Cost-Effective Scalability with FlashArray and FlashBlade


Customer:

Black Duck Software helps more than 2,000 companies worldwide secure and manage open source software. To do so, Black Duck relies on the data in its KnowledgeBase™, the world’s most comprehensive database of open source license and vulnerability information. Black Duck accesses and updates the KnowledgeBase 24/7, making the storage platform for all that data a vital element of the company’s IT infrastructure. Black Duck has standardized on FlashArray™ and FlashBlade™ products from Pure Storage® for their performance, non-disruptive scalability, effortless storage management, and cost-effectiveness.

Challenges:

  • Ever-increasing data volumes required more storage, but adding capacity proved to be difficult, complicating long-range IT planning.
  • Insufficient IOPS on spinning-disk storage system limited utilization of data resources.

Use Case:

  • Database – Postgres®
  • VSI – VMware® vSphere®

Business Transformation:

  • By deploying FlashBlade and FlashArray systems, Black Duck can introduce new services for customers more quickly, cut capital and operating costs, and reduce the burden of storage management.

IT Transformation:

  • Faster data imports to the KnowledgeBase provide DevOps customers with up-to-date information on millions of open source projects.
  • Data-reduction rates as high as 19:1 reduce the footprint and cost of storage.
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“FlashBlade met all our criteria — high performance, a reduced data-center footprint, very low power draw, and an architecture optimized for unstructured data.”
Kevin Smith, Senior Director of IT, Black Duck Software

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