Pure Storage Reviews

James-Kelly
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator for Research at Chapman University
Sep 20 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 changes… 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 go buy one off-the-shelf. It isn't a casual purchase. If you have an… more»

What other advice do I have?

When researching or selecting potential purchase, start with performance, then try to narrow things down by looking at the additional functionality that a particular solution is going to bring into… 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»
Rujuswami Gandhi
Real User
Associate Director of Cloud Engineering at ZS
May 26 2019

What is most valuable?

Flash is the most valuable feature. Scalability is one of the best features. You can quickly add more. You can swap out the drives with larger sizes, you can add more shelves. All of that is perfect - the whole concept of keeping it modular, where you can keep replacing components. That was… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were previously a legacy storage system. After moving to Pure, the stability and performance both dramatically improved. We don't have to worry about storage anymore. Previously, we had to babysit our storage system, doing things like managing the volumes, looking at the capacity, predicting when… more»

What needs improvement?

The real need that we have is around other backups. Obviously, it has its own snapshot concept but beyond that, having a separate backup system in the Pure ecosystem itself, in that space, would make it all integrated within a single organization and we wouldn't have to deal with multiple companies… more»

What other advice do I have?

You get what you pay for. It is expensive, but it really works. So I would really recommend using Pure Storage.
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»