Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Pure FlashArray X NVMe.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
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.
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.
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.
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.
In terms of what needs improvement, the dashboard and management could be simplified.
I would like to see replication and DR features in the next release of this solution.
The UI for this solution needs to be improved.
In the next release, I would like to see real-time analytics for further insight into consumption models. The scalability and telemetry analytics could be improved.
They can tout the functionality and cutting edge technology that they have, but that's where the price tag comes in. The cost is high, but I think as they grow their business and get more customers that it will probably go down a little bit.
Every time I think of something that needs to improve, they're one step ahead, which I love. The only area I wish to see improve, I believe is coming, is in the FlashBlade product. Blade implementation fell short on a few of the services. Pure is an innovator. They're a disruptor in the industry and I love that. That means that they're motivated and dedicated to being at the forefront of technology. So the only thing I can say is that I wish that Pure would keep up the good work and it looks like they are.
You can't use this solution with VNC, yet. We would like to see VNC integration or be able to use Pure Storage with VNC. I would like to see the cloud version of the application improved. It is kind of new and it still has some limitations. Using it with VNC would be nice, and making it more incorporated with vSphere would be very nice.
One area that I haven't been sold on yet is the POD replication. We've seen that when we create a POD in synchronous mode, it increases the latency. We have another array that our latency isn’t affected by replication and when compared to the X array with a synchronous POD setup – it’s faster to respond to the system, but as soon as the POD mode is Async – the X is faster again. We not talking huge numbers – with the POD in synchronous mode with talking under 1ms for most IO operations.(Distance dependent to the other array) I do feel there is some gaps in my understanding of the POD setups in detail so perhaps its tuning gap.
With Pure Storage, we would like to continue seeing price reductions with flash storage. I don't think we're any different than anybody else when we continue to look to the industry for price reductions of both NVMe and traditional SSD storage. We would like to see these prices continue to decline and erode, even displacing large spinning disks. Ideally, in a perfect world, you would have all-flash arrays being able to displace even your traditional "cheap and deep" type storage frames. We are more excited from the industry perspective when this type of transition can happen from a cost perspective. Also, I want to see Pure Storage not only be for fast storage, but I want to see it be for the entire data center.
We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.
Please share what you can so you can help your peers.