Pure Storage delivers on their promise
September 06, 2019

Pure Storage delivers on their promise

Mark Locastro | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

The Pure storage is used as our Enterprise block storage capability supporting over 8,000 VMs running enterprise & research workloads. The solution addresses the issue of provisioning & supporting thousands of disparate workloads with various performance characteristic (medium/high IOPs and low latency requirements) cost-effectively with minimal administrative overhead. The Data Reduction in production is over 5x which allows great performance with a compelling value proposition.
  • Data reduction, we are seeing 5.x in Production and 6.x in non-prod environments.
  • Ease of management, deployment (API), seamless capacity expansions and even array upgrades with zero downtime.
  • Support, Pure One Dashboard is dynamically updated with all the relevant performance, capacity, and health on all devices (e.g. IOS). Pure is proactive in addressing issues the moment they are detected and are extremely responsive to any questions or queries.
  • Still niche products - would like an expanded portfolio to cover all storage use cases.
  • Slightly higher cost than their competitors.
  • With a 5.x Data reduction in production, the solution has allowed the business to receive the benefit of peak performance at critical business events (admissions, results etc) without over-investing in Hardware that sits underutilized.
  • The ease of provisioning via the Pure API's has removed the need for a dedicated Storage admin, the Platform team can now run via code and don't have to wait for manual zoning or carving out of storage, when new workloads need to be provisioned or scaled up it is done immediately inline with the business need.
  • The Evergreen nature of the product removes the capital lumpy spend profile. This fact, augmented with the HW upgrade with no downtime, the business keeps running and scaling without IT being a roadblock, we are an enabler.
NetApp, at the time, was more a hybrid approach as did not have the same level of features and capabilities in the all-flash array market, newer products have since been released to market that would make a closer comparison now, but three years ago this was not the case.
Nimble, more suited to Silver/bronze (teir2/3) storage with Flash as a Cache.
HDS, has very solid products, compares favorably with the capacity and performance required, but at a higher price point and does not offer the benefits of the Pure solution in terms of features, monitoring, and reporting, support model and flexibility of upgrades.
Block is where Pure Storage excels, such as enterprise VM hosting, Critical Oracle, SQL, MySQL Databases, and farms. Basically any high/medium performance workload, they cover easily. Their product is rock solid from an availability and performance perspective. General file and object storage is not their play. The value proposition is only effective at a large scale, so small/medium enterprises may not get the value from the product.

Pure Storage FlashArray Feature Ratings

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