Pure FlashBlade offers speed that is unmatched
Updated March 23, 2021

Pure FlashBlade offers speed that is unmatched

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Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Pure Storage FlashBlade

The FlashBlade is being used to protect our Veeam backups. The Systems Engineering team are the only ones that use it, but because it is used as part of our backup infrastructure it supports the entire company. The FlashBlade is a repository to store all production backups. We've enabled Safemode on the FlashBlade to protect production backups from ransomware.
  • Speed of read and write
  • Familiar interface to that of Pure Storage FlashArray
  • Ability to scale out
  • Initial configuration is complex/confusing
  • Capacity
We are most interested in the fast file and object platform while using this as a backup target. Because we also use Pure Storage FlashArray the unified interface was also of interest as to not have to learn a new platform. The ability to easily provision storage and scale out made this a good fit for our organization.
FlashBlade has built in metrics that can be monitored but it also ties back to Pure's Pure1 cloud for advanced metric collection and reporting. Using these tools we are able to better monitor what is happening during peak backup times which we have never had before.
My organization has enabled Safemode on the FlashBlade in order to protect ransomware from eradicating snapshots. We use this to protect our production backups in the event we are hit by ransomware. The only problem with this is the overhead storage costs of the snapshots requires additional capacity which does not come cheap.
I would not say that we are using it in an innovative way. It was meant (and proposed to us) to be used as a backup target to protect production backups. We have not used it outside of this yet. The FlashBlade has made a positive impact in my organization, especially with the Security department.
  • Somewhat peace of mind from ransomware
  • Increased speed of restores
  • Increased speed of backups
We did not evaluate any other products, the FlashBlade has nothing similar in my opinion.
Veeam Backup & Replication
Since implementing FlashBlade into our backup infrastructure, the speed at which the backups complete on a nightly basis has increased tremendously. On the reverse, the time it takes to restore from the FlashBlade is very minimal. Couple the FlashBlade with a FlashArray and the backup and restores are insanely fast. The FlashBlade works well in our scenario as a backup target/ It would not work so well as a standard SAN scenario. While it would be fast, the cost does not make it feasible.

Upgrading Pure Storage FlashBlade

Yes - There was no downtime when the upgrade occurred, it went fast and smooth. Pure does an amazing QA job on all their firmware releases. Pure Support performed the upgrade remotely and allowed me to be hands off.
  • Bug Fixes
  • Performance enhancements
  • Continued performance increases
  • Stability
  • New Features