MDC BMS, a Mubadala Company to run on Pure Storage

Pure Storage helps MDC BMS save on rack space and power consumption

Timely, accurate information and the confidence in the safety and security of that information are vital components of a successful enterprise, said Almarzooqi.
Timely, accurate information and the confidence in the safety and security of that information are vital components of a successful enterprise, said Almarzooqi.

MDC Business Management Services (MDC BMS) ―a shared services company that provides support for IT, finance, procurement, facility management and HR for the Mubadala Group—has selected Pure Storage’s modern technology to cover production, non-production, disaster recovery and remote-site operations.

With Pure Storage serving as the foundation of its data centre infrastructure, MDC BMS can focus IT resources on the business―rather than storage management.

“Our investment in Pure Storage is rooted in our recognition that we all now live in a digital world. Timely, accurate information and the confidence in the safety and security of that information are vital components of a successful enterprise. Because of the dedication and innovation of Pure, and our own team, we can make faster, better decisions that ultimately allow us to grow our asset base,” said Mansoor Almarzooqi, CIO, MDC BMS.

MDC BMS runs 16 apps on 1,500 virtual servers, but the legacy spinning disk-based storage solution inhibited MDC BMS from delivering optimal performance to Mubadala and non-Mubadala clients. The transition to Pure’s 100% NVMe technology has enabled MDC BMS to ensure instantaneous response times for all these critical apps. In addition, with Pure Storage, the MDC BMS team can launch new apps in just a few seconds, as opposed to the days it would take with the legacy storage infrastructure. This has had a marked positive impact on IT staff’s efficiency and productivity.

Maintenance

Through Pure1, a cloud-based management tool, the MDC BMS team can oversee the entire infrastructure from a single point, receiving rich views and alerts in real time. Upgrades, which were cumbersome with the legacy solution, have also been simplified with Pure Storage’s Evergreen business model.

Pure Storage has also helped MDC BMS to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)―a key performance indicator (KPI) for the business—via savings in rack space and power consumption. “There is a misconception in the market that disk storage is cheaper than all-flash. But per terabyte, flash is actually cheaper because of the data reduction feature that Pure has built into their storage solutions. Also, with the Pure solution in place, our power consumption, per rack, has reduced to 1 kW, saving us more than 90% in power costs. This all translates to a massive overall saving in TCO and I expect that the solution will pay for itself within four years,” said Nalluri Subba Rao, senior vice president of infrastructure and operations, MDC BMS.

“For a company like MDC BMS providing shared services to one of the leading investment companies in the UAE, data is arguably one of the most critical assets for business growth. Given the central role that modern, efficient and smart technology plays in enabling organisations to turn data into insight, MDC BMS’s decision to partner with Pure Storage is true validation of our technology and customer-centric business model,” said James Petter, VP International, Pure Storage.

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