With Pure Storage, the City of Bloomington Reduces Data Center Footprint by 85%, While Driving Financial Flexibility and IT Performance

April 2, 2024

City of Bloomington, IL optimizes citizen services without compromising cost or sustainability using Pure Storage

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Pure Storage® (NYSE: PSTG), the IT pioneer that delivers the world's most advanced data storage technologies and services, announced that the City of Bloomington, located in the heart of Central Illinois, is leveraging Pure Storage's platform to drive financial flexibility, on-demand scale, and sustainability, while improving citizen services in the digital age.

Customer Challenge:

Home to approximately 80,000 citizens, the City of Bloomington is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country and boasts a robust economy, resulting from a diverse mix of sectors - from manufacturing and medicine to education and entertainment, among others.

Due to fiscal challenges in the past, the city was forced to make strategic cutbacks that affected critical infrastructure investments, including data storage systems. Over the course of a decade, the combination of expired storage system support contracts and makeshift solutions, like jump drives and low-cost arrays, added significant complexity to the city's IT management and maintenance efforts.

The growing volume of public safety data, however, prompted a shift back to IT modernization leveraging Pure Storage's reliable, efficient, and secure data storage platform.

Customer Impact:

Pure Storage, consumed via an Evergreen//Flex™ subscription, provides financial flexibility, simplicity, and performance to support the City of Bloomington's delivery of critical citizen services. Benefits include:

  • Reduced Data Center Footprint: Pure Storage helps the City of Bloomington efficiently manage data growth to serve citizens in the digital age, without the added footprint. With Pure Storage, the City's storage went from 48U to 7U in the data center, representing an 85% reduction. As a result, the City's IT team gains greater efficiency to focus on other critical initiatives, including creating data retention policies and contributing to regional efforts to bolster the local economy through innovation.
  • Flexible, Grow-as-you-Go Data Storage: Leveraging Pure Storage FlashArray™ via an Evergreen//Flex subscription gives the City of Bloomington the flexibility to pay only for the amount of storage used, with the advantages of on-premises storage ownership. The City now has ongoing access to the latest hardware, monitored and managed 24/7 by Pure Storage. At the same time, the City now has full visibility into its storage environment via the Pure1® AIOps management console.
  • Faster Access to Critical Data: Public safety, including the increasing use of police body cameras, was driving exponential data growth for the City of Bloomington. However, with public safety videos residing on Pure Storage FlashArray, which is optimized for capacity, the City gains faster access to this critical safety data for its citizens. FlashArray also serves as the backup repository for Veeam, which the City uses together with SafeMode™ Snapshots for fast recovery in the event of a cyber (or physical) incident.

Executive Insight:

"Pure Storage has revolutionized our approach to IT with unparalleled flexibility, simplicity, and performance across our data storage environment. It's like pressing the 'easy button,' making everything better. With Pure Storage, we now carry the confidence of constant vigilance, providing significant peace of mind, while gaining the ability to effectively deliver and scale superior citizen services." – Craig McBeath, Director of IT, City of Bloomington

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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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