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Real User
Solutions Architect at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features include the ease of implementation, ease of use and the speed that you can do backup and recovery on. It's not complex. Everything's included in the licensing. You pay for a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One customer we're working with in particular is using FlashBlade along with another solution called an object engine. They're using that to revamp how they store their backups, then store them… more»

What needs improvement?

The solution needs better SMB support. For SMB 3.0 for example, I would expand their footprint to sell FlashBlade, etc.

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

In the licensing model, everything is included. You don't buy a separate license for Active Plus. Support is a separate line item. Support is a different cost, but whatever your support is now, that's… more»

What other advice do I have?

We use a hybrid deployment model. Most of the new data backups to the private cloud and then we can push it off to the public cloud for archiving. The cloud provider we're most likely to use is AWS… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Customers typically also evaluate EMC and NetApp. The primary reason they choose Pure is probably the ease of use and cost.
Real User
VP of Engineering at a pharma/biotech company with 51-200 employees
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

Primarily, most of the features that we've used work out of the box. It's fairly simple if you just roll it out. We integrated it with our kubernetes cluster fairly painlessly but, also the flip side of that is that's where the pain point… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved how our organization functions in the way that it has essentially made us not have to think about storage. That's probably the biggest selling point. Storage is boring and you don't want to think about it. From… more»

What needs improvement?

The Pure Storage Orchestrator is our biggest pain point at the moment. If we can have more say in future developments of feature sets that we will need to support for our use case, that would be pretty beneficial to us.

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

We were just using a very homebrew, on-premise, traditional NAS-style storage solution that was quite a few years out of date already. We took the opportunity then to upgrade our infrastructure completely. The other solution we looked at… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a solid eight to nine, it does tick all of the major boxes. Our main concern is just with the little customizations that we need. If someone is considering this solution I would say that for the gap in the market… more»
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Real User
National Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features would be the IOPS performance and the ease of management.

How has it helped my organization?

We have an improved the lifecycle of database testing and has improved QA in the space that we use it for. Storage has been simplified for us in the way that it's easy to manage. Their automatic monitoring really helps when things break or… more»

What needs improvement?

In the realm of micro-services, I think that Pure Storage can do well if they start getting in there and making their arrays more micro-services ready. We can add a bunch of compute, we could forever compute, but the array at some point… more»

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

We considered building our own solution but at some point, we realized that there was a higher risk to that. We ended up choosing Pure Storage because they could prove that other customers had successful implementations with minimal issues… more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of performance analytics, due to our own fault, we tend to use a lot of capacity faster than we think. Because of our slow internal processing, we can't add capacity fast enough when we need it. We know it is capable of easily… more»
Real User
Practice Manager for Infrastructure at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 31 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its ease of use. We went from six different storage vendors down to one. The training for the operations staff and others that had to deal… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It creates a much smaller footprint. Previously, we had a large data center with 30 racks with 12 racks of storage, and we are now down to one. So, a huge electric savings… more»

What needs improvement?

On our dedupe during our initial buy, we were expecting a number a little higher like 4x. However, we are getting about 3.6. While it is close enough, it doesn't quite hit… more»

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

We used a reseller for the purchase.

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

We switched to Pure Storage as a decision to get away from Dell EMC.

What other advice do I have?

It works quite well for us, and I would recommend it. From a standpoint of pure performance, it's moving. We've been very happy with it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were in a build a new data center mode, and Pure Storage was one of three option that we considered. Then, it became our final option. The other options were HPE 3PAR… more»
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Real User
COO at Santa Lucia
Dec 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us would be that it's a good cost-benefit solution for storing large amounts of data compared to other solutions in the market.

How has it helped my organization?

We needed a separate storage device because we have a large amount of data. The cost benefits of this storage have improved my organization. Has simplified storage because it is easy to use. It's plug-and-play. We don't need too much… more»

What needs improvement?

We haven't been able to use much of the cloud area of Pure Storage. We have a storage server and it would be better if it could integrate with other cloud features of this solution.

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

I would rate this solution a nine. The only reason I wouldn't give it a ten is because the servers are a little big. We have seen smaller products with the same storage capacity. We switched because we were looking for a solution that could… more»

What other advice do I have?

Nowadays we have plenty of data storage solutions in the market. Pure Storage is very fast, very straightforward. The price was nice. I believe that in terms of at least storage needs, it filled its role very well.
Real User
IT Network Specialist at a university with 501-1,000 employees
Jun 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The management is its most valuable feature. The predictive performance analytics are pretty good. The simplicity of the solution is great.

How has it helped my organization?

It improves our organization by making the management much easier to access and not as time consuming. It has made the management easy and simple. We use it to monitor latency. The solution corrects the latency and makes it easier. For… more»

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

We use Nimble. We found out that Nimble had a lot of latency issues, so we decided to switch to Pure Storage. Ever since then, everything has been running a lot more smoothly.

What other advice do I have?

We have integrated it with VMware. The integration process is pretty good. Especially with VMware, it helps with the capacity of it. I would rate it as a nine (out of ten). Altogether, it is a pretty good system. Everything is well setup… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Through past experience, we all decided that Pure Storage was a better fit for our environment. The interface is a lot better than most other storage solutions. We have Nimble, as well, and I prefer the whole layout of Pure Storage over any… more»
Real User
Senior technical architect at a marketing services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

Speed and ease of use are the two most valuable features. I like the information that we're getting out of the predictive performance analytics feature so far. We've only had it for six months so we… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved my organization in the way that we used to have a lot of spinning discs. There had to be multiple racks because of the capacity and performance required, now we can put it… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better integration.

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

We knew we needed to switch to this solution because of the speed. We had these in our data centers and the speed was rock solid and we wanted to get these out to video editors.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a ten. We haven't had any issues with it, it's easy to use, and the speed is incredible. I would advise someone considering this solution to buy it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetApp and Pure Storage were the two solutions that we considered. The NetApp solution was more complicated.
Real User
Senior Architect and IT at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 09 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is performance.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more VM-Aware features in the next release of this solution.

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

Performance needs are what caused us to replace our existing solution.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody considering this solution is to go by the business needs, as opposed to just choosing the fastest solution. In our area, we needed the fastest, which is why we bought it. However, there are other deployments within our… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We qualified with NetApp and have evaluated other solutions, but this is the one that we chose.
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