Why Pure Storage FlashArray Should Be Your #1 Choice!
Christopher Mills | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated May 19, 2020

Why Pure Storage FlashArray Should Be Your #1 Choice!

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

We started with a Pure FlashArray back in 2014 for our VDI deployment. This was the beginning of a great relationship with Pure and the products they provide. We have since migrated from our original F420, to M20, to currently using X50's at both our production and secondary site locations. Through the years, working with the FA has been a pleasure compared to 95% of our other hardware administration. It's simple to use and easy to maintain. Upgrades have always been flawless with no disruption to the production environment.
Our Pure Storage account team and support have always been there, pre-preemptively on the most part, with support and suggestions on how to best get the most bang for our buck out of our arrays.
We are currently looking into migrating our file-level storage to Pure's FlashBlade technology. With that, we will have a single pane window into our storage environment, thereby easing the administration process even further. I would highly recommend the Pure FlashArray to any company looking to refresh their storage environment and move forward with a company that is bringing storage management into the future. Evergreen helps to know that you will always be moving to a more current platform every three years easily on the budgeting and management fronts.
Do yourself a favor...go PURE!
  • The integration with VMware's vSphere has made creating and expanding datastores/volumes easy for all of our admins. They can do everything from one browser tab.
  • The ability to run future planning scenarios has been helpful in knowing what we need to purchase in future budget cycles.
  • The preemptive parts replacement that Pure Storage provides has led to us never having an outage on our arrays.
  • We have not seen much, as they seem to be keeping up with requested features and functions over the 5 years we have been consumers.
  • When compared to what we have had to pay to get into some of our legacy storage arrays, Pure Storage has already put us in the black. The ROI writes itself when implementing a Pure FA.
  • We have been able to scale back the need for a specific storage array admin, as our whole team can administrate a Pure FA due to its simplicity and ease of use.
I have been preaching to my executive team for the last three years that we need to move to a new Pure FA and use it to cover all of our storage needs. No more tier 1 and 2 storage arrays. Just put everything on the Pure FA and we will be better off.
The simplicity of administration, installation, upgrades...this has been a life-changer for my team. The proactive support calls to say they want to replace a drive, as it shows that it might fail in the near future. My management loves this support model.
The compression and deduplication provided by Purity are top-notch! It has allowed us to maximize our storage and minimize our footprint at our data centers. Incredible!
The FlashArray has had a positive impact on our finances, our performance, and the capabilities of our team members to learn more about storage.
We have talked to other vendors, but have not even gotten to the point where we think someone else has a viable solution to make us replace our Pure FlashArray. There might be faster storage, there might be cheaper storage, there might be easier storage, but there is nothing that is as complete. End of story!
Pure FlashArray has moved from being a niche array for VDI deployments to being an overall storage array to handle pretty much any workload you can throw at it. We have replaced all of our legacy "blue" storage arrays with the Pure FlashArray, and have seen nothing but positive results across the board.

Pure Storage FlashArray Feature Ratings

Flash Array Performance
10
Flash Array Integration
10
Data Compression
10
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
10
Simplicity
10
Power Savings
6

Using Pure Storage FlashArray

5 - The whole organization uses the Pure Storage FlashArray as it is our primary storage array for all business functions. All of our virtual environment runs on the Pure Storage FlashArray. These business functions include application analysts, DBAs, networking, client engineering, and infrastructure team members. These people support the whole IT organization, and the whole system. The four people who have direct usage of the Pure Storage FlashArray are administrators on the Infrastructure Services team.