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Pure Storage FlashArray

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What is Pure Storage FlashArray?

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

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  • Non-Intrusive Upgrades (148)
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  • Data Compression (153)
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All-flash array storage is a solid state, high performance storage option.

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Product Details

What is Pure Storage FlashArray?

Pure Storage FlashArray is available in tow models: FlashArray//C is an all-QLC flash array thatdelivers the NVMe performance, hyper-consolidation, and simplified management. FlashArray//X is all-flash, 100% software-driven, and 100% NVMe storage optimized for corporate and enterprise environments.

Current available models include:

  • FlashArray//XL - Can be used to run everything from massive databases to cloud-native applications with faster transactions and more responsive customer experiences with enterprise availability and disaster protection. FlashArray//XL is designed to give businesses the freedom to innovate without storage as a constraint.
  • FlashArray//X - Unified block and file storage designed to be easy to use but also powerful. Used to accelerate everything from Tier 1 databases to large-scale virtualized and cloud-native apps, with a non-disruptive upgrade path.
  • FlashArray//C - Designed to provide a home to business-critical workloads and data, with 99.9999% availability, non-disruptive upgrades, and consistent single-millisecond latency.
  • FlashArray//E - Designed to deliver simplicity and efficiency of flash for all file and block data repositories, from content libraries to backup sets to active archives. Released in June of 2023, FlashArray//E are offered to expand customers’ options to tackle data growth down to 1PB without the need for frustrating offline archives or expanding expensive disk systems.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Dell PowerMax NVMe, NetApp AFF A-Series, and HPE Nimble Storage are common alternatives for Pure Storage FlashArray.

Reviewers rate Flash Array Performance and Simplicity highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Pure Storage FlashArray are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Bagit Airlangga | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using Pure Storage FlashArray for virtualization and for main datastore, and I think it is perfect for our environment that needs to process multiple real time transactions because it has super fast all-flash SSD NVMe disk. This is a huge improvement for us who previously only used hybrid disk. One of the important features that we use every day is storage snapshot which is equipped with ant-ransomware.
  • Anti-ransomware
  • Right-sized Guarantee
  • Very fast SSD NVMe
  • Snapshot Restore procedure needs to be improved
  • Multifactor authentication
  • Certification for user
In our opinion, the anti-ransomware feature is very good. It is also equipped with backup and restore features so that we no longer need to use third-party backup software to back up virtual machines every day. We have experienced data loss, and we were quickly able to recover the lost data. However, the drawback is that the restore process is too difficult so an expert must do it.
Victor Padro | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We deployed one array to a client's DRP which went pretty well. Currently it handles the DRP data and a few offsite production workloads which needed to be handled since this client is a wholefood distributor and didn't have enough infra to handle its load on the DRP and the offsite needs.
  • Ease of deployment.
  • Robustness at its core.
  • Helpful documentation.
  • Clear path to get compatibility matrices, it was hard to get it while doing it for Dell and VMware products.
  • More options regarding SMB, sometimes a few clients don't have a very big budget to implement a simple iSCSI SAN.
  • Spanish speaking techs, they need to improve that.
Integrating it to a regular sized company has been flawless. No problems whatsoever with the VMware integration, Veeam integration and general storage consumption. As a matter of fact, I could say we haven't seen this integration go so smoothly on any other partner. But trying to deploy it on a SMB, it was hard to get the proper budget to implement a simple iSCSI SAN.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Pure Storage FlashArray is being used in UAT and Production environment. Pure Storage FlashArray is used within the cloud operation department to support the production application. The decision to move from a non-Flash array to Flash array has predominantly resolved several performance-related and latency-related issues within the application and improved the business goals.
  • Solid performance
  • Easy to configure
  • Knowledgeable customer support
  • 9999 uptime
  • Hassle free firmware upgrades
  • Every month or frequently there is a firmware upgrade. I believe this should be released every quarter.
  • Very expensive to expand the disk capacity.
Pure Storage FlashArray is always a leader in the market when it comes to the performance , seamless upgrades, the latency, and a simple and well designed GUI through which anyone with the basic knowledge can create and present the lun to hypervisor. It also helps in saving lot of $$ on SQL servers due to the fact that since Pure Storage FlashArray offers a very solid performance and latency, the vCPU can be cut down to 25% and thus by reducing the license cost. This is one of the major benefits that we have seen post implementing Pure Storage FlashArray in our environment.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use the Pure Storage FlashArray as our main storage system for all of our Hyper-V Virtual Machines (around 150 on 4 different hosts) and we use it across the county in multiple locations.
  • All-flash array, super quick and responsive
  • Ease of setup and management
  • Incredible call-home support
  • Pricing
  • A more streamlined update process
If you are looking for an all-flash storage solution there really is no competition. The quality of the product, the support offered and the costs are unbeatable.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our Pure Storage array is used as our primary SAN for our virtualized environment. As the primary SAN, it serves all end-user and IT workloads. When designing the system we sought a solution that would provide plenty of performance and robust uptime. The Pure Storage array fits that description perfectly.
  • It is very robust, error free, and requires little maintenance.
  • The SAN is never a bottleneck in our environment, the performance is excellent.
  • A recent upgrade was completely online and was seamless.
  • We are completely happy with our array.
The array is well suited for general computing, VDI, or high IOPS required environments. It is less appropriate for bulk storage unless the stored data de-duplicates well.
June 08, 2021

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Sateesh Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Pure Storage FlashArray is used by my department to support various customers. FlashArray helps my organization to resolve problems that our legacy storage lack in terms of IOPS, hardware issues, manageability, and performance.
  • Pure1 portal where you can see all your Pure Storage usage and other features is very impressive.
  • Pure Storage integration with VMware SRM makes it very easy to configure array-based replication.
  • Pure Storage Support is very good and the resolution time to fix a problem is impressive.
  • Pure GUI is very user-friendly and makes it very easy for new users to learn how to create LUNs and others in no time.
  • Introduce a new support tab in Pure Storage GUI for any individual storage would be great.
  • They offer few trainings for Customers who have invested in Pure Storage for free.
  • Suggest to Customers how they can improve Pure Storage functionality from time to time.
Pure Storage FlashArray is suited for environment where high performance is needed with very less latency.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We purchased Pure Storage FlashArray's to replace aging Dell Equallogic SANs that were going end of support. We had had the Dell SANs for over 10 years and our replacement cycle for our Storage is a long term investment. We were looking to go all flash to get ahead of the technlogy and in the end did not even consider a hybrid solution due to the performance increases we obtained when doing a proof of concept with Pure. We deploy Pure FlashArrays and FlashBlades in all of our datacenters located across the city.
  • Speed - our VM's boot up in less then 10 seconds compared to about 90 seconds on the previous spinning disk arrays
  • Support - we have had great response / automated ticket creation for issues the may pop up
  • Up time - we have done numerous software upgrades and even hardware updates with ZERO down time in our virtual environments. We never could of done this with our previous Dell SANs
  • None that I can think of
If you are looking for speed, reliability and 100% uptime, Pure is the way to go!
Ben Bullock | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
[Pure Storage FlashArray is] used across the whole environment for both block and file storage
  • Easy to implement
  • Always get a live transfer when calling in
  • Proactive support
  • Kinda like a black box in some situations, ie system space
[Pure Storage FlashArray] fits almost all environments. The one that has been an issue in the past is large amounts of uncompressible/undedupable data, however with the C-series, that somewhat addresses that issue.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Pure Storage FlashArray across the whole organization. It is our primary enterprise storage for general purposes from database to virtualization data. So far we have had an excellent return of investment with high performance and low latency. Pre-sales and after-sales support have been very positive.
  • Simple management
  • High performance
  • Excellent support
  • Quick installation and setup
  • Trend line in local management
  • Performance analysis for more concurrent disks
  • More accurate data reduction information by volume.
Very suitable for general purpose data. Unsuitable for compressed and encrypted data as these functions will be repeated without gain. We expected greater gains in the Hyper-V virtualized environment, which turned out to be not as great, but still significant. Very useful in environments that require high availability because of its architecture supporting the full IO load by a controller as the environment is updated.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Pure as our primary storage array. This has been an outstanding investment and the performance has been a huge improvement. The box has done everything we asked it to do! We are nearly out of storage capacity on our EMC and when we saw Pure as an option we jumped at the opportunity.
  • Deduplication.
  • Processing speed.
  • Price is high.
While expensive, Pure Storage is by far the best experience we have had with a storage array. It is strong in all categories and delivers outstanding performance. It is a great product to work with. My team is also very happy with it and they have high expectations of systems, just like I do.
Adam Morrison | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our Pure Storage FlashArray is currently being used as our main storage backend for VMWare. The virtual machines hosted on these systems support the entire company.
  • Mobile app. Allows quick view of the health of all of your arrays from your mobile device. You can also open a ticket from the app.
  • Unbelievable IOPS with the flash storage.
  • Extremely easy to install and configure. I installed it into the rack before the Pure engineer got onsite.
  • It could be less expensive. Pure storage is not cheap. But, outside of price I cannot thing of a thing it is lacking.
Well suited for virtualization, Microsoft SQL, Oracle databases, and hosting. If you have a storage need like "cold storage" it would be a waste to spend the money on IOPS that you do not need.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have an ever expanding database for our main ERP, and PURE Storage helps cut processing and transaction times down to 1/8 of what they were on spinning drive arrays.
  • Fast - very fast.
  • We found our main IT vendor is no longer a partner with Pure Storage :(
Our D3 system requires a lot of disk power, and Pure Storage FlashArray has a proven track record with excellent uptime.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Pure Storage is used in all of our data centers across the Pacific Northwest, including in our Candian operations as well. Since moving from traditional RAID, disk-based arrays (EMC, HP/LeftHand) we have left behind the 'old ways' of storage implementations. Implementation, provisioning, and management of storage with Array has been greatly simplified. We have undergone multiple Array upgrades from one model to the next, non-disruptively, 100% as advertised. We have even seen the new controllers upon renewal of support at the end of year 3, as well. Support costs remained relatively stable and predictable based on capacity and since moving to Pure we have not had to migrate all our data to a new SAN because it was cheaper to buy a new array than to continue support on the existing. All of these benefits have revolutionized our data center management strategy, all the while giving us amazing performance for our virtual workloads.
  • Performance: heads and tails above and beyond what a traditional array ever brought to the table.
  • Manageability: 8 hour, overnight upgrades are a thing of the past. Open a case with Pure's Support Team, give them an operating window for the upgrade and then they do the upgrades remotely, generally within an hour.
  • Deduplication: because of the 4:1 deduplication ratios that we are seeing in our environments, we reduced from a full rack of EMC VNX hardware, to 5RU of Rackspace in one of our data centers, while the rest of our arrays are sitting in a single 3RU chassis, providing all the storage we need for 100s of Windows Server and Desktop VMs.
  • I really cannot think of anything that Pure needs to do differently. They are constantly innovating their Pure1 SaaS interface with more benefits and providing on-array software updates that provide value to our IT Team.
FlashArray is well suited to general virtual workloads, especially where there are low latency and high I/O requirements. We run all kinds of virtualized SQL workloads without issue and we run our VMware Horizon VDI deployment right alongside the virtual server infrastructure without any performance problems. If you have a lot of test/dev environments, it is a great solution as well because of the deduplication technologies built into Array.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We originally started using Pure Storage FlashArray for our VDI workload. We have subsequently expanded usage to include general virtualization workloads. This has been a perfect storage platform for fast disk with data that can be deduplicated and compressed. In our VDI environment, we are seeing better than 7:1 data reduction, and for our other use cases we are seeing 5:1 or better.
  • Simple management
  • Dedupe and compression
  • Snapshot replication
  • Display of different data reduction rates can be confusing and could be noted better in the interface
  • Pure doesn't have an easy way to note who at the customer is responsible for management/maintenance of different units under the same overall account
Well suited to workloads that require fast Flash storage and that can support a reasonable level of deduplication and compression. Most cost-effective when the workload supports data reduction. Data that cannot be deduplicated and/or compressed may not be as good a fit as it increases the cost of the storage.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Pure Storage is used to provide storage as a service (STaaS) to our cloud and managed services customers. Pure is also leveraged in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for our virtualized environments to provide customers with dedicated compute and storage. In today's world where rapid response is required, ease of management, availability, low latency, and high throughput are key metrics for a business. Pure Storage enables us to meet these tight SLAs.
  • Ease of operational management and provisions
  • Performance: low latency and high throughput
  • Ease of scale: online and non-disruptive
  • Ease of upgrades: online and non-disruptive
  • Better integration for CIFS/NFS services out of the box built into the array.
  • Better integration with VMWare VCD
Pure is suited for these requirements:
  • High performance (low latency and high throughput)
  • Small data center footprint
  • Low power (as opposed to an equivalent array sized with disk platers.)
  • Ease of operational management
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It's used across the entire organization to house virtual machines and containers with varied workloads and purposes. It speeds our virtualization, containerization, and database systems with its incredibly fast and highly reliable storage.
  • A single pane of glass management that is incredibly simple to use.
  • Incredibly fast initial and subsequent deployments.
  • The deduplication/compression and speed exceed our expectations.
  • I can't think of a single thing, to be honest.
I would recommend Pure Storage for all workloads except maybe long-term large storage, as the price point might be prohibitive, and a waste of the capabilities of the Pure Storage FlashArray.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using Pure Storage FlashArray for the entire organization to replicate to identical array in our co-lo site. This array is blazing fast and it solved I/O and latency issues we had with our databases. Our VMs are lightning quick on the array making any storage migrations a breeze. Management of the array is also very simple and easy to use. Overall this is a great product!
  • Customer service is fantastic. We have not had any issues with the array, but even doing a code upgrade is simple as support is very friendly and quick to respond.
  • The array is FAST! Being an all-flash array that is expected, but bundle that with their architecture and this thing is lightning quick in all storage operations.
  • We have not yet had the opportunity to take advantage of the Evergreen Model, but are looking forward to a hardware upgrade. This model is great and allows for quick and easy uplift to the newest hardware without replacing the array.
  • The array is so simple and easy to use that, we rarely need to manage it or do anything really. It really feels like a set and forget kind of system because it just works.
I would recommend this array for any scenario. I have yet to find any faults in this product, sales team, support team, or anything else. This array is a well worth it upgrade for any data center and I would be hard-pressed to think of any scenarios where this array would not be appropriate.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have 3 Pure arrays that are used across the whole organization. We run a VDI environment on it and lots of SQL that benefits from the all flash array. We have an array for development, production, and DR. Using the arrays in these 3 environments ensures that we do not have to sacrifice performance.
  • Pure's dedupe algorithm allows us to save storage space considering we have several stacks running the same software.
  • The evergreen program allows us to upgrade the controllers on our arrays every 3 years so we are always current.
  • Support is amazing, they will work at fixing a problem even if it isn't on their end.
  • There is nothing that I can think of that they could do better.
  • I would like better notifications of new features.
VDI is a great use case for FlashArray. Users benefit from solid state drives that can help drive productivity. Placing fileservers on the array can cause the dedupe ration to drop and there is less benefit to having them on an all flasharray, we moved them off to a hybrid array.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Pure Storage is used by the entire organization to host Microsoft SQL Server 2019 database as well as hosting multiple VM's. Pure Storage is extremely efficient for fast database OTLP & OLAP processing. Data duplication allows us to host many copies of the database and duplicate VM's for production, testing and development. Pure Storage has completely changed and improved our entire development. Things that used to take hours and days have turned into seconds and minutes.
  • Data compression and data duplication.
  • FAST FAST FAST and reliable It just works!
  • Customer support is #1. We have never had a vendor better than Pure Storage.
  • EASY EASY EASY It just works! Stupid simple and easy to configure and manage.
  • Love to see the price come down. We want more units for data replication.
  • More details on the mobile app.
  • More support for Hyper-V.
When you need speed, it's FAST, especially for MS SQL databases. If you are having bottlenecks, you can spend your time finding it in the code because it's not Pure Storage. Love the data reduction and duplication. We can store so much more on this unit than the base physical size. Love the data snapshots. When you need to complete copy your entire environment for testing etc. Nothing is easier, a few clicks and you are done. Extremely helpful for testing and training.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use FlashArray for our file data, SQL data, and Exchange DB's. Its Dedupe is great and allows for lots of storage at a good price.
  • Dedupe on file storage is great.
  • Active cluster allows for synchronous writes to multiple data centers for an active/active setup.
  • Management of volumes and hosts is very simple from the web UI.
  • 24/7 support is phenomenal.
  • Direct visibility of protection groups from the VMWare console would be helpful for restoring data.
  • Would like to be able to manage all FlashArrays from a single web UI.
Great for File Server, SQL DB's, and anything where you need good Dedupe without losing too many IOPS.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Pure Storage is our Tier 1 storage platform for all servers and services hosted in our datacenter. That's dozens of applications, big and small, in a diverse technical environment with lots of different workloads. The workloads on Pure Storage arrays are 99% virtualized. While it was originally brought in to host our largest workloads that require the highest performing IO, it quickly became the standard for storage performance. Any system engineer will tell you that storage performance issues are a pain, and with shared storage, are not easy to manage. Pure Storage has made storage performance issues a thing of the past and high performing storage is the new normal.
  • High performing storage IO.
  • Simple set-up, configuration, and administration.
  • Cost can be relatively high.
  • Capacity increases only come in specific sizes (2, 5, 10TB), so upgrades are not very customizable.
Pure Storage FlashArray works extremely well as an on-premise high-performing storage array. It has worked very effectively for us in our virtualization environment, throwing workloads like Oracle, PeopleSoft, OpenShift, VDI, etc. at it. Their APIs and software support makes integrations with hypervisors and hardware very straight forward. If you need low performing disk arrays with simply a lot of storage capacity, this may not be appropriate for your environment - you can definitely get a ton of cheap capacity elsewhere.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are a Cloud Service Provider and we have Pure Storage for our virtual machines. Pure works very fast and improve the storage volumes with its greate compression and deduplication.
Pure works very well with VMware Hypervisor.
  • IOPS is one of the best features.
  • Deduplication.
  • Compression.
  • Improve the GUI related to the replica VOLUMES. There are showed page per page.
Pure is ahead of the pack in Storage industry. Is the best option for enterprise environments.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It has consistently provided sub one second response times for all of our applications. Pure Storage is being used as the primary storage for our virtualization platforms supporting the entire company.
  • Speed and response time.
  • Ease of management and Powershell support.
  • Replication, Pure Snap independence and offloading are very useful.
  • Add better support for file protocols to directly access the array.
At the price point, it is hard to find somewhere it is not suited to be used.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use it as a back end iSCSI storage target for the whole enterprise's virtualization. All VM disks are kept on it allowing for full SSD level performance of all OS disks.
  • Easy to configure. The interface is simple and intuitive. You can tell that a lot of thought went into its design - both the previous 4.x and redesigned 5.x interface. I have configured and reconfigured many LUNs and Hosts/Host Groups as well as redeploying the hardware at a new location and the process is simple, and repeatable.
  • Solid. We have had zero stability issues with our devices. They have been our primary back end for several years at this point and have been absolutely dependable.
  • Support. Pure support takes care of upgrades on your schedule and are very quick with answers to usage questions. I've been through 3 production upgrades of live environments with support and they have been true zero-downtime upgrades.
  • Single purpose. If you aren't into iSCSI, this isn't for you. Can't share out a quick NFS/CIFS share off the fast storage. Not that this is a surprise, they are definitely marketed this way.
  • CLI is custom. No root, no standard *nix tools for doing things. It really is an appliance. It all works and is well documented, just non-standard way of doing things. Can also use the REST API for many tasks.
  • Cost. They are expensive. Upfront and ongoing. It feels like a premium product and you pay for it.
If you are able to dedupe/compress heavily (i.e. VM disk storage), the FlashArray is an excellent investment over a much larger spinning disk back end. We run a thousand virtual machines on a single array without optimizing our templates and having ~15 OS flavors.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The FlashArray is used by the front office. Additionally, we use asynchronous replication to our disaster recovery location.
  • Instant snapshots and cloning.
  • Instant recovery from snapshots.
  • Asynchronous replication.
  • Minor - Snapshot creation from VMware takes an unusually long time if the memory snapshot is enabled.
  • Minor - FlashArray software does not currently support a much needed "keep last X snapshots (replicas)" option in protection groups.
Well suited for any applications requiring a high performance/high-reliability storage solution that is100% based on flash.
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