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Pure Storage offers FlashBlade, a scale-out storage touted by the vendor as vastly more efficient and powerful than legacy storage with a far smaller form factor. FlashBlade also includes AIRI, an AI-based scalable infrastructure management tool.Flasharray review of awesomenessWe 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.,10,We were able to consolidate 5 different storage platforms of lesser performance onto a single Flashblade and achieve much, much lower latency and higher throughput. We've been able to reduce the amount of training and configuration required to just Pure Flashblade, instead of 5 different vendors and products. In addition to our core use cases, Flashblade has capabilities that we are pursuing for some new projects, i.e. analytics data store and the object store features.,Flashblade installation and upgrades are very easy for us, as the Pure support team handles most of the work. Flashblade is so scalable and performant, we can have considerably smaller pool of volumes to handle the same workloads. This simplifies our configurations. The UI is so simple our Director can do it.,The Pure Storage support model is awesome. It makes software and firmware upgrades to the storage platforms almost a non-event, which in many businesses may be able to be done during normal business hours.,10,Dell EMC SC Series (Compellent) and NetApp FAS series,We've been able to create more environments for our SAAS products to support more internal development efforts. This is primarily due to the deduplication features allowing multiple copies of large databases without capacity penalties. We've also been able to replace more clunky replication mechanisms with Pure Flasharray replication to support our disaster recovery efforts. Pure snapshots and cloning has enabled us to create and refresh new application/database environments in minutes versus days.FlashBlade EDA reviewIts 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,10,Reduced data center footprint Reduced administrative overhead Allowed for larger single namespace,We are still new to Flashblade, about 1 year, so haven't had much exposure to HW (Evergreen) upgrades. Administration is definitely much easier than NetApp along with reduced initial configuration and installation.,Pure is an excellent NFS high-performance storage, especially for small file EDA type workloads. Buy FlashBlade for workloads that it was designed for.,10,EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS and NetApp All Flash FAS,We only use for Scratch at this moment.FlashBlade for NFSFlashBlade 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.,7,None! It was a pretty easy decision as we had a need and FlashBlade met that need.,The interface, while clunky, is easy to use. It is extremely fast to provision NFS shares.,We only utilize it for NFS and the setup for NFS is easy and fast to configure.,This is used as a backend infrastructure and is transparent to end-users.,Positive - Ease of use. Negative - Lack of SMB support.,,VMware ESXi, VMware NSX, VMware Identity ManagerPure Storage Flashblade is easy and expensiveThis 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,7,We were able to get a solution up and running and available on our test systems in under a day. It also is directly integrated into the IOS monitoring apps which Pure provides, giving us a quick overview of system health and performance.,Fairly expensive initial cost Steady maintenance costs makes easy budgting,Carefully weigh the need for complex security requirements and for mandatory replication needs. There is currently no built-in replication mechanism. You will need to rely on separate applications to handle off-siting of data.,10,Hitachi Network Attached Storage Platform (HNAS),Despite being some of our most expensive storage, it is excellent for quick backups and recoveries of critical systems. It really aids disaster recovery testing, providing quick accessible storage for scratch space to test procedures.FlashBlade: Lots of potentialWe 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.,8,The simplified installation and minimal maintenance has allowed our NAS environment to run in a "set-and-forget" manner.,The price point and compact footprint worked well for a NAS unit in a co-location data center.,Be sure to understand your needs. If you require CIFS access to your data, FlashBlade may not be for you.,8,NetApp All Flash FAS,N/APure Storage FlasBlade reviewBeing used for archiving and NAS.,Fast, easy setup.,Support for SMB shares.,8,Lack of support for SMB.,There have been minimal maintenance required.,Do not try to use for SMB.,10,,Use as a NAS was unexpected.New to FlashBladePure 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.,7,FlashBlade is well suited for our research and can provide storage to handle our genome research project.,Our project is still in planning/testing process, but the simple installation/GUI for management has been particularly beneficial.,Plan the file-sharing structure carefully before promoting to operation.,8,,We may look into using it as a backup media for our enterprise data protection system. We'll wait and see.Exceptional ProductIt 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.,9,fewer people to administer the systems, as it's easier to use and easy to teach how to use. less space in the rack -- a better density of equipment Users are much happier with the performance of their systems.,The organization moved from having dedicated people supporting our storage to systems administrators being able to support the storage, with little time wasted in training them to learn the new product. Provided they understand universal storage concepts, an admin can be trained in 2-4 hours to manage the system. We utilized pro-services to install the unit and they were in and out in half of a day.,The best advice I can provide is to purchase a unit-- it will be the best decision made all year. They have a feature called Evergreen storage, and the best part is that we no longer have to figure out what we are going to do with the old array, they simply exchange the old with a new performing system.,10,,We are starting to use the product in our SEIM environment, and due to the column of events we are completely satisfied Huge savings on employee time, less waiting for systems a Happy employee is more productive.A day in the life of a Flash Blade array @ SSTKAs 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.,10,This has been a positive return for us. We have a lot of front end customer facing applications on it. One big positive is support, which you cannot overlook. Their support response and matrix is VERY good and they are extremely knowledgeable.,Well Said! We have gone through three upgrades since we have had the unit. All have been software upgrades and all have been with zero downtime and zero loss of service. So the fact that you can still maintain your throughput while doing an upgrade is excellent.,This unit will test VERY well no matter what you throw at it but for now, it has a specific need and function. If you are using AI, which we are, the Nvidia solution really works well. If you are using NFS, the solution works well. The unfortunate part is this comes with a hefty price tag.,10,Dell EMC Unity and Dell/EMC CX4 series,Speed and agility- this has allowed us to present to the customer faster. The faster we can process data and replicate it, the faster we can present it to not only the customer but also our development teams.Flashy, but don't be fooled by all the glitzAt 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.,8,Faster database backups also means faster restores. This has definitely has helped in the past. We aren't really using them to their full ability at this point. We have some projects on the horizon around logging that should change that.,As with the Flash Array, this newer product benefits from the white glove treatment of Pure Support. Very responsive. Quick to resolution. Swapping blades out is a breeze. Upgrades are fast and easy.,Really think about your use case before investing. They're a fast storage option, but if they aren't used properly, you won't see the full benefit.,9,,FlashBlade has the ability to exist in multiple subnets, which facilitated faster backups without having to traverse routers or firewalls.
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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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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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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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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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December 22, 2018

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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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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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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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Pure Storage offers FlashBlade, a scale-out storage touted by the vendor as vastly more efficient and powerful than legacy storage with a far smaller form factor. FlashBlade also includes AIRI, an AI-based scalable infrastructure management tool.
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