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State and local government agencies are always looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies to shorten response times and enhance the service they provide to constituents. These efforts span everything from issuing a permit online, to performing more inspections or resolving tickets from citizens in a call center. All these advances have one thing in common— they require more agile, scalable, cost- effective data storage. Many government agencies have begun to incorporate flash storage into their data centers to improve efficiency and performance. Flash technology provides data access in microseconds—which can make online applications and data analytics perform lightning fast. Flash also lowers infrastructure costs by reducing server count, software licensing and power and cooling. Despite the clear performance gains flash storage exhibits, some government organizations are still purchasing disk and hybrid storage, largely because of the perception that flash is cost- prohibitive. However, flash is now more affordable than ever and is available at a price point on par with, or even less than traditional spinning disk alternatives. Flash Storage in Action With all-flash storage, agencies can actually increase their storage capacity and reduce costs. Flash offers not only better performance, but also improved data reduction, higher capacity and scalability, which all drive efficiency in government. While the usage of flash in government is diverse, it’s especially important areas like emergency response, where all-flash arrays can ensure immediate data transfer at the scene of an accident. Video recording and transmission is another growing area of interest. All - flash arrays can provide governments with crisp, clean images in real time for everything from court hearings to police surveillance. Cost-effective Flash Storage is a Reality “Removing the cost barrier of flash is the key to broad adoption,” says Vaughn Stewart, Pure Storage Vice President and Enterprise Architect. “The all-flash platforms incorporate comprehensive data reduction technologies in their architectural design; automatically and without loss of performance.” Data Reduction: Pure Storage all-flash arrays have a robust set of data reduction technologies, including data compression, deduplication, deep reduction and pattern removal. That means you end up buying less storage because your existing applications take up less space on the array. These data reduction technologies help all-flash systems achieve a level of cost equilibrium with spinning disk storage, while continuing to exceed the performance levels of traditional hard drive systems by more than 10x. Evergreen Storage: Pure Storage also changes the cost conversation with a storage acquisition model called “Evergreen Storage,” where maintenance pricing remains flat or lower for the lifetime of the array. Every three years, as long as the customer stays current on their maintenance plan, Pure Storage will update the array with the latest software updates and controller technology at no charge. Throughout the lifetime of the agreement, components that fail are also replaced, with no disruption or performance degradation. Data Security: Besides the lower long-term cost, Pure Storage all-flash arrays are fully secure out of the box with features such as data at rest encryption. By default, users are not able to disable the storage security features, meaning human error will never leave the infrastructure exposed. Those security features go a long way toward helping to protect citizen and government data and are included at no additional cost. Delivering Cloud-Like Efficiency As government puts more and more workloads in the cloud, IT leaders are realizing that the more cloud services constituents use, the higher their expectations are. They need to be able to deliver performance on par with a private cloud environment. To help their own infrastructures deliver speedy services to internal users, government IT organizations can leverage automated resource provisioning so they can provide sufficient resources to users on demand. Pure Storage offers self- provisioning to support the delivery of cloud services and makes the services offered via private cloud just as fast and reliable as those offered in the public cloud—only the government gets to keep data safe and secure in-house. Simplifying IT Operations Every element of Pure Storage is built to be simple across the storage lifecycle – from installation, through maintenance and upgrades. Storage administrators who previously spent hours troubleshooting issues have their nights and weekends back as their performance challenges have disappeared. City of Garland, TX calls Pure Storage, “Pure Magic.” With Pure Storage’s unique architecture and cost-effectiveness, agencies can take advantage of the performance and simplicity offered by all-flash to provide more robust online services to citizens, today and into the future. Flash Storage Drives New Efficiencies in Government GameChanger GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGY TO MEET AGENCY MISSIONS SPONSORED CONTENT For more information visit www.purestorage.com/government DATA STORAGE TECHNOLOGY 0116_GC_PureStorage.indd 5 1/26/16 5:44 AM
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