Pure Storage announced continued customer momentum among SaaS providers. Performance, simplicity and non-disruptive upgrades channelled through Pure's one-of-a-kind Evergreen Storage program provide SaaS companies with the modern platform needed to reach new customers and industries with enhanced service level agreements and quicker time to market, as well as significantly lower operational expense.
The demand for ever-greater agility and efficiency has steered an explosion in the SaaS industry – meanwhile customer expectations for the tools and services SaaS providers offer are at an all-time high. Companies that execute SaaS to support mission-critical business functions are reliant on the performance, uptime and capabilities of the underlying data platform on which the application is operated. With best-in-class performance and six nines of availability, Pure Storage enables SaaS providers to commit to SLAs that beat the competition, with confidence.
According to Matt Kixmoeller, Vice President of Product, Pure Storage, "SaaS has become a hyper-competitive market, driven by ever-increasing consumer expectations. As the world becomes increasingly more saturated with SaaS, a concurrent and rapid move to all-flash, hybrid cloud environments is also in process – a confluence of two massive trends, with one dramatically enabling the other. For modern SaaS providers, performance is key, and an all-flash infrastructure represents a major competitive advantage."
Advance Service Levels
Uptime adds another level of requirement for SaaS providers – particularly in highly regulated or 24/7 industries. Critical functions, like real-time access to shipment data, orders and demand forecasts, are dependent on the infrastructure SaaS providers use to work at all times.
Pure Storage offers proven six nines reliability and non-disruptive upgrades via Evergreen Storage for resilient and scalable operations, as well as consistently high sub-millisecond latency across mixed block sizes. Always-on security with data-at-rest encryption, IPv6 and FIPS offer the tools necessary for compliance-ready SLAs.
Greg Mersberger, Senior Director, Cloud for JDA described, "As a SaaS provider, our top priority is meeting and exceeding service level agreements promised to our customers. Pure enables us to own and differentiate our SLAs and capabilities with confidence. Not only has the performance level of our Pure arrays enabled us to scale our business capabilities, but also improved service to our existing customers, which helps reduce customer churn. Pure allows us to maintain a high standard, and to scale efficiently as our business grows."
Accelerate Time to Revenue
New development tools and snapshots from Pure Storage also enable SaaS providers to develop, test and distribute new features to market more instantly, which speeds up time to revenue.
Pure Storage technology for SaaS includes thousands of instant, performance and capacity-free snapshots for speed up testing, development, quality assurance and rapid data recovery, as well as Restful APIs and SDKs for Python, PowerShell and JAVA for agile, automated DevOps.
Rapid-growth SaaS companies depend on high levels of performance to keep up with scale and demand. With Pure Storage, developers can make full use of Pure snapshots for database refresh and have driven up to 20 times improvement in refresh times.
Kixmoeller further said, "Pure Storage arrays are a competitive advantage. If our customers' developers can get features out twice as fast, it makes them a better SaaS company – plain and simple. Additionally, Pure's APIs and software-development kits are really aimed at enabling the developer. Our customers do everything they can to improve the lives and productivity of their developers, and the Pure platform helps drive increased levels of innovation."
Achieve Operational Advantage
At a SaaS company, the cost of IT can be significant. Fractional differences in the cost of IT can make a massive difference to the bottom line of a SaaS company. Pure technology improves efficiencies within the data centre to significantly lower power usage and space requirements. This enables SaaS providers to scale without an exponential increase in infrastructure spend.
Pure delivers industry-leading data reduction and hardware optimisation for minimised space, power and cooling. Through its one-of-a-kind Evergreen Storage program, customers can avoid ever repurchasing a terabyte of storage. Instead, customers can modernise current Pure arrays through subscription-like access to performance, feature and density innovations – which includes a guaranteed, non-disruptive upgrade path to NVMe.
Smart Storage for SaaS also includes compatibility for vCenter, SCVMM, OpenStack and container integrations for simplified, consolidated manageability. This means fewer employees spending less time on storage management, and more on innovation.
SnapLogic, a leader in self-service application and data integration, deploys Pure Storage to deliver a public cloud-like level of simplicity within a private cloud environment, which saves cost and enables the IT team to spend time and resources on other strategic parts of the business, such as innovation.
Cited by Jorge Reyes, Director of Operations, Security and IT at SnapLogic, "Pure Storage allows us to automate many of the complexities traditionally associated with storage management, and drastically simplifies human interactions with our storage arrays. That has enabled us to dedicate more resources to other business areas that innovate and bring new products to market, rather than dedicating resources to managing an infrastructure that should just work."