The Town of Milton is the fastest-growing municipality in Canada with a population projected to reach 230, 000 by the year 2031. That’s a lot of information for the Town’s computers to store. The Information Technology (IT) department is changing over from a legacy storage system to Flash-based storage. The system is offered by Pure Storage out of California’s Silicon Valley.
The Town is expected to save up to $4.7 million over the next 8 years. IT Director Frank Adili told Mandy Kovacks of Computer Dealer news about how it’s expected to improve Town systems. “Pure Storage offered us a game-changer; their flash-based solid state drive meet all of our needs, and understands the complexities of operating within a municipality.” The Town of Milton has chosen the company’s Flash Array//m system.
The latest edition includes 1.5 petabytes storage, and a 99.99% reliability rate. The Town started to look into it as flash methods began declining in price.”The traditional storage models have been in place for so long that when flash-based, solid state models started getting more inexpensive a few years ago and really became a viable option for budget-oriented local governments, that was very disruptive,” Adili said.
One of the deciding factors was the 3-year maintainence program. “Every three years, Pure replaces the controllers with more current, up-to-date technology without any downtime, which is a huge win for a municipality of our size,” Adili explained. There was always significant downtime while repairing older units, he added.