What Is 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 a variety of budgets.

Pure Storage provides the industry's most granular and complete data reduction via FlashReduce, which is included with every FlashArray purchase. For virtually any application, FlashReduce delivers data reduction savings that bring the cost of all-flash below that of spinning disk – and available even to small- and medium-sized enterprises. On average, Pure Storage delivers a 5:1 data reduction ratio.