Pure Storage FlashBlade Reviews

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Jeremy Calcamuggio profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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We are currently using Flashblade as backend storage for VMs, utilizing NFS exports. Flashblade is only installed at our primary datacenter, so remote sites with local VMs are using local storage (non-Flashblade).
Additionally, we are working on proof of concept projects to use Flashblade for future analytics workloads.
Primary business problems solved by Flashblade:
  • secondary storage that is very fast and scalable (our primary storage is Pure Flasharray).
  • consolidating storage vendors and platforms to a single vendor Pure Storage.
  • Eliminates any storage latency troubleshooting we used to do on other platforms for virtual machines.
  • Massive throughput!
  • Simple interface.
  • Eliminates volume sprawl as we can present much larger volumes and still enjoy very low latency and high throughput.
  • Need replication capability.
  • HTTP functionality to use Flashblade like an HTTP server with directory browsing would be great. For storing common content for internal use like package repositories, installers, system images, etc.
  • Syslog support for system logs and audit logs.
It's not appropriate for storage workloads that need replication to another site, for instance, disaster recovery.
It's also not appropriate for storage processes that rely on cloning and snapshot capability, for instance, database server volume cloning for refreshing data between application environments.
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Todd Crouse profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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Its high performance has allowed our EDA environment to run much more efficiently.
  • Reduced data center footprint from previous storage
  • Extremely fast
  • Easy to administer
  • SMB support
  • Backup capabilities
  • Sell direct
EDA scratch workloads. Less appropriate for our software side of the house where SMB is required and mix mode authentication between NFS and SMB is not mature.
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Chris Stotler profile photo
August 30, 2019

FlashBlade for NFS

Score 7 out of 10
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FlashBlade is primarily used as an NFS target for log archiving, Database backups, and VM image-based backups. FlashBlade is used exclusively by the infrastructure team to facilitate backups at our remote data center. We had a business requirement to backup data in our remote data center, and it fit the bill.
  • NFS Target.
  • Allows for fast 40GB uplinks.
  • Storage is resizable on the fly with no downtime.
  • The user interface is a little clunky.
  • Monitoring is a challenge - The flash array does send disk space alerts but proactive system monitoring is lacking.
NFS Target is hands down the best use of this product. It can be utilized by almost any technology that supports NFS.
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Score 7 out of 10
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This is used for high-speed cross-platform unstructured file storage.
  • Ease of connectivity
  • Fast storage
  • Great Deduplication
  • Security options are limited
  • SMB connectivity was limited
If you need fast storage with easy setup with a simple environment, this excels.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We currently use FlashBlade as a standard NFS share. It mainly houses large log data for security reporting and analytics. While the FlashBlade is capable of much more, it fit this small use case need very nicely.
  • NFS: for NAS use cases the FlashBlade excels/
  • Backup target: dumping SQL files to the FlashBlade is simple and fast.
  • The lack of CIFS support is a real shortfall.
The FlashBlade is well suited to NFS only NAS workloads.
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July 24, 2019

New to FlashBlade

Score 7 out of 10
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Pure Storage FlashBlade is being used primarily for our research department for certain data sets. It will also be used for digital imaging storage for certain clinical department. We were looking for something to provide reliable and fast access with attached storage to some applications.
  • High performance storage
  • Highly scalable solution
  • Simple management
  • SMB file sharing should be more user friendly and have more Windows file system-like features.
  • When turning on Window mode, it should impose limitations for future volume expansion to the next units.
  • Configuration screen for Directory service is confusing and difficult to setup.
It's well suited for high-performance storage requirements used to support NFS. Windows SMB share is less flexible than other NAS storage.
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Score 10 out of 10
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As of now, we use it for all our NFS mounts to store production customer facing data. For us, speed and agility is key and UPTIME. Since deployment in 2016, we have had 0 downtime and upgrades have all gone successfully.
  • Speed. We are seeing large transactions take very little time.
  • Upgrades- In-place upgrades of both hardware and software are extremely easy.
  • Ease of use- I have several engineers working on this and from setup to day to day operations it is extremely easy to maintain.
  • Replication- I know it is on the roadmap, but that needs to happen sooner rather than later.
  • Object-oriented Storage (ECS)- When we first brought it on board you had it but it needs to function in a more efficient capacity and have replication built into that also.
  • We would also like to see the VAAI interface to be more appealing and user-friendly. We have several operational support staff that view the GUI on a daily bases and for me to give them access via the VMware VAAI would be much easier if it were more user-friendly.
The product really ROCKS. We handle all of our FTP front end traffic via the FBA and we never have any bandwidth issues. It handles very high IOPS in a short period of time. I wish we could also use it as a traditional array. As of now we are ONLY using the NFS mounts. If we could use it as a flash array also, it would improve productivity.
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Score 8 out of 10
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At this point, it is used only internally by a few teams mainly as an endpoint for DB backups. The Flash Array is a larger (capacity only) endpoint that provided us with more room to grow into and better scale. The connectivity options, as well as drive speed, allowed us to significantly reduce backup times.
  • Supports CIFS, NFS, and S3 for storage options.
  • Top level folder quotas for CIFS helps keep usage under control.
  • For basically secondary storage, it's very fast.
  • CIFS support is definitely an afterthought.
  • Inability to sort shares by quota utilization makes easy resizing via web UI difficult.
  • Some might care about or see the lack of fiber channel or FCoE as a problem. I don't believe it does iSCSI either.
First and foremost, it's a NFS and/or bucket storage, implementing S3 for the latter. It does those well. If you want CIFS, don't expect to run many shares on it. It works. It is supported. But not the primary use case.
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December 22, 2018

Exceptional Product

Score 9 out of 10
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It is used by a specific financial department to address performance issues in the virtualization space. We have over two thousand users who use the system on a regular basis. We need secure systems that enable encryption at the drive level with high performance and redundancy that enable high availability.
  • This is a great product that addresses our security concerns
  • We are very pleased with the performance of the system
  • the system is highly available and we have no issues with it
  • We have found no issues with it, we just wish other vendors had products of equal quality.
The product is well suited for Data centers with space issues -- a high density of racks and lack of space to install equipment. The size of the Pure Storage Flashblade units, combined with the de-duplication features, helps to effectively use rack space while having great performance. While the product is somewhat expensive, if it is needed, it has great value.
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About Pure Storage FlashBlade

Pure Storage offers FlashBlade, a scale-out file and object storage – architected to consolidate complex data silos (like backup appliances and data lakes) while accelerating tomorrow's discoveries and insights.

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