Pure Storage's array uses shelves of SSDs from STEC and Samsung. Besides using MLC NAND in the SSDs to bring prices in line with Fibre Channel and SAS drive disk arrays, the array uses in-line data deduplication to make the most of the storage capacity. The FlashArray 300 can reduce data in virtual server environments by five to 10 times, Kixmoeller said. That brings cost of the array to between $4 and $8 per usable gigabyte of capacity.
The company offers a data reduction measurement tool called PureSize to estimate the capacity savings through deduplication for varying applications.
The street price for an entry-level high-available configuration of a FlashArray 300 Series is $150,000. For that, a user gets about 50TB of usable data capacity.
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