It was more about, 'how does this save us time' and 'is this simpler than what we were doing before?Brett Hobbs, BCS Group\nBrett Hobbs recalls how his team at BCS Group always consider storage issues with new project implementations.\n\u201cIt was very much either an upgrade or replace,\u201d says Hobbs.\nBCS Group provides logistics hardware, automation controls and software solutions for the aviation and logistics sector. It is part of the Daifuku group, a global leader in materials handling.\nBCS Group experienced disruptions in business operations, when its previous spinning disk failed to keep up with the demands of a virtual desktop infrastructure.\n\u201cIt became clear performance would quickly become an issue using traditional arrays,\u201d explains Hobbs, on the business driver to shift the company's data centre storage to Pure Storage.\n\u201cThere were a lot of challenges that could have been solved by throwing money at it, but we weren\u2019t throwing money at something we are just going to replace.\u201d\nHe says the move to Pure Storage FlashArray solved a range of challenges.\nThe shift meant BCS Group reduced its physical footprint from full track to a single FlashArray, while significantly increasing reliability.\nWith the previous system, the team spent \u201ca significant amount of time\u201d just managing storage, Hobbs tells CIO New Zealand from the company headquarters in Albany, Auckland.\nThe shift to Pure Storage meant his team freed up time previously spent on storage administration.\n\u201cWhen you\u2019re running virtual environments storage is the sticky point. We had no idea how great an impact storage had on the entire business, until we changed from disk to All Flash,\u201d Hobbs said in a case study prepared by Pure Storage.\nThe case study noted how before implementing Pure Storage, Windows updates across 100 production servers took one week. This process is now completed in one night.\n\u201cWe no longer need to plan updates over a multi-week, after-hours operation. Repatching takes less than 10 minutes as opposed to two or three hours, which has relieved our engineers from sitting around for hours waiting for the installation to complete. Servers restart so quickly, we need to check logs to ensure they\u2019ve actually restarted.\u201d\nAs to what worked during the deployment, Hobbs cites the importance of a proof of concept, especially when a company is looking at new technology.\n\u201cSpend some time playing with it and look at how it would fit into your operations,\u201d he states. \u201cIt was more about, 'how does this save us time' and 'is this simpler than what we were doing before?'\u201d\nSend news tips and comments to email@example.com\n\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\n\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.