San Francisco Giants Select Pure Storage to Revamp IT, Improve Operations On and Off Field

Pure Storage, the market’s leading independent solid-state array vendor, today announced that the recent three-time World Series Champion San Francisco Giants will partner with Pure to house their critical application data on the Pure Storage platform.

With Pure Storage, the Giants anticipate simplicity, consistent performance with all-flash and efficiency derived from deduplication and datacenter density.

Intent on replacing their legacy disk platform with a solution that was simple, high-performance and scalable, the Giants turned to the Pure Storage FlashArray//m20. While baseball operations worked tirelessly this offseason to field the most competitive squad possible, the franchise’s IT team focused on enhancing the performance of its data storage infrastructure.

“Pure Storage will enable us to move away from the complexity associated with traditional storage platforms by reducing dependency on disk-based storage technologies,” said Bill Schlough, CIO, San Francisco Giants. “Pure’s functional simplicity and ease-of-use will allow our IT staff to focus on driving improved business value for the organization, and will eliminate storage from the list of concerns for our extremely busy team.”

As advanced statistics and analytics become increasingly more important in professional sports, the ability to access and discern tangible value from massive amounts of organizational data has become paramount. This coming season, the Giants will depend on Pure Storage to access critical data more quickly, thereby enabling better personnel decisions on the diamond, and better business decisions behind the scenes.

Increased storage density with Pure will allow the Giants to consolidate a full rack of disk to just three rack units. Additionally, the data efficiency derived from Pure’s unique blend of data reduction technologies will accelerate time-sensitive analyses. The elimination of storage system cost and complexity will enable the organization to be agile when implementing storage-dependent initiatives.

Pure Storage is dedicated to helping customers expand the realm of possibility and delivers a multitude of transformative benefits to the Giants organization, including reduced data processing times for key SQL workloads and reduced time to clone SQL workloads for business intelligence use cases. All-flash design enables consistent, increased performance for database and analytics workloads across the organizations.

“Champions choose products that allow them to maintain an expected baseline of excellence. To work alongside a franchise that has been synonymous with the highest levels of achievement since the turn of the decade is a tremendous validation of our technology,” said Jonathan Martin, CMO, Pure Storage. “IT decision makers and fans alike will appreciate that the Giants have chosen a best-in-class all-flash array to help move the organization into the future – a future we are confident will translate to continued success both on and off the field.”

About The San Francisco Giants
One of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball, the 134-year old franchise moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958.  After playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park, the team moved to the privately constructed AT&T Park in 2000.  The organization is widely recognized for its innovative business practices and baseball excellence.  In 2010, the franchise was named the Sports Organization of the Year by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and in 2012 was named Organization of the Year by Baseball America.

Since opening its gates, AT&T Park has become internationally-renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment.  On the diamond, more than 50 million spectators have witnessed a number of magical moments, including three World Series Championships (2010, 2012 & 2014) and five playoff appearances.  On June 13, 2012, the first-ever Perfect Game was thrown by Giants ace Matt Cain.  In 2008, the Giants celebrated the team’s 50th year in San Francisco and it was the center of the baseball universe when it hosted the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 10, 2007.  AT&T Park has also played host to some of music’s biggest acts, including Beyoncé & Jay Z, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Green Day and Billy Joel.

Off the field, the Giants have one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports, becoming the first team to implement a 100 percent participation program, involving every player, coach and uniformed staff member in at least one community project throughout the season.  Through its community outreach programs, the Giants and the Giants Community Fund work with corporate and non-profit partners to raise awareness, educate and generate interest in a variety of issues important to both their fans and community.  These issues include education/literacy, violence prevention, health and youth recreation and fitness. The Giants Community Fund’s Junior Giants Baseball Program received the 2015 Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.

About Pure Storage
Pure Storage (NYSE:PSTG) accelerates possible, transforming businesses in ways previously unimagined. The company’s disruptive, software-driven storage technology combined with a customer-friendly business model drives business and IT transformation for customers through dramatic increases in performance and efficiency at lower costs. Pure Storage FlashArray//m is simpler, faster and more elegant than any other technology in the datacenter. FlashArray //m is ideal for the move toward big data and for performance-intensive workloads such as cloud computing, database systems, desktop virtualization, real-time analytics and server virtualization. With Pure’s industry leading certified NPS score of 79, Pure customers are some of the happiest in the world, and include large and mid-size organizations across a range of industries: cloud-based software and service providers, consumer web, education, energy, financial services, governments, healthcare, manufacturing, media, retail and telecommunications. With Pure Storage, companies push the boundaries of what’s possible to become faster, smarter and more innovative.

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