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Pure Accelerate 2024 live: All the news and updates from the day-two keynote

We're back with another live blog for day-two at Pure Accelerate 2024 in Las Vegas – keep tabs on all the news and announcements here

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Welcome back to ITPro’s live coverage of day-two Pure Accelerate 2024. There’s a busy final day in store here at Resorts World Las Vegas, kicking off with a slightly shorter opening keynote at 9am PT. 

Yesterday, we heard all bout the exciting new announcements from Pure Storage, including its new AI copilot, its cyber security and cyber resiliency offerings, and updates to its platform. 

Expect more updates along the same lines today in both the opening keynote and the closing keynote at 4pm PT with a special guest speaker.

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We're up bright and early here at Resorts World, partly due to a touch of jet lag. But there's not long to go now until the opening keynote here at Pure Accelerate 2024. 

Across the week, we can expect to hear a lot about cloud storage and how this relates to the ongoing generative AI boom. At last year's event, this was a key talking point, but in the year since then the pace of change has been lightning fast. 

Pure Storage firmly believes it's the go-to storage provider for enterprises dabbling in generative AI at the moment, largely due to its all-flash storage offerings providing significant performance benefits for those innovation at scale. 

Sustainability was also a key talking point at Pure Accelerate 2023, and we can expect that to continue at this year's event. 

While this has been a recurring topic for years now, the emergence of generative AI and the environmental impact of data center operations has very much brought this back into the public eye. 

You can read more about Pure's approach to sustainability - and how it plans to fix up the data storage industry - below. 

Sustainability is more than a flash-in-the-pan topic for the data storage industry

Pure Storage has had a strong start to 2024, having recently posted strong reports in its Q1 earnings report for fiscal year 2025. 

Revenue is up at Pure, reaching $693.5 million - equivalent to an 18% increase year-over-year. Elsewhere, subscription services revenue reached $346.1 million, up 23% year-over-year.

These represent positive figures for Pure given it contends with intense competition in the storage market, butting heads against industry heavyweights such as NetApp, HPE, and Dell EMC. 

Channel partners will be eager to see what's in store this week as well. In March, the firm unveiled a revamped channel partner program as part of a sweeping move to facilitate "greater partner empowerment, scale, and preference". 

The updated program includes a new pricing model framework, which Pure said is designed to provide partners with a simple product and services MSRP, as well as programmatic discounting based on partner type, tier, and deal registrations.

The company also confirmed updates to its channel quote configuration and pricing models during the update. This, Pure said at the time, aims to give partners the ability to provide quotes independently. 

You can read more about the updates below. 

Pure Storage unveils revamped channel partner program as firm records strong 2023 performance

There's less than an hour ago until the opening keynote at Pure//Accelerate 2024! 

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The lobby area is already filling up with eager Pure//Accelerate attendees excited to hear the coming announcements. Why not read up on some more coverage from this year's event to get a jump on the talking points:

Pure Storage looks to 'fundamentally change' cloud storage management with new AI copilot tool

How BT is driving sustainable IT through Pure Storage platforms

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Pure’s gone all out on the decoration this year - check out this branded Connect Four set!  

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The show floor is empty for now but expect it to fill up after the keynote. 

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It’s filling up in the keynote theatre - there’s even a countdown clock letting everyone know how long there is until the event kicks off. 

A band of drummers take to the stage to kick off the opening keynote. It's a mesmerizing display and definitely seems to get the crowds attention ahead of the announcements. 

Next up its a video from Pure to hype up the crowd, followed by Pure CMO Lynn Lucas. She thanks the audience and talks about the need to “rethink data storage,” lining up the schedule for the rest of the talk.  

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Now it’s time for Charlie Giancarlo, Pure’s CEO, who also takes a moment to thank the crowd. He outlines some of the new challenges facing businesses - AI, cyber security, applications modernization, and hybrid cloud optimization. 

We can’t use the same thinking to address these new challenges, Giancarlo says. Users need to start challenging assumptions about storage, such as in areas of IT provisioning and siloed data. 

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Giancarlo says Pure’s goal is to build a platform that is consistent, as-a-service, and fit to serve all storage needs. This depends on Pure’s Evergreen architecture and Pure’s Purity operating system, both flagship products of the company. Giancarlo calls them foundations.

He also mentions Pure Fusion and the ease of SaaS or, more specifically, Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS). Pure is promising to support “all of your workloads,” Giancarlo adds.  

He goes into some more detail on the Pure Storage platform, outlining, for example, how it can assist in AI training. To this end, Pure’s platform can access stored data directly. The Pure platform can also automatically tier and balance storage and data. 

Giancarlo covers some old ground, even going as far as to reflect on Pure’s years of experience and leadership in the industry. Pure does, however, want to lead the way to the “next era of data”. 

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Now Giancarlo introduces Pure GM Shawn Hansen to the stage who opens by talking about Pure’s Evergreen platform and the benefits it offers from its ability to be consistently and constantly updated - “you can add more seats and a faster engine without stopping the car”, he says. 

But what’s next? Well, Hansen is here to tell us. For example, Pure is introducing Secure Application Workspaces, its AI copilot for storage (which will apparently be “magic”), and the next generation of Pure Fusion.  

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This next generation of Pure Fusion (which will also apparently feel like “magic”) introduces a unified control plane for storage arrays and it will be introduced in three phases. 

Hansen then gets Prakash Darji onto the stage, Pure’s GM of digital experience. Darji hammers home the ease of SaaS and the superior capabilities of Evergreen//One over other “on-demand” models. 

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Darji moves on to talking about storage safety - cyber resiliency to be specific. On the back of that, Pure is announcing four new security capabilities, two of which are powered by AI. The other two are service level agreements (SLAs) designed to support customer cyber security.

Next up is Shawn Rosemarin, VP of R&D, customer engineering. He’s outlining application development, citing a Pure Storage report which predicts that 80% of new applications will be built on cloud native platforms. 

This shift, however, comes with challenges. Containerization at scale, for example, is an issue, while there is also a significant level of operational complexity apparent in hybrid cloud environments.   

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While compute and networking issues have been solved in the wider industry, storage has been “left behind”. That’s where Pure comes in, driving efficiency and modernization as a storage solution at the infrastructure level.

Rosemarin reinforces the simplicity, efficiency, and flexibility of Pure’s solutions, mentioning both a healthcare provider and a top global bank which were both able to optimize on Pure. 

After a quick video it’s time for a recap, followed swiftly by a customer success story from Jo Drake, CIO at online retailer THG. 

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After giving us a brief overview of her role and the company, Drake dives into how the firm employs Pure Storage’s services. She talks about how THG has a challenger mindset and that it’s always prepped for disruption. 

Drake says THG has been in the AI business for a long while and that it has been using it in a number of different ways. The firm built semantic search into its platform, for example. 

As AI is driven by data, Drake says, THG’s partnership with Pure has been key. It’s allowed them to more effectively manage data and operate on a unified data platform. 

Drake says THG is working on some “really exciting” things with Pure at the moment, while she also says THG could more widely converse with Pure to improve the partnership. Rather than just communication with the infrastructure team, she says it would be good to have even more collaboration in different departments.

As a closing note, Pure runs a video celebrating THG and announces that it will be giving THG a breakthrough award. Following that its legendary Pure Storage founder John ‘Coz’ Colgrove 

Coz has brought some props to the stage, including a new flash drive and a 3D model of the flash drive set to come along next year, both set to aid sustainability efforts and combat e-waste.

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Now it's time for a demo of the previously mentioned cyber security and anomaly detection tools, supported by another member of Pure (and a spinning stage screen!)

Coz then invites a software engineer from Pure onto the stage to demo Pure’s copilot for storage offering. The engineer shows off how the copilot can show users a ranking of their business's security posture against other organizations. 

Pure’s copilot certainly seems powerful, allowing customers to diagnose problems that would usually be difficult to find, as well as allowing users to update and improve security as a whole even when there’s no specific problem. 

Similarly, the copilot tool can help predict the future by analyzing past behavior within individual storage environments. It also offers recommendations based on this analysis. 

Next up, it's a run-through Pure Estimate. This platform offers users recommendations for storage updates and capacity expansion, fit with explanations of why recommendations have been made. 

Estimate helps to optimize business assets as well. Users can select a particular data center they want to optimize, as well as particular arrays within those data centers which can then be consolidated. 

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After a couple more awards (and after running a little over its allotted time), its time to wrap up the keynote. The crowd is given a little glimpse at the agenda and thematic focus for tomorrow’s keynote.

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The crowd filters out of the keynote theatre into the rest of the conference area. 

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It’s a bit quieter on the conference floor this morning as Pure//Accelerate attendees look around ahead of today's keynote talks and sessions. It’s possible that Pure has already covered its key announcements for the event, though the firm likely still has plenty to talk about. 

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The firm announced a range of new offerings yesterday, including a new AI copilot tool designed to simplify cloud management and a range of new service level agreements to better serve customer needs. Check out ITPro’s coverage here: 

Pure Storage looks to 'fundamentally change' cloud storage management with new AI copilot tool

Pure Storage tweaks SLAs amid sharpened focus on cyber resilience

Everyone is getting their morning hit of coffee outside the keynote theatre. 

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The same DJ is back up on the stage, spinning the usual mix of upbeat pop tracks to get everyone going! 

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It’s time to kick the proceedings off, this time with a slick promotional video from Pure. Following that, CMO Lynn Lucas takes to the stage to cheers from the crowd. She reflects a little on the previous day, asking who among the audience 

She says that the talking points for the day will be cyber security, AI, and application modernization, continuing on, it seems, from the previous day's main talking points. To dive into these themes further, she introduces Pure’s CTO Rob Lee to the stage.

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He starts of by talking about Pure’s customers, specifically with regard to the complex pace of change that faces said customers in the current environment. Ultimately, he says, businesses need a solid data storage strategy to tackle these issues. 

He mentions the important attributes of such a platform - performance, enterprise readiness, container readiness, and flexibility. He says Pure offers sustained performance, accusing some competitors of not offering the same thing. 

From an enterprise readiness perspective, storage solutions need to be secure, efficient, and reliable, while from a container readiness perspective, storage solutions need to be easily scalable.

Next up, it’s a speaker from Nvidia, Charlie Boyle who is preceded by a rousing, inspirationally scored video about the firm. Boyle is interviewed by Lee on stage, and both talk up the value partnership and collaboration between the two companies.

In line with Pure’s messaging, Boyle says that data is key in AI development. He also drive home the point that customers need to be flexible in their data use, as well as efficient and sustainable. 

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“Invest in architecture” that can grow with your business, Boyle says. After Lee asks him what advice he would give to companies looking to pursue AI, Boyle says that he thinks the importance should be placed on what will unlock the most value. They also discuss the recent SuperPOD certification announcement, unveiled at yesterday’s keynote.  

Boyle then leaves the stage to be replaced by a video announcing SoftBank as another of Pure’s breakout winners. Following that, Pure CIO Krithika Bhat jumps on the keynote stage to talk about cyber security.

She then invites Hector Monsegur and Kim LaGrue to the stage. Now working in cyber resilience and security, Monsegur used to himself be a hacker, having been involved in attacks on Sony and government websites. LaGrue is the CIO of the City of New Orleans. 

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LaGrue talks about cyber resilience within her role, explaining some of the issues she has faced with her department in terms of cyber security. Monsegur then talks more generally about how businesses can improve cyber security posture. 

He talks about the disconnect that can exist between executive-level policy decisions on cyber security, also explaining that companies need good cyber hygiene as well as secure and recoverable data. 

The discussion finishes off with a question for LaGrue, asking for her advice on risk reduction. She says technology and data resiliency should be top of mind, and that businesses should be prepared for any unexpected scenario.

Next to the stage is a speaker for the electric vehicle company Rivian. Namely, it’s one of the firm's software engineers, Joshua Crater. He talks about the mission of the company, to make a better world for future generations.

Under the hood, Rivian has undertaken three major initiatives to modernize. These were focused on areas of production efficiency, infrastructure resiliency, and as-a-service delivery, which Crater goes on to expand on.

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In terms of production efficiency, Rivian ran with Pure Storage’s Portworx and Flash Array offerings to up their game. On the infrastructure side the firm utilized similar Pure Storage solutions, Crater explains.

The firm also wanted to minimize developer wait time in terms of looking to as-a-service delivery. They utilized Pure’s platform to enable a greater level of developer self-service to drive efficiency. 

CMO Lynn Lucas is back to wrap up this morning’s keynote. She takes a moment to thank Pure’s sponsors and highlight a few of the day’s remaining sessions, including the conference’s final keynote with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps (which ITPro will be covering right here at 4pm PT!)

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The crowds file out onto the conference floor - make sure to check back in when we start our coverage of Pure//Accelerate 2024’s closing keynote.

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It’s time for the closing keynote here at Pure//Accelerate 2024 - the room is already filling up with attendees ready to here olympic swimmer Michael Phelps speak. 

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Shout out to the DJ who’s still going strong as the event draws to a close!

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Pure’s CMO is back on stage - she’s become quite a familiar face on the keynote stage at this conference! She opens up by saying how important sustainability is to Pure (even the Pure//Accelerate 2024 badges are recyclable, she says).

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Next up it’s Niki Armstrong, the firm’s chief legal officer (CLO). She begins by talking about data, the “lifeblood of every organization”. This data, in turn, is responsible for a huge amount of power consumption.  

The audience gets a sudden shock next - Pure cuts out the lights suddenly in the keynote theatre to symbolically express one of the main concerns in power consumption. Namely, a power outage. 

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Armstrong gets Merlin Kister from Intel on to the stage to talk sustainability further. Kister talks up Intel’s sustainability credentials, including the firm’s ability to reduce its emissions and it’s green-focused collaborations with Pure.

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Armstrong and Kister move on to AI, and the issue of sustainability in the context of this technology. The pair drill down on the issue, exploring the issues created in data center power consumption as a result of the huge compute demand for AI.

Kister says businesses should “assess” their current needs to drive power efficiency and performance efficiency. He also adds that businesses should find good collaborative partners for efficiency, as Intel and Pure have down. 

Following Armstrong and Kister it’s Pure COO Matt Burr who, in turn, goes on to introduce decorated athlete Michael Phelps (though not before Burr reads out an impressively long list of sporting achievements for the Olympic swimmer!)

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The pair go over a few of Phelps’ achievements when he gets on stage, too. The crowd is enthusiastic to hear from Phelps as he reminisces on previous Olympic games and talks about the pressure of competitive racing.

After finishing up the chat with Phelps, it’s time to wrap up Pure//Accelerate 2024. It’s certainly been an exciting conference packed full of speakers, sessions, and announcements - make sure to check out all our other coverage if you haven’t already!

Pure Storage looks to 'fundamentally change' cloud storage management with new AI copilot tool

How BT is driving sustainable IT through Pure Storage platforms

Pure Storage tweaks SLAs amid sharpened focus on cyber resilience