Flash Storage Runs Crucial Demand Forecasting Application


Customer:

Waitrose, a major retail chain in the UK, directly drives order fulfillment with an in-house demand forecasting application. With the Pure Storage FlashArrays, Waitrose doesn’t have to over-spec on capacity, which means it has much more useable storage space. The demand forecast application is now running on much more efficient hardware, and able to leverage the amount of capacity Waitrose wants to dedicate. The Pure Storage FlashArrays also allowed Waitrose to reduce the size of its datacentre footprint by 75%. There’s more rack space to take advantage of, and it needs less power to run.

Challenges:

  • Running an in-house demand forecasting application to track data and drive order fulfillment.
  • Inefficient capacity usage with IBM V7000 storage system, with 80TB of unused space.
  • Incumbent disk array only met IOPS requirement through capacity overspecification (by 400%).

Use Case:

  • Database – SAS®, In-house applications

Business Transformation:

  • Waitrose uses all-flash storage to run a crucial demand forecasting application, which actively impacts the supermarket business’ supply chain and order fulfillment.

IT Transformation:

  • Increased overall flash storage performance matches IOPS requirements.
  • Achieved three to one compression ratio on non-production data, and just under three to one data ratio with production data.
  • Reduced datacentre footprint size by 75%.
“We’re very impressed by Pure Storage. We’re considering buying more storage both in the short and long term. We’re excited by what the company can bring.”
Aaron Denton, Infrastructure Development Manager, Waitrose