Pure Storage FlashArray: simplicity, ease, and performance
Updated April 07, 2021

Pure Storage FlashArray: simplicity, ease, and performance

Marcelo Rosas | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

We use Pure Storage FlashArray across the whole organization. It is our primary enterprise storage for general purposes from database to virtualization data. So far we have had an excellent return of investment with high performance and low latency. Pre-sales and after-sales support have been very positive.
  • Simple management
  • High performance
  • Excellent support
  • Quick installation and setup
  • Trend line in local management
  • Performance analysis for more concurrent disks
  • More accurate data reduction information by volume.
  • About 30% reduction in database backup times.
  • Sustained latency below 1 ms with 1.5 GB / s load
  • Good performance with data from diverse sources
Cost was still a critical element in the acquisition. Proof of concept has clearly demonstrated the advantages of using a flash array. It is a solution that should always be at least evaluated for high availability corporate environments.
We were using mechanical disk storage in a tier 3 environment, but data growth led to a gradual drop in performance. Pure Storage FlashArray's solution of NVMe flash module storage was a big step towards improving our applications and supporting the environment in the short and medium term. It was certainly a good solution for our facilities. The simplicity of use and performance demonstrated so far has been very satisfactory.
NVMe technology, data reduction features, deduplication and compression, ensuring encrypted data combined with security and performance are essential features in corporate environments. Last but not least, the ease and speed of performing snapshot operations with minimal additional storage footprint is useful.
Increased performance in read and write processes has made it possible to reduce time in transactional environments, enabling more transactions per second. The same was true for backup operations, which had been critical and often canceled due to latency issues. Of course storage alone will not be the solution of a corporate environment, but it certainly minimizes a lot as we observed with FlashArray.
As a government organization, we cannot just choose a specific product for purchase, so Pure FlashArray was one of the participants that was able to meet the needs of the purchasing process. In proof of concept it proved simpler and more versatile than the HPE solution in the circumstances of our environment.
Very suitable for general purpose data. Unsuitable for compressed and encrypted data as these functions will be repeated without gain. We expected greater gains in the Hyper-V virtualized environment, which turned out to be not as great, but still significant. Very useful in environments that require high availability because of its architecture supporting the full IO load by a controller as the environment is updated.

Pure Storage FlashArray Feature Ratings

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

Upgrading Pure Storage FlashArray

Yes - Update occurred as expected, with no impact or downtime.
  • Periodic update without further functionality to be used by the corporation. Preventive update only.

Simplicity

Equipment configurations are very simple without requiring greater knowledge for an end user. Most features are enabled by default, making their activation a quick and practical procedure.

Using Pure Storage FlashArray

15 - Third-level technical support team.
15 - Technical team with basic knowledge of storages is important. Highlighting snapshot features, replication, volume creation are desirable.
  • Primary storage
  • Data Bases
  • Server Files
  • Virtual machines
  • Integration with NVMeOF
Reliable equipment, excellent support, stable performance and excellence in addition to simplicity in use are preponderant factors for continuity in the use of PURE equipment. Cost is a possible negative element.

Do you think Pure Storage FlashArray delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Pure Storage FlashArray's feature set?

Yes

Did Pure Storage FlashArray live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Pure Storage FlashArray go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Pure Storage FlashArray again?

Yes

Evaluating Pure Storage FlashArray and Competitors

Yes - It replaced much of the primary storage previously used in a hybrid IBM storage.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
Performance was the main item for acquiring a primary storage, for use in enterprise applications. Usability issues and the reputation of the supplier and product are the basis for any company acquisitions.
Satisfaction with the product showed that the acquisition was acertive, so we would only review to update performance indices and possible new functionalities.

Pure Storage FlashArray Training

  • in-person training
The material presented could be better elaborated, but the content and instructor were excellent. Doubts and clarifications always clear, with no doubts or pending information.

Pure Storage FlashArray Support

ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
None
Yes. Because the product was purchased for critical corporate use.
It is a very helpful support with fast service and always satisfactory results.
During a firmware upgrade procedure, support has identified a lack of redundancy on one of our hosts by communicating and providing time to resolve the issue without interruption of service. This was a proactive attitude. We had trouble with UEFI boot. Support reported as soon as the option was made available for the firmware to be updated.

Using Pure Storage FlashArray

ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Configuration of Volumes
  • Snapshots operations
  • None identified
Very simple equipment to install, configure and start its use. In general its functionalities are quite intuitive for a technician already familiar with storages.

Pure Storage FlashArray Reliability

In two years of use, the equipment has proven reliable, without interruptions or breaks. There was no need to replace any parts and the updates were always made with monitoring and without impact on the productive environment.
The corporation has a very diverse data load and when we migrate from a hybrid storage to pure all-flash, significant gains have already been observed. Latency always remains below 1 ms regardless of the load and volumetry used.
Application performance also depends heavily on whether or not the code is more permormatic and network access infrastructure.
The product has been meeting expectations.

Integrating Pure Storage FlashArray

The use we perform does not require deep integration, so there are no restrictions identified.
  • Windows Servers
  • Linux Servers
  • Data Bases Servers
Native integration via SAN with no identified problem.
  • NVMeOF
We intend to make use of NVMeOF features in the future, but for this we will need to both perform updates to the operating system and to make switches servers and infrastructure available with such capacity.

Relationship with Pure Storage

Equipe de pré-venda e técnica com profundo conhecimento e prestatividade. Disponibilidade para realização de POCs.
No intervention that was necessary presented any difficulties with the pure technical team.
Storage capacity, snapshot resources, and NVMe technologies disks.
It seems to me that each case should be evaluated particularly with the supplier facing the customer's needs. There's no rule of rule.