Since starting SolidFire six years ago, I’ve been on a personal journey to help enterprises and service providers transform storage as part of their Next Generation Data Center strategy. This has become SolidFire’s broader mission as well: advancing the way the world uses the cloud.


Over the years, this mission has put SolidFire at the core of many of the world’s largest public and private cloud environments. Today, both my journey and SolidFire’s mission take a giant leap forward as we announce that NetApp has agreed to acquire SolidFire to further expand NetApp’s reach from the traditional enterprise to hyperscale public and private clouds and Next Generation Data Centers.


For those who only know SolidFire as an all-flash storage system, this may seem surprising.


After all, NetApp is already a leader in all-flash storage systems, with both its EF-Series and AFF products. However, casting all-flash storage as a single, monolithic market obscures the true landscape of the data center today:

  • ALL primary storage is moving to flash – fast. The all-flash array market is not a niche market — it is displacing spinning disk at an exponential rate, with no sign of slowing down.
  • Within primary storage, there are a number of distinct market segments emerging, including traditional enterprise data centers, application-centric storage, and next-generation / cloud / 3rd platform infrastructure.

No single product or architecture can address all of these market segments. SolidFire is the clear leader in all-flash arrays for Next Generation Data Centers with highly differentiated capabilities, including simple shared-nothing scale-out design, guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS), self-healing high availability, and complete automation. This groundbreaking architecture has earned us the highest score for overall use case in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays two years running. We combine this unique architecture with delivery via a wide range of consumption models, including Appliances, Converged Infrastructure, As-A-Service, and Software-only. When seen this way, it’s clear that SolidFire’s leadership in the fastest growing segments of the storage market are a perfect complement to NetApp’s leadership in flash storage for traditional infrastructure and application-centric environments.

For SolidFire, this is a tremendous opportunity to double-down on our mission and continue building the best storage solutions to help customers make their next generation data center vision a reality. While leaving our path as a stand-alone company was a difficult decision, the opportunity afforded by NetApp’s industry leadership, innovative technology, broad distribution, deep partner network, and strong customer relationships was too significant to pass up.


There is no doubt that the IT industry is in the midst of a transformation the likes of which hasn’t been seen in decades. Customers navigating this transformation need vendors with solutions that span the full range of data center environments and application use cases.


SolidFire is proud to join with NetApp to enable a comprehensive set of solutions for customers worldwide at any stage of their journey to the Next Generation Data Center. SolidFire and NetApp will soon be coming together to advance the way the world uses the cloud … faster.


New to SolidFire and want to learn more? Contact us now.


Existing SolidFire customer and have questions about how this announcement affects you? Your Account Executive will contact you soon, or feel free to give us a call.


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Dave Wright

Dave Wright, SolidFire CEO and founder, left Stanford in 1998 to help start GameSpy Industries, a leader in online videogame media, technology, and software. GameSpy merged with IGN Entertainment in 2004 and Dave served as Chief Architect for IGN and led technology integration with FIM / MySpace after IGN was acquired by NewsCorp in 2005. In 2007 Dave founded Jungle Disk, a pioneer and early leader in cloud-based storage and backup solutions for consumers and businesses. Jungle Disk was acquired by leading cloud provider Rackspace in 2008 and Dave worked closely with the Rackspace Cloud division to build a cloud platform supporting tens of thousands of customers. In December 2009 Dave left Rackspace to start SolidFire.

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