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Pure Storage FlashBlade – Product Review

Last updated March 3rd, 2023 for FlashBlade//E. Concise 13-page overview of Pure Storage FlashBlade. Includes overview, usage, EvaluScale and more. Download the full product review now!

The Pure Storage FlashBlade is a custom designed NAS system that scales by adding additional blades that contain both the processing function and NAND flash storage modules. With a unique design, Pure Storage has brought a NAS system to market that does not rely on commodity components. Object storage
support was subsequently added to FlashBlade. Objects are stored in native format.

FlashBlade is a storage system for unstructured data, currently supporting file access using the NFSv3 and CIFS/SMB 2.1 protocol and object access with S3 protocol API. At some point in the future, protocol support for CIFS/SMB 3.0 will be added for NAS support.

The FlashBlade//S models represent the second generation of FlashBlade systems and offers two distinct models – //S200 and //S500. The //S models utilize a 5U chassis, and a more modular design than the previous generation by utilizing Pure’s Direct Flash Modules.

The S200 blade has a focus on capacity and efficiency and utilizes a high level of compression. The S500 blade bypasses some of the compression to instead focus on greater performance. The two blade types cannot currently be intermixed.

Pure Storage FlashBlade Product Review Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage
  • Architecture Deployment
  • EvaluScale Product Review Methodology
  • Evaluator Group’s Opinion

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