Pure Storage has added an extra tier of block flash storage to its as-a-service products, added Microsoft Azure to Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a location for its cloud block storage, and will now offer the Cisco-partnered converged infrastructure product FlashStack as a consumable operational expenditure (opex) offering.

The moves form part of what Pure calls its As-a-Service 2.0 offering. The flash storage pioneer offers just about its entire product range on an as-a-service basis, although it won’t disclose what proportion the opex model comprises in relation to purchased products.

Pure as-a-Service makes all the company’s products available by the tier of storage specified by the customer. These range from the extremely high-performance Block Ultra, which is targeted at SAP Hana and demanding database workloads, through Block Premium and Performance which aim at more mainstream use cases, to UFFO (Unified File and Object) Ultra and Premium. These are aimed at

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