Deakin University graduates to all-flash with Pure Storage, driving digitisation and personalised student experiences

SYDNEY — 8 March 2018 — Pure Storage, the leading independent all-flash data platform vendor for the cloud era, today announced that Deakin University, one of Australia's most progressive and visionary universities, has deployed Pure Storage to support its distinctive student experiences and key digital initiatives.

A leader in driving higher education’s digital frontier, Deakin University’s world class research and facilities, award-winning services, and high graduate satisfaction are underpinned by advanced technology. Since the migration to Pure Storage, the university has already benefited from a 12 per cent performance improvement across the organisation, while managing up to twice as much storage space as it did three years ago, with the same number of resources and team members.

"We are laser-focused on building the best version of the future for our students, and that has to start with technology and infrastructure," said Craig Warren, Executive Director, ICT Infrastructure Services, Deakin University. “Our IT department is instrumental in providing personalised, digital advantages and applications for our students, staff, and faculty, and our underlying architecture needs to be both highly available and particularly agile to support this.

“Pure Storage stood out as the most powerful and resilient solution that could also accelerate our ability to deliver new and innovative services to our university community. All-flash ensures the continued availability and supportability of our services, caters to our growing performance and capacity requirements, and reduces our total cost of ownership and admin overhead considerably — now we have scale and innovation without disruption.”

The impact of all-flash is felt across multiple areas of the university. Deakin benefits from Pure Storage’s market-leading performance and out-of-the-box high compression rates, while maximising the long-term impact of its investment in IT infrastructure. Pure Storage’s solutions are simple to configure and implement, and the university was able to live migrate its workloads quickly and easily, without any downtime or cost to user experience. Pure Storage also integrated seamlessly with Deakin’s automation provisioning and homegrown platform, providing the most robust APIs and web services.

“Pure Storage makes it easy to put the student experience first and keep our services highly available, while also giving us more time to focus on personalised solutions that remain a key competitive differentiator for the university,” Craig Warren, Executive Director, ICT Infrastructure Services, Deakin University.

In addition to the availability and scalability of FlashArrays, Deakin University chose Pure Storage for its strength in the Australian market and quality customer support. The university was also impressed by Pure’s mature product roadmap, from incremental improvements to new features and emerging technologies like NVMe.

“Deakin University is recognised as one of the world’s top universities for providing a superior, student-centred education and experience,” said Mike Sakalas, Regional Vice President, Australia and New Zealand, Pure Storage. “The university’s decision to migrate to our all-flash storage solution is further proof that Pure is a disruptive market force in Australia, and the partner of choice for forward-thinking organisations. Even more importantly, we believe everyone benefits when students see improvements and increased personalisation and digitisation in their higher learning communities.”

About Pure Storage

Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG) helps customers build a better world with data. The Pure Storage Data Platform, powered by all-flash storage, offers a simpler, more effective, and more flexible solution for cloud infrastructure and data-rich applications like artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics. With Satmetrix-certified NPS performance in the top 1% of B2B companies, Pure has an ever-expanding range of customers who are some of the happiest in the world.

About Deakin University

Deakin, named after Australia's second Prime Minister, is a young contemporary university with a reputation for being innovative, nimble and friendly. We aspire every day to combine excellent research and outstanding teaching with a strong focus on the communities we serve. Deakin is ranked in the top 2 per cent of the world's universities in each of the major rankings, and ranking 213 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Deakin researchers are making a difference through world-class research and innovation. Deakin has a strong sense of community and serves as an economic, social and cultural catalyst enriching each of the communities it serves.

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