My Pure Storage FlashArray five year (so far) journey
September 06, 2019

My Pure Storage FlashArray five year (so far) journey

Chad Skinner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

We implemented Pure Storage FlashArrays for our tier 1 storage to meet the high IOPS, low latency demands of our applications. All tier 1 storage resides (currently) on one of three arrays. We have a very bursty workload and Pure Storage is able to handle the workload better than any other storage that we have used.
  • Handles bursty (IOPS and bandwidth) workloads very well.
  • Has great VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) support/implementation.
  • Upgrades are quick and painless.
  • Pure 1 site for aggregated telemetry data is very useful.
  • Pure Storage is expensive, but worth the premium.
  • I would like an easier way to identify a particularly hot (IO) VM on vVols during specific, narrow, user-selected time windows.
  • I would like to see an indicator on the support site for a Pure Support recommended code version of the Purity OS to more easily identify what version we should be running.
  • We have an average data reduction of 5.4 to 1 and a total reduction of 11 to 1 across three arrays.
We originally purchased one Pure Storage FlashArray and one XtremIO X-Brick. When we needed an additional array, we added a second Pure Storage FlashArray. When the XtremIO X-Brick came up for its first warranty renewal after the block of support originally purchased with the storage we opted to retire the X-Brick and purchase a third FlashArray. The simplicity of management was the primary factor in these decisions.
Pure Storage arrays are perfect for any tier 1 storage need. It excels in VMware environments and particularly with data sets that lend well to deduplication and compression. We have many postgres database servers that can run very hot. Pure Storage has helped us to remove IO bottlenecks that we have run into in the past.

Pure Storage FlashArray Feature Ratings

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