Friday, October 18

More cloud services at Pure Storage

At its last Accelerate convention (September 17-18, 2019 in Austin) , Pure Storage has rolled out its roadmap for the next few years, emphasizing the move to the cloud . As the external storage market enters a period of slow growth – see IDC latest figures – the Californian supplier continues its development with revenues up 28% for its second fiscal quarter 2020, an amount of 396.3 millions of dollars. Pure Storage celebrating ten years this year – we first met the company in December 2011 at Mountain View – continues its conquest phase to the detriment of its main competitors. Without a historical clientele – unlike the Dell EMC or HPE – because of its relative youth, Pure remains commercially very aggressive on its land and manages to grow in an almost sluggish market. And efforts in R & D – with the development of its services and support NVMe example – by t icipent has succeeded in s overall uccess of s ompany. In France, the team led by Laurent Martini inaugurated comfortable premises (1,300 m2) near the Porte des Ternes in Paris to support its development in the years to come.

In Austin, Pure has announced solutions to its as-a-Service portfolio. As Gabriel Ferreira, technical director of Pure Storage France, explained , “everything that is available locally is coming into the cloud .” It’s about meeting the needs of businesses that consume more cloud storage and make Pure’s flash platform easy to use on AWS . To address this issue, Pure has redeveloped and tuned its FlashArray platform to ensure optimal performance on AWS EC2 and EBS instances . Called the Cloud Block Store (CBS) for AWS , Pure’s solution delivers on- premise and public cloud capabilities with native, transparent block storage for applications. Announced last November, this solution arrives today in GA mode ( general availability ) and allows companies to consume on-demand block storage as if it were on premise . ” Cloud Block Store aims to provide the same level of reliability, simplicity and efficiency that our bays FlashArray on-site, giving us more confidence in our ability to run critical applications and workloads related to public cloud research , ” James Kelly, a senior administrator at Chapman University , said in a statement from Pure Storage . “Since the APIs and interfaces provided by CBS are the same as on-premise, we will be able to use the same automation tools and scripts on AWS as on our current FlashArray arrays by reducing time and additional training costs. It gives us the freedom to imagine new ways to migrate, access and manage our data in our hybrid cloud , using the resources and expertise we already have “. One management base, Pure One , ensures consistency of data stored locally and in the cloud of AWS .

Azure Blob after AWS S3

Still in the cloud , Pure extends the Purity CloudSnap backup solution , originally developed for AWS S3 , to Microsoft Azure . Support for Azure Blob , which was also announced last November, allows us to consider a multi-cloud strategy while helping companies to better define their SLAs with FlashArray back-up snapshots locally and on the cloud. . Companies can replicate their data on premise between two FlashArray bays or to a cloud provider. Unsurprisingly after AWS and Azure, GCP will soon be supported. “But other object storage providers like Cloudian [ S3 compliance since the beginning] are also certified, because not everyone can go into the public cloud, ” said Gabriel Ferreira.

If Pure accelerates the cloud , he forgets not least to refine its flash offers locally with the arrival of FlashArray // C . The latter is one of the first flash storage arrays capacitive offered on the market. To provide consistent flash performance with Level 1 reliability at the same price as a disk-based solution, Pure operates QLC- style NAND flash with 4-bit instead of 3 encoding with the same trends in both writing and reading. The proposed capabilities – with flash cards of 18.3 TB – start at 366 TB gross (1.3 Po net ) , then 878 To gross (3.2 Po net) and finally 1.4 Po gross (5.2 Po net) . While QLC cells integrate more data into each chip, they are sacrificing performance. That’s why the supplier wants to compete with hybrid subsystems that still combine hard drives with SSDs. Finally, note that 24 TB QLC cards are expected next year, which should further increase the storage capacity of FlashArray // C arrays .

Optane cached on FlashArray // X

But Pure does not put all her eggs in the flash. After HPE and Dell EMC, the company announces support for Direct Memory cards (Intel Optane ) with a capacity of 750 GB in cache mode on FlashArray // X arrays to achieve a latency of 100 ms against 250 ms for modules NVMe . It should be noted that if today Pure’s arrays support the NVMe Over Ethernet , the FC should also arrive in the coming months. Finally the converged systems HPC AIRI (Nvidia DGX and Pure Storage FlashBlade ) move upmarket with more power and capabilities. Clusters with 16 nodes can be envisaged in large configurations with Arista , Cisco or Mellanox 100 GB switches . With its latest announcements, Pure Storage accelerates, expands and expands its flash storage systems while pushing subscriptions through its partnerships with AWS , Azure and soon GCP . Determined to outrun its competitors in the niche of storage services , the Mountain View firm is turning into Pure as a Service.