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Pure FlashArray X NVMe is #3 ranked solution in best NVMe All-Flash Arrays and #18 ranked solution in best All-Flash Storage Arrays. IT Central Station users give Pure FlashArray X NVMe an average rating of 10 out of 10. Pure FlashArray X NVMe is most commonly compared to HPE Nimble Storage: Pure FlashArray X NVMe vs HPE Nimble Storage. The top industry researching this solution is Computer Software Company, accounting for 32% of all views.
What is Pure FlashArray X NVMe?

Pure Storage FlashArray//X is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, which is a term coined by Gartner – that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation.

Pure FlashArray X NVMe is also known as Pure FlashArray//X NVMe, Pure FlashArray//X, FlashArray//X.

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What users are saying about Pure FlashArray X NVMe pricing:
  • "Its price could be better. It is not too expensive, but it is the high-end cost. It is kind of a Rolls-Royce. You pay a lot, but you get a lot out of it. So, the price pressure on the way down would be great, but at the end of the day, if you need to do the work, you just pay for it."
  • "The licensing is on a yearly basis."

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Henry Mayorga
VP Infrastructure & Security at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Excellent diagnostics, intuitive console, and fantastic support

Pros and Cons

  • "It is very easy to install and configure. It has got excellent diagnostics. If you really need to see how the box is performing, the console gives you a lot of information. You can set thresholds as well as alerts based on the thresholds, which is a very powerful functionality. They are very proactive. They know how to monitor and manage the systems. They see a problem, and they are all over it before us. They see the problem before we see it, which is very good."
  • "Right now, the box itself is just strictly working as a backend storage system. It would be fantastic if we could access it directly like a NAS device through network access or SIS drives. I think they have an interface, but I am not sure how good it is. If we could address a box directly on the network without having to go through a server, it would be great. The replication schemas could be improved. We are not using replication on the storage level right now. We use a different type of replication. If their replication would be as good as the one that we have, I would probably run the replication schema because it might be faster, but I don't know that for a fact. So, I cannot say that they have good replication. All I can say is that they need to inform us better."

What is our primary use case?

We needed a flash array to support our core databases for maximum performance. We use SQL. We were using vSAN before, but we were having some problems with it. So, we wanted to isolate the databases with dedicated storage. Rather than using a vSAN solution using servers, we tested a couple of solutions, and we figured out that Pure FlashArray X NVMe was giving us the best performance.

How has it helped my organization?

Fundamentally, we have more visibility to what is happening in the storage for the databases. We can determine if the problem is something that is bound by IO or the problem is related to the database structure itself. 

The amount of time that a DBA has to spend figuring out whether it is a physical problem versus a programmatic problem has been reduced significantly. Before moving to this solution, when the database was running slow, we were asked to check our disks, but we had no way of verifying that. It was a nightmare. Now, we have reports that we can send on a daily basis, and they know what their performance is like.

We can now ascertain that it is not the physical problem with the array that is causing the delays on the database. The DBAs can then look at the database and figure out various reasons or solutions for this, such as maybe the tables are value structure, maybe they need to run optimal queries, or maybe they should change the way they are accessing the data. You can pretty much take out of the equation the fact that the hardware is the problem.

What is most valuable?

It is very easy to install and configure. It has got excellent diagnostics. If you really need to see how the box is performing, the console gives you a lot of information. You can set thresholds as well as alerts based on the thresholds, which is a very powerful functionality.

They are very proactive. They know how to monitor and manage the systems. They see a problem, and they are all over it before us. They see the problem before we see it, which is very good.

What needs improvement?

Right now, the box itself is just strictly working as a backend storage system. It would be fantastic if we could access it directly like a NAS device through network access or SIS drives. I think they have an interface, but I am not sure how good it is. If we could address a box directly on the network without having to go through a server, it would be great. 

The replication schemas could be improved. We are not using replication on the storage level right now. We use a different type of replication. If their replication would be as good as the one that we have, I would probably run the replication schema because it might be faster, but I don't know that for a fact. So, I cannot say that they have good replication. All I can say is that they need to inform us better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for almost a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. It has been almost a year, and we haven't had any problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability-wise, it is expensive but good. They love to add boxes, and they did a very good job. You can easily add boxes to the array cells, both disks or controllers. The nice thing about it is that you don't have to change your schema. In other words, you don't have to reprogram or reconfigure anything. You simply add a box, and you have more disk space. Essentially, you can extend a disk to whatever services you are running without having to reconfigure a lot of stuff. That's actually a huge benefit. 

We have 200 employees in our firm, and almost everyone in our firm uses this solution. All the databases in the firm are running off Pure FlashArray X NVMe.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is fantastic. They are very good. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using Compellent from Dell. We switched because the Dell technology was at least one generation before in the type of SSD drives that they were using. Pure FlashArray X NVMe had the latest versions of the EV disks, which Dell did not have on their systems. They were about to bring it into the market, but we would have had to wait for another three months, and it would have been a new product that wasn't yet tested. 

The infrastructure or the technology for Pure was built specifically for flash arrays, whereas Dell came from spinning disks and then moved into flash arrays. So, the controllers were not built specifically for SSD drives or flash. Even if you have flash, you still run into delays because the controllers were not designed to run just purely flash, whereas Pure was designed for flash from the beginning. They never had any spinning disks in their boxes, and that makes a huge difference. 

The thing that makes these boxes powerful is the algorithm that they use to decide where to put the data and how often they read it. Because SSD drives have a finite life, if you do the algorithms correctly, you maximize not just the performance but also the longevity. Pure is doing a very good job. I'm not fully a mathematician in the longevity piece of it, but I'm expecting that this box is going to give me three to five years of use with good performance. A Dell box would have to be replaced in three years for sure. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy. Its installation is very simple. The console is fairly intuitive, and I understood more or less what my team was doing.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its price could be better. It is not too expensive, but it is the high-end cost. It is kind of a Rolls-Royce. You pay a lot, but you get a lot out of it. So, the price pressure on the way down would be great, but at the end of the day, if you need to do the work, you just pay for it.

What other advice do I have?

I would absolutely recommend using it. I would also suggest negotiating and testing it. I bought a very small system of 10 terabytes that I put in one of our labs for testing so that my team can learn it, and I could play with it. We tested it, and after we were comfortable with the capabilities of the system and building things in VMware, which is a really critical part of the whole integration, we tested three different solutions from HP, Dell, etc. After the testing, it was clear to us that the Pure FlashArray X NVMe was the easiest to manage and configure and had the best performance that we had seen in all the arrays. We are not testers, but we could tell. We could see the speed at which the databases came up and everything else. After testing, you will be convinced that Pure FlashArray X NVMe is probably the best box or right there in terms of performance. We tested in early 2019. There might be another solution that is doing better today.

I would rate Pure FlashArray X NVMe a nine out of ten. The only reason I won't give it a ten is the price. Its feature set is pretty complete. I'm pushing it right now. It is like you buy a sports car and then you complain that you don't have a big trunk to put a lot of luggage. You are complaining about the wrong thing here. You bought the thing because it is fast. Similarly, we bought it because it is fast. From that perspective, whether they can address NAS or other things like that is just icing on the cake for me. Its price is a little high right now. Otherwise, I would have given it a ten.

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On-premises
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Daniel Aramayo
Implementation and Support Engineer at PRACSO S.R.L.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Reasonably priced, scales well, and offers good stability

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup was extremely simple and straightforward."
  • "I'd like to see the product implement active replication for vehicles such as VMware."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for cluster applications and databases. We use the solution on the DBA and those that use double machines.

What is most valuable?

Being able to have broken files on-site on the same appliance is quite useful.

The newer version of NVME has a really noticeable difference in quality versus the last generation. It's better in terms of latency. It allows for so much more input.

The initial setup was extremely simple and straightforward. 

The stability is quite good.

We've found the scalability to be excellent.

The price of the product isn't too high.

What needs improvement?

To be able to do the welcome files simultaneously on a lower version would be helpful. 

I general, we don't really have any pain points when dealing with the solution.

The solution should improve its logon requirements.

I'd like to see the product implement active replication for vehicles such as VMware.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been very good and very reliable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. Its performance has been good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale if you need it to. It offers good scalability.

We have already expanded capacity and installed additional chokes and it works perfectly, with no downtime and no impact on production.

We do have plans to increase usage in the future. We're looking forward to installing more clusters and extending the offering.

While we have five main users that manage the arrays, we have many, many general users of the product.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not overly complex or difficult. It's quite simple and very straightforward. A company shouldn't have any issues with the process. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay for licensing on a yearly basis. We're pretty happy with the cost. It's reasonable and not overly expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this solution, we evaluated solutions from HP, IBM, and Dell EMC.

What other advice do I have?

We are partners. 

While I would recommend the product to others, I would also advise that they try it out first via a proof of concept if they are not so sure about the solution. It's free and they can experiment with all the features in their own environments.

I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten. We are very happy with the product overall.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior Administrator/IT Systems & Cloud Operations at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Reliable, easy to install, with good support

Pros and Cons

  • "The latency is good."
  • "The software layer has to improve."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution mostly for our databases.

What is most valuable?

The latency is good.

The administration and the stability are very good.

What needs improvement?

The software layer has to improve. The software is promising but not prominent.

We have upgraded more than 21 things. We have four artists and have had to upgrade the codes. 

There are several upgrades required, but we are slowly catching up to them.

There are not many drill-down options available. EMC is providing many reporting tools that are not available in Pure.

They need better reporting. Some of the tools are missing. EMC is a step ahead in that area.

The usage at the host level has some limited options.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. It's reliable, we have not been faced with any issues.

Our IT operations team is the only one to use this solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not yet scaled this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is really good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy. It was straightforward.

The installation was done within three hours. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing is on a yearly basis. We have a three-year subscription.

I don't know about the pricing as it is not my department, but if we were not satisfied with the pricing we would not have purchased it.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I would recommend.

I would rate Pure FlashArray X NVMe an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Managing Director at Dr. Netik & Partner GmbH
Reseller
Top 20
Good performance and support, and the user interface makes administration easy

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and we sell all sizes of Pure FlashArrays. The FlashArray X NVMe is one of the products that we provide to our customers. Our clients with their own data centers purchase FlashArray storage because they are replacing old storage systems. They often have HP systems with hard disks and these systems are old and too slow. They are replacing them with faster systems and don't want to have additional costs every three years to renew their storage. We also have a FlashArray for our own use.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the performance. One of the best features is the support, which is excellent. The user interface and reporting are good. It is easy to deploy and administrate this solution.

What needs

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and we sell all sizes of Pure FlashArrays. The FlashArray X NVMe is one of the products that we provide to our customers.

Our clients with their own data centers purchase FlashArray storage because they are replacing old storage systems. They often have HP systems with hard disks and these systems are old and too slow. They are replacing them with faster systems and don't want to have additional costs every three years to renew their storage.

We also have a FlashArray for our own use.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the performance.

One of the best features is the support, which is excellent.

The user interface and reporting are good.

It is easy to deploy and administrate this solution.

What needs improvement?

In the future, I would like to see integration with enterprise backup systems. They should have direct integration available using Pure APIs. Good candidates would be Rubrik and Veeam.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been working with Pure FlashArray storage for more than seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any problem with stability, even when updating controllers for customer arrays.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues in terms of scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support from Pure is excellent.

How was the initial setup?

The deployment is simple. We have a single person for maintenance and they spend one or two hours per month doing it.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good solution and one that I recommend.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
RZ
Manager of IT Department with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
Has good speed and offers good virtual volumes

What is our primary use case?

We are using version //X70 of Pure FlashArray. Our primary use case is to have a very fast storage array.

What is most valuable?

The virtual volumes and clarification around storage arrays are the most valuable features 

What needs improvement?

In terms of what needs improvement, the dashboard and management could be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the Pure FlashArray for about five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Overall stability is very good. It is a very stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable as you can add capacity very easily. We have about 2000 users using the storage array.

How are customer service and

What is our primary use case?

We are using version //X70 of Pure FlashArray. Our primary use case is to have a very fast storage array.

What is most valuable?

The virtual volumes and clarification around storage arrays are the most valuable features 

What needs improvement?

In terms of what needs improvement, the dashboard and management could be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the Pure FlashArray for about five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Overall stability is very good. It is a very stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable as you can add capacity very easily. We have about 2000 users using the storage array.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support was not good in the beginning. I would rate the support at a five out of 10. It has improved though.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very straightforward. It took two weeks from start to finish.

What about the implementation team?

We were able to complete the setup in house without any vendor support.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at IBM and NetAPP before choosing Pure FlashArray.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend Pure FlashArray. I would rate the product at ten out of 10.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner