Follow-up from a happy FlashBlade user
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 31, 2020

Follow-up from a happy FlashBlade user

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Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashBlade

Our FlashBlade is an evaluation unit. My team tests storage arrays from various vendors to determine compatibility & performance with our software. We share results with our internal storage team and write white papers on how to best config an array for optimal performance without software.
  • Ease of manageability. A manual isn't needed to navigate the GUI. Config options are easy to locate.
  • The FlashBlade helps to overcome some of the performance limitations built into the NFS protocol.
  • Quick and simple installation.
  • Granular control of alerting.
  • Inability to serve FC block storage.
  • Performance analysis feature needs the ability to quickly pull up the heavy-hitters.
Pure's FlashBlade was brought in-house for the sole reason of testing NFS. Object storage capability was icing on the cake. Although we did not plan to test it, we did receive a request for object storage and decided to utilize the FlashBlade for this request. The engineer who made this request was blown away by the performance after being conditioned by under-whelming object stores in the cloud.
Analytics is SAS's bread and butter, but we can never run them fast enough. Customers want real-time results. Individual computers are inadequate to run performant analytics and running in a grid environment requires shared data. Pure has offered high-performance shared data by placing NFS on top of NVME with simplified management.
I work with a performance group in a large corporation where we have dedicated teams to handle backups, recoveries, and security. These items are not our mission, however, in regards to non-traditional backups and recovery, the flashblade's instant local and remote snapshot capabilities are very attractive options for quickly switching between configuration scenarios.
The most positive impact came from the ability to run our throughput-hungry software over NFS without the file system falling on its face. NFS has been a struggle for many years when utilized in high performance environments.
  • Pure has greatly narrowed the performance gap between file storage and fiber channel block storage with FlashBlade. Exotic file systems and costly FC fabrics are no longer needed to run performant storage.
  • Training is not required for a storage admin who has never touched a Pure array. Everything is where you would expect to find it.
The NetApp a800 we tested was 14% faster than Pure FlashBlade with NFS workloads. However, NetApp lacked ease of administration and performing simple tasks such as creating multiple NFS volumes required scripting from the command line. Our flashblade contained 15 baldes and our NetApp was a clustered pair with each half containing 24 nvme devices.
Shared file systems are needed in nearly all large environments. most options are considered exotic & many of SAS's customers do not want to run them. Everyone knows NFS, but traditional NFS lacked performance. Pure offers a performant NFS with their FlashBlade