BlogPureStorage Redefines All-Flash Storage with FlashArray//X

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Shared Accelerated Storage – a term created by Gartner and defined as follows:

The NVMe-oF protocol can take advantage of high-speed remote direct memory access (RDMA) networks and will help balance the performance and simplicity of direct-attached storage (DAS) with the scalability and manageability of shared storage.

This new class of data storage is essentially what it sounds like; shared access to storage at accelerated speeds to allow applications to run effortlessly. It unites the best qualities of SAN and DAS – shared access, reliable, fast, simple, and cheap – while eliminating the negatives – mixed performance, complexity, lack of software. One of our partners – PureStorage – has a great all flash product that delivers on this new storage ideal in FlashArray//X (//X10. //X20, //X50, //X70, and //X90 – depending on your data center requirements). It essentially merges their FlashArray //X and //M products into one.

Here are some reasons we like the new FlashArray//X:

  1. It’s super-fast. Built on the PureStorage DirectFlash architecture, it is 100 percent NVMe and delivers 2X performance of the //M version. It also delivers latency as low as 250 µs with full data services enabled. As Pure states: “All the new controllers are NVMe-oF-Ready.  They come with onboard 25 Gb/s Ethernet and can be configured with NVMe-oF Ready 16/32 Gb/s Fibre Channel or 50 Gb/s Ethernet (and in the future 100 Gb/s Ethernet).  We plan to ship NVMe-oF protocol support later this year via a non-disruptive upgrade (NDU) to software. But the best part – the specs above are using iSCSI and FC – //X will only get faster once NVMe-oF is enabled.”
  2. Consolidation is dense. The all-NVMe architecture aids in consolidation, delivering up to 3PB in 6U, and a market-leading 10:1 Total Efficiency, and a 5:1 data reduction. This reduces workloads and delivers performance consistency.
  3. Simplicity at scale. Pure’s Always-on QoS delivers 99.9999 percent availability, comes with full software services built in (DirectFlash), and delivers API automation and AI-driven cloud management.
  4. It’s Evergreen. From Pure: “Existing customers can move from //M → //X non-disruptively, and either choose to just keep their SATA flash in-place and start adding NVMe DirectFlash, or they can use UpgradeFlex Capacity Consolidation to trade-in SATA flash for new NVMe Flash at much higher density.  In a world where our competitors are shipping new products with no upgrade path – we’ve delivered now seven generations of FlashArray non-disruptive, data-in-place upgrades.”

PureStorage has done a pretty good job of redefining (along with Gartner’s assistance) all-flash storage. You can utilize ASG’s Pure certified engineering team to evaluate the FlashArray//X in your environment. Our expert architectural design team will help you evaluate storage solutions in a practical setting to see how they address your challenges. It’s a great way to make informed decisions.

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Thuong Nguyen

Thuong Nguyen, Account Executive

A highly-skilled IT professional, Thuong Nguyen offers a vast set of knowledge and expertise as a hyperconverged and hybrid cloud specialist. At ASG, he works closely with sales teams to identify innovative solutions that will help customers grow and thrive in their industries. Prior to joining ASG, Thuong spent 13 years at Dell, Inc., gaining experience in a wide range of capacities.