Pure-ly fast storage!
Updated March 23, 2021

Pure-ly fast storage!

Muhammad Mulla | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

We are using Pure Storage in our organisation to provide datastores in our production VMware vSphere environment and have found it to be a great replacement for the EMC XtremIO that we previously had. The data reduction is brilliant. The ease of use, clear dashboards, online analytics, and smartphone app are all great additions.
  • The Pure Array does data reduction particularly well. We've seen a 7x reduction on some of our volumes.
  • It is easy to get used to the system after coming from other storage arrays.
  • It has some welcome additions such as a smartphone app that makes it easier to view your cases, etc.
  • It would have been good to see vvol support for ESX 6.0.
  • We have moved from a couple of older XtremIOs and a Unity array to 2 Pure arrays. This has saved us a great deal in power, as well as rack space, etc.
  • In addition to our savings our end users have been impressed with performance.
The array is quite well suited as a general-purpose storage device for VCenter. We also have some volumes directly zoned to some Windows servers and it is equally adept at handling that.

I would, however, not recommend using Pure Storage FlashArray as a backup target. Use a purpose-built appliance for backups and, for goodness sake, keep backups on a separate storage device to production!

Pure Storage FlashArray Feature Ratings

Flash Array Performance
10
Flash Array Integration
9
Data Compression
9
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
9
Simplicity
8
Power Savings
7

Upgrading Pure Storage FlashArray

Yes - Upgrade of the Pure Storage FlashArray is a very simple process and easily arranged with the Pure Support through Pure One. As the flash array is fully redundant and has multiple controllers and ports, there is virtually zero down time and in real terms it is zero downtime, unless your systems are very sensitive to storage availability. Again this all depends on your storage network setup and resiliency.
  • Keeping up with latest developments
  • Keeping up to date for support purposes
  • enhanced security
  • enhanced compatibility with newer systems

Simplicity