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Pure Storage in Mountain View, California offers all-flash array data storage promising affordability, high availability, and consistent performance.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/KO/5r/2XVZ08V2ZAOX.pngPureStorage, an absolute must for any VDI environmentWe use the m20 storage array for hosting our VDI environment. It is part of an initiative to replace our hybrid storage platform hosting the current VDI environment. We are currently limited by storage silos and after a POC, we found PureStorage to be very competitive as it had better performance, gave more usable storage, higher dedupe and compression. We also tested it for other use cases such as hosting CIFS via SMB and running a SQL database which had good results.,Performance of the array is very high. We immediately noticed users reboot times, Read/Write's and overall user experience improve. Dedupe and compression gave us more available storage. Best solution out in the market for any VDI environment as it provides the users an experience that cannot be achieved using spinning disks.,CIFS support. Enterprises that are using NAS solutions for hosting CIFS are not comfortable moving to SMB solution. There are other flash array products in the market that currently support CIFS. Better DB handling. Had a scenario where the IOPS spiked without any reason. We had a scenario where the storage array brought down an entire ESXi host. It could be a one off thing but good to keep in mind.,9,We got the array for less than the marked price after negotiations and ROI turned out to be good It suited our overall business objectives to fit in with the Organization's requirements,Nimble Storage, Tintri and NetApp All Flash FAS,NetApp All Flash FAS, Nimble Storage, Cisco UCS B-Series, Veeam Backup & Replication, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Microsoft Office 365, Netwrix Auditor, Amazon Glacier, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), VMware ESXi, VMware Horizon View, VMware vCenter Server, AppSense, Okta, Zerto Virtual Replication, CloudLock, BeyondTrust PowerBroker, Citrix NetScaler, RSA SecurID, Box, Teradici, OpenDNS Umbrella Web FilteringIs Pure Storage right for you?We are using Pure Storage as a storage platform for our multi-tenant cloud environment as well as for customers with dedicated hardware environments. It provides a solution for high IO environments as well as eases the burden of array management.,Management: The interface makes it easy to define hosts, host groups and LUNs. Very quick, very intuitive and simple. AD authentication is also a huge bonus for us. Allows for customers to view but not manage their own array. Performance Metrics: Pure Storage has good metrics across the array as well as at the individual LUN. We have begun separating LUNs based on customers and it has been huge when trying to trouble shoot performance for a single customer whose compute is on a multi-tenant cloud. Speed: I don't have specific metrics, but all customers that are on the array have never complained about speed. We did have one customer that we were throttling based on the original contract. We opened that up to get them over a couple of initial deployment tasks and they were pleased with the speed. VLAN support: The VLAN support in the newer version of Purity was also huge for us. It allowed us to keep SAN networks separate in a multi-tenant environment. Support is great: We had a support engineer dig through Microsoft settings for multipathing on iSCSI iniators. He did this on two different occasions!,See more under the hood: I came from an array environment where there was a little more visibility into what was going on the in the background of the array. It would be nice to have the option to see what type of RAID is being used, and more details on the compression and deduplication that is going on. The ability to throttle a specific LUN on the Pure Storage would be nice. Not sure of the implications though.,10,We are still fairly new to Pure Storage, so it is somewhat hard to say on the RIO, but I can say that it has made a very positive impact on the manageability of a storage array. With our previous SAN environment, I felt like there were always little things that I didn't know about. I was also using support a lot more with the earlier arrays.,Dell PowerVault,Atlassian Confluence, Expensify, VMware vCenter ServerMy 2 cents over Pure StorageThis is being used by the Enterprise Infrastructure team to have some of the business critical application databases hosted on the Pure Storage for better performance. Migrating from typical SAN to Pure Storage significantly improved the performance challenges which we were facing earlier.,READ and WRITES operation (I/O) were way higher than the traditional SAN. Migration from Mainframe to SQL during the time of staging where millions of records were dumped and the Pure Storage hosted DB worked really well. The ETA for having the data loaded to SQL environment was tough but we managed to have it using Pure Storage. SQL TempDB performance also performed exceptionally well when BI & Analytics folks were performing major query against the TempDB.,Easy mechanism or GUI for creating a SNAPSHOT of the storage where the DB files are hosted. We have encountered some challenges when trying to create a SNAPSHOT of the storage for reporting purpose on demand. SNAPSHOT performance counter to monitor impact of the source storage if any impact.,9,I see my ROI was great, better performance of database and application which were business critical.,EXTREME IO,Nutanix, VMware ESXi, VCE Vblock, EMC VNX, HP 3PAR StoreServ Flash Storage, EMC VPLEX
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October 30, 2017

Pure Storage FlashArray Review: "PureStorage, an absolute must for any VDI environment"

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We use the m20 storage array for hosting our VDI environment. It is part of an initiative to replace our hybrid storage platform hosting the current VDI environment. We are currently limited by storage silos and after a POC, we found PureStorage to be very competitive as it had better performance, gave more usable storage, higher dedupe and compression. We also tested it for other use cases such as hosting CIFS via SMB and running a SQL database which had good results.
  • Performance of the array is very high. We immediately noticed users reboot times, Read/Write's and overall user experience improve.
  • Dedupe and compression gave us more available storage.
  • Best solution out in the market for any VDI environment as it provides the users an experience that cannot be achieved using spinning disks.
  • CIFS support. Enterprises that are using NAS solutions for hosting CIFS are not comfortable moving to SMB solution. There are other flash array products in the market that currently support CIFS.
  • Better DB handling. Had a scenario where the IOPS spiked without any reason.
  • We had a scenario where the storage array brought down an entire ESXi host. It could be a one off thing but good to keep in mind.
Best suited for hosting VDI environments. Great for hosting production environments where there is a need for IOPS as the array can easily handle any workloads. Because of a bad experience with ESXi, i cannot give it a 10/10 as the array completely froze the host.
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October 28, 2016

Pure Storage FlashArray Review: "Is Pure Storage right for you?"

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We are using Pure Storage as a storage platform for our multi-tenant cloud environment as well as for customers with dedicated hardware environments. It provides a solution for high IO environments as well as eases the burden of array management.
  • Management: The interface makes it easy to define hosts, host groups and LUNs. Very quick, very intuitive and simple. AD authentication is also a huge bonus for us. Allows for customers to view but not manage their own array.
  • Performance Metrics: Pure Storage has good metrics across the array as well as at the individual LUN. We have begun separating LUNs based on customers and it has been huge when trying to trouble shoot performance for a single customer whose compute is on a multi-tenant cloud.
  • Speed: I don't have specific metrics, but all customers that are on the array have never complained about speed. We did have one customer that we were throttling based on the original contract. We opened that up to get them over a couple of initial deployment tasks and they were pleased with the speed.
  • VLAN support: The VLAN support in the newer version of Purity was also huge for us. It allowed us to keep SAN networks separate in a multi-tenant environment.
  • Support is great: We had a support engineer dig through Microsoft settings for multipathing on iSCSI iniators. He did this on two different occasions!
  • See more under the hood: I came from an array environment where there was a little more visibility into what was going on the in the background of the array. It would be nice to have the option to see what type of RAID is being used, and more details on the compression and deduplication that is going on.
  • The ability to throttle a specific LUN on the Pure Storage would be nice. Not sure of the implications though.
When you are talking thousands and thousands of IOPS, Pure Storage is a good choice. If you have a need for multi-speed disks, Pure Storage might not be for you.
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March 28, 2016

Pure Storage FlashArray Review: "My 2 cents over Pure Storage"

Score 9 out of 10
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This is being used by the Enterprise Infrastructure team to have some of the business critical application databases hosted on the Pure Storage for better performance. Migrating from typical SAN to Pure Storage significantly improved the performance challenges which we were facing earlier.
  • READ and WRITES operation (I/O) were way higher than the traditional SAN.
  • Migration from Mainframe to SQL during the time of staging where millions of records were dumped and the Pure Storage hosted DB worked really well. The ETA for having the data loaded to SQL environment was tough but we managed to have it using Pure Storage.
  • SQL TempDB performance also performed exceptionally well when BI & Analytics folks were performing major query against the TempDB.
  • Easy mechanism or GUI for creating a SNAPSHOT of the storage where the DB files are hosted. We have encountered some challenges when trying to create a SNAPSHOT of the storage for reporting purpose on demand.
  • SNAPSHOT performance counter to monitor impact of the source storage if any impact.
On a Database side, whether Oracle, SQL or DB2, I see this storage as an awesome combination for optimal performance.
Read Sanjay Kumar's full review

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Pure Storage in Mountain View, California offers all-flash array data storage promising affordability, high availability, and consistent performance.

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