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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.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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December 22, 2018

Pure Storage FlashBlade Review: "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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February 01, 2019

Pure Storage FlashBlade Review: "A day in the life of a Flash Blade array @ SSTK"

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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February 15, 2019

Pure Storage FlashBlade Review: "Flashy, but don't be fooled by all the glitz"

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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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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