Pure says the FlashBlade will cost less than $1 per gigabyte of effective storage, closer than ever to the cost of hard disk drives. But at petabyte scale, flash gets even cheaper than arrays of spinning disks, all things considered, analysts say. Flash takes less energy and data-center space, a difference that starts to add up when there's a lot of data to accommodate. In addition, flash feeds data to servers so quickly they don't have to wait for the bits to process, so companies don't need as much computing capacity, IDC's Burgener said.
Also on Monday, Pure is introducing the FlashArray//m10, a scaled-down version of its standard array. The system will have as much as 30TB of usable capacity and cost less than $50,000. It can be upgraded to the FlashArray//m20 and larger systems as a company's needs grow. The FlashArray//m10 will also form the basis of the FlashStack Mini, a converged infrastructure system that bundles it with Cisco Systems servers and virtualization software from either VMware or Microsoft. The 9U systems will start at less than $100,000. The array and the converged systems will ship in June.
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