It’s now been a full year since the NetApp acquisition of SolidFire closed – time flies when you’re having fun! While it would be easy to look back at all that we’ve accomplished at NetApp in the first year – new customers, new hardware and software releases, and an entirely new storage licensing model. The more exciting question is what comes next?


With much of the hard integration work behind us, the SolidFire team at NetApp is now fully focused on the more important task at hand: delivering the next generation of transformative data management solutions across the entire spectrum of infrastructure consumption.


Data centers have matured considerably over the last decade, and the pace has even accelerated since the acquisition. Application models are evolving rapidly as well, and these new demands are pushing the limits of traditional data center models.


Transformation is the new norm. Companies need solutions to capitalize on new market opportunities, fend off disruptors, and drive customer and shareholder value with appropriate and controlled investment in their IT infrastructure built around:  


  • Scale
  • Control
  • Responsiveness


This new paradigm of technology demands a cloud-like infrastructure that can deliver IT services more quickly, efficiently and economically. This next-generation data center overcomes the operational pressure of changing infrastructure demands in modern IT environments.


NetApp SolidFire is now front and center in NetApp’s portfolio for enterprise customers looking for a proven solution to transform their data center operations. SolidFire offers unprecedented scalability, multi-tenancy with guaranteed Quality of Service, and robust storage automation, combined with deep integration into next-generation frameworks including OpenStack, VMware, and Docker.


However, customers continue to push us to go further – and to deliver that same value across new consumption models like public cloud and software-only options. And, to provide a rich Data Fabric to fully integrate the traditional data center, the Next Generation Data center, and the Hybrid Cloud. With the full resources of NetApp behind us, and a rich portfolio of data center solutions to integrate with, we are in a great position to deliver all that and more in the year ahead. What you’ve seen so far from SolidFire is just the tip of the iceberg. The best bits are yet to come!

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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