SAN FRANCISCO, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG), the market's leading independent all-flash array vendor, today announced Pure Storage FlashBlade, an all-flash storage platform designed to store the biggest, fastest data of today and tomorrow. FlashBlade is an elastic scale-out system that delivers all-flash performance to multi-petabyte-scale data sets at economics of less than $1/GB usable. Together, Pure Storage FlashBlade and the Pure Storage FlashArray form a complete platform for organizations to build their all-flash cloud.
All-flash storage solutions have already transformed the structured data powering databases, applications and VMs. But unstructured data, both larger and growing faster, is poised for a similar transformation. While the "big data" revolution has shown organizations the potential value dormant in their large pools of unstructured data, traditional unstructured data solutions – legacy NAS filers and scale-out NAS – have remained slow at scale.
These legacy systems are challenged in several dimensions by demands for data to be both big and fast. First and foremost, they were architected for disk – a fundamentally slow media. Second, they have limited metadata scale, which constrains performance even when retrofitted with flash. Finally, their scaling approach typically involves partitioning data to nodes, leading to data silos that cause performance bottlenecks and management frustration. FlashBlade addresses these shortcomings with a three-fold value proposition – big, fast and simple.
While big data increases exponentially, the approach to analytics is growing richer with more complex and highly iterative queries. As a result, scientists, engineers and developers are seeking a new type of storage platform that can deliver fast performance across a massive expanse of data and connecting clients simply and easily, without the expense and complexity of exotic, high performance legacy systems. Target workloads for FlashBlade include:
FlashBlade is built on an innovative elastic scale-out architecture, which combines commodity hardware components with unique software and ultra-dense packaging to achieve extreme performance, scale, density and efficiency, while delivering a truly affordable price-point for all-flash storage. All FlashBlade hardware and software is engineered from scratch by Pure Storage, and consists of three core elements:
FlashBlade enables organizations of any size to use data more powerfully, bringing previously-unavailable performance, scale and simplicity to a wide range of use cases. FlashBlade makes all-flash storage affordable for even the largest file and object environments, at a cost of less than $1 per usable GB. FlashBlade enables innovators to focus on innovation, not storage.
The combination of FlashBlade and Pure Storage's flagship FlashArray deliver a complete all-flash platform to address any workload of any size for any organization. The simplicity and agility of Pure Storage alleviate the constraints of retrofit flash-based alternatives and the complexity of traditional storage portfolios. For additional information on the latest from Pure Storage, please visit our blog.
FlashBlade is now available in an Early Access Program for select customers, with a Directed Availability release for production workloads planned for the second half of calendar 2016. If you are interested in participating in the Early Access Program, please contact a Pure Storage reseller: http://info.purestorage.com/contactsales.html.
"IDC believes that the all-flash data center for primary storage is quickly becoming a reality, but newer storage architectures designed to deliver better cost efficiency at scale are needed for flash to be more broadly used in secondary storage environments," said Eric Burgener, Research Director Storage, IDC. "With the FlashBlade announcement, Pure now has an integrated portfolio of all-flash offerings that support block, file and/or object access and cost-effectively cover both primary and secondary storage environments."
"The value that can be gained from efficiently storing and analyzing unstructured data has a transformative affect on business," said John Hayes, Co-founder and Chief Architect, Pure Storage. "FlashBlade unlocks new capabilities and use cases that are simply not possible with today's existing solutions by delivering real-time analytics at massive scale and blazing speeds to enable the future of innovation."
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About Pure Storage
Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG) accelerates possible, transforming businesses in ways previously unimagined. The company's disruptive, software-driven storage technology combined with a customer-friendly business model drives business and IT transformation for customers through dramatic increases in performance and efficiency at lower costs. Pure Storage FlashArray//m is simpler, faster and more elegant than any other technology in the datacenter. FlashArray //m is ideal for the move toward big data and for performance-intensive workloads such as cloud computing, database systems, desktop virtualization, real-time analytics and server virtualization. With Pure's industry leading Satmetrix-certified NPS score of 79, Pure customers are some of the happiest in the world, and include large and mid-size organizations across a range of industries: cloud-based software and service providers, consumer web, education, energy, financial services, governments, healthcare, manufacturing, media, retail and telecommunications. With Pure Storage, companies push the boundaries of what's possible to become faster, smarter and more innovative.
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