Without upgrades and enhancements, nearly every company at some point reaches the natural limits of its IT infrastructure. That threshold seems to hit sooner rather than later when it comes to storage, thanks to escalating volumes of data and increasing workloads.\nTo avoid capacity problems and ensure continued business growth, it\u2019s critical to modernize storage infrastructure. Here\u2019s how two different organizations reached that conclusion and the paths they took toward upgrading.\nA Lesson in Scale\nMesa Community College (MCC) in Arizona enrolls more than 40,000 students each year. Like many organizations, its IT environment included multiple systems from multiple vendors, and the college has a lean IT staff to manage it all.\n\u201cIt took a lot of time to manage all of the different platforms, and it wasn\u2019t easy to scale the environment to meet demands,\u201d said Sasan Poureetezadi, CIO of MCC. \u201cOut of necessity, we have moved from this disparate model to standardize on fewer platforms to reduce our costs and simplify management.\u201d\nMCC chose to standardize on HPE Nimble Storage, focusing on adaptive flash arrays based on the college\u2019s need for performance, ease of management, scalability, and value.\n\n\u201cWith Nimble, our IT admins are no longer plagued by the disparate storage infrastructure,\u201d Poureetezadi said. \u201cWe can add more storage or reconfigure capacity on the fly while our systems are in production.\u201d\n\nAnd the business value is significant. Since the change, MCC says it has:\n\nAchieved a 5x increase in application performance\nReduced its data center footprint\nDecreased IT admin time managing infrastructure by two thirds\nImproved disaster recovery and business continuity\n\nAt the end of the day, Poureetezadi says the value that MCC gained was enormously impressive. \u201cNimble is now one of our most trusted partners.\u201d\nTaking Storage to the Cloud\nSimilar to MCC, Kimball Electronics had a complex, diverse storage infrastructure. With nine locations in Asia, Europe, and North America, the global manufacturer was struggling to manage storage across its multiple sites, and quickly reaching capacity. Kimball \u2014 which develops infotainment systems, MRI technology, surveillance equipment, and more \u2014 needed scalability and reduced complexity.\n\u201cAfter using older storage technology for many years, we wanted to upgrade to a solution that was physically smaller, easier to manage, and could scale as our needs changed,\u201d said Joey Clark, director of computing infrastructure at Kimball.\nThe company has deployed eight Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash arrays, leveraging HPE InfoSight for predictive analytics to prevent infrastructure problems. Quite fortuitously, soon after deployment, InfoSight identified and repaired a failed drive.\n\u201cSince upgrading to the Nimble Storage All Flash Cloud platform, application performance is vastly improved, and the IT team always knows exactly what\u2019s happening across the environment,\u201d Clark said. \u201cOur infrastructure runs better today that when it was housed 20 feet away from our technicians.\u201d\nPerformance + Scale\nBy adopting HPE Nimble Storage, Mesa Community College and Kimball Electronics are better managing their storage now and for the future, while also achieving improved infrastructure performance.\nFind out more: Discover how to modernize storage infrastructure with HPE Nimble Storage.