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ESSEC cuts student login access time by half with Pure Storage

Pure Storage supports ESSEC’s virtualised desktop environment with simple, fast and reliable Flash storage

Paris, 8. December 2015 – Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG), the market’s leading independent solid-state array vendor, announced today that ESSEC Business School, a leader in higher education who is internationally renowned, implemented Pure Storage’s FlashArray to increase the performance of its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).  As a result, student’s computer login access time decreased by 50%.

ESSEC switched to a VMware Horizon View virtualised desktop infrastructure environment quite some time ago, but realized then that the disk storage became a bottleneck, in particular with regards to performance. To find a reliable and robust technical solution, ESSEC decided to call on the expertise of their integrator, AntemetA. They encouraged the business school to test the Pure Storage FlashArray. ESSEC deployed between October and December 2014, 600 workstations with 100% flash Pure Storage FlashArray. Then, In January 2015, an additional 600 self-service workstations were also switched over to the Pure Storage array. In May 2015, ESSEC deployed a second Pure Storage array to enable a 50/50 load balancing charge. Today, the 1,200 virtualised desktops use only 4TB of flash instead of the required 40 TB with hard drives, all with much more speed and simplicity in the technical operation.

“The challenge for virtualised desktops for students is the fact that they have a wide variety of needs and requirements: population’s compute and access requirements vary greatly. [delete: is very heterogeneous]: on one hand in terms of the various high tech devices they bring in and on the other hand with regards to their computer knowledge levels," says Olivier Le Mao, Systems Manager at ESSEC Business School.

"This is why we needed a very simple, high-performance solution, working right away and with top support. We have all that with Pure Storage, plus guarantees in terms of performance, data deduplication and compression. It helped us to avoid adding ten classic disk shelves, which dramatically reduced the footprint of our data centers. Furthermore, instead of costing us 3 years of our IT budget, which any other similar solution with a hard disk array would have cost, working with the Pure Storage solution cuts this back to only one year’s budget.”


“Investing and deploying VMware Horizon View and then not have it working optimally due to a storage delay is unacceptable,” adds Yann Le Borgne, Country Manager France at Pure Storage. “World class universities need world class technology to allow students to maximize learning. And with our Evergreen program we make sure it will stay that way for a very long time!”


About Pure Storage, Inc.

Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG) accelerates possible, transforming businesses in ways previously unimagined. The company’s disruptive, software-driven storage technology combined with a customer-friendly business model drives business and IT transformation for customers through dramatic increases in performance and efficiency at lower costs. Pure Storage FlashArray//m is simpler, faster and more elegant than any other technology in the datacentre. FlashArray //m is ideal for the move toward big data and for performance-intensive workloads such as cloud computing, database systems, desktop virtualization, real-time analytics and server virtualisation. With Pure's industry leading NPS score of 79, Pure customers are some of the happiest in the world, and include large and mid-size organisations across a range of industries: cloud-based software and service providers, consumer web, education, energy, financial services, governments, healthcare, manufacturing, media, retail and telecommunications. With Pure Storage, companies push the boundaries of what's possible to become faster, smarter and more innovative. To learn more, visit:

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