Pure Storage FlashBlade

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Pure Storage FlashBlade

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9 out of 10
August 26, 2021
Pure Storage Flash Blade was used by my client to hold site wide backups for high value targets. It was used to replace tape storage. …
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Great for High speed mongers.

9 out of 10
August 24, 2021
Pure Storage FlashBlade is a good product for organizations who are looking for high-speed storage solutions. Its capabilities of …
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Pure Storage FlashBlade

9 out of 10
May 10, 2021
It serves the business by enabling the running of critical workloads that demand high IOPs throughput and are latency sensitive. The …
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New to FlashBlade

7 out of 10
March 26, 2021
Pure Storage FlashBlade is being used primarily for our research department for certain data sets. It will also be used for digital …
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What is 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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What is Pure Storage FlashBlade?

Pure FlashBlade is an all-flash storage solution for consolidating fast file and object data, designed to deliver cloud-like simplicity and agility with consistent high performance and control.

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  • NetApp
  • VAST

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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.

Reviewers rate FlashBlade Benefits highest, with a score of 9.

The most common users of Pure Storage FlashBlade are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Melissa Serrano | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pure Storage FlashBlade effectively provides excellent data storage capacity and an amazing secure environment for easy access and uploading of multiple constructions and even Engineering information storage. The categorization and effective document conversion through Pure Storage FlashBlade are excellent. With the ability to manage user access and effective report generation, Pure Storage FlashBlade is the master.
  • Data easy uploading.
  • Data migration is faster.
  • Data security capabilities are excellent.
  • The deep configuration is not easy for beginners.
  • Different data formats conversion is complicated.
  • Ability to access big documents easily should be enhanced.
Pure Storage FlashBlade is an effective data storage and data encryption platform, it provides excellent enough data storage capacity, and the disk planning and configuration functions are effective. The easy moving of files and multiple projects through Pure Storage FlashBlade various channels is very easy and effective on reports preparation and the analytics are excellent.
Score 8 out of 10
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We introduced Pure Storage FlashBlade as a part of our company's disaster recovery plan which needed a solution that could efficiently and securely backup and restore any data. We chose this solution partially because of its ability to backup and then restore lost data with minimal corruption or loss of data. In comparison to a few other solutions we tested, Pure Storage FlashBlade came out on top. So far we haven't had any major issues with Pure Storage FlashBlade and the solutions has been suitable for a majority of our data storage needs. The interface is easy to use and the solution operates at an exceptional speed which minimises the amount of time we spend on storing and securing data, so that we have more time to analyse it.
  • High quality performance and speed.
  • Efficient data recovery.
  • Great UI and easy to use.
  • Minimal latency.
  • Can be costly.
  • Scalability options are limited.
  • Integration with external environments is difficult.
If you are looking for a rapid storage solution for your application then Pure Storage Flashblade is more than suitable option for large organisations. Generally we have found that its performance is robust, stable and secure and has been easily Managed by a small team within our organisation. The solution also offers a search engine functionality which makes it very easy to locate data and update or recover it as and when you need - a much faster solution than other options we have tried. I believe this solution is less suitable for smaller to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) due to the relatively high cost implication that this will have.
Score 10 out of 10
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In my organization all the SAN is on Pure Storage, where we contain the relational databases. We have several models of Pure Storage.
  • DataReduction.
  • Simple install and operation.
  • Integration with public clouds.
  • Possibility of upgrade Purity made by the user.
  • Greater admin control over storage.
It is wonderful for object storage, in all cases for all model got better latency, in comparison with other vendors. There are no cons.
Tanay Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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FlashBlade is being used by me and my department most of the time, whenever we got a need to. In many cases, whenever we have to solve a problem related to data optimization, and whenever we have to handle data more precisely or we have to make the data flow smooth and fast.
  • High processing power.
  • There is no risk of interruption while data handling.
  • Amazing speed.
  • Scalable.
  • Pure Storage FlashBlade needs to work on their documentation.
  • It's an expensive solution to use.
It's an expensive solution to pursue, but it's a great long-term investment. Pure Storage FlashBlade is recommended by me for bigger companies and whenever you've to deal with large data storage and management. In the case of smaller companies and data storage, you can go with some other cheaper solutions. If you need centralized data backup and your data is interrupted and not secure, then Pure Storage FlashBlade is the best solution for you.
Alexander Cooper | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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At our organization, we used Pure Storage FlashBlade to store data that had to be accessed with as little latency as possible. It was used by the Hyper-Automation team solely and was used as the storage for artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation purposes. It allowed integration with our existing Amazon Web Services solutions.
  • NVMe Flash Storage allows super fast reads and writes.
  • More energy-efficient and "green" compared to other solutions involving moving parts.
  • Easy integration with AWS and other important tools.
  • The demo environment/product only has a small window to use.
  • Savings over AWS can be minimalised by the necessary learning curve.
  • Cost of the product of a whole.
If data storage, access, and security [are] of the highest priority to your business then Pure Storage FlashBlade is an excellent tool that must be considered. Analytics or sharing that requires the fastest speeds available will benefit from the NVMe solid-state drives they use which are far superior to spinning rust. It is less ideal for those who do not require such time-critical work.
Chirag Deol | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We are an IT company. We using Pure Storage FlashBlade to store our data securely and it is great for data management. Having a user-friendly interface: A simple file management and sharing system makes it easy to use across an organization. Our IT team also uses it for database backup. It is very fast in transferring data and secures storage.
  • Easy-to-scale archives.
  • Data protection.
  • High performance.
  • Easy to manage.
  • Pricing model.
  • Add more documentation.
Pure Storage FlashBlade is best for companies that want their data stored and secure. The big storage capacity and cloud integration secure our data and ensure no third-party access without authorization. It provides us a secure data storage services for our objects. Fast and easy to install and easy to use.
Ravi Khunt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pure Storage FlashBlade is a new generation, most advanced solution for storing of unstructured data. FlashBlade is one of the best high performance optimized solutions for storage and managing data. Previously, we were using server hard drive storage and retrieving files and objects, so that will increase I/O operation of hard disk itself to read files from server. Then, we came to a solution that we can use FlashBlade to resolve our issue.
  • FlashBlade GUI.
  • Performance.
  • On-premises storage of files and objects.
  • Can improve UI for managing user quota for simplicity.
  • Can improve alert system.
FlashBlade provides multi-dimensional performance. Whether you have any number of files or any large volume of data, it handles everything very well and provides optimum results to store and access your resources. If you are going to work with DevOps applications, then it's a very good option to manage your data quickly and efficiently.
Score 9 out of 10
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Pure Storage Flash Blade was used by my client to hold site wide backups for high value targets. It was used to replace tape storage. Overall, this was a fantastic choice. Tapes were slow and unwieldy. The UI is a little funky, and if you are coming from an environment where NetApp, or another vendor's units were in place, you'll miss some features that FlashBlade doesn't provide at this time. It [is] also serving the business by enabling the running of critical workloads that demand high IOPs throughput and are latency sensitive. The solution also easily scales to meet business demands.
  • High performance.
  • Easy to manage.
  • Quick restores.
  • Quickly backup.
  • Replication.
  • Kubernetes support.
  • Good support.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Pricing.
  • Performance.
  • No data replication.
  • Please increase analytics and reporting information.
Pure Storage Flash Blade is a great all purpose storage usage solution for our company data center and over time a big win over Amazon Web Service S3 in terms of both price as well as performance. Because of price many companies that are looking to have an on premises data lake will need to look at other HDD based systems for a tier 2 data lake that does not require the performance of Pure.

Also, we are currently using Pure Storage FlashBlade to provide high-speed storage for our container environments.
I'd like to expand its use more widely, but with no option to tier out to less performance storage for cold data, we have not been able to expand the footprint of it.

Stefano Monti | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Pure Storage to give space and speed to the growth of our virtual machines. We only use NVMe flash storage arrays with VMware Hypervisor. The operation is absolutely responsive to the needs of the company. It works very fast while storage volumes are enhanced with Pure Storage's great compression and deduplication. It represents a new class of storage, accelerated and shared. It offers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. With no forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction.
  • Flexible on the pricing models.
  • Comes with a large number of features out-of-the-box.
  • It is all included in one price.
  • Satisfied the needs of low latency and high throughput.
  • Beautiful REST API, well-documented, and easy to use.
  • Provides the twice of the performance.
  • Easy to manage.
  • Immutable snapshots, to avoid possibly ransomware.
  • Very helpful Mobile app.
  • Support is extremely quick and responsive.
  • Hard Drive failure is not uncommon.
  • The scalability of the solution is not as good as it probably could be.
  • The price was very higher.
  • Automated database copy management is something I would like to have in the future.
Pure Storage FlashBlade is ahead of the pack in the storage industry, the best option for enterprise environments. If the storage is used to internal storage for all virtual environments, SQL database, Oracle and private cloud, this is the definitive solution. This solution is not recommended when used solely for data copies, backups, or background applications. Its high performance, scalability and efficiency are to be used for high-efficiency first-grade applications.
Score 8 out of 10
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Pure Storage FlashBlade is being used by multiple departments in my organization. It creates a unified platform for storage across our company. It also helps our analyst department to derive and present storage insights about the data needs of our various departments. It also supports multiple data formats and helps in storing various types of business files.
  • Public cloud integration support.
  • Ease of replication in the system.
  • High scalability.
  • Pricing could be better.
  • Alert system needs to be more precise.
  • Admin and user roles can be better defined.
Pure Storage FlashBlade is best suited for teams trained in storage delivery and analysis. It helps them get their backups done quicker and helps with their performance analytics as well.

But with teams with less experience in storage analytics, Pure Storage FlashBlade can be a pain while adapting and during the initial configuration. It is easily onboarded but training people to use it optimally can be an issue.
Score 9 out of 10
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Our team is using Pure Storage FlashBlade as a backup repository for the applications and critical deployments. We are successfully able to establish a secure content delivery network for the end-users and internal teams. It has helped us to improve the overall stability of the system.
  • High performance and 24/7 availability.
  • Reliable storage system with good data security in place.
  • Seamless integration and connectivity.
  • Costly.
  • The technology needs maturity when compared to other competitors like Hitachi NAS.
  • Scalability options need more flexibility and more robust functionality to quickly adapt to the system needs.
  • Integration with public cloud environments need improvement.
Pure Storage FlashBlade is well suited for medium to large enterprises that need a fast storage solution for their applications. It does not compromise on performance, reliability, security, and most importantly security. It has been used by our team for a couple of years now and we have not faced any issue so far.
Score 9 out of 10
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Pure Storage FlashBlade is a good product for organizations who are looking for high-speed storage solutions. Its capabilities of high-speed reading and writing are at par with any industry competition and exceed them in few cases. Pure Storage FlashBlade helped our organization in storing and retrieving our data with good performance.
  • Easy scalability by quickly adding new flash cards into Pure Storage FlashBlade.
  • High speed reading and writing.
  • Good support team to back up this good product.
  • Storing data in the back end on public cloud can be changed.
  • Data replication can be avoided on remote sites.
  • An efficient de-duplication algorithm would be great.
Pure Storage FlashBlade is particularly well-suited for organizations whose use cases demand high-speed data storage solutions since Pure Storage FlashBlade handles such operations with ease. With its very efficient algorithms, Pure Storage FlashBlade can make scalability just by simply adding new flashcards to the rack and the rest is taken care of by their algorithms. It may not be suitable for a few due to its high initial owning costs.
Score 9 out of 10
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It serves the business by enabling the running of critical workloads that demand high IOPs throughput and are latency sensitive. The solution also easily scales to meet business demands.
  • High performance - IOPs throughout
  • Low latency
  • Scale-out easily
  • S3 object support
  • Easy to manage
  • NAS/ File support
  • I would like to see the product priced more competitively
  • No replication
  • More improvement in reporting and performance analytics
  • Improvements for windows SMB and lock clearing
It is really excels for NAS workloads that demand high throughput and are latency.
April 29, 2021

Pure is the best

Esteban Rey | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use the FlashBlade to serve all kind of customers a reliable and fast block storage.
  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to implement.
  • Low footprints and Rackspace.
  • The price is too high.
Pure Storage FlashBlade is a great option for mixed or heterogeneous workloads. It is small and cost effective.
March 26, 2021

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.
The engineer we worked with had been helpful in providing extra help in implementation which made us more comfortable to proceed.
Score 10 out of 10
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Our FlashBlade is an evaluation unit. My team tests storage arrays from various vendors to determine compatibility & performance with our software. We share results with our internal storage team and write white papers on how to best config an array for optimal performance without software.
  • Ease of manageability. A manual isn't needed to navigate the GUI. Config options are easy to locate.
  • The FlashBlade helps to overcome some of the performance limitations built into the NFS protocol.
  • Quick and simple installation.
  • Granular control of alerting.
  • Inability to serve FC block storage.
  • Performance analysis feature needs the ability to quickly pull up the heavy-hitters.
Shared file systems are needed in nearly all large environments. most options are considered exotic & many of SAS's customers do not want to run them. Everyone knows NFS, but traditional NFS lacked performance. Pure offers a performant NFS with their FlashBlade
Yes
The Purity/FB 3.1.4 upgrade process went smoothly with no down time and took around nine hours to upgrade all fifteen blades. The new release brought no unexpected impacts of either functionality or performance.
Score 8 out of 10
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Pure FlashBlade is used solely as a backup target for our enterprise backup solution. It stores all of our server backups both physical and virtual. We utilize two FlashBlades for this purpose, one at our primary data center and a second one at our offsite for long term retention and archiving.
  • Reliable backup storage.
  • Quick backups.
  • Quick restores.
  • Easy to manage.
  • Increased analytics and reporting.
Since we only use our FlashBaldes for backup storage, I can only state that it is well suited for that purpose.
Yes
Everything went as planned, it was a very simple non-disruptive process. We didn't have any unexpected problems during the upgrade. The support from Pure was excellent and it made the process very easy. We felt confident that Pure was 100% invested in ensuring that the upgrade process went off without a hitch.
Score 10 out of 10
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The FlashBlade is being used to protect our Veeam backups. The Systems Engineering team are the only ones that use it, but because it is used as part of our backup infrastructure it supports the entire company. The FlashBlade is a repository to store all production backups. We've enabled Safemode on the FlashBlade to protect production backups from ransomware.
  • Speed of read and write
  • Familiar interface to that of Pure Storage FlashArray
  • Ability to scale out
  • Initial configuration is complex/confusing
  • Capacity
Since implementing FlashBlade into our backup infrastructure, the speed at which the backups complete on a nightly basis has increased tremendously. On the reverse, the time it takes to restore from the FlashBlade is very minimal. Couple the FlashBlade with a FlashArray and the backup and restores are insanely fast. The FlashBlade works well in our scenario as a backup target/ It would not work so well as a standard SAN scenario. While it would be fast, the cost does not make it feasible.
Yes
There was no downtime when the upgrade occurred, it went fast and smooth. Pure does an amazing QA job on all their firmware releases. Pure Support performed the upgrade remotely and allowed me to be hands off.
Edward Hammond | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The initial use case for our 1st FlashArray was for high performance VM storage. We were rolling our our initial Kubernetes cluster and needed a good storage solution. The Pure Storage Orchestrator plugged right into our initial deployment and worked so well we used it for all the storage for our new 150+ node Kubernetes deployment at our new datacenter with almost all our production systems utilizing it.
  • Kubernetes support
  • Replication
  • Great support
  • Price
  • BYO keys to S3 storage
Pure Storage FlashBlade is a great all-purpose storage solution for our datacenter and over time a big win over AWS S3 in both price and performance. Due to the price, many companies looking to have an on-prem data lake will need to look at other HDD bases systems for a tier2 data lake that doesn't require the performance of Pure.
Whenever we have had an issue, support has been quick to reply and find a solution.
Score 10 out of 10
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My team manages a large number of Pure Storage FlashBlade systems that provide storage services to all departments in the company.
  • Very easy to administrate
  • Highly performant
  • Excellent support
  • I have a requirement for inexpensive on-prem archival storage. Partnering with another platform or developing an in-house solution to use cheaper storage for cold data would be a great benefit for me.
We're currently using Pure Storage FlashBlade to provide high-speed storage for our container environments.
I'd like to expand its use more widely, but with no option to tier out to less performant storage for cold data, I have not been able to expand the footprint.
Julie Ulrich | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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We are a bit different than others. We got on early and were using Pure Storage FlashBlade as a tier 2 type storage. So we don't use it for analytics. It has served as file server storage, it has been used for backup archive, and it has been used to hold our security data.
  • NFS mounts to VMware
  • It's a solid Pure product in support basis
  • A lot of things promised early on didn't come to fruition.
  • No replication
Pure Storage FlashBlade is well suited for tier 2 high data dump situations or NFS shares.
Score 8 out of 10
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Pure Storage FlashBlade is primarily used in PCF and Kubernetes POD design. It is used in these POD designs for object storage and has been very reliant in uptime and has a very easy use to interface for external users.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Very customer eccentric upgrades with virtually no down time needed.
  • Performance and space savings through Dedupe and compression.
  • Synchronous replication functionality to DR sites.
  • More denser and price effective arrays for mass market.
  • Ability to perform Host migration using Pure tools.
Pure Storage FlashBlade has been really useful in POD designs in our environment because of being very denser and small but providing the same performance and resilience. Its space savings through Dedupe and compression also helped us oversubscribe the array and helped us reduce power and rack usage. FlashBlade being a 1RU panel has helped us be in 1 rack but serve multiple AZ (availability )zones.
May 20, 2020

Overkill

Score 5 out of 10
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The device is used for backups in conjunction with Commvault. It is connected via NFS to windows physical machines and it the main storage library.
  • Ease of use
  • Speed
  • Cost
  • Use case scenario
This would probably be good in niche environments or maybe for DB caching.
Score 8 out of 10
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We required a robust and fast file storage array for our engineering staff across the enterprise. It allows us to easily manage directories, quotas, and have real-time visibility into the various aspects of its usage and health.
  • Very efficient.
  • The dashboard provides useful information.
  • We can utilize the dashboard to manage quotas, setup new snapshots, make adjustments, and review the health of the system.
  • When reporting out a user has exceeded there quote, it only references the UID. It would certainly be nice it calls out the UID name that is clearly present in the Dashboard.
  • The ability to determine a snapshot total size would be helpful.
  • Proactive reachout to discuss new versions and assist in planning the upgrade would be a key win.
It's a very easy system to manage and monitor. The speed and efficiencies have completely stifled our previous issues with the previous system we had in play. Adding blades can be done in minutes, requires no downtime and no maint window. We have had a couple of NFS response issues, which were not founded, so we had to reset the unit.
Score 7 out of 10
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We intend to replace our current storage infrastructure for a particular carrier in 2 data centers with FlashBlades due to our requirement for fast NFS storage with encryption at rest. We are still in the process of integrating and are possibly at a point of implementing. Until release 3 came out, the snapshots did not suit our needs and we were unable to integrate it with our 389ds LDAP, but after a bunch of RFEs, it's finally usable. We are still not out of the woods in that the new replication, it doesn't yet meet our needs. On the positive side, Pure is good to work with, my account managers and support engineers have been receptive to my requests and I think their product is improved by this process. The hardware and support are good, but it's very focussed on what it does and needs a better feature set.
  • Performance
  • Simple to use
  • Non-disruptive upgrades
  • Encryption at rest
  • Scalability
  • NFS version support, v4.1 is not fully featured to the RFC and v4 support would be nice.
  • Simple feature set, need to be more enterprise focussed.
  • No tool to clear NFS locks.
  • No expert mode for troubleshooting no ping, trace route, etc.
  • Logs are passworded.
  • RBAC roles are limited and not granular enough.
  • No local user options other than pure user LDAP/AD only.
  • No SSH key trust, so no ansible automation possibilities.
  • Replication needs work, can't manage bandwidth without involving support.
  • Replication can't mount replica as it only reads normal filesystems, only snapshot view.
FlashBlade is well suited to performance NFS applications that require encryption at rest, it is good with metadata and scale-out, it would make a good backup target. Integration requires a bit of work since the infrastructure like LDAP servers, etc. are required since the features are external to the device. Compared to my other arrays like NetApp, Oracle, etc., it lacks features that mean I have to log support calls where I could otherwise reasonably troubleshoot or fix the issue myself. I think this is a Pure Storage design choice that has been taken a little bit too far. In my case, this means it has taken a lot longer for me to be productive with the array. We had to rewrite backup scripts to use REST since that was the only option, etc.