Pure Storage FlashArray helps keep the DBA's away
Updated March 23, 2021

Pure Storage FlashArray helps keep the DBA's away

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

Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

We use Pure Storage FlashArray as our Tier 1 storage platform across our entire organization. We have been using it since 2015 and it has worked out great so far. We don't have to deal with disk slowness complaints from our DBA's anymore.
  • Technical support from Pure has been great. They are very proactive and responsive when necessary.
  • Pure Storage FlashArray is very easy to install, configure and administer.
  • We have been very satisfied with the performance of FlashArray - under 1 millisecond latency.
  • Pure Storage FlashArray is not cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for.
  • We have seen a few too many necessary firmware updates to fix software bugs in 2019.
  • There is a bit of "sticker shock" to see how much usable disk you end up with from the raw TB total.
  • Pure Storage FlashArray has had a great impact on our databases and applications. SQL jobs that used to take hours now take minutes - which has allowed our company to move new product offerings forward faster.
  • The ease of use of Pure Storage FlashArray has allowed our Storage Admins to focus on other duties and not have to "babysit" the SAN.
We baked off Pure Storage FlashArray against NetApp and Nimble and Pure blew both of those products out of the water. Pure's all-flash approach guaranteed that none of our critical data would ever be on spinning disk - so that was a very important topic for use. Pure was also one of the first storage vendors to provide encryption across the whole array as well, and that was a big selling point for us.
Pure Storage FlashArray is great as a tier 1 storage solution for any workload that needs to have excellent performance. SQL or Oracle databases, in particular, run very well and also see good data reduction.

Pure Storage FlashArray Feature Ratings

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

Upgrading Pure Storage FlashArray

Yes - We have done multiple firmware upgrades to our Pure Storage FlashArrays and also upgraded the controllers to new models as well and never had any downtime. We have not had any issues with the new firmware releases causing any issues with our storage arrays either - everything has gone very smooth.
  • Updated an internal certificate within the array that was expiring in Sept. 2021
  • fixed a potential bug with Cisco UCS and vSphere 7
  • other bug fixes
  • Faster performance
  • new software features
  • ability to attach different types of storage to the array

Simplicity

Integrating Pure Storage FlashArray