See why Pure Storage is named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems & Object Storage

Unified Fast File and Object Storage

Pure FlashBlade® is the industry's most advanced all-flash storage solution for consolidating fast file and object data. Modernise your storage with a unified unstructured storage platform that delivers a Modern Data Experience™.

Performant, Agile, and Simple File and Object Storage

Tackle your most challenging modern data requirements with unified fast file and object (UFFO) storage. Used by more than 25% of the Fortune 100, FlashBlade delivers cloud-like simplicity and agility with consistent high performance and control. See how ESG validates FlashBlade UFFO.

All-flash Performance

FlashBlade fast file and object storage goes beyond what traditional scale-out NAS can do. Get massive throughput and parallelism with consistent multidimensional performance. Simply add blades to scale capacity and performance.

Flexible and powerful file and object storage

Agile Scale-out Architecture

FlashBlade’s scale-out metadata architecture can handle tens of billions of files and objects with maximum performance and rich data services. Purity//FB 3 supports cloud mobility with object replication and disaster recovery with file replication.

Effortless unstructured data management

Simplified Workload Consolidation

Experience AI-powered storage management with Pure1®. Deploying, updating, and managing FlashBlade is hassle-free thanks to automated APIs. Get high-performance native NFS, SMB, and S3 protocol support for all your modern file and object workloads.

Improve file and object data management

Pure Storage is Named as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™

for Distributed File Systems & Object Storage

FlashBlade Specifications


  • Start with 7 blades and simply add more to scale up to 150 blades
  • Increase capacity and performance with each blade


  • Up to 15 GB/s bandwidth with 15 blades in a single chassis 1
  • Up to 24M NFS IOPS from a FlashBlade system with 150 blades 2


  • Up to 16 100Gb/s Ethernet ports per FlashBlade system
  • 2x FlashBlade External Fabric Modules (XFM) to scale up to 150 blades


  • 4U per chassis
  • Up to 2,900 watts per chassis (nominal at full configuration)3

Large block read IO with 1.5:1 average compression ratio. This is not a guarantee as customers may achieve different compression ratios based on their workloads.
Results from a 100% NFS V3 GETATTR operations test.
With a 15x52TB configuration.

What is Object Storage?

Object storage is a data storage architecture in which data is stored and managed as self-contained units called objects. Each object contains a key, data, and optional metadata. Flat, API-friendly, and highly scalable, object storage is the format of choice for public cloud storage services like Amazon S3 and on-premises solutions like Pure FlashBlade®.

People also ask:

1. What’s the difference between object storage, file storage, and block storage?

  • Object storage is a format in which data is stored in discrete units called objects. 
  • File storage is the storage format most people are familiar with—data is stored in files you can interact with in folders within a hierarchical file directory.
  • Block storage breaks data up into separate pieces of fixed-sized blocks of data, each of which has a unique identifier.

2. What is File Storage?

File storage is a data storage format in which data is stored and managed as files within folders. In the storage world, file storage is used by direct-attached storage (DAS) and network-attached storage (NAS) systems.

3. What are the Benefits of File Storage?

The benefits of file storage include:

  • User-friendly interface: A simple file management and sharing system makes it easy to use across an organisation.
  • Easy-to-scale archives: Each file has a unique address and can be stored in a scale-out system manually or automatically. 
  • Data protection: File storage has been around for a long time, so there are many standardized technologies and protocols for data protection.

4. What is unified fast file and object storage (UFFO)?

Unified fast file and object (UFFO) storage is a new category of data storage that consolidates two traditionally separate storage paradigms—file and object storage—into one high-performance data solution. It enables you to replace silos of data warehouses, network-attached storage (NAS) devices, and direct-attached storage (DAS) devices with a single scale-out storage solution that delivers multidimensional performance at scale. FlashBlade is the industry-leading UFFO storage platform.

5. Why fast object storage?

While object storage has traditionally been treated as a convenient way to archive large amounts of data, the growth in cloud-native apps which use object storage as their default storage has created a new market for higher-performing object storage. Fast object storage combines the ease of access and scale-out convenience of traditional object storage with the speed and performance needed to support the demanding workloads of cloud-native applications.

Test Drive FlashBlade

No hardware, no setup, no cost—no problem. Experience a self-service instance of Pure1® to manage Pure FlashBlade™, the industry's most advanced solution delivering native scale-out file and object storage.

Don't Take Our Word for It

We work with the best organisations across all industries.

"By separating our capacity from compute, we’re able to get more out of our compute resources, which gives us the ability to ask questions at an unprecedented scale.

Greg Bowman
Director, Folding@home

"Our data works as hard as our delivery drivers. It’s all about speed—the ability to ingest data, analyse it, and feed it back into actionable channels."

Dan Djuric
VP of Global Infrastructure and EIS, Domino's Pizza

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