Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:42

Pure Storage goes all-NVMe with FlashArray//X


FlashArray//X is Pure Storage's first all-NVMe enterprise-class all-flash array.

The combination of the new Purity DirectFlash software and NVMe DirectFlash modules gives the FlashArray//X dramatically improved performance, according to Pure Storage.

The DirectFlash software is a new module within the Purity Operating Environment, implementing garbage collection, allocation, I/O optimisation and error correction at the system level for higher performance and better flash utilisation.

DirectFlash modules will be offered in 2.2, 9.1, and 18.3 TB raw capacities, with the full capacity available to the FlashArray. The 18.3TB modules mean more than 1PB of effective storage can be provided within a 3U base chassis.

New //X70 controllers enable NVMe communication within the FlashArray's existing midplane and chassis. The FlashArray chassis has been wired for SAS and NVMe since its introduction in 2015.

The FlashArray//X reduces latency by up to 50%, and as much as doubles write bandwidth and quadruples performance density.

"Local businesses are building mountains of data, from their customers and day-to-day operations, both in the cloud and on servers closer to home," said Pure Storage ANZ regional vice-president Mike Sakalas.

"They've told us they want to move to the next step – actually mining insights from their data to transform their business.

"To do that, organisations need to access their data quickly, and in new ways. We built FlashArray//X to help them do just that. It's a crucial component of our innovation roadmap in making all-flash enterprise-class storage based on NVMe technology available to ANZ enterprises."

FlashArray//X with 2.2 and 9.1TB DirectFlash modules can be ordered immediately, with limited availability in the next month or two.

General availability of FlashArray//X — including the 18.3TB DirectFlash modules and upgrades from existing FlashArray//M systems — is expected sometime after the end of July.

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