The Pure Storage FlashBlade is a custom designed NAS system that scales by adding additional blades that contain both the processing function and NAND flash storage modules. With a unique design, Pure Storage has brought a NAS system to market that does not rely on commodity components. Object storage support was subsequently added to FlashBlade. Objects are stored in native format.
FlashBlade is a storage system for unstructured data, currently supporting file access using the NFSv4.1 and CIFS/SMB 2.1 protocol and object access with S3 protocol API. At some point in the future, protocol support for CIFS/SMB 3.0 will be added for NAS support.
The FlashBlade is a new design and relatively recently delivered. The initial usages for FlashBlade will be for acceleration of unstructured data storage with expanded use as features and protocols are added. Pure Storage cites big data analytics and genomics as early usages.
As a newer product, Flashblade is missing some of the features implemented in other products, however Flashblade has received new features and capabilities as Purity//FB continues to be updated. The most recent release, Purity//FB 3.0, added support for file and object replication, file system rollback, Kerberos authentication, and audit logging. Asynchronous replication of file and object was added in June 2020.
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