Thursday, 24 May 2018 13:41

Pure FlashArray//X bridges DAS/NAS/SAN divide

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Pure Storage says its new FlashArray//X series provides higher performance at the same cost per effective gigabyte as the previous FlashArray//M series, and is suited to all types of workloads.

FlashArray//X provides shared accelerated storage using NVMe and NVMe-oF (NVMe over Fabrics) at prices that are said to be cost-effective for all types of workloads, whether they are normally associated with DAS or SAN/NAS.

FlashArray//X comes in five models ranging from the //X10 and //X20 which use SATA flash, but are built around the same dual-port NVMe/SATA controllers as the higher-end models and are therefore able to be upgraded with NVMe storage.

The //X70 and //X50 use 100% NVMe storage, scaling to 1.3PB and 650TB of effective storage respectively.

The top-end //X90 also uses all-NVMe storage, and is billed as Pure's densest, fastest FlashArray so far. It provides up to 3PB of effective capacity in a 6U enclosure, and is up to twice as fast as the FlashArray//M all-flash array.

On some measures, it is even faster. Pure's general manager of platforms Bill Cerreta said it is 2.9x faster for Oracle database, and 3.7x faster for SAP HANA write performance.

FlashArrayX90 onstage

Pure claims that the FlashArray//X provides a way to unify data centre storage.

"New technologies enable us to reimagine the data centre. We finally have the ability to break down storage silos in the data centre to enable broad data sharing. New levels of storage efficiency enable organisations to realise the true potential value of their most important asset - data," said Cerreta.

"Diverse, fast compute, fast-converged networks and optimised protocols like NVMe have unlocked the potential to redesign the data centre for data itself. The FlashArray//X family represents a critical first building block for truly data-centric architecture."

This architecture enables diskless, stateless compute to flexibly connect to a fast, reliable and dense pool of shared accelerated storage via fast networking, the company said. Decoupling storage and compute, means they can be scaled and upgraded independently, while maintaining performance and efficiency.

FlashArray//X is available immediately, and the first unit has been shipped to an unnamed Australian customer.

Pure's Evergreen storage architecture means existing FlashArrays can be non-disruptively upgraded to FlashArray//X.

"In the emerging data-driven economy, data has become a competitive advantage for our customers. They are exploring new ways to use their existing data to improve their customer experience and build a new class of applications," said ANZ regional vice-president Mike Sakalas.

"The rapid explosion of data combined with new data centre technologies enables Pure customers to build a data-centric architecture that enhances and simplifies their ability to use data for intelligence and advantage."

In related news, version 5.2 of the Purity Operating Environment- available as a non-disruptive upgrade for all FlashArray//M and FlashArray//X customers - features up to 20% better data reduction, further reducing the amount of physical storage required.

Other software announcements that will be available shortly include Pure1 VM Analytics, with native integration with vCenter for full-stack visibility of VMware vSphere environments, the expanded, AI-driven Pure1 Workload Planner to help optimise environments through better understanding the impact of workload changes and the ability to perform what-if scenarios for hardware upgrades, and an enhanced Pure1 Global Dashboard that provides fleet-wide visibility of all FlashArray and FlashBlade arrays.

Disclosure: The writer attended Pure Accelerate as a guest of the company.

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