This all sounds interesting and perhaps Pure Storage has a future... but I'm not sure how much demand there is for this type of thing.
When I think about my storage situation, it's never about how to get faster storage (it's fine) or more capacity: adding additional space is cheap, as an example, you can easily build your own 135TB RAID6 pod for less than $7500.
Unless you are doing something very unusual, like perhaps if you're working with insane amounts of HD video or you're at Pixar, lack of cheap, fast-enough storage is rarely an issue.
And then the other problem here is that this is flash-based storage. While it's certainly faster, long-term, you'll run into write ampification issues and of course it really isn't intended to be a long-term storage solution.
So it's hard to say if Pure Storage will go anywhere. However, it's nice to see a new entry into the space, as the number of players in the market seem to be dwindling a little bit due to M&A.
iF it does what it says, "10X faster, smaller, and more power efficient at less than the cost of spinning disk." Then we have a new great idea ready to be adopted of the high-tech industry. I liked very much the green advantage "With storage consuming 40% of the overall data center power budget, all-flash storage that consumes 1/5th the power of traditional disk"
Pure Storage does not claim to be 10x more space efficient than HDD technology. I believe HDD has historically had the greatest arial density of any storage medium and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
FlyingScot: Thanks for the catch. Info above should be corrected to read
"10 times more space and power efficient when compared to traditional disk-centric arrays" not "traditional disk storage."
To clarify further, this is from the company's Aug 23 press release:
When compared to traditional disk-centric arrays, Pure Storage all-flash enterprise arrays are 10x faster and 10x more space and power efficient at a price point that is less than performance disk per gigabyte stored.
Data storage requirements are frequently escalating.
Good to know that Pure Storage FlashArrays are 10X more efficient than traditional disk. But I feel companies sould also concentrate on optimising existing disk space. We have seen how old unwanted data still exists in disk space inspite of project closure. Companies should set standard procedure to clean those disk spaces and thus improve the existing disks efficiecy.
If Pure Storage can deliver on its claims, then it looks like we will have a nice alternative to storage needs. Pricing has always been a sticking point for many companies. If Pure Storage can deliver a faster and cheaper route than currently used systems, then they should be very successful.
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