Optimizing Pure Storage FlashBlade: Capacity, Performance and Cost

acl24-diamond-social-1200x1200-1Over the past few years, Pure Storage has done an amazing job of addressing the spectrum of unstructured data storage. And Gartner continues to recognize them as a leader:

As a long-time unstructured data migration and data management partner, one question we often get asked by Pure Storage customers is, “How do we ensure maximum capacity and performance in the most cost-efficient way?”

That’s where Komprise Intelligent Data Management comes in. Komprise is able to right-place data across the Pure Storage FlashArray File Services, FlashBlade//S and FlashBlade//E platforms to deliver optimal price / performance. In this new technical white paper authored by the experts from Pure Storage we show you how.

Here are some excerpts from the white paper:

Pure Storage FlashBlade Overview

Pure Storage FlashBlade® is a consolidated storage platform for unstructured data, be it file or object, that is built for unlimited scale. FlashBlade//S is designed to deliver the efficiency, density, and top performance that modern unstructured data needs at scale. FlashBlade//E is designed to deliver the environmental, ease of use, and reliability benefits of all-flash storage for unstructured data workloads, but at a cost competitive with disk-based storage solutions. While performance-optimized FlashBlade//S and capacity-optimized FlashBlade//E can scale-out to petabytes of data, organizations can be most cost-effective by keeping data at the most relevant FlashBlade based on where data is in its lifecycle.

Komprise Overview

Komprise, a SaaS for unstructured data management and mobility, was designed with the understanding that data is always in motion and should not be treated the same. Komprise gives enterprises the ability to intelligently manage their data by identifying rarely accessed data from FlashBlade//S and transparently tiering it to FlashBlade//E without any changes to the user or application access. With Komprise Transparent Move Technology (TMT), users and applications access data in the same location as before with Komprise use of standard symbolic links (symlinks). The combination of Komprise Intelligent Data Management with the FlashBlade line of high-performance, resilient storage ensures the optimal cost/performance ROI in the industry.

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Benefits of Komprise Intelligent Tiering for Pure Storage customers:

  • Different tiering policies for different types of data
  • Eliminates rehydration
  • Access data in native format
  • Access data from any tier without going to the source

The author validates the solution through a series of documented tests:

  • Tiering NFS data on FB//S to NFS on FB//E
  • Tiering NFS/SMB data on FB//S to Object on FB//E
  • Accessing tiered data on NFS and Object on FB//E
  • Recalling tiered data from FB//E to FB//S

Download the white paper to further understand the need for and benefits of Pure Storage FlashBlade transparent data tiering, suggested architecture and solution validation.

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