December 22, 2018
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashBlade
When we have to do upgrades, support works around our schedule to fix and maintain the system. It is very nice having another company monitoring your system and effectively notifying you when issues occur. I would rate it second to none as far as support. They are very helpful and identify issues with our storage before we even find them.
It is used by a specific financial department to address performance issues in the virtualization space. We have over two thousand users who use the system on a regular basis. We need secure systems that enable encryption at the drive level with high performance and redundancy that enable high availability.
- fewer people to administer the systems, as it's easier to use and easy to teach how to use.
- less space in the rack -- a better density of equipment
- Users are much happier with the performance of their systems.
The organization moved from having dedicated people supporting our storage to systems administrators being able to support the storage, with little time wasted in training them to learn the new product. Provided they understand universal storage concepts, an admin can be trained in 2-4 hours to manage the system. We utilized pro-services to install the unit and they were in and out in half of a day.
The best advice I can provide is to purchase a unit-- it will be the best decision made all year. They have a feature called Evergreen storage, and the best part is that we no longer have to figure out what we are going to do with the old array, they simply exchange the old with a new performing system.
We considered all of the major manufacturers of storage when we were evaluating our choice of a product to replace our older storage. We considered HP, EMC, DELL, and Netapp-- all of which the team has used at various times. Interestingly enough, initially no one had experience with Pure Storage, so we had to trust the company and other reviews, and we were not disappointed.
- We are starting to use the product in our SEIM environment, and due to the column of events we are completely satisfied
- Huge savings on employee time, less waiting for systems
- a Happy employee is more productive.
The product is well suited for Data centers with space issues -- a high density of racks and lack of space to install equipment. The size of the Pure Storage Flashblade units, combined with the de-duplication features, helps to effectively use rack space while having great performance. While the product is somewhat expensive, if it is needed, it has great value.