Pure Storage FlashArray - Easy to set up, use, and maintain.
September 24, 2019

Pure Storage FlashArray - Easy to set up, use, and maintain.

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Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

Our Pure Storage FlashArray is used for our general virtualization environment. We have application and database servers running on it. The business problem we're trying to address is latency.
  • Software upgrades are done flawlessly by remote technicians. The techs are very prompt and you do not have to have a major lead time to get this accomplished.
  • Support is stellar. Timely updates and resolutions.
  • This storage array does not have a bunch of custom tuning. It is tuned for the best performance possible which gives it more predictable results.
  • The GUI could be more intuitive. It takes a little getting used to if you're coming from other vendors.
  • More performance statistics could be made customer-facing. Something simple like CPU utilization is not even available.
  • Asynchronous replication could use improvement. Instead of sending the replication on a time schedule, just asynchronously replicate when possible.
  • The in-line deduplication and compression help bring this array to a competitive price per effective terabyte.
  • The evergreen upgrades allow for data in place migrations without having to have storage virtualization or hypervisors do the migrations
  • The controllers are expensive, so it may be difficult to justify a new pure vs. adding expansion shelves. Again, adding shelves might not be the right move based on workload.
Pure Storage FlashArray was selected for its ease of use. Aside from the GUI not being the most intuitive when you first get introduced to it, it holds up to that reputation. I do, however, enjoy other vendors approach to no expansion shelves. In the end, that ends up giving you more compute power to push those SSD's to their potential and not overgrowing the system.
Pure Storage FlashArray is all around a good fit for any workload given that it is all-flash storage. Be a bit cautious about putting too many high performing applications on it as you'll run out of CPU resources well before you overrun the SSD/NVMe modules. Although this storage has the ability to attach more shelves of modules to it, you definitely want to do analysis on whether the CPU can handle it or not.

Pure Storage FlashArray Feature Ratings

Flash Array Performance
Flash Array Integration
Data Compression
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
Power Savings
Not Rated