What is All Flash Array (AFA) Storage?

An all-flash array (AFA) is a storage infrastructure that contains only flash memory drives instead of spinning-disk drives. All-flash storage 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.

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.

 


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