France: Andra cuts energy use by switching to Pure Storage

Jun 12, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

France's nuclear waste agency, Andra, has cut down its energy usage and cooling costs by as much as 20 percent through the switch by moving from old HPE equipment to Pure Storage hardware.

According to Olivier Tardy, head of infrastructure operations in the department of the CIO at Andra, the agency was 100 percent HPE until the 2018 end of the contract. "The former CIO believed it was best to use just one supplier to avoid dealing with numerous support desks in case of an outage. We revisited that question in 2018 and decided it would be best to evaluate different suppliers to get the best service possible in each area of infrastructure."

“The other vendors wanted to replace the whole array at the end of five years,” says Tardy. “In fact, Pure Storage was more expensive to buy, but if you take into account that the others required data migration while production work continues – which comes with a cost – then the least costly total invoice is the one from Pure Storage.”