This storage array is a Pure solution.
August 23, 2019

This storage array is a Pure solution.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

The organization had a need to replace an EOL, 250TB, production, spinning disk array, which was central to the entire datacenter. This replacement array would need to provide increased throughput and decreased latency for both physical and virtual workloads. The Pure solution easily outperformed the old array and our exceptions.
  • The Pure Storage solution handles upgrades very well. We have both updates and upgrades in place with no outage or impact to our systems. This included hardware and software events.
  • The management is very simple and straightforward. There are so complex options or need for Pure SMEs every time a storage change is needed.
  • VMWare integration is simple and effective. You can use one screen to manage your complete environment.
  • Initial expense. Although the solution with the recommended support had higher upfront costs, the ROI has been excellent.
  • Limited NAS support, although there are options to enable support for file protocols.
  • The "Evergreen" support features are excellent and work as expected. This allows the organization to update its technology with expected costs, avoiding technical debt.
  • We have found that we can now have more engineers accessing and managing the device, rather than relying on a specific team storage team.
  • The benefits from the increased performance have been well received from our developers and repeated by our customers.
Pure Storage FlashArray was chosen due to the performance, reduced management complexity, and support features as compared to other solutions. Some vendors did not offer a support model that fit, compatibility with legacy HPUX, or offered the compression and dedupe features. Our alternative was the 3PAR, but a file protocol feature we wanted was not ready for the heavy use we were expecting. That feature may have negated more difficult integration and management.
I would suggest that the Pure solution would fit many applications. It is easy to manage, acquire, and is cost-effective to maintain. Although in our case it did not meet the bonus criteria of being as fast as local Fusion storage, it handily outperforms all of our other past solutions. I might suggest that it may be overkill for smaller use cases where the scalability is not needed.

Pure Storage FlashArray Feature Ratings

Flash Array Performance
Flash Array Integration
Data Compression
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Power Savings
Not Rated