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 pre-sales service was great and we have a great relationship with the vendor. The instructions for the array can fit on a business card, and this is one of the great tools that the pre-sales guys use to genuinely show how easy the flash storage array is to setup and use.
Our biggest benefit, coming from a mix of flash and hybrid arrays has been that of performance. However, we have also been able to impress our sustainability groups with the amount of power we have saved and cost savings we have made.

Cost saving is particularly important to us as we are a charity organisation and every penny we can save means another penny going towards life-saving cancer research.
The most useful features of the array, if you can call it that, is the additional Pure1 website. This along with the app allows me to check on my arrays' performance, capacity, etc. from wherever I am. It's also a single pane of glass for support, alerts, etc., so makes everything very easy to find.
The biggest impact we had was from a patching point of view. The array has enabled us to reduce our patching window by 2 hours every month. This means that multiple engineers are able to work on more important things and have to spend less time waiting for patches to be installed.
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

The simplicity aspect of the Pure Storage Flash Array has been extremely beneficial for us. Previously, when carrying out "Non Disruptive Upgrades" from other vendors, we found that some of our older systems still had issues from the very slight disruption that happened during the failover of different controllers. With the Pure Storage Flash Array this has not been an issue and the support team have been great.