Pure Storage announced FlashStack CI, a new line of converged infrastructure solutions that consists of reference architectures, deployment and sizing guidelines, and single-call support. Delivered as a pre-validated turnkey solution, the initial configurations combine Pure Storage FlashArray 400 Series arrays with Cisco UCS blade servers, Cisco Nexus switches, VMware vSphere 5, and VMware Horizon 6.
The new converged infrastructure offering from the all-flash enterprise storage company caps off a busy and successful year. Pure Storage reached a $3 billion valuation after raising $225 million last spring, and then purchased 100 patents from IBM in the summer. Last month the company introduced its "forever flash" program as a fresh approach to array lifecycle management - taking the storage acquisition and maintenance business model to a new level.
Pure Storage says it will use FlashStack authorized support partners within its Pure Storage Partner Program to deliver the solutions to enterprise and service provider customers. Prime use cases for FlashStack storage are virtual server and virtual desktop deployments. Working closely with VMWare Pure Storage offers FlashStack CI for VMWare Horizon for virtual desktops, and FlashStack CI for VMware vSphere for virtual servers.
“As an industry leading integrator of Cisco-centric converged data center infrastructures, Datalink is pleased to add FlashStack to our suite of offerings. We have already installed FlashStack in our lab and in production environments, and stand ready to provide our customers with a single point of accountability – spanning design, installation, support, and management – for this multi-vendor, converged solution,” Shawn O’Grady, chief operating officer at Datalink, said in a statement. “We are pleased to be expanding our partnership with Pure Storage as the first FlashStack Authorized Support partner in the United States.”
Adding global availability next year, the FlashStack CI solutions with single-call support are now available in select regions supported by FlashStack ASPs.