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?
I've only been using it for about a year now, so I haven't run into any issues. The biggest thing for me is not so much the Array itself. It's their Pure1 manage solution, which is a centralized monitoring plane that we can register all of our arrays to and monitor from one location. However, the ability to make that more multi-tenant for customer visibility so that we, as a service provider, can monitor all arrays we give customers visibility down to their dedicated environments would be ideal. Seeing VM performance down to the array level, and things like that would be useful. It's more multi-tenant functionality in their Pure1 manage portal that is lacking.
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.
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.