Celebrating 10 Years of Pure Storage and Tech Field Day

Pure Storage has grown from a scrappy upstart to an established player in enterprise storage, and Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day were there the whole time. From their first Field Day appearance in 2011 to today’s Tech Talks and Exclusive Field Day events, we have grown together over 10 years.

Cloud Proximate Data Storage

Matt Leib talks about what he calls Cloud Proximate Data Storage, where major storage vendors leverage locationally close datacenters to mitigate the cost of moving data. Matt goes on to discuss the solutions presented at Storage Field Day 16 as well as PureAccelerate such as Infinidat’s Neutrix, products from PureStorage, and HPE’s Cloud Volumes/CloudBank.

Pure Storage AIRI – CI for AI

Pure Storage’s AIRI platform provides a converged infrastructure approach for ML and AI workloads, combining FlashBlade and NVIDIA DGX-1 servers. After looking at the Storage Field Day Exclusive videos from Pure Accelerate in 2017, Chris Evans sees this as an important step for FlashBlade, what he hopes is a first in a series of reference architecture solutions for specific applications.

Pure Storage – You’ve Come A Long Way

With Pure Accelerate coming up next week, Dan Frith takes a look back at how Pure Storage has evolved, but stayed true to their core focus since debuting their first products in 2011. He’s looking forward to seeing what they have in store for this year’s event.

Cloudified Snapshots done two ways

Mark May shares his thoughts on what he saw from Dell EMC at Storage Field Day in June. He particularly focuses on their Unity storage array and how it integrates with their Cloud Tier appliance. This allows for moving data from the storage array into the public cloud. Mark really likes the ability to take snapshots of Unity, but writing the data to S3 storage.

He compares this to Pure Storage’s approach, which he saw at a Storage Field Day Exclusive event at Pure Accelerate. Pure allows you to write snapshots to AWS in its native format, as opposed to converting it to an object store. Both are interesting approaches to extending storage arrays into the cloud.

Disclosure: Pure Storage Accelerate 2017

In his typical humorous fashion, Justin Warren discloses absolutely everything about his Storage Field Day Exclusive experience at Pure Accelerate. From flights and accommodation to food and drink, Justin tells every detail, including all the swag he received.

Cohesity FlashProtect – a look into Pure Storage and Cohesity Integration

After Tech Field Day Exclusive at Pure Accelerate, Max Mortillaro talks about the collaboration between Pure Storage and Cohesity saying it “is not only logical, but also important for both companies.” The addition of Cohesity as a secondary storage and data protection solution allows for a deep integration with Pure Storage snapshotting capabilities. Max says that this will provide an advantage to both parties, helping them extend their respective ecosystems and expand their market share.

Pure1 META – Analytics for Pure Storage Arrays

After Pure Accelerate 2017, Chris Evans analyzes Pure Storage’s new storage array analytics solution, Pure1 META and its interesting testing applications.

Real-time Storage Analytics: one step further towards AI-enabled storage arrays?

At the Storage Field Day Exclusive event at Pure Accelerate, Max Mortillaro was struck by a recent storage trend. It seems that every storage vendor is now offering real-time analytics as part of their storage array offerings. Max looks at Pure Storage’s take on this, which combines their Pure 1 real-time analytics, with a machine learning extension called META.

Pure Accelerate: FlashArray Gets Synchronous Replication

Chris Evans writes about some important news coming out of Pure Accelerate. Pure Storage is now offering synchronous replication on its FlashBlade line. The feature is called ActiveCluster, and Chris got a technical deep dive on it at the Storage Field Day Exclusive event at Pure Accelerate. Chris does a great job running through the ActiveCluster architecture, and how those decisions will impact its adoption in the data center.

Storage Field Day Exclusive at Pure//Accelerate 2017 – FlashBlade 2.0

Pure Storage’s FlashBlade 2.0 has been getting a lot of coverage coming out of Pure Accelerate, and Dan Frith is no exception. In their Storage Field Day Exclusive presentation, Pure Storage went over how FlashBlade is designed now to scale beyond fifteen blades, and went into detail on other architectural features and refinements.

Storage Field Day Exclusive at Pure//Accelerate 2017 – Purity Update

Dan Frith shares his notes from “Day 0” of Pure Accelerate. There, he saw Pure Storage talk about their new ActiveCluster, which Dan seems pretty excited about. He also gives his initial thoughts on Pure Storage’s announcements regarding VVols support and DirectFlash Shelf.

Storage Field Day 13 – (Fairly) Full Disclosure

It’s always a pleasure to have Dan Frith at a Storage Field Day event. He attended last week in Denver, and made sure to write up a full disclosure surrounding the event. If you want to see the same presentations Dan did, make sure to checkout our comprehensive video coverage!

Don’t Build Big Data With Bad Data

Big data, machine learning, AI. If you were playing buzzword bingo, you just need to throw in IoT to win. But Tom Hollingsworth makes some great points about some of the blind spots that become apparent in these technologies that otherwise engender hagiography. For Tom, it’s an issue of where data comes in for these systems. If the starting point is flawed, either in how it was collected or in a cultural sense, the end result cannot help but be impacted.

Pure Storage Charts A Course To The Future Of Big Data

Justin Warren runs down the announcements from the 2nd annual Pure Accelerate conference. He focuses on the ActiveCluster synchronous replication being brought in as a software upgrade for the Purity FA 5 release. Justin sees this as key for Pure Storage to grow in the European market. The FlashBlade platform was also announced, which provides 8 petabytes of storage in a single namespace.

Storage Field Day Exclusive at Pure//Accelerate 2017 – General Session Notes

Dan Frith wrote up his initial notes from Pure Storage’s general sessions at Pure Accelerate. He reviews each of the speakers during the presentation, along with some general notes about each speaker. The session focused on the role Pure Storage sees for itself as storage needs across the enterprise rapidly expand in the coming years and how the company has positioned themselves to the data platform for the cloud era. There was also a lot of talk about updates to Pure Storage’s Purity for both FlashBlade and FlashArray. Dan does a really good job of pulling out the relevant points from each speaker, while still maintaining a bit of stream of consciousness.

Pure Accelerate 2017 Keynote Live Blog

Stephen Foskett was living blogging during the Pure Accelerate keynote! Make sure to check it out to get his initial reactions to all the exciting announcements.

Pure Storage Accelerate/Storage Field Day 13 – PreFlight

Matt Leib has made sure his seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright positions, and he’s ready to take off for a full week of events next week. He’ll be at a Tech Field Day Exclusive at Pure Accelerate 2017, then heading for a full slate of presentations at Storage Field Day. Make sure to check back for live streaming and full video after the events!

Storage Field Day – I’ll Be At Storage Field Day 13 and Pure Accelerate

Dan Frith will be joining the other luminary delegates at Storage Field Day later this month. It’ll be a pleasure to have Dan joining us in Denver. Make sure to follow all the presentations on the live stream, and send in questions over Twitter using #SFD13!

Storage Field Day Exclusive Comes to Pure Accelerate 2017

Storage Field Day and Pure Accelerate are both great events. Combined, they create something truly unique. At this exclusive event, nine prominent storage experts will join the presenters from Pure Storage in San Francisco to hear the latest announcements and technical deep dives on their all-flash storage portfolio. Mark your calendar, Pure Accelerate will be in San Francisco from June 12-14.