With Pure Storage, MPI Reduces Data Center Footprint by 95%, Achieves 10x Faster Time to Recovery

March 26, 2024

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 26, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Pure Storage® (NYSE: PSTG), the IT pioneer that delivers the world's most advanced data storage technologies and services, announced that Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans (MPI), a nonprofit organization that administers health and retirement benefits to the film industry, modernized its IT environment with Pure Storage to drive higher performance, greater efficiency, and business growth.

Customer Challenge:

Over 60,000 set designers, animators, and numerous other motion picture production workers across 30 film industry unions and guilds rely on MPI for their health and retirement benefits. Serving as a custodian for trust funds between industry unions and employers, MPI is dedicated to ensuring the welfare of participants, which includes robust measures to safeguard their personal data.

Faced with aging legacy systems and an escalating ransomware threat, MPI underwent a comprehensive overhaul of its IT operations to prioritize speed, scalability, and data protection.

Customer Impact:

MPI replaced its legacy systems with Pure Storage to achieve these goals, while also enhancing overall performance, efficiency, and recovery time. This transformation enables seamless support for a wide spectrum of tasks, ranging from pension payments to health eligibility and claims, reinforcing MPI's commitment to providing reliable and secure services for its participants. Benefits include:

  • Reduction in Data Center Footprint and Energy Costs: Always-on deduplication and compression make the most of MPI's storage capacity despite continuous replication and multiple copies of MPI's environment. A 13:1 compression rate and a resulting 95% reduction in storage racks - from 44 rack units to two - significantly reduced power and cooling costs and MPI's overall data center footprint.
  • Efficient Backup and Faster Time to Recovery: MPI replaced all its tape archives with FlashBlade//S for rapid backups and near-instant data recovery. MPI calculated time-to-restore from a complete ransomware loss to be less than two days with FlashBlade, compared to more than 18 days trying to recover from tape. Ultimately, FlashBlade has proven to be 10 times faster than MPI's previous system.
  • Enhanced System Performance and Scalability: MPI's IT team supports its employees with their daily technology needs, ranging from a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to databases to application development. Performance and scalability to meet growing data volumes was a key factor in MPI's purchasing decision of Pure Storage. Approximately 1,200 virtual machines, more than 200 VMware Horizon virtual desktops, and Microsoft SQL database workloads run on Pure Storage FlashArray.

Executive Insight:

"Embracing Pure Storage's all-flash portfolio over legacy tape was a strategic slam dunk for our organization. It goes beyond a mere transaction; it's a genuine partnership that has not only elevated our performance but also ensured the longevity of our critical IT systems. Pure Storage has become an integral part of our success story, providing a robust foundation that aligns with our goals for the long haul" – Andy Marosi, Sr. Manager, Infrastructure & Operations, MPI

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About Pure Storage
Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG) delivers the industry's best platform to store, manage, and protect the world's data. With a cloud experience across a unified storage operating environment, Pure Storage empowers every organization with the agility to meet evolving data requirements at speed and scale, while reducing total cost of ownership. Pure believes it can make a meaningful impact in reducing data center emissions worldwide by providing a storage platform that enables customers to significantly reduce their carbon and energy footprint. Pure is proud to be a customer-first organization, as evidenced by the highest Net Promoter Score in the industry. For more information, visit www.purestorage.com.

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