AUPE is a trade union in Edmonton, Alberta, with 175 staff members in 10 locations. The union serves 85,000 to 90,000 members, negotiating and enforcing collective agreements. The IT team at the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees went looking for a SAN, and eventually found SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure. AUPE determined a SAN purchase wouldn’t have met all of the AUPE’s needs. Storage consolidation was only one requirement, while efficient tier-1 backups and disaster recovery were other big needs.