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Ballance Agri-Nutrients Adds Nourishing All-Flash Arrays from Pure Storage

Farmer-owned cooperative uses Pure Storage to improve performance and deliver better outcomes so member farmers can be “future-ready.”

Summary

Ballance Agri-Nutrients is a farmer-owned co-operative that is New Zealand’s largest producer and distributor of fertilizer and other nutrient products for use on soil and animals. Ballance uses a Pure Storage FlashArray to improve the performance of SAP and other key applications, deliver better outcomes for customers, and radically streamline storage management.

Industry

  • Manufacturing / Agriculture

GEO

  • New Zealand

Use Cases

  • Virtual Server Infrastructure – VMware® vSphere®
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – Citrix®
  • SAP® – ERP, CRM, e-commerce, supply chain
  • Database – Microsoft® SQL Server 

Website

Challenges

  • Legacy storage was at the end of life and was exhibiting high latencies.
  • Complexity of storage management taxed the resources of a small IT staff.

Results

Business Transformation

Customer-owners see accelerated response times on an innovative farm-management portal. VDI performance is noticeably faster, and the IT staff has virtually no demands for storage management.

IT Transformation

  • Performance of customer-facing web portal has more than doubled.
  • Data reduction of more than 3:1 reduces storage footprint and operating costs.
  • Pure Evergreen Storage program makes long-term costs predictable and stable.

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