Rakon taps Pure Storage and partner Datacom for storage overhaul


Stuart Blythe (Pure Storage)

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Auckland-based component maker Rakon modernized its local IT infrastructure and prepared for growth using technology from Pure Storage.

With operations in New Zealand, the UK, France, India and sales offices around the world, Rakon has seen growing demand for its GPS components that customers use in 5G networks, satellites, ground stations, radars and precision positioning for agriculture and mining.

The company also appeared to benefit from global disruptions during the pandemic and a devastating fire at Japan’s main competitor AKM, which created a global component shortage.

Ben Parry, head of IT infrastructure at Rakon, said global growth increasingly depends on timely, accurate and highly secure data. Consequently, Rakon’s approach to information storage and management was increasingly vital.

“Our legacy storage solution, based on spinning disks, was shutting down,” he said. “Our infrastructure team was starting to see a number of outages around disks and we were also constantly running out of storage.

Working with Datacom as their systems integration partner, Pure Storage was able to migrate Rakon’s entire storage environment within a week, with zero downtime.

In addition to meeting growing capacity needs, the new system has improved speed, performance and reliability, and reduced the burden on internal management.

“Pure Storage offered us an all-flash solution that would solve all of these issues and also help us migrate our legacy infrastructure seamlessly,” Parry said.

Stuart Blythe, country manager of Pure Storage New Zealand, said the simplicity of Pure’s technology allowed Rakon to migrate quickly to support its global expansion.

The solution provided significant benefits, including up to five times speed improvements for ERP system records updates and faster, more reliable access to core applications, including Rakon’s database, which now works 60 times faster;

Improvements in compression and deduplication have enabled Rakon to nearly halve its storage requirements from 80TB to 44TB and have also achieved significant efficiencies in accessing its business intelligence system.

The improvements also freed Rakon’s IT team to focus on more strategic initiatives.

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