Pure's Evergreen Upgrades Delivered Seamlessly with No Downtime


Customer:

The Agriculture and Rural Economy (ARE) Directorate, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, operates within the Scottish Government and plays a key role in Scotland’s rural economy. As well as interpreting EU regulations and assessing the validity of farmers’ subsidy claims, it is also responsible for paying subsidies directly to farmers. With over 20,000 farmers claiming through ARE each year, the directorate pays out £750m in subsidies annually.

Challenges:

  • Existing storage struggled to cope as VDI environment grew to encompass over 400 named users.
  • Increasing build times meant developers were wasting valuable time.
  • Replication to fail oversight had become complicated and difficult to manage.
  • Alternative enterprise-grade storage solutions were overcomplicated and expensive, especially when it came to upgrades.

Use Case:

Business Transformation:

The simplified data replication and seamless upgrade process provided by Pure Storage has created a high-performing, resilient infrastructure, freeing up management time and allowing the Scottish Government’s ARE Directorate to focus on the applications that support Scotland’s rural economy.

IT Transformation:

  • Pure Storage deployment has halved build times, saving each developer more than twenty hours per month.
  • Pure Storage FlashArray provides greater than 4:1 data reduction.
  • Evergreen business model delivers long-term cost savings, amplifying the arrays’ ROI.
  • Upgrades are delivered seamlessly with no downtime, disruption or performance issues.

“Many vendors promise no downtime, but it is very rare when that is delivered. Through the Pure Evergreen Storage model we upgraded our FA405 to the M20 and were told there would be no outage.”

Neill Smith, Head of IT infrastructure
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