Pure Storage unveils an all-flash hybrid-storage killer


All-flash storage arrays are pretty frequent in probably the most mission-critical of environments, the place response time is of the essence. But in the event you transfer a step all the way down to the place archival exercise takes place, there are nonetheless loads of hard-disk/flash hybrid storage arrays.

That’s as a result of hard-disk drives have retained one benefit over flash: capability. HDDs from Seagate and Western Digital are pushing into the 20TB vary for an entire lot lower than a comparable flash drive.

But Pure Storage thinks the second technology of its FlashArray//C storage platform will probably be a hybrid flash/disk storage killer as a result of it has the capability to match a hybrid array with an all-flash storage setup. The pitch is that with FlashArray//C’s capability, enterprises can put off hard-drive-based storage, which pulls way more energy than an SSD and generate much more warmth.

The FlashArray//C is meant for tier 2 workloads the place laborious disks may very well be used, equivalent to backup and information safety, take a look at/dev environments, and workload consolidation. The Flash Array//C is positioned underneath the FlashArray//X, which is designed for tier 1 business-critical workloads and makes use of quicker NAND chips.

The FlashArray//C makes use of what it calls an “enterprise-grade all-QLC flash array” that’s 30% cheaper than equally sized hybrid storage arrays in the marketplace immediately. It comes with 24.7TB QLC DirectFlash modules now, with 49TB coming quickly, the latter being the most important module within the trade to date.

The 24.7TB module is 5 instances the capability of the primary technology FlashArray//C. Maximum uncooked capability quadruples from 366TB to 1.8PB in 9RU, with efficient capability after information deduplication growing fourfold, from 1.3PB to five.2PB.

“With the second technology of FlashArray//C, we’re proud to as soon as once more reveal our dedication to innovation and make the advantages of flash extra accessible for a broader vary of use circumstances at an financial benefit that’s positive to make hybrid storage a factor of the previous,” mentioned Scott Baker, vp of product advertising for FlashArray at Pure Storage in an announcement.

One of the issues round QLS flash reminiscence is that it has a shorter lifespan than TLS reminiscence on account of extra frequent writes. The Purity OS software program that comes with the array manages high quality of service and wear-levelling to make sure constant efficiency and endurance. Purity has policy-driven replication, snapshots, and migration between Pure arrays and public clouds.

Customers who personal each FlashArray//C and FlashArray/X can synchronize information storage, with information moved between the FlashArray//X used for performance-intensive workloads and FlashArray//C for capacity-oriented workloads. Common information companies throughout the FlashArray platform make it quick and simple to access, handle, and safe information throughout a number of workloads, geographies, and clouds.

And Pure is collaborating within the on-demand development with Pure-as-a-Service, the place clients’ use is metered they usually pay for what they use. (Although actually, when is a storage array not in use?)

The second technology of FlashArray//C is obtainable immediately from Pure and resellers.

Helping Hunt for the Covid Cure

Pure not too long ago did an excellent deed within the hunt for a remedy for the Covid-19 virus. [email protected] is a distributed computing undertaking run by the chemistry division at Washington University in St. Louis. It has a consumer app that you just install in your computer to run simulations of chemical compounds when you find yourself not utilizing the computer, to see which most successfully bond with the Covid-19 virus and thus block replication.

[email protected] has been round for 20 years and had been chugging together with a modest consumer base till the Covid-19 pandemic sparked curiosity. I wrote an article about the way it was all of the sudden swamped with tens of millions of customers wanting to assist the search, a lot in order that its hard-disk storage servers have been overwhelmed simply attempting to jot down the outcomes to disk.

Perhaps Pure learn my story, however regardless of the case, it donated a FlashArray to the [email protected] undertaking, which enabled them to maintain up with all the outcomes they have been receiving from a number of million contributors.

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