Tuesday, 15 March 2016 07:26

Pure Storage scales down all-flash array to suit smaller customers

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A new FlashArray from Pure Storage is offered as a standalone product and as part of a converged infrastructure building block for VMware or Hyper-V users.

Pure Storage's FA-405 was introduced last year as the model to meet the needs of SMEs, with configurations from 2.75 to 11TB raw capacity (up to 35TB effective).

Now the company says its new FlashArray//m10 " enables smaller organisations to run everything on all-flash at an affordable price point."

It comes in configurations from 5 to 10TB of raw storage, for 12.5 or 25TB of effective capacity and 100,000 32K IOPS.

FlashArray//m10 is upgradable to the specifications of larger FlashArray//m models, so there is no need for the feared forklift upgrade.

It shares the same management software - including the new Pure1 mobile app for Android and iOS - with the rest of the family.

"This addition to the FlashArray family allows us to provide an entry-level, cost-effective option for companies that want to try flash for the first time, and accelerate the reality of an all-flash datacentre," said Pure Storage vice president of products Matt Kixmoeller.

"Cost as a barrier to all-flash adoption is a relic of the past. Companies of all sizes can now experience the simplicity, high-performance and reliability that comes with all-flash."

FlashArray//m10 will be generally available in June, with prices starting at less than $50,000.

Also new from Pure is the FlashStack Mini, which combines the FlashArray//m10 with compute hardware from Cisco, and either VMware or Microsoft virtualisation software, giving a converged infrastructure solution that requires just 9U of rack space.

FlashStack Mini with Microsoft Hyper-V provides an all-flash private cloud platform, while FlashStack Mini with VMware Horizon View can support up to 500 virtual desktops.

FlashStack Mini solutions start at less than US$100,000. Orders will be taken from April, with delivery to follow the availability of the //m10.

In related news, Pure also announced new FlashStack (as opposed to FlashStack Mini) configurations for SAP Lumira HANA or Microsoft Exchange.

Also new is the ability to integrate a Pure storage array located in a customer's own data centre or at one of Equinix's data centres with Microsoft Azure. This allows organisations to take advantage of cloud compute while retaining full control of their data. A similar arrangement for AWS will follow.

See also the announcement of the Pure Storage FlashBlade storage platform.

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