Over the last couple of years, the storage industry has tried to focus on many things. We’ve talked about flash versus hybrid versus spinning disk. We’ve talked about FC versus SAS versus SATA versus NVMe. We’ve spilled gallons of (metaphorical) ink detailing Fibre Channel versus iSCSI versus FCoE. And there’s always the tried and true semireligious debate over block versus file.

 

It’s increasingly clear that these arguments are all paper tigers. None of them are of more than passing interest to customers who are focused on the reliability, performance, and time to market of the apps that drive their business.

 

Every time, the discussion comes back to architecture. How can customers fundamentally change the way they look at infrastructure in general, and storage specifically, by taking advantage of architectures that better align their operations and development teams with the business as a whole?

 

SolidFire® understood this discussion from day one. Flash was never the point, and neither was the hardware itself. By leveraging a node-based, shared-nothing, scale-out approach, along with the most advanced storage operating system, SolidFire was targeting the customers who were asking these questions more than 6 years ago. Over time, Element® OS became the de facto standard for customers who were looking to make enterprise, scalable storage as seamless and invisible as it could be underneath their virtualization or cloud management tool of choice.

 

Now, as part of the NetApp® Next-Generation Data Center portfolio, SolidFire all-flash array plays a key role in helping NetApp customers build an infrastructure that optimizes their efficiency and productivity. Watch the video “Comparing Modern All-Flash Architectures” for a deep dive into some of the architectural decisions made by SolidFire and other vendors who have focused on the space, and see how a renewed focus on the architectures available to customers can make a significant difference in how storage is sold and consumed.

Jeramiah Dooley

Jeramiah is a Cloud Architect at SolidFire with a passion for positioning technology in general, and virtualization in particular, as a way to solve customer problems and generate revenue. He is a subject matter expert on service provider business practices, trusted multi-tenancy, VMware vCloud Technologies, and Cisco Unified Communications. When he isn't buried in something geeky, he's home with his wife and two kids trying to see how much trouble they can get into.

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