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Cloud Block Store for AWS - Pure Storage

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Solution Overview

Having a cloud data management strategy is an important part of managing a virtualized, modern data center. This is a complex landscape, and there are a number of ways to get to a hybrid cloud approach to managing data. This lab is designed to give users an idea of how to achieve a CDM strategy with Pure Storage. This lab assumes users have a basic working knowledge of Amazon Web Services but does not require users to be a cloud expert. 

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Customers have several choices when deploying the Cloud Formation Stack in AWS depending on their resource needs. WWT has deployed and licensed a small instance of cloud block store which consists of the following configuration:

  • 2 X EC2 Controller Instances - c5n.9xlarge
  • 7 X EC2 Virtual Drive Instances - i3.2xlarge (1.9TB of instance Store Each)
  • 7 x EBS io1 Volumes 18 GB 900 IOPS each
  • 15 X network interfaces
  • 3 X Security Groups
  • IAM role for Service Catalog
  • S3

Industry-leading efficiency and high data reduction rates with always-on thin provisioning, de-duplication and compression to ensure capacity is delivered economically.

Goals & Objectives

This lab allows customers to experience Pure Cloud Block Store. In addition to gaining an understanding of CBS customers can use WWT's IO-Gen tool developed in Ansible to provision EC2 hosts, attach iSCSI storage to those hosts and run synthetic benchmarks on the CBS platform.

Hardware & Software

Small CBS deployment consists of:

  • Purity Software on AWS Resources
  • 2 X EC2 Controller Instances - c5n.9xlarge
  • 7 X EC2 Virtual Drive Instances - i3.2xlarge (1.9TB of instance Store Each)
  • 7 x EBS io1 Volumes 18 GB 900 IOPS each
  • 15 X network interfaces
  • 3 X Security Groups
  • IAM role for Service Catalog
  • S3


Users will have the option of spinning up EC2 workers and generating workloads against Small CBS deployment.

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