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Dealing with Data: FlashArray//X

Data continues to grow at a breakneck pace. According to industry experts, more than 90 percent of all data ever created was generated in the last few years, and analysts forecast that by 2025 humans will generate 180 zettabytes of data annually. This presents modern organizations with both challenge and opportunity – how to store unprecedented volumes of data, and subsequently, how to gain value from that data to drive informed business decisions.

Pure Storage, the market’s leading independent all-flash data platform vendor for the cloud era, has introduced FlashArray//X, the company’s first all-NVMe, enterprise-class all-flash array in response to this shift. Built on FlashArray architecture, FlashArray//X enables global flash management with new Purity DirectFlash software and NVMe DirectFlash Modules from Pure Storage which eliminate the performance bottlenecks associated with legacy technologies. This end-to-end, software-to-raw flash optimization over NVMe dramatically improves system performance and allows users to further unlock the value of their data.

FlashArray//X expands the FlashArray family, and includes three new innovations for end-to-end NVMe optimization:

  • DirectFlash Software. A new software module within the Purity Operating Environment, DirectFlash implements global flash management (garbage collection, allocation, I/O optimization, error correction) at the system level that otherwise typically runs inside individual SSDs, delivering higher performance and better flash utilization.
  • DirectFlash Modules. Connected to the FlashArray controllers via NVMe, DirectFlash Modules work with the DirectFlash Software to enable direct software-to-raw flash communication. DirectFlash Modules make 100 percent of the flash within a module accessible to the FlashArray, and will be available in 2.2, 9.1, and 18.3 TB raw capacities. The 18.3TB DirectFlash Module will enable FlashArray//X to deliver more than 1PB of effective storage within a 3U base chassis.
  • //X70 Controllers. New //X70 controllers enable NVMe communication within the FlashArray’s existing midplane and chassis, which takes advantage of Pure’s initiative to pre-wire the FlashArray chassis for both SAS and NVMe when it was first introduced in 2015.

This new setup reduces latency by up to 50 percent and increases write bandwidth by up to 2x and performance density by up to 4x. Within the FlashArray family, FlashArray//X offers maximum consolidation power per rack unit. Users can now consolidate and run their most demanding workloads on as little as ten DirectFlash Modules.

As people continue to produce more data, new solutions are necessary to continue processing it. Pure Storage’s FlashArray//X is designed for that purpose.

Data continues to grow at a breakneck pace. According to industry experts, more than 90 percent of all data ever created was generated in the last few years, and analysts forecast that by 2025 humans will generate 180 zettabytes of data annually. This presents modern organizations with both challenge and opportunity – how to store unprecedented volumes of data, and subsequently, how to gain value from that data to drive informed business decisions.

Pure Storage, the market’s leading independent all-flash data platform vendor for the cloud era, has introduced FlashArray//X, the company’s first all-NVMe, enterprise-class all-flash array in response to this shift. Built on FlashArray architecture, FlashArray//X enables global flash management with new Purity DirectFlash software and NVMe DirectFlash Modules from Pure Storage which eliminate the performance bottlenecks associated with legacy technologies. This end-to-end, software-to-raw flash optimization over NVMe dramatically improves system performance and allows users to further unlock the value of their data.

FlashArray//X expands the FlashArray family, and includes three new innovations for end-to-end NVMe optimization:

  • DirectFlash Software. A new software module within the Purity Operating Environment, DirectFlash implements global flash management (garbage collection, allocation, I/O optimization, error correction) at the system level that otherwise typically runs inside individual SSDs, delivering higher performance and better flash utilization.
  • DirectFlash Modules. Connected to the FlashArray controllers via NVMe, DirectFlash Modules work with the DirectFlash Software to enable direct software-to-raw flash communication. DirectFlash Modules make 100 percent of the flash within a module accessible to the FlashArray, and will be available in 2.2, 9.1, and 18.3 TB raw capacities. The 18.3TB DirectFlash Module will enable FlashArray//X to deliver more than 1PB of effective storage within a 3U base chassis.
  • //X70 Controllers. New //X70 controllers enable NVMe communication within the FlashArray’s existing midplane and chassis, which takes advantage of Pure’s initiative to pre-wire the FlashArray chassis for both SAS and NVMe when it was first introduced in 2015.

This new setup reduces latency by up to 50 percent and increases write bandwidth by up to 2x and performance density by up to 4x. Within the FlashArray family, FlashArray//X offers maximum consolidation power per rack unit. Users can now consolidate and run their most demanding workloads on as little as ten DirectFlash Modules.

As people continue to produce more data, new solutions are necessary to continue processing it. Pure Storage’s FlashArray//X is designed for that purpose.

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