Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Pure Storage® Breakthrough Awards

Delivering exceptional experiences is what sets great companies apart. And at the heart of every extraordinary experience is data. Every day, our customers are using data to break barriers and bring new value to their customers—whether they’re producing a product, providing a service, or both. 

Our winners have been delivering exceptional experiences for years. Their collective track record is both humbling and inspiring, and they continue to find ways to harness the power of their data. Announced at this year’s Pure//Accelerate® techfest22, this group of extraordinary award recipients proves that longevity and innovation do, indeed, go hand in hand.  

Here are this year’s winners: 

Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.)  

G.O.A.T.s use Pure’s portfolio of offerings in innovative ways to help customers thrive. This year, three customers in three different regions received this distinction:

G.O.A.T. North America – SiriusXM

SiriusXM uses a combination of Pure FlashArray//X, FlashArray//C, and FlashBlade® to protect data so that the broadcaster’s 150 million North American listeners can tune in to sports, talk radio, or music anytime, anywhere, without interruption. Read the blog post to learn more about how SiriusXM uses Pure technology

G.O.A.T. EMEA – Barclays

British universal bank Barclays uses Pure FlashArray™ for many of its production workloads and adopted Pure’s consumption-based Evergreen//Onesubscription service. Barclays has completed 96 non-disruptive upgrade cycles with plans to continue scaling to support new digital banking initiatives. Read the blog post to learn more about how Barclays uses Pure technology.


Japanese telecom leader KDDI uses Pure FlashArray as the foundation for virtual machines residing in its public and private clouds, boosting performance by 3x. Pure FlashBlade provides a consolidated platform for KDDI’s data analytics workloads, storing 30x more data than before. Read the blog post to learn more about how KDDI uses Pure technology.

Cloud Champion – Ford 

Cloud Champions support their organization’s cloud strategy with Pure’s Evergreen//One subscription service, Pure Cloud Block Store™, and/or Portworx® offerings. Ford has modernized its fleet of applications with Portworx. This strategy is the cornerstone of its application development stack and manifests in offerings that Ford employees, drivers, and dealers rely on every day. Read the blog post to learn more about how Ford uses Pure technology.

Data Warrior – Mississippi Department of Revenue

Data Warriors demonstrate creativity in using data and technology to open new opportunities, drive breakthroughs, and support innovation. The Mississippi Department of Revenue uses FlashBlade to manage growing data volumes from its vehicle registration and tax collection applications, accelerating access to data and boosting overall data protection. Read the blog post to learn more about how the Mississippi Department of Revenue uses Pure technology.

Pure Good – Folding@home

The Pure Good award recognizes companies using Pure in ways that demonstrate positive environmental, social, or governance impact. Folding@home uses FlashBlade to drive the research and science needed to help scientists develop new therapeutics for a variety of diseases, including COVID-19. Read the blog post to learn more about how Folding@home uses Pure technology.

From all of us at Pure Storage, congratulations to our winners! Their accomplishments inspire us to push the boundaries of what data can do for us and for our customers.