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Pure opens XtremIO, VMAX swap shop as Dell EMC party kicks off

Aiming to dampen Vegas festivities

Opening yet another front in the all-flash array wars, Pure Storage has announced an XtremIO and VMAX trade-in programme – timed, of course, to co-incide with the Dell EMC World shindig in Las Vegas.

Marketing hostilities started with a FUD – a blog by Pure product VP Matt Kixmoeller claiming Dell EMC was retreating from ground-up design all-flash arrays and favouring AFA retrofitting with its Unity (VNX) and VMAX arrays.

Pure, of course, claims it has no such problems and is powering ahead to a bright and shiny future, etc, with its FlashArray//X leading the way to NVMe nirvana.

It has announced an “NVMe Now” promotion running from now until October 31, with which XtremIO and VMAX customers can use a terabyte-for-terabyte trade-in programme if they buy a FlashArray//X. They can trade in and consolidate a portion of their existing installed XtremIO or VMAX capacity into the new array. Pure Storage will provide a trade-in credit for up to 25 per cent of the new FlashArray//X capacity.

Pure says there will be more details about this Evergreen on-ramp it is extending to XtremIO and VMAX customers on its blog, which wasn't available at the time of writing. ®

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