Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Pure Storage FlashBlade.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
There could be improvements in public cloud integration. In the future, one innovation could be for them to make an embedded backup system.
It would be nice if you could store file-based in the same box with the same technology. Now you can only put block storage on the storage array. It would be nice if you had the same features in the file-based solution on the same box. This would mean you can have all of the storage types in your enterprise on the same box.
At the moment, I can't think of anything that needs to be improved; however, the feature that we're waiting on is better integration with the cell services. I know Pure has a company that's working on the cell system, but it's still not completely there yet.
Compared to, for example, Hitachi NAS, the solution is not mature at all. It's just in its infancy as far as technology goes. That means there are some features that just arent yet available on the product. When we ask for customization or certain features, we'll get a response saying "it's not available yet" or "that's in the pipeline". We have a complicated enterprise, therefore we need more features, perhaps, than the average user, and in this sense this product is limited. We're on a dark site. We don't have internet access. This isn't great for FlashBlade, which needs to be connected to the internet. It's a website, so it needs to be connected in order to provide reports. Therefore, reporting isn't available to us. We'd love a better dashboard that offers more accurate metrics. We'd like more details about what is happening on the system, so we can notify the clients as necessary.
It's difficult to find something that could be improved. The new version of the Purity operational system will be released this week and we've been told a lot of improvements have been made so we'll have to wait a few days and see what they're talking about.
The solution needs better SMB support. For SMB 3.0 for example, I would expand their footprint to sell FlashBlade, etc.
I would like to see more VM-Aware features in the next release of this solution.
I would like to see more monitoring capability included in the next release of this solution.
The support needs improvement.
The speed could be improved.
The Pure Storage Orchestrator is our biggest pain point at the moment. If we can have more say in future developments of feature sets that we will need to support for our use case, that would be pretty beneficial to us.
In the realm of micro-services, I think that Pure Storage can do well if they start getting in there and making their arrays more micro-services ready. We can add a bunch of compute, we could forever compute, but the array at some point comes to a screeching halt. I think if there's a way to make the flash array go wider that would be the better way to go in the long run.
I would like to have Snapshots and Snapmail in the next release. People who came from a NetApp background, especially expect these features.
I would like to see more deduplication.
We haven't been able to use much of the cloud area of Pure Storage. We have a storage server and it would be better if it could integrate with other cloud features of this solution.
I would like to see better integration.
They need better integration with public clouds along with a better hybrid solution.
On our dedupe during our initial buy, we were expecting a number a little higher like 4x. However, we are getting about 3.6. While it is close enough, it doesn't quite hit the numbers. So, this has been a challenge. We are looking at Pure Storage's capabilities to move off-premise into the cloud.
What do you like most about Pure Storage FlashBlade?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!