January 23, 2019
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray
Online firmware upgrades are just a matter of emailing support with the date and time you wish ... yes, you can do it at 2pm on your busiest day, believe me, and support will remotely download the firmware in preparation for the upgrade. Then when the day comes, sit back and relax, everything is taken care of.
The deployment replaced an existing mechanical storage SAN array. The main requirements were to avoid another forklift upgrade for storage, improve environmental credentials and lifespan, improve data accessibility, 24/7/365 support options, flexibility for growth and expansion.
- Improves Performance. Older VM guests now run at SSD performance which has positive feedback to our end users.
- Improves Availability. More of our devices have access to data volumes.
- Online hardware and software updates. Saves costs for out-of-hours work.
- Cannot run Active Cluster feature with Purity Run.
- Able to capitalise the cost longer as avoiding forklift upgrades.
- Able to run guest VM databases, which were struggling under tiered storage, so now on path to 100% virtualised infrastructure.
- iSCSI has meant storage can be shared easily across network.
The setup does not require intensive training. The CLI has great API documentation, the web GUI is intuitive, and if there is a problem the Pure Support channel is responsive, and they can be remoted in within minutes. Particular recognition should be given towards the Pure 1 Dashboard and App, these are just fantastic.
I would recommend that you ask for a PoC device or view a demo to see the Array in action. Seeing is believing, and pushing your current workloads onto the device should see a massive difference in responsiveness of your applications and services. The device is particular good a shifting database loads.
Nimble storage could not be clustered like Pure, Simplivity was completely converged so if one aspect of the design was under-specified it would require a full new node, Netapp only offered clustering with a special cost licence, whereas with Pure all functionality upgrades are included as long as you remain in support, and Dell EMC could not compete with an all-flash solution.
- Been able to utilise physical host assets outside our Virtual Infrastructure due to iSCSI provisioning.
- For the first time ever, able to carry out firmware updates without working weekends or out-of-hours.
- Breathing life into legacy apps which were extremely slow on tiered storage.
PurityOS and Pure Storage FlashArray are recommended for High Availability Clustering where two sites have less than 10ms network latency. Applied with VSphere you can have an enterprise-grade single Virtual DC which is spread across two sites, meaning loss of one site is not a problem.Through DRS, guests will just migrate to available hosts on the other working site.
Using Pure Storage FlashArray
- Underpins VM Infrastructure.
- iSCSI gives flexibility to make storage available to the entire network.