One of the only vendors whose claims of hidden magical knowledge have stood the test of time!
Will Fife | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated May 19, 2020

One of the only vendors whose claims of hidden magical knowledge have stood the test of time!

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

I was initially skeptical, our plan was to boot 100% of our virtual machines and VFX render infrastructure from several Pure FlashArrays. The performance has been excellent as expected, but the compression/deduplication and reliability have vastly exceeded my expectations.
  • Speed. It is fast, really fast. I'm not sure where Pure gets their magical go faster pixie dust, but it is the good stuff.
  • Reliable. No problems and that is amazing.
  • We are booting 400 render nodes off of 4 of the smaller FlashArrays and the deduplication is nothing short of magical.
  • The UI can be confusing, but the CLI more than makes up for it.
  • I would love to see more statistics, graphs help prove to users that their gut instinct about where the problem is, is wrong.
  • It has simplified imaging.
  • It has improved VM reliability and performance.
Our most trusted VAR recommended it to us when we were looking for a solution for network block storage. We tried it out and it honestly blew us away with its performance and capabilities. Having it in production for years now, it has continued to impress us.
Simplicity in a number of areas, including imaging, virtualization and software development. Also, the raw performance continues to be impressive, as it out performs anything but local NVMe in our testing. The main thing for us is its reliability though. We just never have to think about it, except when it provides some feature that saves us time or money unexpectedly.
Hitless upgrades and cloning snapshots are probably our two most used features. These days we test out our imaging process and generate a golden disk image for virtual machines, and then quickly clone of multiple copies of this image in seconds for imaging a fleet of servers. The hitless upgrades keep us up to date and secure without down time for our users. We even perform these upgrades during the week while the systems are under normal usage.
We upgrade whenever is convenient for us, and don't have to schedule upgrade windows late at night to prevent users from noticing. It is a huge quality of life improvement.
Spend the time to learn how each operating system can integrate with iSCSI, including pxe booting disk images directly from iSCSI. It will save you a ton of time in the long run.
They do great work, and all seem to be quite knowledgeable.
We evaluated a build our own solution... I'm really happy we went with Pure Storage.
  • We boot all of our virtual desktops directly from Pure FlashArray and it makes it trivial to roll out new operating system versions.
  • Our new kubernetes cluster uses the Pure Service Orchestrator to provide persistent volumes for containers.
Booting many hosts with similar disk images (VMs, render infrastructure, Virtual Desktops).

Pure Storage FlashArray Feature Ratings

Flash Array Performance
10
Flash Array Integration
10
Data Compression
10
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
10
Simplicity
9
Power Savings
10

Simplicity

We have been using FlashArray for quite a few years now, it continues to be easy to use, and a rock solid foundational part of our infrastructure. It is one of the few technologies that once deployed we don't really have to think about.

Pure Storage FlashArray Reliability

We run what seems to me to be a crazy number of hosts (800), backed by 2 pure arrays. Around 400 hosts per array, including database servers, render farm, application servers, etc.
5 years in production, with 0 outages.
We get better than local SSD performance across many hosts at the same time. The only thing we have found is faster, and only by a little is local NVMe.