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VMware and Windows Server Team Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Simple to use, good performance, resilient, and good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it."
  • "It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays."

What is most valuable?

What I like most about this solution is the simplicity of the array.

The speed of the Pure FlashArray is very, very fast and nothing in the market can compare to it.

The education, compression, and the speed to perform these are astonishing.

The array is really resilient.

What needs improvement?

The price of this solution is high and should be lowered.

It is not possible to create a cluster on top of multiple arrays.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Pure Storage for about three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the Pure FlashArray is 100%.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With respect to scalability, it would be nice to create a LAN or a cluster on top of multiple arrays.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is 100% and they respond really quickly. Their Evergreen support plan is astonishing. They are a leader in this regard.

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

I have worked with similar solutions from IBM and NetApp. The advantage to those solutions is that you can create a LAN on top of multiple arrays.

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

The price of this solution is high.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

With respect to comparing other solutions, when you put all of the features in a box, leverage them and migrate your application to one of these arrays, it will give you a lot of benefits. Some people have compared benchmark performance tests against other arrays and from my point of view, overall as a whole package when you sum everything up, Pure Storage is the winner.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a very good solution and my main complaint is about the price. Out of all of the arrays that I have worked with, Pure Storage is one of the better ones.

I highly recommend both the solution and the company. My suggestion to anybody who is considering this product is to do the mathematics regarding the budget and the price really well because the rate can be expensive when it comes to upgrading in the future, either scaling it up or out.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Daniel Aramayo
Implementation and Support Engineer at PRACSO S.R.L.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
An amazing solution with an outstanding reputation

Pros and Cons

  • "Pure Storage is extremely reliable — it's never failed."
  • "On a couple of occasions, the waiting time for an upgrade has been pretty substantial."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to assist with our on-premise database workloads; In conjunction with our Oracle database and SQL server database.

Within our organization, there are roughly four people using this solution.

What is most valuable?

Pure Storage has been of great value to us as it provides us with a lot of great tools, especially for monitoring and capacity planning.

Also, Pure Storage is extremely user-friendly. 

What needs improvement?

The solution itself is pretty solid. Perhaps the time available for selecting upgrades or for scheduling things could be improved. On a couple of occasions, the waiting time for an upgrade has been pretty substantial. 

In the next release, I would like for them to support file systems on the lower-end models, like the X-10 or X-20. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Pure Storage is extremely reliable — it's never failed.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have increased the capacity during working hours with no impact on production at all.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is excellent. Once we raise a ticket, they respond very quickly. Even better, their support is proactive. In most cases, they are the ones contacting us, not the other way around.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was extremely simple. It takes about half an hour to get it up and running. 

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

Our licensing is on a yearly basis. They have a standardized fee; it's been the same price for 10 years straight. I am happy with the price — I think it's good.

What other advice do I have?

I trust them — their reputation is outstanding. Pure Storage is an amazing solution. I would totally recommend this technology. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Pure Storage a rating of ten. 

If you're skeptical, there is a free demo that you can use to test it in your environment. Just give it a try, test out all the features, and experiment.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Tahir Shahid
Chief Consultant and Architect at Tahir Professional Services
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A reasonably priced, scalable and stable solution with great support and easy installation

Pros and Cons

  • "The technical support is very good."
  • "There are many features which need to be added, particularly on the replication side."

What is our primary use case?

We are using the latest version. 

What is most valuable?

We are satisfied with the product. It is very good.

What needs improvement?

There is definitely room for improvement.

Overall, the solution is pretty good, although it does have certain gaps. There are many features which need to be added, particularly on the replication side. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Pure Storage FlashArray for around three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

So far, the solution has proven itself to be stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good.

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

Prior to going with Pure Storage FlashArray, we were using the range of all of the Dell EMC products.

While all these products have their own uses, Pure Storage FlashArray is in a market of its own. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

It takes under two hours to accomplish. 

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

The pricing is reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

The solution is definitely storage-centric and this it accomplishes very well.

I use the solution in my own company.

The solution is both cloud- and on-premises based. 

While I don't actually use the solution myself, as I provide services for and commission it for the customer, I have probably done this 50 times over so far. 

I definitely recommend the solution. It's very good. It does what it advertises and this very well.

As Pure Storage FlashArray is purpose-built, I would rate it as a ten out of ten. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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PA
Owner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable, scalable, good speed, and fast support

Pros and Cons

  • "I like its speed. It has all the features that I need."
  • "Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution."

What is our primary use case?

We are basically using it for the department of space and online education purposes. We are using its latest version.

What is most valuable?

I like its speed. It has all the features that I need.

What needs improvement?

Its price needs improvement. Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for a year and a half.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. We have about 81 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have interacted with them. They respond very fast to our queries.

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

I was using a Sun Microsystems product. Basically, the Sun Microsystems product is nothing but Hitachi Storage. They buy Hitachi Storage and label it as Sun Microsystems.

How was the initial setup?

We tried it on our own and almost reached the final stage, but then we had some doubts. After that, Pure people came and helped us. It took about three to four hours to complete the whole installation.

What about the implementation team?

We did it on our own. We had only two Admins for its deployment.

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

Its price is almost double than any other flash storage solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. I am satisfied with this solution, and we plan to keep using this solution.

I would rate Pure Storage FlashArray a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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JV
Technology and Architecture Deputy Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Has good data replication and continuous snapshots

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are the replication of data and the continuous snapshot that we can take from the disc."
  • "The problem is that we can only make a few groups, around five or six groups. I like groups and we need a lot of them. We had to put all the information in only a few groups and cannot make a more detailed separation of them."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is to keep the disc for all the critical systems in the company.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the replication of data and the continuous snapshot that we can take from the disc.

What needs improvement?

The problem is that we can only make a few groups, around five or six groups. I like groups and we need a lot of them. We had to put all the information in only a few groups and cannot make a more detailed separation of them.

This is the only problem that we have in the two years of working with Pure Storage and it is not an important problem. The interface that this solution has is really good. It senses all the errors. We get good support from the vendor. 

The price doesn't really matter. It's very expensive, it can be cheaper.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Pure Storage FlashArray for around two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is very good. We haven't had any problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have around 4,000 users. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very easy. It took around two weeks. 

What other advice do I have?

I would highly recommend this solution. 

I would rate it a ten out of ten. It has all the features we need. It tests all the software solutions that are currently available and that will be available in the future. You do not have to pay for any additional solutions that they purchase.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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PW
IT Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Simplifies management for capacity-oriented workloads

Pros and Cons

  • "It's very fast and very easy to use. It performs well and is both flexible and compatible. We like it because it's easy to use."
  • "The integration capabilities could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We use flash storage for VDI architecture and database architecture.

What is most valuable?

It's very fast and very easy to use. It performs well and is both flexible and compatible. We like it because it's easy to use. We transferred our old architecture from hyper storage to all-flash storage. It made our business faster and more connected to our customers.

The dashboard is very friendly. We can see information about IPs and the bandwidth and every host who connects to it — it's very useful.

We really like the easy-to-use GUI.

What needs improvement?

The integration capabilities could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for roughly three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Pure Storage FlashArray is a very stable and reliable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In our environment, there are only two nodes. We have three products. Each one has two nodes and they can't extend any further.

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't needed to contact customer support. 

How was the initial setup?

This solution is very easy to deploy. Deployment took roughly half an hour.

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

I was not involved with the licensing of this solution.

What other advice do I have?

We recommend this solution to our friends and customers. It's perfect.

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Datacenter & Cloud Architect - South America Zone at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Easy to set up and easy to use, with helpful vendor support

Pros and Cons

  • "At this point, I don't know anything that they could provide in a better way."
  • "It would be nice to have a better view of the allocated capacity on their Platform as a Service solution because we have to do some manual calculations to understand how much we are going to pay every month to use the storage that is allocated."

What is most valuable?

From the first test that we have conducted, we are very satisfied with this solution.

The interface is easy to use.

At this point, I don't know anything that they could provide in a better way.

What needs improvement?

We are not sure what needs improvement at this time, as we have not started using it in the production environment.

It would be nice to have a better view of the allocated capacity on their Platform as a Service solution because we have to do some manual calculations to understand how much we are going to pay every month to use the storage that is allocated.

For how long have I used the solution?

We are in the process of implementing this solution, but we haven't started using it in the production environment.

How are customer service and technical support?

The vendor was helpful during our implementation.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy, with help from the vendor.

What about the implementation team?

We have had help from the vendors, they have been very close to us, helping us all the way.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We decided to go with the Pure Storage solution because of the business model that they presented to us.

What other advice do I have?

We have hired Pure Storage and a distributor to help out at the beginning but mostly we deal with Pure Storage directly.

I would rate Pure Storage FlashArray a nine out of ten.

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Fresh Operations Manager at Jerónimo Martins
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good functionality, easy to use, and highly stable

What is our primary use case?

I use the solution for the storage of our database and to run some algorithms to analyze data we retrieve from the internet.

What is most valuable?

I use all the features of this solution and I find them to be easy to use and functional, such as the compression and capacity to expand.

What needs improvement?

Pure Storage FlashArray could improve by being more secure.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. We have five customers using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical…

What is our primary use case?

I use the solution for the storage of our database and to run some algorithms to analyze data we retrieve from the internet.

What is most valuable?

I use all the features of this solution and I find them to be easy to use and functional, such as the compression and capacity to expand.

What needs improvement?

Pure Storage FlashArray could improve by being more secure.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is highly stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

We have five customers using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is very good.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is the simplest I have ever done from any solution.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation of the solution ourselves with the supervision of the integrator.

We have a team that does the maintenance and operations of the solution.

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

There is an annual or perpetual license required for this solution.

What other advice do I have?

I am very satisfied with this solution and I would recommend it to others.

I rate Pure Storage FlashArray a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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