Pure Storage Unveils Purity 6.0 for FlashArray

Pure Storage, a provider of storage as-a-service, has announced Purity 6.0 for FlashArray, the latest version of Pure’s flagship suite of software. Engineered with the modern organization in mind, these new agile data services provide customers with an efficient way to store, safeguard, manage, access and mobilize their data with strategic consumption models custom-tailored to their needs. 

Purity 6.0 further simplifies modern infrastructure with a unified block-and-file solution designed to help solve infrastructure challenges, including storage silos and sprawl, which impact modern business across every industry. With a host of new agile data services, Pure customers can immediately leverage two key new capabilities—unified protocol support with NFS and SMB, along with active disaster recovery built on brand new continuous replication technology.

As part of the Evergreen Storage subscription model, these new features require no additional licenses, no added support costs, and zero added complexity.

According to Pure Storeage, enterprises with big data or machine learning requirements will still assign those workloads to FlashBlade, but for other use cases and for many smaller businesses FlashArray now addresses all data storage needs.

“Flexible consumption models represent the bedrock of Pure’s modern data experience,” said Prakash Darji, general manager, FlashArray. “We’ve had the tremendous advantage of being purpose-built for the modern era -- our solutions are designed for massive amounts of data, to be fundamentally upgradeable without disruption, and to be compatible with future innovation so that our customers never have to wait for the latest tools. Purity 6.0 represents the next and most logical step in delivering that continued value to our customers—services that can be consumed in whatever way best fits the customer need at any given moment.” 

Pure’s new unified block and file capabilities on FlashArray are designed to simplify operations for organizations that primarily run block storage but still require or utilize separate network-attached storage. This enables customers to run all workloads within the Purity operating environment, leverage the same data layer, user-interface, pool of capacity, and benefit from Pure’s industry-leading global data reduction. 

Similarly, the new continuous replication feature, ActiveDR, helps Pure customers improve their business resiliency without the cost and complexity of third-party disaster recovery software add-ons. This new active-passive replication technology addresses a major business requirement by protecting critical applications with a near-zero recovery point objective (RPO), enabling them to leverage synchronous, active-active, replication with ActiveCluster, snapshot-based asynchronous replication, and now continuous replication, all on the same Purity platform.

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