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Pure Storage FlashArray – Product Analysis

Last updated September 24th, 2019 for coverage of //C and DirectMemory. 12-page deep dive into the architecture and capabilities of Pure Storage FlashArray. Download the full Product Analysis now!

Pure Storage initially developed the FlashArray 400 series using standard servers and device enclosures and followed it with the second generation hardware FlashArray//m and updated //X with custom packaging for a purpose built system and a custom designed NVRAM module. Later, the FlashArray//C was added to introduce a capacity-oriented system. The FlashArray is a modern design which was purpose built for solid state technology, and is comprised of entry-level, mid-range, and larger capacity arrays, ranging from 61 TB to 3.3 PB in effective capacity for the //X systems and up to 5.2PB for the //C. Pure Storage FlashArrays are all solid-state systems, and offer both FC and iSCSI block storage access as well as NVMe-oF via RoCE. The company’s proprietary software system – the Purity Operating Environment (OE), is its 5th major release – offers data reduction, ensuring data is both deduplicated and compressed prior to being written. There is also additional post deduplicated processing for additional capacity optimization. Pure Storage claims there is no performance penalty for deduplicating data inline. Active-active stretched clusters, portable snapshots including snapshots to clouds, and the ability to run VMs or containers on the storage system were added with Purity 5.

Pure Storage FlashArray systems compete against HP 3PAR 9450 and 8450 All-Flash Storage, EMC XtremIO, NetApp All Flash FAS and EF570, IBM FlashSystem, Hitachi VSP F-Series, and other leading all solid state systems.

 

Pure Storage FlashArray Product Analysis includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview
  • Product architecture
  • Advanced features and functions
  • RAS features
  • Evaluator Group commentary

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