San Benedetto del Tronto Deploys Pure Storage to Improve Services for Citizens

The Municipality is leading a digital transformation project to go paperless and enhance online services for a region badly affected by earthquakes

 

Milan, Italy, October 12, 2018 - Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG), the all-flash storage platform that helps innovators build a better world with data, has been chosen by the Municipality of San Benedetto del Tronto, to drive the digital transformation of the region. The Municipality will use Pure Storage technology to help simplify and speed up interactions with citizens, increase its online services on a territorial level, and become a paperless administration, improving quality of experience and relationship with citizens.

Efficient data storage plays a key role in achieving success, which is why the municipality introduced Pure’s 100% NVMe FlashArray technology, to run servers for mission-critical functions related to email, document management, application servers, as well as civil registry, taxes and financial flows. Workloads are distributed on different machines managing eight terabytes of data. As a result of deploying Pure’s technology, data compression is up to a factor of 3.8: 1, and there has been an estimated 20 percent reduction of storage management costs.

The Municipality is leading an important project aiming to create a single portal of services that will serve 64 municipalities in its region. The portal will be dedicated to territorial and cadastral services, the government’s Open Data, regulated data, online payments and electronic invoicing. The project, which is expected to be completed in 2020, required significant improvements to its IT systems. The Municipality manages two data centers, one of which is dedicated to disaster recovery, and works actively to improve the services of the IT area.

The initiative has deep social implications, as Amandola, Force and Arquata are among the municipalities involved in the project, all of which have been affected by earthquakes in recent years. Improving IT and online services is integral to the rejuvenation of the area. Citizens will benefit from simplified processes and a more streamlined relationship with the public administration.

"We want to become a landmark for our province, and we think the recovery of our region can be supported by digital tools. Pure Storage is integral to helping us meet those demands," said Mauro Cecchi, Director of Organizational Development and Information Systems of the Municipality.

Another challenge the Municipality faces is future-proofing its IT infrastructure, to be able to stand up to future requirements of the Agency for Digital Italy (AgID), which prompted the initial transformation in the region. The next steps are the transition to the cloud in order to increase flexibility, efficiency, and greater environmental friendliness, with the aim of becoming a paperless administration.

"Pure Storage helps us improve our system performance. We appreciate its disruptive and innovative approach to technology. Flash represents a real revolution in the IT sector, because it guarantees excellence at the right price." Mauro Cecchi continued: "It also allows us to save time, labour and physical space for hardware, cutting electricity costs. We estimate savings of around 20% of management costs.”

Before choosing Pure, the Municipality evaluated other solutions, but the performance in terms of data compression and speed of access and processing were the decisive factor that guided the purchase decision. Another element that influenced the choice was the ease and speed of implementation, which was important given that the Municipality is under a deadline to deliver results.

"We are pleased to support the Municipality of San Benedetto del Tronto in this ambitious project. Pure believes that having the right infrastructure in place really contributes to building a more efficient and dynamic relationship with citizens, having a positive impact on the entire territory. This project will set a great example for Italian public administration," commented Mauro Bonfanti, Regional Director Italy, Pure Storage.

About Pure Storage

Pure Storage(NYSE: PSTG) helps innovators build a better world with data. Pure's data solutions enable SaaS companies, cloud service providers, and enterprise and public sector customers to deliver real-time, secure data to power their mission-critical production, DevOps, and modern analytics environments in a multi-cloud environment. One of the fastest growing enterprise IT companies in history, Pure Storage enables customers to quickly adopt next-generation technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, to help maximize the value of their data for competitive advantage. And with a certified NPS customer satisfaction score in the top one percent of B2B companies, Pure's ever-expanding list of customers are among the happiest in the world.

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