Pure Storage FlashArray quick review
Robert Chen | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 05, 2018

Pure Storage FlashArray quick review

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

I called Pure Storage support several time in order to update the firmware. The support people responded fast, and did the jobs without any issues.
Pure Storage hosts all mission-critical databases for the whole corporation. It helps to improve the reliability and performance of our database environment.
  • The active/active design increase the reliability. If one controller has problem, the other controller is always there to handle the IO. There is NO need to do failover in other active/passive storage which may cause timeout or failure.
  • Pure Storage has nvram which increase the performance of write IO. The read performance is also good since the Pure Storage always try to avoid the reading and writing on the same block in the flash disk.
  • The active cluster feature provides the redundancy on the storage array level. So our database cluster not only can tolerant the server failure, it can also tolerant the storage array failure.
  • The built-in deduplication and compression feature can save lots of storage space.
  • Pure Storage is block storage using fiber channel or iSCSI. It doesn't have the NAS ability.
  • We have about 5 to 1 data reduction rate since Pure Storage always has Dedup and compression enabled. This means that we can put more data on the storage.
The installation of the FlashArray is less than 3 hours which includes some testing. So it is fairly easy to install. The GUI is also easy to use. You don't need days of training for that.
We use many other SAN storage from "traditional" vendors as well. We started to use Pure Storage in a small scale project at the beginning . We realized the benefit of the FlashArray after we use it for about 1 year. So we move all our critical servers to Pure Storage.
  • As a system administrator, Pure Storage makes our routing maintenance works easier. Our end users also enjoy the performance improvement.
It is well suited for a VMware environment and databases environment.