storage, if needed. However, with the dedupe and compression, it will be a while before I need to. View full review »
Andrea Spaziani
Chief Information, Facility, Purchasing and Services Manager at Roma Metropolitane S.r.l.
There were no scalability issues. NDU and NDD were very simple, without interruption or performance decrease for its cluster nature, active/passive. View full review »
Kelvin Foo
APAC System manager at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use VMware but we have migrated most of the VM load to AWS. We also have Oracle ERP data warehouse and our internal lifecycle management system that is being stored on their storage. It's able to handle the entire load. View full review »
SysAdm3408
System Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
You can scale easily. You can extend it online, change controllers online. Scalability gets five out five stars. View full review »
Chad Skidmore
Director at Engage
I believe it will scale nicely. We've not had reason to push that limit yet. We just haven't had a need to do that. I believe they've got a very broad portfolio so that we could scale it fairly dramatically beyond where we're at right now. View full review »
CTO6a2e
CTO at a health, wellness and fitness company with 201-500 employees
It's very scalable. I probably run about 10 million patient visits a year through the system. I've never had a problem. It's back-ending my entire medical record platform. It's a very stable platform. View full review »
Chaan Beard
Senior Data Center Solutions Architect at ChaanBeard.com
It's not so scalable. It's got moderate scaling capabilities right now. The clustering technology needs a bit of work, they need to improve that. View full review »
Directorf1b0
Director of Information Security at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I'm confident it will grow as the hospital grows. View full review »
Principa93ed
Principal Engineer at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We haven't scaled yet, but we're planning to. We do upgrades constantly. It's very scalable and easy to do. View full review »
Rob Wysocki
Infrastructure Engineer at Paylocity
It is highly scalable. In particular, with the ability to view analytics and some of capacity planning, that helps us in this regard as well. View full review »
Jerome Deliege
Head of Infrastructure Architecture at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The scalability is very modular. When you need more storage or power, you change one brick, and you don't have to go through a long process. View full review »
SystemsA417a
Systems Admin at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
From what we've been told, it looks like it would be really scalable if we purchased more. The licensing and scalability patterns are really cost-effective. We don't have to rebuy things in different tiers to just continue on, so we like that. View full review »
Jim-Davis
Director of IT at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is great. Pure's model is adding more disk space to it and then getting a better controller to make sure you are going to stay with your performance. It's a wonderful model. View full review »
Tim Kovars
Sr. Systems Engineer at Quarles & Brady LLP
Architec2276
Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The solution is very scalable because it is fairly smooth and easy to upgrade. View full review »
Peter Golledge
Unix and storage manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is near excellent. In terms of provision capacity, a total footprint is over 400 terabytes provisioned out to systems in my organization. View full review »
Parikshit Goutam
IT Manager at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
Scalability is going well. We have been expanding it and we have about five customers now. View full review »
Alberto Zanon
CIO at NGS srl
We haven't done an upscale of the solution, maybe more in future projects. View full review »
SystemsA5733
Systems Analyst at a government with 501-1,000 employees
So far it seems good. View full review »
IctAndSebb6d
ICT and Security Specialist at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The scalability is excellent and is very easy. View full review »
DeputyEx7942
Deputy Executive Officer at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We haven't reached the stage yet, specifically on VDI, where we have to scale. View full review »
Jon Waite
CTO at CCL
Good to very good. View full review »
David Fong
Sr System Engineer at Stanford University
Scalability is good. It's fairly easy for me to add capacity. View full review »
QaEngine77f9
QA Engineer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
It scales well, around a petabyte. View full review »
Michael Raunig
System Engineer at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
At the moment, we have one data pack. We think that we may buy another data pack this year to scale the system up. View full review »
RameshGanesan
Senior Director of Databases at a health, wellness and fitness company with 501-1,000 employees
It looks like it is scaling pretty well. View full review »
HeadOfIn50e7
Head of Infrastructure at a health, wellness and fitness company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability of the solution is extremely costly. View full review »
Marcel Colsoul
Technical and Pre-sales Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The scalability is good. View full review »
SocialAr4d8e
Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The scalability works. We are using between 30TB to 50TB. View full review »
RobertJones
Associate Director of Computing Services at Carnegie Mellon University
It seems highly scalable. View full review »
SystemAd0ccc
System Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's been really easy to expand storage with no downtime. It's one of the things we like about it. View full review »
Technicab541
Technical Marketing Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
The scalability is already there in both directions. You can scale the storage, as well as the compute. View full review »
Melissa Burg
Director of MIS at Watson Clinic
It's scalable. We've grown the product two or three times since we got it. We've actually purchased two more storage arrays since then that are not used for Epic, so we're expanding it. We'll be using this for many years in the future. View full review »
ITManage715c
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
I am very impressed by the scalability Pure offers. View full review »
SystemsE5fd9
Systems Engineer at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scalability of this solution is really good. View full review »
SeniorNec2fe
Senior Network Systems Engineer at a Consumer Goods with 1,001-5,000 employees
We've got two arrays. Capacity-wise, we've over-subscribed on storage, so we haven't had to expand them at this point. View full review »
Customer85c3
Customer Support Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Scalability is okay. We can scale it quite high if we want. This is what we have seen on some projects, which is good, View full review »
Sartor John
IT Manager at Haworth
We just doubled it in size it was painless. View full review »
SrManage7091
Sr Manager at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have had no issues with scaling up to whatever demands that we have. View full review »
CTO6499
CTO at a individual & family service with 1,001-5,000 employees
It's scalable. We started with a very small storage array and now we're in a much larger one. I think we're up to 40 terabytes. View full review »
ITManage17e2
IT Manager at a government with 51-200 employees
The scalability is great. View full review »
Wally Bostrom
Network Manager at Macc 911
The scalability is handy. You can just add more drives. They automatically synchronize. You don't have to do anything but snap them in there. It is pretty easy. View full review »
ITOffice3736
IT Officer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The product is scalable. View full review »
IctOpera3163
ICT Operations Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
We did some add-ons months ago without any downtime. View full review »
David Beaulieu
Digital Architect at CBC
It's granular. View full review »
Sun Kim Dosik
SDDC Senior Director at SK Telecom
The scalability is very good. View full review »
Michael Glickman
President at Computer Network Architects, Inc.
It's definitely scalable. It can grow with a company's needs. View full review »
DevManag32ea
Development Manager at Moreton Bay Technology
I have never had a problem getting more storage, so scalability seems pretty good. View full review »
NetworkSe0b1
Network Specialist at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
I have not had any issues with scalability. View full review »
Georg Dueren
Cloud Solution Architect at Dimension Data
It is easy to scale. View full review »
SrTechMa1007
Sr Tech Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It scales well. View full review »
Dave Petroski
Senior Architect at Southwest Gas Corporation
The scalability is very good. View full review »
ChiefTec2f46
Chief Technology Officer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is absolutely scalable to our company's needs. View full review »
Felipe Labarca
CTO at Ticel
The scalability is good. View full review »
Cecilia Lenasdotter
Network Engineer at Altura Credit Union
The scalability is very good. View full review »
SystemEne60c
System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Scalability is good. View full review »
NetworkE15cd
Network Engineer at a logistics company with 201-500 employees
The scalability is good. View full review »
Director85c1
Director at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It scales absolutely, to the highest level you can think of. View full review »
Nikolay Georgiev
Infrastructure engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Scalability is great. View full review »
Anand AYYANGSR
Systems Engineer at PayPal
It has been scalable so far. View full review »
Frank Thompson
Director of Network Services at Engage
It's scalable to our needs. View full review »
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