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Storage Innovation: What’s Next and What’s New

We are entering a new era in storage innovation. The spinning disk drives that have defined the previous era are fast becoming obsolete, as IT decision-makers recognize they are an obstacle to IT modernization and digital transformation and must be replaced.

All-flash storage has taken over as the primary storage medium for enterprise data centers, but that’s just the beginning. What we are seeing within the world of all-flash storage is accelerated innovation designed to ensure that IT professionals can successfully make the transition to a service-oriented model that puts data at the center of the business.

The reality is that today’s enterprise storage solutions must not only support exponential data growth, but also deliver cloud simplicity, agility and scalability across the entire IT spectrum—from on-premises infrastructure to the multicloud environments that are essential to doing business today.

For IT decision-makers, now is the time to be aware of the latest innovations that are changing the shape and dimensions of all-flash storage for the enterprise and beyond. Here’s a quick guide.

NVMe all-flash arrays
NVMe represents the latest breakthrough in all-flash storage technology, delivering major improvements in performance and density. NVMe enables IT teams to accelerate the performance of both business-critical and cloud-native applications, while achieving dramatic breakthroughs in mixed-workload consolidation to empower hybrid and private cloud models.

By 2020, NVMe arrays will be shipping at a rate of 25 million units per year and represent 40% of the enterprise array market.1 One of the factors driving the tremendous growth of this technology is the decision by Pure Storage™ to offer NVMe arrays at the same price as non-NVMe arrays.

This means organizations can deploy NVMe without paying a price premium and compromising on reliability, simplicity, agility, total cost of ownership, availability or any other enterprise infrastructure requirement. In fact, NVMe delivers improvements in most of these areas.

Shared Accelerated Storage for Every Workload

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Shared accelerated storage
NVMe is the foundation for a new class of storage Gartner dubbed “shared accelerated storage.” This new model brings together shared storage with fast networks and protocols such as NVMe over Fabrics to extend and replace legacy storage area networks and direct-attached storage (DAS) in a single architecture.

With shared accelerated storage, you achieve the simplicity and performance of DAS with the efficiency, capacity and reliability of shared storage. This allows classic scale-up applications like databases and virtual machines to share the same data-centric architecture as modern scale-out applications like analytics, NoSQL databases and container farms.

Data-centric architecture
Data has become the defining commodity of the cloud era. You’ve probably seen quotes like this from Wired: “Data in the 21st century is like oil in the 18th century: an immensely, untapped valuable asset.”2 Modern storage architectures enable you to put data at the core of your organization’s infrastructure so you can consolidate all storage resources into a single environment that uses consistent tools, processes and even pricing models.

This new model, called a data-centric architecture, is another innovation pioneered by Pure Storage. With a data-centric architecture, you incorporate all storage tiers and combine on-premises storage infrastructure with hybrid cloud infrastructure. All hardware and software are co-engineered to ensure they work together to optimize storage resources across all applications.

In a data-centric architecture, data no longer has to be moved between old and new systems for it to be available and useful. The architecture keeps data and applications in place while the technology is built around it, ensuring always-on availability and bullet-proof data integrity

With the Pure Storage data-centric architecture, you can also leverage modern functionality such as space-efficient snapshots and best-in-class data reduction via always-on compression and deduplication across the entire storage environment—from on premises to cloud and from tier-one applications to backup and archiving. This architecture enables you to:

  • Accelerate mission-critical applications.
  • Consolidate your application infrastructure.
  • Automate your private and hybrid clouds.
  • Make enterprise business continuity effortless.
  • Enable rapid recovery.
  • Build your multicloud environments.

IT teams are facing growing pressure to modernize their infrastructures to be more service oriented and cloud empowering in today’s business environment. Embracing modern, innovative storage technologies and architectures is a path to the future. To find out more about how your organization can leverage innovations such as NVMe, shared accelerated storage and a data-centric architecture, please visit Pure Storage.

1G2M Research NVMe Ecosystem Market Sizing Report,” G2M Research, September 2016
2Data Is the New Oil of the Digital Economy,” Wired, 2014