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Revamping data storage for the digital era: Pure Storage


“We’re market leaders because we’re constantly innovating, and delivering that innovation to you.”

Pure Storage, a company manufacturing all-flash data storage hardware and software products, was founded in 2009 by John Colgrove and John Hayes. It is a public company that has its headquarters in Mountain View California. Their products use flash-based drives and are faster than traditional hard disks. They make use of proprietary de-duplication and compression software to enhance the storage capabilities of their products.

Pure Storage changes the way people build technology. Among data storage companies, they defy industry conventions, and by pairing their partners and customers with their ‚Äčelegantly‚Äč simple solutions they hope to forever change expectations of what’s possible from a data storage company. They come with the humble aspiration to accelerate the speed of human progress with their radically simple, all-flash enterprise storage technology. Standing out among enterprise data storage companies, they’re driven by their belief that storage isn’t just a place to put things, it’s a powerful force to be unleashed - a force that will remove the limitations on those building the world of today, so they can erase the word “impossible” from tomorrow. They are focused on their customers' success – accelerating their data and applications to produce results previously unimaginable.


FlashArray is the first all-flash, 100% NVMe shared accelerated storage designed for mainstream enterprise deployments. FlashArray//X is the first all-flash, 100% NVMe storage solution designed for all your apps – both mainstream enterprise and next-gen web-scale. Delivering up to 3PB effective in 6U with support for FC, iSCSI, and NVMe over Fabrics connectivity via DirectFlash™ technology, //X is more efficient than ever – and an Evergreen™ upgrade.


FlashBlade™ is the industry's most advanced storage for unstructured data, consolidating complex data silos to optimize infrastructure and accelerate tomorrow's discoveries and insights. Pure’s FlashBlade™ product delivers performance that grows linearly with more data. It is built to scale to billions of files/objects and beyond. An elastic scale-out architecture at every level, FlashBlade simply expands with your data.


ObjectEngine™ platform helps organizations realize rapid backup, recovery, and data reuse, seamlessly between private and public clouds. The ObjectEngine™ platform is the industry's first data protection solution born from flash and cloud to truly protect modern enterprises. Now you can realize rapid backup, recovery, and data reuse, seamlessly between private and public clouds.


Pure1® provides simple cloud-based management and effortless predictive support with full-stack analytics and the AI-driven power of Pure1 Meta™. Pure1® broke barriers with simple cloud-based management and effortless predictive support. Now we’ve added full stack analytics and the AI-driven power of Pure1 Meta™ – the global predictive intelligence enabling our vision for self-driving storage.

Cloud Data Services

Run mission-critical enterprise apps seamlessly in the cloud with this industrial-strength block storage. Run mission-critical enterprise apps seamlessly in the cloud using Pure Storage Cloud Block Store. Pure bridges the cloud divide with this industrial-strength block storage. Build your apps once – and run them anywhere.

A rendezvous with the CIO, Cathleen Southwick

Cathleen Southwick joined Pure Storage in 2018 as Chief Information Officer. In this role, she leads Pure’s global IT strategy and advances the company’s operations through the delivery of next-generation technology capabilities and systems.

Cathy is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of experience defining and executing forward-looking IT strategies. Prior to cure, Cathy held leadership positions at AT&T, she also led the planning and execution of IT strategies from the Core Network, IT application modernisation and the IT cloud.

Before joining AT&T, she spent 11 years at Viking Freight System where she held escalating leadership positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saint. Mary’s College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

“You’ve found the place where forward-thinking organizations move, put down roots, and never leave. Here, the might of our all-flash technology grows competitive advantage so powerful it almost seems unfair.”