Pure Storage is the most effective storage I've ever used
Updated March 23, 2021

Pure Storage is the most effective storage I've ever used

Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashArray

Pure Storage is our Tier 1 storage platform for all servers and services hosted in our datacenter. That's dozens of applications, big and small, in a diverse technical environment with lots of different workloads. The workloads on Pure Storage arrays are 99% virtualized. While it was originally brought in to host our largest workloads that require the highest performing IO, it quickly became the standard for storage performance. Any system engineer will tell you that storage performance issues are a pain, and with shared storage, are not easy to manage. Pure Storage has made storage performance issues a thing of the past and high performing storage is the new normal.
  • High performing storage IO.
  • Simple set-up, configuration, and administration.
  • Cost can be relatively high.
  • Capacity increases only come in specific sizes (2, 5, 10TB), so upgrades are not very customizable.
  • Lessens storage administration overhead through its simplicity.
  • Users in our Tier1 application notice the performance increase instantly. Happy customers are priceless.
NetApp has a lot of issues. Its software is clunky and complicated. It wastes much capacity in the storage operating system. It doesn't do deduplication and compression that well and takes a CPU hit when it does. And all-flash storage was never really an option. At just about every level, we were tired of NetApp and have since become used to the simplicity and performance of Pure.
Pure Storage FlashArray works extremely well as an on-premise high-performing storage array. It has worked very effectively for us in our virtualization environment, throwing workloads like Oracle, PeopleSoft, OpenShift, VDI, etc. at it. Their APIs and software support makes integrations with hypervisors and hardware very straight forward. If you need low performing disk arrays with simply a lot of storage capacity, this may not be appropriate for your environment - you can definitely get a ton of cheap capacity elsewhere.

Pure Storage FlashArray Feature Ratings

Flash Array Performance
9
Flash Array Integration
9
Data Compression
10
Non-Intrusive Upgrades
10
Simplicity
10
Power Savings
Not Rated

Upgrading Pure Storage FlashArray

Yes - Being a customer of Pure storage for over 4 years, we have been through several software and hardware upgrades. The software upgrades have always been efficient engagements that are performed almost completely by Pure support. You schedule the upgrade with them and allow support access to your controllers (a couple of clicks). All the upgrades they have performed have been non-disruptive with no downtime or degradation of performance.
  • Better deduplication
  • Higher throughput
  • Enhanced features
  • Enhanced cloud features
  • Security features
Yes - We are currently using the support version that includes a complete hardware replacement every 3 years. While this is a good benefit, we have questioned whether it is a good value in the long run.
Yes - We have upgraded to different models of Pure storage as they have changed their product lines. We have had FA and X models as well as various controllers within those lines. The Purity OS has remained the only software that runs them, although with newer versions along the way. Purity upgrades have been non-disruptive and have enhanced performance, deduplication, management, and added features.

Simplicity