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Pure Storage FlashArray Valuable Features

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.

Scalability, ease of use, and non-disruptive upgrades are also valuable. They're not using flash just for your tier one storage needs. They're recommending flash for data protection and archive backup, which is the way to go.

If you get the gold support, which is what I sell and recommend for my customers, Pure's support personnel will take care of both software and hardware upgrades, which is another feather in Pure's cap. They make several claims that once you move to Pure Storage, you can take your team of five dedicated storage admins and trim it down to just one person. Their mantra is getting customers out of the game of managing storage and letting the vendor manage the storage. They want to see their customers just consume storage. They have non-disruptive upgrades. You just set up the software and hardware and just consume the storage. They're continuously looking at the dial-homes, the logs that are automatically sent, and fingerprinting potential issues before they're even a problem. That cuts down on a lot of support tickets the customers have to open up. They'll proactively open up tickets when they see something in their analytics on a particular customer's array and recognize that one of their hosts might have a certain HBA with a fault or a bug. They reach out and open a ticket. So, you get your system upgrade, patched, or whatever is needed to resolve the potential problem.

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IT System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

If I compare it to SAN Symphony, for instance, it's much faster, much reliable level. 

The maintenance is very good. The support is very, very good. If you do any maintenance on it you have the support, and it's nice to know they are there to assist.

It's a very good product. It's very easy to manage everything.

With a snapshot, you can schedule it and you can remove it afterward. You can do a kind of production cope. That's very, very good now, and it's performing very well. The storage is amazing. It's so fast.

The total reduction you can expect is excellent. You buy the bundle storage and they give you a ratio of what you can achieve within it.

The mobile app is very helpful. I have an application on my smartphone. I view the latency in real-time on my app. You can see everything on your smartphone. You can also set up alerts on it, and things like this. I don't think you can do this on Dell storage. 

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Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

V-Vault is pretty new and its implementation is superior to that offered by nearly any vendor. It's easier to configure than most others and to import the V-Vault. A separate working machine is not required. 

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IT System Specialist - Operations & Infrastructure at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Performance-wise, it is giving us a very good result.

We are happy with the data compression and deduplication capabilities.

The interface is user-friendly and very easy to use.

Taking a snapshot and cloning data is very easy to do. We can create a script and it will clone the environment. Similarly, we can replicate the environment from one site to another site, and we can restore the environment where we choose.

The management features are well organized and they have a very good dashboard. For example, I can see all of the utilization and it has port monitoring capabilities. With other storage vendors, multiple tools are required for this, and there is an additional charge.

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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.

We do a lot of data replication as well, and the replication features are all easy to set up. The networking controls for setting up interfaces and sub-interfaces are also easy to manage.

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Enterprise Solutions Architect at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees

The setup was extremely simple. 

The solution offers amazing performance. The speed and reliability of their flash arrays are great. In terms of flash storage, they're on it. The performance is there.

Their evergreen solution is probably the most needed in any industry. Especially today in unprecedented times and supply chain issues, their evergreen solution is amazing. 

Whenever we come out with a new feature for our system, we just swap out the storage controller. We don't change anything on our desk and we get the new features. That evergreen approach in your third year costs you nothing. 

It's a great company, great solution. They're dominating in their space for a good reason.

Even their management, their interface, is just the best in the industry. 

The solution can scale.

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Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The administration is very easy and quite minimal.

The performance is very good.

The installation is pretty straightforward. 

Technical support is good.

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Storage Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is easy to install.

The stability and scalability are awesome.

The technical support is awesome as well.

Processes that used to take 40 minutes to two hours can be completed in five minutes.

Also, we can use more capacity and pay less.

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GIDC India - Architecture Design and Engineering Leader at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

Pure Storage has been the go-to storage array for me. It's a lot smaller, easier to set up, faster to upgrade, and more reliable. 

The performance is very stable. This is something which I don't get out of a solution such as, for example, 3PAR. 

The code upgrades are very smooth. They're actually all tracking their vulnerabilities. As a customer, Pure Storage gives sufficient time to the customer to showcase the new features and to say this is how to go about going over to the upgrade, and so on. We are quite prepared. We can schedule ahead and be ready for these things. That's something which I like - the selective approach - and everything is on the cloud which helps Pure reach out to their customers and gives these new features. 

Its ability to use multiple services such as the file services, the block services, backup, fast backups, lightning backup, and so on, is great. These features are something that StoreServ or HP doesn't have. They have multiple products for that. Pure tries to bundle them together. That's something which I really like. It reduces the footprint and helps me sell this a lot more to the customer.

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KYC Quality Assurance at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The low latency and the performance, in general, are very good.

The compression and deduplication features help to make the best use of the capacity.

Replication and active-active features are available.

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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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Soporte TI at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

The experience has been very good so far for the company. It's very fast and it's very easy to configure the storage. 

It's very efficient. 

The snapshot feature is great. It's very easy to apply. You can see present error applications by going back using snapshot. It's very good for the company.

We haven't had any problems with it in the time we've used it.

I like the user interface.

Support has been helpful.

We have no issues with pricing.

Integration is easy.

The initial setup is simple. It's easy to deploy using the whitepapers on offer. 

The compression is quite good compared to other options.

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MTS - Core IP Engineering at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The availability and ease of use are the big features. 

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Professional Test Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The integration and migration features have been really good.

We're getting good performance, and the compression ratio is also very good in Pure Storage FlashArray.

It has an Evergreen model and always maintains the controllers, so the controllers never let you down.

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VMware and Windows Server Team Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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Project Deployment at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

This is the best all-flash storage array on the market. They were the first brand that provided access directly from CPU to memory to disk.

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General Manager at PRACSO S.R.L.

I like FlashArray's ActiveCluster as well as its snapshot and cloning capabilities. The performance is extremely good. They have a complete replication set, including near-zero RTO and zero RPO. FlashArray integrates with all the new microservices technologies. It integrates with many products like Oracle, Cisco, Veeam, and Rubrik. 

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Enterprise Account Executive at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

It's just very easy for general block storage. Generally, the ease of use is what customers comment on. It's very user-friendly.

The initial setup is very straightforward. 

Scalability is possible. You can expand the solution.

The stability and reliability are great.

Technical support has been helpful in general. 

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Implementation and Support Engineer at PRACSO S.R.L.

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. 

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Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

I like the speed, and I like the API and how programmable it is.

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Platform Technologies Lead Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is very easy to use.

The speed is one of the most valuable features of Pure Storage FlashArray.

It's a brilliant solution with brilliant support.

Pure Storage FlashArray has a lot of features.

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Chief Consultant and Architect at Tahir Professional Services

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

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Owner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

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

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Technology and Architecture Deputy Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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

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IT Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees

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.

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Datacenter & Cloud Architect - South America Zone at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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Fresh Operations Manager at Jerónimo Martins

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.

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IT Architect at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable features in Pure Storage FlashArray are deduplication and active cluster.

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Project Manager at WFSFAA

The all-flash disc is the most valuable feature of this solution.

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Manager of IT Department at a engineering company with 201-500 employees

The management is simple in Pure Storage FlashArray.

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Sr. Cloud Systems Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I like that every few years, they provide us with a free controller upgrade.

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Solutions Architect at a insurance company with 51-200 employees

We've been using FlashArray's snapshot for backups. Their replication across sites and response time are also excellent.

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Intertecno Co-Founder at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The most valuable feature is replication.

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