Pure Storage updates FlashArray//X product line for tier 1 workloads

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Pure Storage has updated its FlashArray//X, the all-flash arrays suitable for tier 1 applications. This increases the performance and adds more options for the Purity-operating system.

The new FlashArray//X line is now based on the second generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. CRN herein quotes VP Strategy Matt Kixmoeller, who claims a 25 percent peformance boost compared to the previous generation FlashArray//X. In addition, Pure Storage, with its all-flash arrays, achieves a standard performance gain by using self-developed NVMe-based DirectFlash modules instead of industry-standard SSDs.

Pure Storage makes its FlashArray//X available through its Evergreen Storage program, which purchases products according to a consumption model or as a Service. Users can therefore upgrade and expand their storage if they wish, without much impact on data center operations.

Optimisation

The line in question has therefore been optimised for tier 1 applications, where you can think of Oracle and SAP ERP installations. According to Kixmoeller, it is even possible that some applications, such as SAP HANA and MySQL, see a performance gain of 50 percent.

Pure Storage also wants to make the new arrays more flexible by launching a new version of its operating system, Purity 6, later this year. The current version of Purity focuses on block-based data. By giving the operating system an update, file-based storage possibilities will also be added.

Turnover and purpose

The new product was announced at the same time as some new financial figures. The company was able to record sales of 492 million dollars (446 million euros) during the past quarter, while sales were expected to reach 489 million dollars. This brings the annual turnover to USD 1.9 billion, an increase of 21 percent compared to the previous year.

A few months ago, we visited Pure Storage to find out more about its future plans. The company mainly wants to realise data storage that is Simple, Seamless and Sustainable, we noted.