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How do you quantify flash storage value?

ESG Lab Whitepaper

We contracted a third party to do an in-depth TCO analysis of our solution vs. traditional storage deployments, and the results prove out what our customers already know. Download the ESG Lab Whitepaper to understand the quantified economic value of a SolidFire deployment.

We are all aware that every vendor trying to sell you something will say they will save your organization money. In storage sales, the discussion often gets down to $/GB, which is important when talking capacity, yet that metric by no means conveys all of the costs associated with deploying and managing a storage solution over the long run.

When considering a storage solution, obviously it is critical to consider both upfront costs and total cost of ownership over the life of the deployment. However, it’s just as important to consider what storage value means to your organization. Continue reading »

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Storage Purpose-Built for Service Providers

Visit SolidFire in Booth C615 at WorldHostingDays

Visit SolidFire in Booth C615 at WorldHostingDays

Have you ever used a product that was purpose-built for what you needed to do? How nice was that! Think of the HANS (Head and Neck Support) product that ensures Formula 1 drivers maximum safety while enabling maximum performance and control. For that class of auto racing, you wouldn’t want to wear any old helmet and neck brace.

As a service provider, why use just any storage when SolidFire has been specifically built to meet the demands you encounter every day? Continue reading »

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Differentiating your cloud and managed hosting service

No need to lower your prices when differentiating your services!

Service differentiation within the hosting industry is difficult, but you can do it without having to lower your prices.

As cloud and managed hosting services become increasingly similar across service providers, product owners struggle to find points of differentiation that can help their services stand out in a crowded market. When service features and functionality are too similar, service providers usually resort to dropping prices to win more business. Clearly, this can have a negative impact on product margins and overall profitability.

So what’s the secret to differentiating cloud and managed hosting services in the marketplace? Continue reading »

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Beyond All-Flash “Features”: 9 Must-Have Storage Architecture Capabilities

Compare the design choices of SolidFire, Pure Storage, and XtremIO with SolidFire’s Architectural Comparison papers.

Compare the design choices of SolidFire, Pure Storage, and XtremIO with SolidFire’s Architectural Comparison papers.

The all-flash array market is a dynamic new storage segment, and the fast-changing nature of it can lead to questions or confusion among potential users of this technology. At SolidFire, we have tried to address some of this confusion recently by publishing architectural comparisons between our products and those from Pure and EMC XtremIO.

Perhaps a more helpful discussion takes the topic up a level from feature-to-feature comparisons to an examination that determines which technology can deliver the best possible solutions today, while truly enabling preparation for the next generation data center services.

I’ve worked in the service provider space for most of my career, and had concerns and challenges around maximizing productivity, minimizing costs and risks, and delivering quick response times for both application workloads and evolving business needs. All three of these areas are critical to current success and table-stakes for building out value-based services for the future.

My must-have list of items a storage technology needs to maximize today’s business and evolve into tomorrow’s includes these nine things: Continue reading »

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Mythbusters Storage Panel: Flash for the People

Myth or Fact? Mythbusters Video Meetup March 25

Myth or Fact? Find out in the Flash Mythbusters Video Meetup on March 25th

Here at SolidFire, we get involved with the tech community in lots of ways, for a lot of reasons. We participate with application providers, like Oracle, MongoDB, and Citrix to help show customers how to deploy those workloads faster and smarter. We participate with platform providers like VMware, OpenStack, and CloudStack to help show administrators how much easier and faster things can be when pairing those environments with a SolidFire storage array. Most of the time the messaging is focused very much on “What we do” and “How we do it” in order to educate people on our value and features, particularly those who may be new to SolidFire.

Sometimes, however, we participate just because we love IT and the wonderful people who work hard at it every day. I’m excited to be participating in one of those kinds of events next week thanks to our good friends over at Spiceworks.

The Experts Round Table: Flash Mythbusters on March 25 is not a presentation about SolidFire. In fact, the participants have agreed that we’re not going to mention product names during the panel at all! This is about flash, Continue reading »

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Destination Cloud: CEE underlines the clear market shift to cloud adoption

 The SolidFire booth stays busy at Cloud Expo Europe 2015

The SolidFire booth stays busy at Cloud Expo Europe 2015

It’s hard to believe how much Cloud Expo Europe (CEE) has grown. The first event was located in an upstairs room at London Olympia, not even big enough to warrant use of the main exhibition halls. Now CEE must be one of the largest shows in Europe, outgrowing Olympia and now hosted at Excel.

The growth of CEE underlines the clear market shift to cloud adoption, either private in your data center, public with a service provider cloud, or a hybrid mix of both.

Service provider cloud adoption accelerates

From conversations at CEE with both service providers and customers, there are clearly a wide range of cloud adoption strategies:  Continue reading »

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The storage forecast is promising — no matter how you consume IT

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Say goodbye to blizzards. The weather here in Boulder, Colorado is finally starting to warm up — just like the conversations about the plethora of storage solutions available today. Notably, those discussing which type of storage offers the right fit for specific business needs and application workloads.

SearchStorage even recently compared the many new products, solutions, and categories to a blizzard of confusion.

Now, we’ve seen our fair share of snow over the past few weeks here at SolidFire Continue reading »

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Red Hat + SolidFire = OpenStack simplified

Agile Infrastructure for OpenStack helps accelerate time-to-value for cloud infrastructure deployments.

Agile Infrastructure for OpenStack helps accelerate time-to-value for cloud infrastructure deployments.

Delivering the promise of a Next Generation Data Center that is more agile, scalable, automated, and predictable without the resources of an Amazon or a Google is a challenge that we at SolidFire sought to overcome.

And we did it. Continue reading »

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Where’s the next growth opportunity for cloud and hosting providers?

Find out where enterprise application revenue opportunities lie.

Where do the enterprise application revenue opportunities lie for cloud and hosting providers? Find out easy enough in this whitepaper.

As most of us know, the cloud and hosting business requires significant and ongoing capital investment. So it’s critical to understand where new revenue opportunities await to support those expenses. Having spent 20 years managing products and services for service providers, I know full well that uncovering those elusive new growth areas is a challenge.

While we read in analyst reports that cloud is expected to see 5X more growth than traditional IT, Continue reading »

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Choosing the right OpenStack private cloud storage is critical to your success

Choosing OpenStack private cloud storage

Getting the right mix of object and block storage ensures your cloud workloads get the best, most appropriate resources. Learn when to choose which in Aaron Delp’s March 17 webinar, “Getting it Right: OpenStack Private Cloud Storage.”

The amazing agility, flexibility, and power of cloud computing may have you asking how you can get cloud functionality and economics inside your own data center. Beyond making basic infrastructure improvements, you also may be looking to run IT like an internal service provider. This shift represents a fundamental transformation in how IT services are delivered. Continue reading »

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