Storage & Data Center Solutions

Here's how one service provider deployed Pure Storage's all-flash at a major university

Managed services provider, NGage, has migrated Deakin University's workloads to Pure Storage all-flash storage in three weeks.

The tender process started in August with a decision being made in September.

Deakin, a public university with over 50,000 students in Geelong, Australia, has already experienced a 12 per cent improvement in performance since the migration. According to Pure Storage, the university now manages twice as much storage space as it did three years ago, with the same number of resources and staff.

“Pure Storage stood out as the most powerful and resilient solution that could also accelerate our ability to deliver new and innovative services to our university community," Deakin University executive director, ICT infrastructure services, Craig Warren, said.

"All-flash ensures the continued availability and supportability of our services, caters to our growing performance and capacity requirements, and reduces our total cost of ownership and admin overhead considerably — now we have scale and innovation without disruption.”

The university was able to live migrate its workloads without any downtime or cost to user experience, the vendor said. Pure Storage integrated seamlessly with Deakin’s automation provisioning and homegrown platform.

“Our IT department is instrumental in providing personalised, digital advantages and applications for our students, staff, and faculty, and our underlying architecture needs to be both highly available and particularly agile to support this," Warren said.

According to Pure Storage, Deakin was impressed by Pure’s mature product roadmap, from incremental improvements to new features and emerging technologies.

NGage was acquired by systems integrator, Cirrus Networks (ASX:CNW) in March 2017 for $2.5 million.

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“NGage has a brand, culture and blue chip client base complementary to our own and we are excited at the opportunities this presents for clients, staff and shareholders,” Cirrus Networks managing director, Matt Sullivan, said at the time. 

The deal marked Cirrus Networks’ second strategic acquisition since its founder and former CEO, Frank Richmond, moved into his executive director role to focus on the company’s acquisitions and growth opportunities across Australia.

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