Pure Storage and Cornerstone

All-Flash Arrays Provide High Availability for Cornerstone OnDemand

Cloud-based provider offers clients faster access to critical applications, more frequent reports, and service-level agreements that exceed industry best of breed.

Summary

Cornerstone OnDemand is cloud-based provider of talent-management services with more than 2,700 clients worldwide. Cornerstone must meet stringent service-level agreements for clients, who depend on its services for a broad range of applications, from recruiting, on-boarding, and learning and development, to performance management, succession planning, workforce analytics and more. By adding Pure Storage arrays into its infrastructure, the company has improved the availability and reliability of crucial customer-facing applications while shortening application-development times and reducing resources spent on storage management.

Industry

  • Cloud Services

GEO

  • Global

Use Cases

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Challenges

Like any software-as-a-service business, Cornerstone has to deliver ultra-high reliability to its customers, and its contracts specify strict service-level agreements (SLAs) that can result in heavy penalties if those promises are not kept.

  • The company must meet stringent client SLAs for application availability.
  • Storage software upgrades must be done without disrupting client service.
  • The company needs seamless storage maintenance and life cycle management and a flexible approach to managing data growth and security.

Results

Business Transformation

Thanks to a new IT infrastructure incorporating Pure Storage arrays and SQL Server’s AlwaysOn features, Cornerstone OnDemand now offers its clients faster access to critical applications, more frequent reports, and service-level agreements that exceed industry best of breed.

IT Transformation

  • High-performing storage reduces time for database refreshes, leading to more timely reports for clients on how employees and managers are using key applications.
  • Non-disruptive upgrades preserve uninterrupted availability of applications.
  • Storage capacity can grow incrementally in synch with client expansion without forklift upgrades.
  • Enhanced storage efficiency enables significant cost savings and avoidance of software and hardware licenses.
  • Better-than-expected data-reduction rates reduce expenditures for additional storage.

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