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Pure Storage launches NVMe-Ready Guarantee

The company is reportedly the first vendor to guarantee an NVMe upgrade path with ever new FlashArray//M purchase.

Matt Kixmoeller, VP of Product, Pure Storage.
Matt Kixmoeller, VP of Product, Pure Storage.

Pure Storage, an independent solid-state array vendor, has unveiled the launch of NVMe-Ready Guarantee.

NVM Express (NVMe) is a -generation memory-class protocol for CPU-to-flash communication, which industry analysts believe will be the driving force behind the next generation of flash performance and density, as well as becoming the leading interface protocol for flash by 2019.

Pure Storage has shared that every newly purchased FlashArray//M can be upgraded to full NVMe through its EvergreenTM Storage program.

Tim Stammers, senior analyst at 451 Research, say: "NVMe protocol is set to dominate enterprise flash, because it allows much greater performance than the SAS and SATA interfaces used currently in data center flash drives. SAS was designed for disk, but NVMe was designed both for flash and the new solid-state, non-volatile memories that are waiting in the wings."

He added: "Pure's FlashArray//M systems are already future-proofed for this change, and that is a very unusual and important aspect."

NVMe is typically faster than the Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS) storage protocol currently available in the market, and offers 64K parallel queues in comparison to a single SAS channel. This allows for direct communication paths to solid state drives (SSDs).

Matt Kixmoeller, VP of Product, Pure Storage, said: "Seven years ago, we saw the potential of flash as an industry standard. We have reached a similar inflection point with NVMe, and enterprises will need to be prepared for the shift to take full advantage of technological improvements in 2017 and beyond.

"Any organisation buying new storage today needs to be NVMe-ready to protect its investment. By proactively engineering for NVMe, Pure has widened the gap between purpose-built arrays and legacy retrofits, and is best positioned to lead the industry transition to NVMe."