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Enterprise Strategy Group Strongly Recommends SolidFire for Enterprise-Class Data Centers

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwired - Jun 12, 2014) - SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center, today announced that Enterprise Strategy Group's (ESG) hands-on lab testing of SolidFire's all-flash array technology validates the agility, scale and automation of its scale-out storage architecture and says it is "ideally suited to meet the current and ever-changing demands of the next-generation data center."

ESG's June 2014 Lab Review: SolidFire for the Enterprise concludes, "If your organization is frustrated with the limitations of traditional storage for scale-out workloads and you're striving to deliver IT-as-a-Service from a next-generation data center, ESG Labs strongly recommends that you consider SolidFire for the enterprise."

ESG Lab has evaluated more than a dozen emerging flash-based storage solutions and highlights the focused and pragmatic approach SolidFire is taking in its development and go-to-market efforts. Instead of trying to compete with emerging flash versions of the traditional modular disk arrays, ESG points out that SolidFire is focused on scale-out needs of enterprise-class data centers and the largest cloud service providers.

"SolidFire has been anticipating the needs of the next-generation enterprise-class data center since its inception," commented ESG Lab Analyst, Aviv Kaufmann. "The system was designed to solve the problems that were frustrating cloud service providers who years ago were far ahead of the enterprise in trying to cost-effectively meet the extreme agility, scalability, and guaranteed performance requirements of a multi-tenant service provider."

A leading IT research, analysis and strategy firm, ESG visited SolidFire's headquarters to perform hands-on validation of its all-flash array technology. Three storage clusters were made available for testing in the following categories: Agility and Automated Management; Efficiency and Reliability; Guaranteed Performance and Scalability. Tests were run against two full cluster configurations to simulate management, provisioning, replication and performance testing in a virtual desktop (VDI) environment. Select findings from the report include:

Agility and Automated Management

  • "By providing an open RESTful API that is easy to integrate into any application, SolidFire offers application administrators the ability to provision storage in an agile manner while specifying the level of guaranteed performance that their application demands."

  • "ESG Labs was able to quickly deploy virtual desktops, volumes, and cloud-based operating system instances on a SolidFire storage system in seconds, from native application use interfaces like VMware and OpenStack, with just a few clicks."

Efficiency and Reliability

  • "Although every use case is different, it was evident that the efficiencies built into the SolidFire array allow users to deploy less physical capacity to achieve their goals -- ultimately resulting in a far better total cost of ownership (TCO)."

  • "ESG Lab validated the efficiency and reliability of the SolidFire storage system. An ESG Lab audit of a SolidFire cluster deployed at a typical [enterprise] production customer site yielded a combined capacity efficiency of over 12X savings, with roughly 5X of this attributable to compression and deduplication savings."

Guaranteed Performance and Scalability

  • "Perhaps the most important feature of the SolidFire storage array is the ability of the array to assign and guarantee a level of performance that can easily scale to meet the growing needs of each application and the business."

  • "ESG Lab testing confirmed that only SolidFire uses a pacing approach that can be used to deliver a guaranteed minimum number of IOPS to every volume, resulting in predictable performance for all of the applications sharing a SolidFire cluster."

Download ESG's Lab Review: SolidFire for the Enterprise now and read what others in the industry have to say about SolidFire's technology. You can also visit SolidFire at HostingCon June 16 - 18 to learn about SolidFire's scale-out block storage system for public and private cloud infrastructure. At HostingCon, join SolidFire's Service Provider Channel Manager, Stuart Oliver, to hear "How Storage Bottlenecks Have Crushed the Cloud Experience" from 1:15pm-2:00pm on Monday, June 16.

Not attending HostingCon? Contact us to speak with our team or to schedule a demo. Visit www.solidfire.com to learn more about SolidFire's all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center.

About SolidFire

SolidFire is the market leader in all-flash storage systems built for the next generation data center. Leveraging SolidFire's all-flash architecture, with volume-level Quality of Service (QoS) controls, customers now can guarantee storage performance to thousands of applications within a shared infrastructure. Coupling this functionality with in-line data reduction techniques and system-wide automation results in substantial capital and operating cost savings relative to traditional disk and basic all-flash storage systems.

Learn more: www.solidfire.com | www.twitter.com/solidfire | https://www.linkedin.com/company/solidfire-inc.