May 22, 2020
Score 10 out of 10
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Pure Storage Flash Array Simplicity
The Pure arrays have been very reliable. Once our storage-migration processes completed, we went for months without really even thinking about the FlashArrays. For each array, the time from the Pure SE opening the box to starting the first data copy was less than an hour. All of this has freed up our SAN admins for other work. The reduction in SAN admin time (and it affected our DBA's, too) has been as much as 50%.
We purchased the Evergreen "all new every three years" support option for our arrays, and have now been through one entire cycle. Our Evergreen refresh included upgrading from the "M" generation to the new "X" generation of controllers, which support NVMEoF. Because of past hardware upgrades, we were confident enough about the non-disruptive nature of the upgrade that we scheduled it on a weekday afternoon. Our SE swapped out the redundant controllers one at a time while chatting with us about the new EV he'd bought. It took about 10 minutes. None of our users or services even noticed, including our Oracle ERP and databases or our production VMWare environment, all of which are hosted on that array.