Pure Storage debuts FlashArray//X, its shared accelerated storage platform that comes powered by NVMe and NVMe-oF

Pure Storage expanded on Wednesday its FlashArray product line to deliver cost-effective all-NVMe Shared Accelerated Storage for every workload. The new FlashArray//X family makes everything faster – databases, virtualized and containerized environments, test/dev initiatives and web-scale applications – at no additional cost over FlashArray//M, based on effective capacity.

The all-NVMe FlashArray//X family features five configurations, from the NVMe-ready //X10 for small application deployments to the all-NVMe //X90, Pure’s densest, fastest FlashArray to-date. FlashArray//X represents a new generation of Shared Accelerated Storage solutions, a generation powered by NVMe and NVMe-oF, with the potential to unite SAN and DAS into a single, consolidated, shared and fundamentally more efficient data-centric architecture.

A data-centric architecture enables diskless, stateless compute to flexibly connect to a fast, reliable and dense pool of Shared Accelerated Storage via fast networking. It decouples storage and compute, which enables them to scale and innovate independently, but maintains performance and efficiency.

Shared Accelerated Storage makes the entire infrastructure dramatically faster, consolidates workloads and enables flexible, agile data sharing between modern applications – a design truly optimized for data.  

With up to 3PBs of effective capacity in 6U, the //X90 delivers latency as low as 250 µs and offers up to a two times performance improvement over the market-defining FlashArray//M all-flash array (AFA).

An updated version of the born-for-flash Purity Operating Environment, version 5.1, is available as a non-disruptive upgrade for all FlashArray//M and FlashArray//X customers and features up to 20 percent better data reduction, further reducing the amount of storage customers need to buy and manage.

The evolution to web-scale application architectures has driven significant change in requirements for storage. Organizations that embrace a cloud IT model often find themselves with a myriad of storage islands: SANs for classic applications, and DAS for modern analytics and web-scale applications.

“New technologies enable us to reimagine the data center. We finally have the ability to break-down storage silos in the data center to enable broad data sharing. New levels of storage efficiency enable organizations to realize the true potential value of their most important asset – data.” said Bill Cerreta, GM of Platforms, Pure Storage. “Diverse, fast compute, fast-converged networks and optimized protocols like NVMe have unlocked the potential to redesign the data center for data itself. The FlashArray//X family represents a critical first building block for truly data-centric architecture.”

“The tools we have at our disposal and the tasks we’re faced with demand that we optimize throughout the entirety of the stack, horizontally and vertically,” said Kevin Beebe, VP Product & Security of MacStadium. “With the speed and density of FlashArray//X90, Shared Accelerated Storage becomes a solution that will allow us to optimize for data-driven customer outcomes. Faster time-to-value for data is a massive competitive edge in today’s marketplace, an advantage that enables us to better meet our customers’ demands and helps drive innovation.”

FlashArray//X, like all FlashArrays before it, is built on Evergreen Storage architecture, which ensures customer investments are protected with non-disruptive upgrades, no planned downtime, and no data migrations. This means that existing FlashArray customers can upgrade non-disruptively to FlashArray//X and experience all-NVMe Shared Accelerated Storage. These announcements include the expanded FlashArray//X family; a flexible, non-disruptive transition to all-NVMe flash and NVMe-oF; and smarter, more efficient software.

Pure1 Management includes Purity 5.1, new release of the company’s fully-parallel storage operating environment, features significant enhancements to compression, delivering up to a 20 percent improvement in overall data reduction efficiency, especially for compression-centric application workloads.  This non-disruptive software update will be available for all FlashArray//M and FlashArray//X customers. It also offers Pure1 VM Analytics that enables full-stack visibility into VMware vSphere environments. By integrating natively with vCenter, performance issues can be easily visually-correlated from VM → Server → Datastore → Network → Volume → Array.

The expanded Pure1 Workload Planner, powered by the Meta AI engine, helps customers optimize their environments by better understanding the impact of workload changes and also enables FlashArray customers to easily explore “what if” scenarios for hardware upgrades. The Pure1 Global Dashboard has been expanded, enabling fleet-wide visibility of all FlashArray and FlashBlade arrays globally, available on both the Pure1 SaaS portal as well as on the Pure1 Mobile app. Global visibility into array health, data reduction, alerts, and support issues is now available.

“Today’s ever-increasing demands on infrastructure require a new storage architecture that enables traditional database applications and modern web scale applications to share the same infrastructure,” said Scott Sinclair, Senior Analyst, Storage Systems and Software for ESG. “Enabled by fast networks, NVMe and NVMe-oF, modern, enterprise-grade solutions like the improved FlashArray//X allow organizations to merge SAN and DAS architectures and scale performance benefits across every workload.”

FlashArray//X is currently orderable for both new arrays and upgrades and will be shipping in early next month. Purity 5.1 is available, while Pure1 VM Analytics, Workload Planner, and Global Dashboard updates will be made available soon.


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