If there\u2019s a downside to business growth, it\u2019s typically the urgent need for IT resources to keep up with demand. But that obstacle cannot impede forward movement, especially when it comes to storing critical data.\nThis was the challenge facing two companies. Their legacy storage systems couldn\u2019t address demand for performance and capacity, causing rising IT costs and adding management complexity.\nHere\u2019s how they tackled the scalability challenge and cleared the path for business growth.\u00a0\nScale With Room to Grow\nLUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics needed a makeover in the storage department. With 800 stores in 51 countries, the IT infrastructure was rapidly running out of capacity.\n\n\u201cWe purchased our previous storage systems in 2013,\u201d said Dale Hobbs, network and security team manager for LUSH. \u201cWe tried to size the environment with enough capacity to accommodate growth for several years, but we outgrew those systems in just six months.\u201d\n\nLUSH opted to deploy the HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash Platform. Once the first three machines went over to Nimble, Hobbs said the immediate performance improvements won them over and \u201cwe moved the rest of our workloads over in a rapid-fire approach.\u201d\nThe improvements haven\u2019t stopped. Hobbs said the company\u2019s most demanding, mission-critical workloads \u2014 including email, ERP, point-of-sale, financial systems, and manufacturing applications \u2014 are running better than ever.\n\u201cWe are averaging around 3,500 to 4,000 IOPS on a steady rate,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have spikes that occasionally reach 12,000 but they are nowhere near the 90,000 IOPS ceiling the Nimble array is rated for, giving us lots of room to grow.\u201d\nOptimizing Storage for New Business Growth\nYahoo! Japan has also been facing data storage challenges. The company has been experiencing sideways growth, as its users move from traditional PCs to mobile devices, and from using web browsers to smartphone applications.\nThese shifts necessitated that Yahoo! Japan find an efficient, flexible, and scalable system of servers, storage, and network capacity to support this new \u201con-demand\u201d base of users.\nAnother challenge it faced was the requirement for numerous virtual machines to run its OpenStack cloud platform software, causing storage system volumes to reach dozens of sets. This hardware volume also increased the amount of physical space required to accommodate servers and storage racks.\nTo overcome these issues, Yahoo! Japan implemented HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash arrays. The company\u2019s senior manager of infrastructure engineering said racking only took two hours and the performance wins were nearly immediate.\n\u201cOne of the improvements was to offload part of the OpenStack Block Storage and OpenStack Image functionality,\u201d he said. \u201cThis enabled data copying within the Nimble Storage array, and the peak network traffic during copying was no longer an issue. We are now able to launch more than 500 instances of operating system templates within 20 to 30 seconds. This was a big win.\u201d\nIn addition, Nimble Storage has enabled Yahoo! Japan to optimize its physical hardware storage space. \u201cWe have launched 2,000 instances in a single rack pod,\u201d the engineering manager said.\nNow the company is able to look ahead and maximize new business opportunities, knowing Nimble Storage\u2019s integration and functionality provides the flexibility and scalability it needs.\nHow to Achieve Storage Scalability\nBeing able to scale storage flexibly and efficiently while hitting business performance targets is the goal of most organizations. Discover how HPE Nimble Storage helps make that happen.