Every day, government agencies grapple with new data challenges. Constrained resources and increased workloads require organizations to become more efficient in how they acquire, store, use, and analyze data. Transparency initiatives mandate agencies to provide access to data sets in open, machine-readable data formats. The public expects a new level of service in which data is presented cleanly and quickly, as it would be from any private online provider.
Coupled with the need to reduce the number of data centers and optimize the ones remaining, technology staff are looking at a range of solutions, including new storage options, to address new demands. They’re finding that solid-state, flash storage—once an expensive component in supercomputing applications—has become practical for data centers.
To discuss how flash storage can replace disk-based storage and help government organizations achieve these various goals, GovLoop spoke with Vaughn Stewart, Chief Evangelist; Sandeep Singh, Director of Product Marketing; and Jason Nadeau, Director of Business Value Marketing, at Pure Storage. GovLoop also surveyed more than 150 public sector employees to discover how their agencies leverage storage solutions to address new challenges.
Referring to enterprise-level storage, Stewart said government organizations, “generate data that is stored, and very rarely deleted. And then storage becomes basically a mass.” This executive research brief explains how flash storage, and Pure Storage flash arrays in particular, provide the transformation to manage that mass.