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Pure Storage FlashArray Pros and Cons

Pure Storage FlashArray Pros

PH
Solutions Architect at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
One of the features that my customers are really interested in is immutable snapshots. There are immutable snapshots to which your applications can be reverted back if you are hit by some kind of ransomware threat or malicious attack. That's kind of a key deal, and it is one of the selling points I use to point out to my customers the value and the features that Pure Storage brings to the table.
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TS
IT System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The mobile app is very helpful.
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Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Technical support has been amazing.
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Cloud Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We've had different types of storage, and three things of this solution are valuable. The first one is its outstanding performance. The second one is its stability. In the about three years that we've had it, we've had component failures, but we never had a service interruption or any data loss. The third one, which is really critical, is that it is super easy to use in terms of provisioning, storage, and managing the arrays. I'm able to maintain a multi-site environment with a couple of dozen arrays with a single mid-level storage admin.
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BH
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
The solution offers amazing performance.
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AM
Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Technical support is good.
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Storage Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Processes that used to take 40 minutes to two hours can be completed in five minutes.
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PK
Technical Consultant at Injazat Data Systems
FlashArray has many valuable features. It's very user-friendly and it has high availability, so there is comparatively less downtime. During maintenance, there is no shutdown procedure, so you can directly power off the Array and manage the shutdown process without any data loss, which is a unique feature. Managing replication and data migration is also very easy.
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Professional Test Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
We're getting good performance, and the compression ratio is also very good in Pure Storage FlashArray.
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MS
VMware and Windows Server Team Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.
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Pure Storage FlashArray Cons

PH
Solutions Architect at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
I like what they're doing, but some of my customers complain that they do not have all the bells and whistles and knobs to fine-tune workloads that some of the competitors have. In my opinion, that's good. All customers don't have dedicated storage gurus, and they can get themselves into trouble if they fine-tune too many of those high-performance knobs, but they do get knocked down. Pure Storage takes a hit in the minds and opinions of some of the customers because they cannot customize things as much as compared to a legacy storage provider's appliance such as NetApp, Dell EMC, or even HPE. I personally think 95% of my customers are better off letting the system fine-tune itself. That was something that you needed to do 12 or 15 years ago, but now with all-flash, the technology can handle what it needs to handle. Customers just end up shooting themselves in the foot if they are tweaking too many default settings.
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TS
IT System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The solution is not cheap.
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Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
A minor issue that comes to mind is that, every once in a while, a hard drive will go bad.
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Learn what your peers think about Pure Storage FlashArray. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
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Cloud Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
We understand that they're thinking about it, but one of the things that would be nice is if they added some basic file-level capabilities to the platform. The idea is that they would run a basic NFS or CIF share from the controllers. FlashBlade is the powerhouse for File and Object storage, but if you don't need all that power, a lightweight file function would make FlashArrays more versatile.
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BH
Enterprise Solutions Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
I can't see where they can make anything better, unless, of course, they lower their prices even more.
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AM
Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Beyond a certain amount of petabytes, you have to have a separate system. Basically, it's not infinitely scalable.
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Storage Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
CIFS and SMB Shares cannot be mounted directly.
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PK
Technical Consultant at Injazat Data Systems
FlashArray's capacity for forecasting should be improved because it needs to be a bit more current. I think it's bundled with the deduplication and other compression factors. We need more user interfaces for forecasting in this software and more interfaces need to be integrated with this array management tool.
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Professional Test Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
I think replication is one area that still needs improvement. Earlier, Pure Storage FlashArray only had IP-based replication. There was no API-based replication, but they have enhanced the feature now. However, they need to work on API replication for C-type of arrays.
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MS
VMware and Windows Server Team Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.
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Learn what your peers think about Pure Storage FlashArray. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
554,382 professionals have used our research since 2012.