Enterprise all-flash storage array vendor Pure Storage Thursday unveiled new lower-cost and higher-capacity versions of its FlashArray series, as well as a new version of its Purity software that makes the company one of the first to bring enterprise-level replication to flash storage solutions.
The ability to do replication with Pure Storage FlashArray solutions fills a huge gap in the all-flash storage array market, said Matt Kixmoeller, vice president of products at the Mountain View, Calif.-based vendor.
"A lot of applications require disaster recovery, which requires replication," Kixmoeller said. "This is the final feature. It addresses a hole in our products, and now lets Pure Storage address all enterprise environments."
That capability addresses a critical requirement for enterprise customers, said Richard Heard, president of Red8, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based solution provider and Pure Storage partner.
"Clearly, having the ability to do backups and replicate data is critical to any storage, especially flash storage," Heard said. "It's been the missing piece in this market. It's important for Pure Storage and for any flash storage vendor."
Another solution provider, who requested anonymity because of relationships with both Pure Storage and a competitor, said replication is a welcome addition.
"Early on, replication was not a big deal because a lot of storage startups didn't have it," the solution provider said. "But the market is now open to trying out flash storage in non-niche workloads. For Pure Storage, this is the last check box in their features list."
Purity 4.0’s new FlashRecover feature provides data replication and snapshot services that are data reduction-aware to improve data protection for on-premise and remote data centers, Kixmoeller said. It works across multiple FlashArray 400-series arrays in both fan-in and fan-out configurations, and supports replication of single volumes, multiple volumes or an array's complete data set, he said.
Also included is the ability to set data protection policies and support for 256-bit AES encryption.
On the hardware side, Pure Storage expanded its FlashArray line with two new models that straddle the capabilities of its current model, the FlashArray 420, which has a usable maximum capacity of 125 TB.
For midsize enterprise customers, the new FlashArray 405 offers up to 40 TB of usable capacity in a 1U solution for top-of-rack configurations, Kixmoeller said.
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