You want your technology to be simple, to stay out of the way of getting things done. Pure Storage® FlashArray™//X accelerates, consolidates, and simplifies running core production applications. And now it does more.

Third generation FlashArray now available

Pure focuses on continuous innovation. The third generation of the FlashArray//X family of products and services is now available. The latest products provide a truly Modern Data Experience with new features, increased capacity, and performance improvements across the portfolio. 

We know that speed matters, from the entry-level //X10 to the top-of-the-line //X90. Custom 100% NVMe enables greater performance and density levels. DirectMemory Cache provides even greater performance—as low as 100µs latency—opening new performance levels for critical applications.

Gartner has recognized FlashArray as a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader for the last six years: Gartner placed Pure in the leadership quadrant of the new 2019 Primary Storage Magic Quadrant, and it included Pure in the leadership quadrant of the Solid State Arrays Magic Quadrant for each of the previous five years. 

If you don’t want to own-and-operate your own storage, FlashArray//X R3 is available as a service. FlashArray//X R3 serves as the infrastructure for the High-Performance Block Storage Service on-premises. It’s also the basis for a virtual array subscription that you can deploy in AWS or Microsoft Azure.

The Modern Data Experience is rooted in the idea that simple is smart. Consistently fast storage that provides six-nines of proven dependability and is easy to administer simplifies running mission-critical applications. 

Faster, Faster Flash

FlashArray//X R3 provides up to 25% better performance than the previous generation. This translates to more database transactions, faster queries and reports, and less effort than ever before. If you have even higher performance requirements, DirectMemory Cache with Intel Optane storage-class memory provides more boost. 

Pure’s Evergreen™ architecture and “subscription to innovation” business model includes white-glove support, regular software feature additions, and the latest hardware technology, at no extra cost. Receive new storage controllers free every three years with a renewed Evergreen Gold subscription.

If you’re nearing your three-year renewal, you can non-disruptively upgrade your 2017 FlashArray controllers. With the //X R3 upgrade, you’ll experience zero downtime and get up to 50% greater performance compared to the 2017 platform. This is in addition to previous benefits from new, ongoing software feature additions and enhancements. 

Leading up to the release of //X R3, we put FlashArray//X through its paces with key enterprise applications, including cloud-native databases that traditionally are run on performance-optimized direct-attached storage. The results are impressive showing that //X R3 delivers: 

  • Up to 50% faster OLAP compared to //X R2 with SAP HANA OLAP workloads and NSE
  • Up to 50% more transactions per second (tps) at 35% lower latency with MySQL vs. MySQL on DAS
  • Up to 20% more tps at 12% lower latency with PostGreSQL vs. PostGreSQL on DAS

Meanwhile, Cisco UCS support for NVMe-oF enables broader application benefit including greater performance density.

FlashArray//X R3 provides performance benefits

Beyond Speed 

Performance is one thing, but FlashArray offers more than blistering throughput and consistently low microsecond latency. FlashArray also executes:

  • Industry-leading data reduction
  • Efficient snapshots
  • Always-on encryption
  • Built-in high availability
  • Replication to the cloud
  • Effortless business continuity and disaster recovery

And it all comes standard at no additional cost. 

Optionally, Pure as-a-Service offers on-premises performance or capacity block and cloud storage as a service. This provides you with the opportunity to efficiently operate a hybrid cloud by unifying your environment with a single subscription and one set of storage services. FlashArray on-premises with Cloud Block Store is effortless to administer and monitor. It can give your storage, virtualization, and database administrators the ability to do more valuable tasks than routine storage maintenance.  

More About FlashArray//X R3

Also coming soon is Purity 6, which represents an entirely new generation of features delivered by FlashArray. Stay tuned for more!

Get the scoop on Pure’s latest FlashArray//X announcement and a new array that provides more acceleration and consolidation with the same simple user experience that’s the hallmark of Pure Storage in the Pure Report podcast. We talk about new enhancements to drive enterprise workloads and databases faster and with lower latency, as well as more capacity options and feature enhancements across the product line.

 

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