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Pure unveils custom-built hardware for all-flash arrays.

All-flash storage array specialist Pure Storage has said it has for the first time designed the hardware for the latest in its line of flash arrays in a move to improve storage performance and density by moving away from a dependence on industry-standard hardware.

Pure Storage also introduced Evergreen Storage, a new

model that lets customers upgrade their arrays non-disruptively for several new

generations, and unveiled Pure1, a new solution for active monitoring and

managing of multiple flash arrays.

Taken together, the changes to the Pure Storage product

line and service model represent a fundamental transformation in how the

company works with channel partners and clients, said Luanne Dauber, vice

president of Marketing, Pure Storage.

"We're transitioning to make IT more

efficient," Dauber said. "It's a big transition to help our customers

grow their business."

New to the Pure Storage lineup is the FlashArray//m, the

first model featuring a hardware platform designed by the vendor specifically

for use as a flash storage array.

The prior three generations of the Pure Storage

FlashArray family featured commodity hardware, Dauber said.

"In our first phase, we were focused on

software," she said. "Now we've invested in a hardware team, which is

looking at storage density and the efficiency of custom hardware. This is a big

change for us."

The Pure Storage FlashArray//m fits 120 TB of usable

flash storage in a 3U enclosure using only 1 kWh of power, Dauber said. This

provides up to 300,000 IOPS using 32-Kb blocks instead of the typical 4-Kb

blocks used in most flash storage arrays, she said.

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