- Flash Array
Traditional SAN provisioning is a pain: LUNs, WWNs, RAID, IOPS calculations…I never wanted to be a storage admin! Pure Storage automates it all in a single-screen wizard, creating a new datastore is as easy as 1) name, 2) size, and 3) host/cluster…all the hard work is done automatically in the background!
VI Admins live in the world of vCenter, and now FlashArray fits right in to your daily workflow. Create, grow, or delete datastores. Drill-in to datastore capacity, seeing real storage consumption through dedupe and compression. Understand datastore performance: IOPS, latency, and bandwidth. See the complete datastore – SAN mapping (not that you should care!).
So long RAID-5/6 vs. RAID-10 trade-offs. No more capacity and IOPS calculations. No more grouping disks, managing spares or day-long parity rebuilds. The FlashArray is automatically protected with dual-parity or better RAID-3D. Create volumes and go.
Where is the bottleneck? Host ports? Cache utilization? Director utilization? Back-end loops? Disk head contention? The FlashArray was designed to eliminate physical contention and associated tuning headaches---one large LUN performs identically to 1000 small LUNs.
Flash tier. Disk tier. Controller cache sizing. Data movement policies. Cache hit rates. Sizing calculations. Forget it all! Get the same great flash performance at low cost for all your data with the FlashArray.
The database writes on 32K block boundaries, the VM is aligned to 8K page sizes, and the storage array likes 4K blocks...wait, does that work? Pure Storage's 512- byte virtualization chunk size means none of that matters. Pick any host and application block size and get outstanding performance.
Sick of compensating for head contention via short-stroking your drives to less than 50% capacity? Sick of provisioning and powering 10s of GBs of extra DRAM to try to avoid waiting on mechanical storage? There has to be a better way. And there is.
It feels like virtualization in legacy arrays was just grafted-on: virtual pools, aggregates, hypers, metas, chunklets...enough already. Pure Storage provides one big pool, with all your storage. Create volumes and go.
OpenStack has become the cloud automation platform of choice for public cloud, hosting, and web operators, and is growing in interest and adoption in the enterprise to automate private clouds. Pure Storage has created an OpenStack CINDER provider to automate FlashArray management in OpenStack environments.