Pure Storage helps enterprises unify cloud
Storage vendor to bring hyperscale architecture to the enterprise
Pure Storage has added a new DirectFlash Fabric capability for end-to-end NVMe and NVMe-oF support in Purity 5.2, the software-defined engine of its FlashArray//X products. DirectFlash Fabric will allow customers to improve performance of enterprise mission-critical applications as well as new web-scale ones that traditionally have relied on direct attached storage.
With this announcement, Pure becomes the first mainstream enterprise storage provider to widely support NVMe-oF RoCE, which enables enterprises to get flash media closer to applications for more real-time access and greater consolidation. According to the company, this capability further extends its leadership in empowering customers to approach hybrid cloud with a new level of unified infrastructure – to run apps anywhere and protect data everywhere.
Matthieu Brignone, Head of EMEA Channel and Alliances at Pure Storage said: “At Pure Storage we’re all about developing a strong culture of innovation and have a customer first attitude. We know that businesses want to be able to treat their data as an asset and not a liability, that current legacy models of data protection make data hard to analyse, and that avoiding disruptions with mission critical applications is a must."
"That’s precisely why we’re so excited to be announcing these solutions, and why our partners should be equally excited. With NVMe-oF, partners can be assured that we’re arming them with a next-generation solution, giving their customers better and more reliable performance for mission critical apps. Data centricity is vital. This is why partners should be getting back in contact with their customers, showing them that they can indeed help them build a better world with data," Brignone added.
DirectFlash Fabric delivers massive optimisation between storage controllers and hosts over fast networking and makes Ethernet a first-class citizen in the data centre for storage. Other solutions today may not have full enterprise features enabled, or may utilise NVMe over Fabrics with Fibre Channel rather than RDMA over converged Ethernet (RoCE), which offers the biggest potential jump in performance for Ethernet customers with a 50 percent latency reduction compared to iSCSI.
With the new capability, Pure said it is extending its DirectFlash technologies to Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) over Fabrics to enable increased efficiencies across the network, in particular with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and cloud-native, web-scale applications such as MongoDB, Cassandra and MariaDB get the benefits and efficiencies of enterprise grade shared storage.
FlashArray//X supports end-to-end NVMe on 25G and 50G Ethernet ports. Interoperability with NVMe-oF-capable NICs is available or planned from Broadcom, Cisco, Marvell and Mellanox.