Colt Technology Services recently announced their decision to deliver a broad set of shared storage services fueled by SolidFire’s all-SSD storage technology.  Standardizing on SolidFire was not a decision taken lightly. The team at Colt reviewed over 20 different storage vendors, several of which had multi-year and multi-million dollar relationships with the company.


Colt embarked on this project with a vision of offering the flexibility of five different tiers of storage within their shared service offering. One approach they considered was utilizing a different storage platform for each level of performance. Alternatively, they could have chosen a tiered platform that allowed for migration between disk types. The market is certainly full of solutions like these. However Colt had additional requirements that made it necessary to evaluate other solutions. Rather than fall in line with what everyone else was doing, Colt wanted to differentiate their enterprise cloud infrastructure. They wanted to deliver a set of scalable storage services with fine grain performance control that could be guaranteed to each of their customers – and they needed to do it at massive scale.


This is where SolidFire stood above the crowd. Only SolidFire gave Colt the combination of all-SSD performance combined with fine-grain Quality of Service (QoS) control that allowed them to support Tiers 0, 1, 2, and 3 – all from a single storage platform. In addition, the team at Colt placed immense value on the ability to integrate SolidFire system functionality into their acclaimed customer management portal. Use of the SolidFire REST-based API  simplifies storage provisioning for both Colt and their enterprise customers.  Customers can shift data workloads between storage service tiers instantly and without data migration – while billing for the changes happens automatically.


Colt clearly sees disruptive value in being able to offer services that competitors like Telefonica, Rackspace, SoftLayer and others can’t deliver.  But more importantly, Colt understands that the ability to deliver consistent application performance will allow them to increase the number and type of enterprise applications that can be hosted within their cloud infrastructure.  Combining the performance characteristics of dedicated storage with the economic and efficiency benefits of shared infrastructure, both Colt and its customers gain more performant and economical storage services.


So where to from here? Colt is rolling out SolidFire across seven of their European datacenters and will phase out legacy storage systems as they age.  SolidFire will also form the foundation upon which Colt will build value added services such as SaaS, PaaS and VDI as they continue to stay ahead of the competition and meet increasing customer demand for enterprise services.


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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.