Hosting leader prepares for coming data deluge with high-performing, scalable all-flash infrastructure

“NetApp SolidFire supports our mission to always display respect for people, time, and data,” said Craig McElroy, CTO and cofounder of Contegix. “Guaranteeing performance and eliminating noisy neighbors respect our customers as people. Eliminating delays in infrastructure respects their time. The ability to control how many gigs or terabytes are procured for a client is respect for data. NetApp SolidFire enabled us to get to a unified storage platform where we can focus on delivering high-value customer business outcomes. Every interaction at that level is a deposit in the trust bank.”


Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Contegix is a leading provider of cloud, managed application, and IT solutions that help midsize businesses simplify infrastructure management, improve productivity, and optimize IT resources. Many of its customers leverage the company’s data centers to deploy private cloud environments on VMware and OpenStack platforms. Contegix required a solution that would eliminate noisy neighbors within its multi-tenant infrastructure, would scale easily to accelerate business performance, and would deliver on-demand control over both performance and capacity.


Contegix turned to NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and deployed the NetApp® SolidFire® all-flash storage system to meet customers’ demands for scalability and guaranteed performance to accelerate their private cloud deployments. Now, with NetApp SolidFire volume-level quality-of-service controls, Contegix can guarantee performance for all customer applications and adjust resources dynamically. It can scale independent resource pools of performance and capacity in anticipation of future needs, without up-front capital expenditures and without upgrade, data migration, and downtime costs. The solution reduces provisioning time and burden, while lowering the entry price for shared storage for VMware and OpenStack-based cloud environments.


For example, Contegix customer Rx Outreach, a nonprofit mail-order pharmacy, uses its infrastructure to meet the performance needs of its business-critical applications. By using NetApp SolidFire, Contegix guarantees min, max and burst I/O operations per second (IOPS) for every application on the system. Contegix was also able to right-size the environment so that the pharmacy didn’t have to purchase unnecessary capacity up front.


After implementing NetApp SolidFire, Contegix has:

  • Achieved 100% improvement in server performance and reliability
  • Reduced deployment times and cost by 50% or more
  • Cut in half monthly service fees for its customers


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