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Pure Storage launches new FlashArrays and Purity 4.0 software

Zafirah Salim | May 20, 2014
The new FlashArray 405 and 450 is designed for SMBs and large enterprises respectively, and the Purity 4.0 software aims to keep mission-critical applications running in the face of anything.

Californian-based Pure Storage, the all-flash enterprise storage company, has helped introduce a new dimension of enterprise storage with the transition of flash memory.

Flash was however too expensive for widespread use, and had a limited write lifespan. To overcome this problem, it invented a storage platform that made consumer grade MLC flash reliable for enterprise use, and reduced the per gigabyte cost using comprehensive in-line data reduction algorithms. The end result is the Pure Storage Flash Array Family: a new bar in enterprise storage delivered at or below the usable price per gigabyte of disk-based storage.

Yesterday, Pure Storage proudly announced the expansion of its flagship FA-400 Series product line, as well as the release of its Purity Operating Environment, Purity 4.0.

All-Flash storage for every enterprise

Joining the existing FA-420 are the new FA-405 and FA-450. The FA-405 is an entry-level array targeted at midsized enterprises, distributed operations and single-application deployments. According to its media statement, the FA-405 delivers all the power, performance and enterprise-class features like its FlashArray counterparts, but with the budget and space conscious requirements of smaller and distributed businesses in mind.

It also ideal for single-application starter deployments, such as VDI pilots or single database acceleration, and can be upgraded non-disruptively to a FA-420 or FA-450 system, as a customer’s capacity or performance needs expand.
On the other hand, the FA-450 is a high capacity, high performance FlashArray designed for large enterprises. It is suitable for replacing racks of Tier 1 disk storage for consolidated, virtualised workloads.

The FA-450 offers up to 250TB of usable space, in a 2U controller footprint. Powered by two 2.7GHz 12-core Intel processors and 512 GB RAM per controller, the 450 was built to deliver maximum scalability, power and performance; which is suited for large enterprises. It also introduces support for 16 Gb/s fibre channel connectivity.

Purity 4.0 software: Purpose-built for mission-critical environments

The fourth generation release of the Purity Operating Environment sets a new standard for enterprise AFA software. The vendor claims that it offers the most expansive and comprehensive disaster recovery, data protection and security features in its class.

Newly enhanced with FlashRecover, a native and fully integrated replication, snapshot and policy management service, Purity 4.0 was purpose-built to keep mission-critical applications running in the face of anything — from natural disaster or user error, to hardware failure and malicious attacks.

Its key new features include:

•    FlashRecover replication and snapshots for comprehensive data protection
•    FlashRecover protection policies for end-to-end protection policy management
•    FlashProtect: Expanded information security for mission-critical environments

“With the expansion of the FlashArray series and the addition of Purity 4.0, Pure has made flash accessible for all,” said Michael Alp, Vice President of Pure Storage Asia Pacific and Japan.


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