Enterprise Storage that Scales, Learns and Evolves
Shared Accelerated Storage for Every Workload
The InfiniBox® enterprise storage array delivers faster-than-all-flash performance, high availability, and multi-petabyte capacity for mixed application workloads. Zero-impact snapshots, synchronous replication, asynchronous replication, and data-at-rest encryption assure maximum reliability and data security. With InfiniBox, enterprise IT organizations and cloud service providers exceed their service level objectives while lowering the cost and complexity of their storage operations.
A truly innovative cache management algorithm combined with an ultra-efficient data layout (InfiniRaid™) delivers maximum performance at a fraction of the cost of all-flash arrays.
High throughput, at sub-millisecond latency, is the key to high performance operation as well as powering synchronous and asynchronous replication for block and file.
HIGH AVAILABILITY AND RELIABILITY
InfiniBox’s self-healing architecture, combined with our patented InfiniRAID™ and predictive failure analysis, delivers seven nines (99.99999%) availability and non-disruptive upgrades. The InfiniBox hardware redundancy design (n+2) enables rapid recovery from any component failure.
Maximum system capacity utilization is possible due to extremely efficient thin provisioning, continuous space reclamation, and inline data compression. Packaged in a single 42U rack and scaling to well over 8PB or more effective capacity, multiple system consolidations are easy to accomplish and remarkably cost-effective.
BUSINESS AGILITY AND CONTINUITY
Space-efficient, low impact snapshots simplify data protection as well as accelerating agile development and quality assurance with nearly infinite copies of your data. Integrated synchronous and asynchronous replication provides the highest levels of data reliability for both onsite and offsite business continuity and disaster mitigation planning.
SIMPLE AND POWERFUL MANAGEMENT FOR MULTI-TENANT ENVIRONMENTS
An intuitive HTML5 GUI simplifies the most complex storage management operations.
A comprehensive RESTful API and a powerful CLI help automate complex tasks, including policy management for Quality of Service. Easily facilitate service level coordination across tenants, workloads, and volumes. Monitor and measure all feature performance elements using InfiniMetrics.
InfiniBox concurrently provides FC, iSCSI and NFSv3 NAS protocols in a single, common platform managed through a single, simple, and consistent management interface.
CONNECTIVITY AND INTEGRATION
InfiniBox integrates with the critical business applications in your datacenter using native interfaces. The InfiniBox ecosystem includes a rich solution portfolio for platforms such as virtualization, databases, backup & recovery, and more.
Our fast and intuitive host connectivity and storage provisioning - Host PowerTools - reduces management tasks from days or hours to seconds!
Pure Storage FlashArray//X is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, which is a term coined by Gartner – that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation.
In a world of fast, pervasive networking, ubiquitous flash memory, and an evolving scale-out application architecture, next-gen shared accelerated storage has the power to unite both networked and direct-attached storage in a single, shared architecture. A shared design consolidates data silos, accelerates production, DevOps, and data analytics, and helps enterprises pivot to a data-centric architecture – one that will drive intelligence and advantage from an organization’s most valuable asset: data.
100% NVME PERFORMANCE
• As low as 250 µs latency
• Up to 2x faster than previous gen AFAs
• NVMe DirectFlash architecture
EFFICIENT & AFFORDABLE
• Industry-leading 5:1 data reduction, 10:1 total efficiency
• All array software included
• 3PBs effective in 6U
• Proven 99.9999% availability plus always-on QoS
• AI-driven management and predictive support
• REST API for cloud orchestration
• A Gartner Magic Quadrant
Leader for solid-state arrays
4 years in a row2
• NetPromoter Score (NPS) of 83.7 – top 1% in customer satisfaction as validated by
ACCELERATE MISSION-CRITICAL APPLICATIONS
With latency as low as 250 μs, the all-NVME architecture of FlashArray™//X brings new levels of performance to mission-critical business applications – think faster transactions and more immersive customer experiences. And with built-in Purity ActiveCluster, more applications can now benefit from the always-on reliability of Active/Active metro clustering.
NVMe also enables unprecedented performance density – the kind of density required for mixed-workload consolidation in your cloud. //X currently supports ultradense 18.3TB DirectFlash modules, which can be adopted non-disruptively, with full performance. In addition, Purity’s always-on QoS feature means you can consolidate radically diverse applications without fear of I/O contention.
Organizations have evolved to run a mix of classic business apps and new, modern web scale apps. Previously these two worlds necessitated radically different architectures, but with FlashArray//X and NVMe, everything can run on a single shared accelerated storage architecture.
“The NVMe-oF protocol can take advantage of high-speed remote direct memory access (RDMA) networks and will help balance the performance and simplicity ofdirect-attached storage (DAS) with the scalability and manageability of shared storage.”
With the arrival of pervasive flash memory, fast networks, and parallel protocols like NVMe and NVMe-oF, it’s now possible to define a new category of storage that has the potential to unite SAN and DAS into a single storage architecture. Shared accelerated storage, a term coined by Gartner, can deliver the simplicity and performance of DAS, while enabling the efficiency and reliability of shared storage. This allows classic scale-up applications like databases and VMs to share the same data-centric architecture as modern scale-out applications like analytics, NoSQL databases, and container farms.
Fast networks, coupled with NVMe and NVMe-oF, enable shared storage to have the same performance as local storage – and fully offloads storage processing from host CPUs, which was particularly problematic in iSCSI SANs.
Shared accelerated storage delivers the ultimate in consolidation: broadly-shared storage services connect easily to diskless commodity compute, driven by open, full-stack orchestration tools. What if your infrastructure could evolve – from a siloed collection of appliances to an automated, integrated architecture?
While NVMe provides the performance potential of a truly parallel architecture, at the end of the day it’s just a protocol – what matters is what you do with it. With FlashArray//X, Pure moves beyond the legacy SSD architecture that makes flash pretend to be a hard disk, and enables our Purity software to speak directly to raw NAND – we call this architecture DirectFlash™. DirectFlash is implemented in three components – a DirectFlash Module, DirectFlash Shelf, and the DirectFlash Software which runs inside Purity.
The DirectFlash Module (DFM) is a Pure-designed flash module which connects raw flash directly to the FlashArray via NVMe. Unlike traditional SSDs, there’s no flash controller or flash translation layer (FTL) in the DFM, it’s just raw flash. This removes the per-SSD over-provisioning and performance roadblocks that exist in every SSD within legacy retrofit architectures. DFMs make 100% of available raw flash visible to – and usable by – the system-level software.
All the flash management that in legacy architectures is carried out independently in each SSD is now done globally in DirectFlash Software (DFS). DFS handles flash wear leveling and bad block management at a global level, again leading to less overprovisioning. And DFS also provides detailed I/O scheduling and performance management globally, making I/Os deterministic and reducing average latency by slashing the number of slow I/Os that would often occur in SSD architectures. DFS manages everything globally, for a faster and more efficient architecture.
Purity for FlashArray is the software-defined heart of FlashArray//X, delivering rich, enterprise data services, DirectFlash™ global flash management, and Evergreen™ improvements with every release. Purity//FA 5 delivered ActiveCluster, QoS,
File, and VVols – while the latest Purity//FA 5.1 brings up to 20% better overall data reduction efficiency and Snap to NFS. All Purity storage services, APIs, and advanced data services are built-in and included with every array.
The industry’s best data reduction gets even better. Purity 5.1 delivers additional data reduction savings of up to 20% via new compression enhancements. With a simple, non-disruptive upgrade, Purity further compresses your data in the background!
PURITY REDUCE implements five forms of inline and post-process data reduction, including compression and deduplication, to offer data reduction that’s typically 2x better than the competition. With thin provisioning, total efficiency averages an industry-leading 10:1. Data reduction is always-on and operates at a 512-byte variable block size, enabling effective reduction across mixed workloads without tuning.
PURITY ASSURE provides high availability, dual-parity RAID-HA, non-disruptive Always-On QoS with limits, and encryption – all of which are designed to deliver consistent performance to FlashArray during component failures and maintenance.
PURITY REST APIs leverage Purity’s open platform, cloud connections, and integrations to drive automation with VMware, Microsoft, and open-source tools such as OpenStack.
PURITY PROTECT combines Purity ActiveCluster with space-saving snapshots, replication, and protection policies into an end-to-end data protection and recovery solution that protects data against loss locally and globally. All Purity Protect services are fully-integrated in FlashArray and leverage native data reduction capabilities.
PURITY SECURE means FlashArray meets the highest security standards (with FIPS 140-2 validated always-on encryption, NIAP/Common Criteria Certification, and Rapid Data Locking) and is well-equipped to assist with compliance on new data regulations such as GDPR.
PURITY RUN is a platform for running applications on FlashArray ideally suited to lightweight, data services-oriented processes. Purity Run apps include: Windows File Services, Snap to NFS, VM Analytics, and CAT for SAP.
Leveraging the Purity Run platform, Purity offers native CIFS/SMB and NFS file services via the fully-integrated Windows File Server. Purity’s WFS capability enables you to fully consolidate your data center, replacing legacy file servers with modern, efficient WFS file shares running right on FlashArray. Meanwhile, Purity’s QoS features ensure that file access doesn’t impact application performance!
Make “recovery” a thing of the past with Purity ActiveCluster, Pure’s ultra-simple solution for running applications Active/ Active between two data centers. ActiveCluster’s innovative design, including our cloud-based Pure1® Cloud Mediator and full integration with snapshot replication, enable all data center applications to take advantage of metro-area clustering. Best of all, ActiveCluster takes just minutes to set up, requires no third site, and is included in your Evergreen subscription at no additional cost.
ActiveCluster has use cases within and between data centers. It enables live migration between any two FlashArrays, or rack-level HA clustering of four controllers for maximum resiliency. ActiveCluster really shines in the metro use case: simply take a running volume and “stretch” it between two sites separated by as much as 11ms of latency, with zero additional configuration required.
ActiveCluster has offered asynchronous replication to a remote third site from the beginning, but with Purity 5.2 this feature comes into its own. Purity now enables Active-Active async replication to a third site globally, meaning that a target array makes intelligent and resilient use of async replication links from both source arrays. The loss of either source array or a replication link is transparent to async replication and requires no re-baseline: automatic failover, load balancing, and recovery are built-in. This feature provides effective protection from regional disaster, and, as a part of ActiveCluster, is included with every FlashArray.
Purity ActiveCluster uses the same simple and easy storage management model as the rest of FlashArray. Enabling ActiveCluster involves just one new command. It takes only four short steps to setup: Connect the arrays, create a stretched pod, create a volume, and connect the hosts. Done.
Data backup is no longer simply about storing data: it’s about flexible protection, fast restores – and above all, making your valuable data available for other uses, such as test/dev and analytics. Legacy, complex disk-to-disk-to-tape backup architectures can no longer keep up with the advanced and constant flow of data that businesses are tasked with protecting – and exploiting – today.
FlashArray//X is a key element in flash-to-flash-to-cloud – a modern backup strategy designed for the scale and use cases of today’s workloads. Flash-to-flash-to-cloud provides more flexible backup and recovery options, faster restores to meet aggressive RTOs, and simpler, more efficient operations while taking advantage of cloud economics. Consolidate workloads on FlashArray and secure them with a robust flash-to-flash-to-cloud backup and recovery strategy.
GET FLEXIBLE BACKUP AND RECOVERY
Pure portable snapshots provide simple, built-in, local and cloud protection for Pure FlashArray. Purity Snapshots, Snap-to-FlashBlade, Snap-to-NFS, and CloudSnap™ together enable free movement of space-efficient copies either between FlashArrays, to FlashBlade, to 3rd-party NFS storage, or to the cloud, respectively. Unlike other cloud backup solutions, Pure portable snapshots are also cost-efficient, because they encapsulate metadata – which means they’re incremental, space efficient, and self-describing.
ENJOY COMPLETE VISIBILITY Pure1® cloud-based management includes a Snapshot Catalog of all of your backups in one place – whether the target is another FlashArray, FlashBlade, another NFS target, or public cloud (like Amazon S3). Monitor for compliance and for storage consumption trends. Manage the repurposing of your data for other use cases, such as test-dev and analytics. Best of all, know exactly what options you have when you need to recover.
FlashArray//X has the power to simplify everything. The hardware, software, and cloud management experience are co-designed to make everything just work – no manual required! Just a few of the ways we make it effortless:
BUILT TO ACCELERATE AND INTEGRATE
FlashArray//X builds on the rich integration track record of the FlashArray family – tested and certified to work with all your critical applications and cloud Infrastructure.
To drive efficiency in your multi-cloud environment, automation is everything. FlashArray//X doesn’t just work with containers and virtualization, it’s been pre-integrated into all the popular full-stack orchestration tools so you can deliver storage-on-demand for your production team, developers, and data scientists.
There are two key ingredients to running a cloud-model, VM-based environment: VVols and vRealize. FlashArray//X supports VVols natively, and enables instant conversion from VMFS → VVols. VVols not only delivers per-VM storage operations like snapshots and replication, it also provides full VMware storage policy-based management (SPBM) for automation and policy enforcement in your cloud. With vRealize, you can achieve fully-automated provisioning via a service catalog for your endusers: VMs as a service, delivered!
Pure’s vCenter Web Client and our new Pure1 VM Analytics mean you can have full management from vCenter and easy VM-to-storage performance correlation.
OPEN, FULL-STACK AUTOMATION
A wide range of tools have emerged to streamline orchestration of the full-stack IT environment. Pure’s management philosophy is API-first: everything Pure can be controlled via our REST API. We’ve made automation even easier by delivering integration plugins and toolkits for most major orchestration frameworks.
With Pure1, you can manage and analyze your storage from anywhere, and with any device, just by logging in. Like SaaS, Pure1 makes new releases and improvements instantly available to all our customers. We even have a mobile app that will deliver notifications to your smartphone if your attention is needed.
Pure1 Meta™ is the AI engine within Pure1, providing intelligence to help better manage, automate, and support storage. With a global sensor network of 1000s of connected arrays and more than 1 trillion telemetry data points collected per day – over 7 petabytes of accumulated performance data – Pure1 Meta can model and characterize the behavior and interactions of a particular workload – a concept we call Workload DNA. Meta analyzes and simulates how workloads on your FlashArray will interact with each other, how they will grow over time in terms of capacity and performance, and whether a new workload will fit on the array. In addition, Meta continuously scans connected arrays against “issue fingerprints” to detect and alert Pure1 Support to proactively resolve issues before they occur. Meta is driving higher reliability (with more than 500 Sev1 issues avoided to date), increasing simplicity, and lowering the cost of over-provisioning.
FlashArray operates like SaaS and the cloud. Deploy it once and enjoy a subscription to continuous innovation as you expand and improve performance, capacity, density, and/or features for 10 years or more – all without downtime, performance impact, or data migrations. We’ve engineered compatibility for future technologies right into the product via the modular, stateless architecture of FlashArray. Our “Right Size” capacity guarantee ensures you get started knowing you’ll have the effective capacity you need, and our Capacity Consolidation program keeps your storage modern and dense as you expand. With Evergreen Storage, you don’t have to re-buy TBs you already own. Keep your storage evergreen, modern and dense – and always meet your business needs.
FlashArray//X controllers are designed to support both all-NVMe DirectFlash™ modules and classic SATA/SAS Flash Modules simultaneously – making upgrades and expansion easy. Both the DirectFlash NVMe Shelf and the classic SAS Expansion Shelf can be used with //X.
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