Glossary

3D NAND

All Flash Array

All Flash Cloud

Cloud

Converged Infrastructure

Flash

Flash Storage

Forklift Upgrade

Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid Storage

Private Cloud

Public Cloud 

SAP

Scale Out Storage 

Software Defined Storage

Data Compression

Data Deduplication (Dedup)

Data Reduction

Epic

Evergreen Storage

Hyper Converged Infrastructure

Non-disruptive Upgrades 

NVMe Flash 

Oracle 

Predictive Support

SQL

Thin Provisioning

VDI

Virtual Servers

 

Scale-Out Storage

  • Scale-out storage architectures enable a storage pool to scale performance and capacity simultaneously by adding incremental storage nodes that offer a combination of processing, memory, and disk capacity.Scale-out provided simplicity in spinning disk environments, where incremental capacity was often required to increase performance. But in the era of solid-state storage, this model often introduces inefficiencies.
  • The combination of Pure Storage® architecture and our Evergreen™ Storage ownership model provides the benefits of scale-out storage  – but in an efficient manner, without locking capacity and performance scaling together. 

Software Defined Storage

  • Software-defined storage (SDS) is an approach to data storage in which software controls storage-related tasks and is decoupled from physical storage hardware, allowing for the use of commodity hardware.
  • Purity Operating Environment from Pure Storage offers advanced services to help you capture the benefits of software-defined storage. Purity benefits include: industry-leading data reduction, Tier 1 resiliency with zero performance loss, built-in disaster recovery and protection, global flash management, and more. Purity was designed around a variable block size, with the realization that IO is variable size on all arrays, especially in mixed/virtualized environments. 

Converged Infrastructure

  • Converged Infrastructure (CI) is a solution in which compute, network, and storage hardware, in addition to virtualization software, are consolidated into a single, integrated architecture that speeds time to deployment, lowers overall IT costs and reduces deployment risk.
  • FlashStack™ Converged Infrastructure is a flexible, all-flash converged infrastructure solution that brings the flash revolution to your data center. Based on 100% flash storage, FlashStack CI provides the performance and reliability that business-critical applications demand.

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

  • Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is a software-centric architecture with tightly coupled storage, networking, and compute integrated in commodity hardware offered by a vendor. Although HCI offers simple deployment and an easy-to-manage model, it comes with a number of limitations. Some of the common challenges in HCI include: storage and compute which must be scaled together, a proprietary management GUI, a high CPU tax due to virtual storage appliances on each node, and waste of usable capacity due to data redundancy.
  • Converged Infrastructure, on the other hand, not only offers the same simplicity as HCI but also overcomes the drawbacks of HCI architecture. Pure Storage FlashStack CI solutions offer a holistic alternative to disk-based CI and HCI offerings and are available from accredited FlashStack Partners.

3D NAND

  • 3D NAND is a next-gen flash memory technology in which memory cells are stacked vertically to increase capacity – providing much higher storage density and lower cost per gigabyte. Compared to 2D NAND, 3D NAND lowers costs, reduces power consumption, boosts reliability, and provides higher data write performance.
  • FlashArray//m leverages the latest 3D NAND TLC technology and allows customers to mix-and-match TLC and MLC flash in the same system, enabling higher density and lower cost. 

NVMe Flash

  • Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is an interface that allows host software to communicate with a non-volatile memory subsystem. NVMe is optimized for Enterprise and Client solid state drives, typically attached as a register level interface to the PCI Express interface.
  • NVMe technology promises to unlock the full value of flash, offering parallel access and direct visibility into NAND. The Pure Storage FlashArray//m has been designed with dual-fabric SAS and PCIe/NVMe. Pure’s vision is to use NVMe when the performance density (IOPS/GB) of SSDs begins to diminish as a result of manufacturers tucking in more and more flash behind an SSD controller. 

Flash Storage

  • Any device or system that uses flash memory is described as flash storage. Flash media has powered a consumer revolution in smartphones and a plethora of other devices, as well as in solid-state drives (SSDs) for personal computers. It’s now transforming enterprise storage in data centers: flash-based enterprise storage offers higher performance, more efficiency, and greater reliability than disk-based storage. 
  • Over the last few years, new enterprise-grade storage arrays that are purpose-built to take advantage of the unique characteristics of flash have captured significant market share. These all-flash arrays (AFAs) are revolutionizing storage by offering cloud-like application consolidation and unprecedented agility – features that serve as catalysts for both IT and business transformation. Pure Storage remains a leader in this market, as highlighted in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant and the Gartner Critical Capabilities reports for Solid-State Arrays. 

All-Flash Array

  • An all-flash array (AFA) is a storage infrastructure that contains only flash memory drives instead of spinning-disk drives. It is also referred to as a Solid-State Array (SSA). AFAs and SSAs offer speed, performance and agility for your business applications. 
  • Although modern data centers are looking to all-flash arrays as a solution to performance and capacity demands, not every all-flash array is created equal. It's important to understand the difference between purpose-built arrays and retrofit arrays. Retrofits attempt to combine all-flash with 20-year old disk-based architectures, preventing customers from getting the best ROI and exposing shortcomings in performance, reliability, and simplicity. 
  • Any modern all-flash array needs to be future-proof – that is, built to provide non-disruptive upgrades that take advantage of the performance, density and cost gains that come with technology advances. The Pure Storage FlashArray, via its stateless architecture and flexible metadata, has a proven history of enabling customers to take advantage of both flash and compute advances – non-disruptively. The simplicity and agility of Pure Storage solutions eliminate the constraints of retrofit flash-based alternatives and the complexity of traditional storage portfolios.

HYBRID STORAGE

  • Hybrid Storage describes storage systems that are designed with a blend of flash-based solid state disk and mechanical disk drives in an effort to provide high performance at an affordable price.
  • Pure Storage offers lower costs and higher performance, capacity, and agility than hybrid storage. Thus, all-flash arrays (AFAs) are not only revolutionizing storage with cloud-like application consolidation and agility, they're also often the economical choice.

Flash Memory

  • Flash Memory is nonvolatile memory which can be electrically erased and reprogrammed. Today, flash memory is ubiquitous: from small computing devices, embedded systems, smartphones, and USB drives – all the way up to enterprise-class all-flash arrays. Flash technology offers numerous benefits, including a smaller footprint and lower power consumption in data centers, better performance and durability, and faster scalability. 
  • Pure Storage all-flash storage meets the availability, reliability and scaling requirements of the enterprise, while keeping price per GB below that of disk – thus making possible cost-effective and widespread deployment. When compared to traditional disk arrays, FlashArray offers a tightly-coupled software (Purity Operating Environment) and is:
    • 10X faster (on both IOPS and latency)
    • 10X more efficient in power, space, and cooling
    • More reliable on enterprise workloads
    • So simple that it installs in minutes
    • Lower in cost    

Cloud

  • Cloud is a model for on-demand delivery of resources as a service, from infrastructure (such as servers and storage) to applications (such as databases). These resources are typically accessed through the Internet and a common consumption model is pay-for-usage. Every aspect of the service is managed by a service provider or an internal IT department, making it easy to consume. The cloud model can be segmented into three types: Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud. 
  • Enterprise IT leaders are facing critical decisions on how best to deploy data center and cloud resources to facilitate digital transformation. The advantages of cloud models are compelling — and fundamental to delivering the agility, cost efficiencies, and simplified operations necessary for modern IT workloads and applications. Cloud computing and all-flash storage are two of the most important innovations driving next-generation IT initiatives. While it may seem at first that these are parallel trends, in reality they are very much intertwined. An all-flash cloud drives new levels of performance, agility and management simplicity — enabling organizations of all sizes to deliver next-generation cloud services.

Public Cloud

  • A public cloud is a type of cloud in which a set of services are delivered to businesses or organizations by third-party providers via the Internet. Service providers offer resources such as applications, compute and storage through free or pay-per-usage models.
  • While public cloud offers the benefits of agility, cost efficiencies and simplified operations, privacy and security are still big concerns for many enterprises. As much as ever, enterprise IT leaders continue to require the power, control, security and peace of mind afforded by owning their own infrastructure. But to achieve digital transformation, data centers must deliver the benefits offered by the most innovative and compelling public cloud services. How to have both? All-Flash Cloud. 

All-Flash Cloud

  • An all-flash cloud offers a myriad of advantages that data centers need today and into the future, including resource pooling, self-service delivery, metering, elastic scalability and automatic chargebacks. All-flash cloud also delivers performance and agility far beyond the capabilities of legacy infrastructures. It conquers complexity by leveraging technologies and architectures that are simple to deploy and manage, and it achieves levels of automation, orchestration and scalability that are not possible within today’s silo-structured data centers. Finally, all-flash cloud supports easy integration with leading virtualization and private cloud technologies, as well as public cloud services.
  • Pure Storage delivers all-flash cloud solutions with the security and control of private cloud, and the agility and self-service of public cloud, all at a lower cost. With Pure Storage FlashStack and FlashStack Mini converged infrastructure solutions, organizations of every size can realize the benefits of all-flash cloud.

Virtual Servers

  • A virtual server is a server that shares hardware and software resources with other operating systems (OS), in contrast to dedicated physical servers. Server virtualization is a critical component of the modern IT data center. 
  • Although efficiency gains and cost savings realized from virtualized environments can provide significant infrastructure savings, many organizations seeking to expand their usage of virtualization encounter challenges with hardware design that create complexities and increase costs. An efficient virtualized environment blends servers, networking, storage and backup – any one bottleneck can drive inefficiency across other components, and those inefficiencies can be difficult to diagnose. Integrating solid-state storage, with its greater speed, reliability and flexibility, can go a long way toward ensuring that virtualization can scale as needed, and in a cost-effective manner.
  • Pure Storage solutions are particularly well-suited to virtualized server environments. FlashArray//m has the power to virtualize and consolidate every workload, and the modularity to grow with your business. When combined with our Evergreen Storage program, Pure Storage solutions provide all-flash speed, scale and reliability for a decade or more, at less than the cost of disk.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows IT administrators to host and administer user desktops in a virtual machine running on a server in the data center. VDI offers compelling benefits by increasing the manageability, performance and security of user desktops/PCs.
  • Slow or erratic virtual desktops can bring productivity to a halt and result in higher administration costs. Storage performance is often the #1 problem – as well as the most expensive component – for virtual desktop infrastructure. All-flash storage in combination with efficient data reduction dramatically improves VDI success while keeping costs in check. As a result, IT departments are increasingly looking to converged infrastructure and integrated architectures to alleviate problems of performance and deployment, and to help standardize and consolidate desktop workloads.
  • Unfortunately, many existing converged infrastructure solutions are based on old, slow and inefficient disk storage or on non-optimized hybrid storage systems – making them unsuitable for workloads like VDI that demand an always-on, high-performance foundation. Pure Storage FlashStack converged infrastructure provides pre-validated architecture and fast, resilient, and scalable all-flash performance for VDI that meets the demands of end-users as well as the IT organization. FlashStack ensures successful deployment and simple ongoing management of VDI. 

Hybrid Cloud

  • Hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment which uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud, and third-party, public cloud services with connectivity and orchestration between the two platforms. On-demand cloud compute provides the flexibility of scalable, elastic compute resources while high-bandwidth, private connectivity to customer-owned storage maintains the security, control and privacy of data that many organizations require.
  • The combination of Pure Storage and Microsoft Azure® provides a hybrid cloud solution for workloads requiring high-performance storage and cloud burst compute while meeting strict data security, governance and compliance requirements.

Evergreen™ Storage

  • The Evergreen Storage ownership model enables storage that is deployed once and delivers value to customers for a decade or more. As organizations grow, they can upgrade and expand their storage as needed: all upgrades are made without any downtime, performance impact or data migrations, and forklift upgrades are eliminated.
  • Evergreen Storage keeps storage dense, efficient and modern:
    • Upgrade to the latest technologies in controllers, external host and internal array connectivity and solid state disks (SSDs) without any disruption or performance degradation.
    • Enable in-place upgrades that remove traditional risks associated with forklift upgrades and data migration, since the model requires neither.
    • Preserve customer investment since upgrades to next generation technology do not require re-purchasing hardware, re-licensing storage software products or an increase in maintenance and support costs.

Forklift Upgrade

  • Forklift upgrades are complete overhauls of the IT infrastructure: old and outdated storage is ripped out and replaced with the latest technology. Forklift upgrades are driven by architectural incompatibilities between storage generations or limitations in scale-out architectures that can’t add newer nodes to existing arrays or clusters. 
  • For decades, storage customers faced a repeating cycle of maintenance cost escalations, expensive array repurchases, risky data migrations, and resource intensive planning – every 3 to 5 years. Forklift upgrades represent tremendous risk, expense, and waste that keep IT budgets focused on running infrastructure instead of innovating and growing their business.
  • Pure Storage pioneered a new storage ownership model called Evergreen Storage that has revolutionized the entire storage industry. Evergreen Storage keeps storage dense, efficient and modern through every stage of the ownership lifecycle, for 10 years or more, with streamlined customer service and exceptional ROI.

Epic Systems

  • Epic Systems Corporation offers healthcare solutions which maintain a patient's health records over time. The Epic electronic health record (EHR) system primarily supports functions related to: patient care; clinical systems for doctors, nurses, and other care providers; systems for lab technologists, pharmacists, and radiologists; and billing systems for insurers.
  • Most disk-based storage systems are not able to meet the demands of the EHR system. High latencies causes frequent delays in clinicians’ access to critical data and applications. But with a Pure Storage all-flash array, clinicians can achieve faster and more reliable access to patient information and EHR applications. The IT staff spends minimal time managing storage, while future expansion of storage systems is easier and less costly.

SQL Server

  • Microsoft SQL Server® is a relational database management system. It’s a secure and scalable database platform that offers in-memory performance, security, end-to-end mobile BI, and advanced analytics.
  • The speed with which business applications can respond to user requests is often the measurement of how IT is perceived by the organization. As a result, IT departments spend a lot of time and resources making sure their database applications are running at peak performance at all times. Thus the infrastructure that surrounds SQL is critical to meeting user performance expectations. While CPU and memory resources have continued to improve to deliver an acceptable performance experience, storage infrastructure has not. Now, however, all-flash storage systems have come to market alongside significantly improved network infrastructures to finally reduce, and potentially eliminate, the performance bottleneck. The pay-off for an all-flash investment is not just performance: an all-flash array can lower operational, licensing and server hardware costs while simplifying database design and maintenance. At the same time, an all-flash array also eliminates the complexity of designing a storage system to support a database application. 

Oracle Database

  • Oracle® database (Oracle DB) is a relational database management system (RDBMS) from Oracle Corporation. The data is stored logically in the form of tablespaces and physically in the form of data files. 
  • Oracle DB organizations depend on scalable, high performance databases to drive business applications for online data processing (OLTP), data warehousing and business analytics. IT teams need on-demand performance from these databases to serve development, testing, analytics and business continuity needs.
  • Pure Storage FlashStack converged infrastructure is a flexible, all-flash converged infrastructure solution that brings the flash revolution to Oracle databases. It combines best-in-class compute and networking components from Cisco with all-flash storage in an integrated architecture that speeds time to deployment, lowers costs and reduces deployment risk. Based on all-flash storage, FlashStack CI provides the performance and reliability that business applications demand.

SAP

  • SAP® is a German multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. SAP software provides end-to-end solutions for finance, logistics, distribution, and inventories.. 
  • Deploying SAP on traditional storage often leads to complex, inefficient, and costly operational models. Many existing storage solutions are based on old, slow and inefficient disk storage, or on non-optimized hybrid storage systems, and mostly deployed in silos. The resulting architectures are too expensive, suffer from poor performance and/or have significant downtime windows – making them unsuitable for the consolidation of business-critical applications and databases. On the other hand, running business-critical applications and databases on all-flash storage provides an immediate and powerful performance transformation for traditional SAP and SAP HANA. In addition, SAP users also get the ability to run various mixed workloads on the same infrastructure, which breaks down silo barriers while introducing a whole host of operational, management and disaster recovery benefits. These benefits will ultimately transform IT and modernize SAP through reduced risk and cost, and greater resources for innovation.

Data Reduction

  • Data reduction is an umbrella term for a suite of technologies – including compression, deduplication, and thin provisioning – that serve to reduce the storage capacity required to handle a given data set. Thus, storage vendors will describe their storage offerings both in terms of raw capacity and, post-data reduction, effective capacity. Data reduction is a key factor in making all-flash solutions available for every budget.
  • Pure Storage provides the industry's most granular and complete data reduction via FlashReduce, which is included with every FlashArray//m purchase. For virtually any application, Flash Reduce delivers data reduction savings that bring the cost of all-flash below that of spinning disk – and, via the FlashArray//m10, available even to small- and medium-sized enterprises. On average, Pure Storage delivers a 5:1 data reduction ratio. 

Data Compression

  • Data compression is a technique to reduce the space required to store unique data on a storage solution. This maximizes capacity while minimizing the number of writes required to store unique data, resulting in increased storage efficiency and reduced costs.
  • At Pure Storage, inline compression reduces data to use less space than the original format. Append-only write layout and variable addressing optimize compression savings by removing the wasted space that fixed-block architectures introduce. Combined with deep reduction, inline compression delivers 2 – 4x data reduction, and is the primary form of data reduction for databases. 

Data Duplication

  • Data deduplication is a technique to ensure that only unique data is stored on a storage solution. This minimizes capacity consumed and eliminates the need to write redundant data.
  • At Pure Storage, high-performance inline deduplication operates on a 512-byte aligned, variable block size range from 4 - 32K. Thus only unique blocks of data are saved on flash – removing even the duplicates that fixed-block architectures miss. Best of all, these savings are delivered without requiring any tuning.

Thin Provisioning

  • Thin provisioning is a method of dynamically allocating storage capacity on demand across multiple applications in a flexible and efficient manner, thus reducing storage utilization rates.
  • Thin provisioning provides a new approach to storage provisioning, one that can eliminate waste by reserving capacity dynamically to keep slightly ahead of the written data. In doing so, thin provisioning gets rid of the upfront capacity reservation, thereby unlocking and freeing the capacity that would otherwise be reserved upfront and trapped within thick provisioned volumes. In aggregate, this leads to significant efficiency gains compared to typical thick provisioned storage deployments.

Cloud-based management

  • Cloud-based management is an operational model in which storage users use SaaS offerings for management tasks. In contrast to traditional storage management systems, cloud-based management does not require any on-premise software installs, increasing simplicity and reducing costs as no infrastructure needs to be deployed or updated. 
  • Pure1 cloud-based management enables users to manage storage globally, from anywhere, and with any mobile device. Pure1 is the common management platform for both FlashArray and FlashBlade and it is included at no additional cost. 

Predictive Support

  • Predictive Support is a step beyond the proactive support that is typical of the storage industry. While proactive support seeks to identify storage issues and bring them to the attention of the customer, with Predictive Support, Pure Storage aims to foresee and resolve issues even before a customer realizes there is a problem. Pure1 Predictive Support strives to change the support experience for our customers so that they do not need to worry about the health of their storage solution. 
  • The main capability behind Pure1 Predictive Support is Pure1 Global Insight, a technology that collects data from customer’s systems.  It uses big data analytics to predict vulnerability to known issues and take pre-emptive action before there's a problem, thus minimizing downtime risk. 

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