|By Business Wire||
|February 6, 2014 08:08 AM EST||
Pure Storage, the all-flash enterprise storage array company, today announced Forever Flash™, a new business model that changes the way customers purchase and maintain enterprise storage. The model is designed to significantly reduce storage ownership costs over the deployment lifecycle and offer a continual in-place equipment upgrade plan that eliminates storage downtime and the need for traditional costly and risky ‘forklift upgrades.’
“Our research consistently tells us that maintaining traditional storage infrastructure is a major pain point for IT managers, resulting in additional cost and sometimes risk for the business,” said Simon Robinson, Vice President, Storage at 451 Research. “Pure Storage has designed the long-term maintenance of its arrays into the product, offering a fresh—and long overdue—alternative to the traditional storage sales model. We believe this approach will be well-received by customers and look forward to seeing how the rest of the industry responds.”
Until now, Pure Storage sold its flash arrays and maintenance and service contracts (M&S) in nearly the same way as most storage vendors. As of today, Pure Storage is innovating a new approach that is designed to reduce both lifetime cost and complexity for customers. Once customers make an initial equipment purchase, they can optimize their storage ownership lifecycle and M&S contracts according to their needs. The Forever Flash model has two dimensions:
- “Fresh Every Upgrade” enables customers who are expanding their storage arrays (either by adding capacity or upgrading controllers) to reset their maintenance on the entire array to the then-current first-year rates, typically enabling customers to experience a reduction in the cost/TB of maintenance over time.
- “Free Every Three” enables storage buyers to receive a controller upgrade every three years when they renew their maintenance agreements in years four or seven (an additional two years of maintenance must be purchased at this time to qualify for the controller upgrade). The program also allows customers to pre-buy five years of maintenance, receiving a controller refresh on year three. Combined with Pure’s non-disruptive controller upgrades, Forever Flash keeps enterprise applications running on the latest hardware with no downtime.
To illustrate the benefits of Forever Flash, consider this scenario: assume an enterprise storage purchase occurs with an equipment cost of $500,000. The common industry practice is to charge an 8-15% plus per-year maintenance fee that steps up over a three- or five-year period. As the array ages the maintenance rates rise, and the customer must choose to either pay ever-increasing maintenance rates, or buy a whole new array, and undergo a complex forklift upgrade to a next generation product, which can take weeks to plan and execute. By contrast, with Pure Storage Forever Flash, a customer could re-base their maintenance and support fees to ‘Year One’ maintenance rates every time they upgrade their controllers or expand capacity. If that customer would rather keep equipment expenditures down, they could instead opt to have their controllers upgraded every three years with the Free Every Three option. There is no painful equipment upgrade cycle at the end, because the all-flash array controllers can be upgraded non-disruptively and expansion shelves can be added without interrupting availability.
“Pure Storage is transforming the way we manage our storage investments by offering options to extend the life of our systems while simplifying and reducing the costs of maintenance and support,” said David Abbott, Manager, IT Infrastructure Engineering, TripPak SERVICES® & ACS Advertising, A Xerox Company. “We are already taking advantage of improved lifecycle management through the non-disruptive upgrades provided by Pure’s FlashArray and we look forward to taking advantage of Forever Flash.”
“The industry shift from hard disk to flash will drive down data storage costs to the lowest levels we’ve ever seen,” remarked Scott Dietzen, CEO of Pure Storage. “Part of the reduction will come in more efficient equipment, and the other part will come from innovative vendors who put an end to archaic industry practices including out-of-control maintenance contracts and the need to forklift-upgrade equipment every three to five years.”
Customer Availability and Details for Pure Storage Channel Partners
Forever Flash is a global program available through most Pure Storage partners, but participation may vary. Forever Flash creates opportunity for the channel by driving demand generation, strengthening account ownership and increasing chances of greater profitability.
“Forever Flash fundamentally is about customer choice, giving them the ability to choose for reasons that make sense to them––not the vendor––the level and timing of Capex vs. Opex that is most beneficial to them. Our sales reps can open new doors and up-level discussions around flash to C-level executives who care about operational and capital savings (which is inherent in Pure Storage FlashArray) and now also available in the pricing model. Enabling customers to shift IT budgets from Capex to Opex and eliminate costly forklift upgrades or maintenance renewals demonstrates long term value to customers, who appreciate the simplified ownership and upgrade model,” said John Woodall, VP of Engineering, Integrated Archive Solutions. “Delivering both business and technology value, Pure Storage FlashArray means higher customer attach and renewal rates, thereby delivering higher profitability for partners.”
For more information about Forever Flash, visit www.purestorage.com/foreverflash.htm.
About Pure Storage
Pure Storage, the all-flash enterprise storage company, enables the broad deployment of flash in the data center. When compared to traditional disk-centric arrays, Pure Storage all-flash enterprise arrays are 10x faster and 10x more space and power efficient at a price point that is less than performance disk per gigabyte stored. The Pure Storage FlashArray is ideal for high performance workloads, including server virtualization, desktop virtualization (VDI), database (OLTP, real-time analytics) and cloud computing. For more information, visit www.purestorage.com.
Connect with Pure Storage:
Read the blog: http://www.purestorage.com/blog
Follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PureStorage
Visit on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PureStorage
Watch our video: You Know You Want Flash, Right?
The Pure Storage and "P" logo marks, Purity Operating Environment, Forever Flash and RAID-3D are trademarks of Pure Storage, Inc. All other trademarks or names referenced in this document are the property of their respective owners.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place in November in Silicon Valley, California.
Feb. 26, 2017 09:15 PM EST Reads: 2,399
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
Feb. 26, 2017 09:15 PM EST Reads: 6,168
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
Feb. 26, 2017 09:00 PM EST Reads: 8,956
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
Feb. 26, 2017 08:45 PM EST Reads: 1,975
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Feb. 26, 2017 08:45 PM EST Reads: 5,137
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitrons Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Hitrons Solutions Inc. is distributor in the North American market for unique products and services of small and medium-size businesses, including cloud services and solutions, SEO marketing platforms, and mobile applications.
Feb. 26, 2017 08:30 PM EST Reads: 674
WebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, looked at differ...
Feb. 26, 2017 08:30 PM EST Reads: 7,150
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
Feb. 26, 2017 07:45 PM EST Reads: 2,050
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Carter, CEO of Approyo, will discuss the basic set up and solution for an SAP solution in the cloud and what it means to the viability of your company. Chris Carter is CEO of Approyo. He works with business around the globe, to assist them in their journey to the usage of Big Data in the forms of Hadoop (Cloudera and Hortonwork's) and SAP HANA. At Approyo, we support firms who are looking for knowledge to grow through current business process, where even ...
Feb. 26, 2017 07:30 PM EST Reads: 1,136
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.
Feb. 26, 2017 06:45 PM EST Reads: 2,351
Addteq is one of the top 10 Platinum Atlassian Experts who specialize in DevOps, custom and continuous integration, automation, plugin development, and consulting for midsize and global firms. Addteq firmly believes that automation is essential for successful software releases. Addteq centers its products and services around this fundamentally unique approach to delivering complete software release management solutions. With a combination of Addteq's services and our extensive list of partners,...
Feb. 26, 2017 06:00 PM EST Reads: 930
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain.
Feb. 26, 2017 05:30 PM EST Reads: 1,973
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, John Jelinek IV, a web developer at Linux Academy, will discuss why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers...
Feb. 26, 2017 05:30 PM EST Reads: 2,151
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
Feb. 26, 2017 05:15 PM EST Reads: 1,902
Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud apps and will shift more than half of all workloads to the cloud by 2018. Such cloud investments have delivered measurable benefits. But they’ve also resulted in some unintended side-effects: complexity and risk. ...
Feb. 26, 2017 05:00 PM EST Reads: 2,148