SAP workloads are mission critical for over 378,000 customer1 why performance, scalability and cost are very important to run it most effectively and efficiently. Pure Storage provides many solutions that can help customers achieve these goals. E.g. Pure Storage can help customers reducing the license cost for SAP HANA by up to 75%, using SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering. Read here.
Pure Storage is focusing more and more on engineered solutions for SAP, to implement and integrate SAP features and functionality directly onto the Pure Storage Arrays. One of these solutions can help customers to fully automate copy, clone and refresh tasks and reduce the time and resources necessary by over 90%, leaving more budget and staff for new innovation. Read here
Besides the technical benefits of running SAP, whether traditional or SAP HANA, on Pure storage, we looked at the business benefits to get concrete answers on what business results customers achieving using Pure solutions for SAP. We asked IDC to provide the right framework to interview customers to get to the bottom of their experience and business benefits. The results even topped our wildest expectations. It is a known fact that our customers love Pure for their mission critical applications, what is included in our Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 83.7 (Read here), but to achieve ROI of 472% is simply mind boggling.
You should read the report – Here
Just a few highlights:
UNPLANNED DOWNTIME: ZERO
This is huge. If you consider a minute of downtime can cost companies $10,000 and more. Hardware migrations, bugs, new functionality, all of that can cause significant downtime, increasing cost and risk and puts the business at large in a difficult situation. Rarely can businesses sustain significant downtime before it truly impacts revenue, customer trust and the business. By using Pure storage, customers reported that the architecture provides 99.9999% of uptime out-of-the-box, therefore limiting the potential downtime to 2.59 seconds per month (compared to 99.99% – 4.32 minutes per month). But that’s not all. Migrating data between storage arrays due to the fact that new hardware needs to be deployed after a typical refresh cycle is a must, but not with Pure storage. Thanks to our Evergreen program, customers never have to shutdown their mission critical infrastructure, because of new hardware or software. All upgrades (sw/hw) are done while SAP is running and it has no impact on the SAP performance at all.
THREE-YEAR ROI: 472%
Customers sometimes compare just the raw cost for storage arrays and completely keep out of their calculations things like no unplanned downtime, no downtime for sw, hw upgrades, advanced data reduction through superior algorithms and optimization between software and hardware. (read more here) As you can read in the IDC white paper, customers in average can achieve a data reduction for SAP workloads of 4.5 : 1. Even with in-memory technology such as SAP HANA there is still a significant data reduction, since SAP HANA flushes the data every 5min, writes the log files and simply keeps some of the data temporarily on the persistency layer for performance reasons. Now if you keep all of this in mind when calculating the ROI of your storage array over 3, 6 and even 10 years customers could achieve in average an ROI of 472% in three years. Pure Storage is all about the value you get out-of-the-box. This is just another proof-point.
OPERATIONAL BENEFITS: 65% less staff, 75% faster deployments
When I talk to customers I often get the questions about migrating SAP data from the existing storage solution onto Pure Storage plus the operational changes that needs to be considered when deploying SAP on a new storage array system. IDC wanted to know exactly what this migration and the operational changes truly mean and again the results blew us away. It is not just that customers have to perform the last migration from existing non-Pure-Storage arrays onto Pure Storage and
then no more migrations thanks to Evergreen (see THREE-YEAR ROI), but the additional operational savings deploying the gear in 75% less time and 65% less staff to maintain can be translated into huge cost savings. This can ultimate help customers to free up resources (e.g. budget, time and personell) to do more innovative projects, such as IoT, Big Data, AI etc. This is also true when SAP infrastructure administrators and BASIS folks are afraid to lose their jobs, due to increased automation build into our arrays and the the operational savings. The reality is that they now have an opportunity to boost their resumes with new trends and next generation technology, making them the new data center heroes.
These are only three examples of true business value customers achieved by deploying and running their mission critical SAP workloads on Pure Storage. If you want to be another customer taking advantage of our SAP solutions at Pure and want to experience these business benefits yourselves, read the IDC report and contact us if you have questions or comments.
1 SAP Q4/2017 Statement: https://www.sap.com/docs/download/investors/2017/sap-2017-q4-statement.pdf