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What you should expect from SolidFire’s field teams

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Being a storage buyer these days is ridiculously challenging. The number of choices you have is staggering, many vendors have seemingly interchangeable claims of complete superiority (how many “leading” vendors can there truly be?), and an incorrect choice can lead to the loss of your company’s data and your job. As if all of that wasn’t hard enough, you need to try to figure out which vendors’ representatives are presenting their product capabilities to you honestly. Continue reading »

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The SF9605 all-flash array: Nailing consolidation, capacity, and performance

Adaptable scaling to meet changing business needs

All-flash array with adaptable scaling to meet changing business needs

I just love how innovation grows. At SolidFire, I have a great vantage point from which to see how both service provider and enterprise customers are experiencing massive expansion. Their need for capacity and performance growth would be insatiable if not for the equally fast innovation we are providing. Feeding this appetite for consolidation requires continually improving density while reducing costs. Continue reading »

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Simplifying the choices of IT infrastructure

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Buying IT infrastructure isn’t like it used to be.

Before you can even think about vendors and products, you have to decide how you want to consume infrastructure and plan for growth. In addition to the traditional method of buying a “best of breed” set of storage, networking, and compute hardware independently, now you can choose from an array of new infrastructure consumption models that have emerged over the past 10 years: Infrastructure as a Service, converged infrastructure, hyperconverged, and even software-based infrastructure on commodity hardware. Continue reading »

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Happy hour with Gartner’s #1 all-flash array

Join SolidFire for the Perfect Pour Happy Hour, happening in cities across the U.S!

Join SolidFire for the Perfect Pour Happy Hour, happening in cities across the U.S. beginning February 25th!

It’s February, Winter Storm Quantum has gripped the nation from the Rockies to the Deep South, and we pick this week to start our national “Perfect Pour” roadshow. Great timing.

But I do think it’s worth braving the elements to come join us. The events comprise much more of a happy hour (hence the Perfect Pour!) than a formal roadshow and are designed to bring together customers, prospects, partners, and the SolidFire gang in a casual setting. Sure, we’ll have some structured dialogue to kick off the event, but the real intention is to create discussion around the SolidFire platform and the business impacts customers have seen after deploying SolidFire. Continue reading »

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Thoughts from VMware Partner Exchange 2015

John discusses all-flash storage with a booth visitor at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2015 in San Francisco.

John discusses all-flash storage with a booth visitor at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2015 in San Francisco.

I just spent the week at VMware Partner Exchange, and was thrilled with the excitement our product is garnering in the industry. So many people stopped me to talk just because I was wearing a SolidFire polo shirt. General comments went something like, “You’re with SolidFire, huh? You guys have some great technology.” There were also a few “You guys stole some of our best employees.”

All good from our perspective. Continue reading »

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Vote Now! 8 Can’t-Miss OpenStack Summit Sessions

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Time is running out to vote for the sessions you’re most interested in seeing at OpenStack Summit 2015 in Vancouver!

It’s hard to believe session voting for another OpenStack Summit is here! As stated in my previous post prior to the OpenStack Summit in Paris, it is amazing to see the OpenStack community come together and continue the momentum towards cloud orchestration excellence.

The last six months have seen continued maturity in OpenStack, as well as some potential new directions with projects and recently approved changes in by-laws. We’re very excited to see where OpenStack is headed in 2015 with the help and direction of the OpenStack Foundation members!

We at SolidFire have proposed a number of sessions we believe will benefit the community. Continue reading »

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Cost effectively run multiple Oracle database copies at scale with SolidFire

Run multiple Oracle database copies at scale with SolidFire

Run multiple Oracle database copies at scale with SolidFire

Funny thing about success; the more you have, the more work you’re given.

For example, take a great Oracle database application, get a bunch of really good data, and then before you know it, every other organization in your company is asking for its own copy of the data. The most extreme example I’ve seen to date Continue reading »

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Object Storage vs. Block Storage: Which is Right for Your OpenStack Cloud?

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When it comes to OpenStack, choosing the right storage for your cloud can be the hardest part of building out your environment. Every storage vendor has its own merits. Some excel in particular use cases, but maybe those use cases don’t match your reasons for deploying an OpenStack cloud. Maybe you already own some perfectly good storage and simply want to repurpose your existing investment. Whatever your situation, choosing the right storage so you get the performance, scale, and reliability you need can be daunting.  Continue reading »

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VMware Partner Exchange 2015 – Week in Review

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VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) is an event for channel partners and service providers to unite, meet, learn and take forward insights from VMware and Technology partners.  4000 people, 80 countries, 1300 partners, 800 hrs of content. SolidFire headed up a presence that highlighted two new technology previews around our vision for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) and VMware vRealize Automation. Such vision garnered a keynote mention by Chris Wolf, VMware CTO of Americas, as well as key highlights in sessions by Rawlinson Rivera (STO4279: “Software-Defined Storage: The Key to Agility with Control”) and Tristan Todd (EUC4368: “Storage Best Practices for Your Horizon View Environment”). Continue reading »

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vSphere 6 Storage – The Future of Storage at Scale

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Warning – This blog is not an engineering deep dive on everything VVOLs. There will be many of those launched at VMware Partner Exchange 2015 with incredible info. This blog is about the future of VMware storage at scale.

First off, congrats to VMware for the release of vSphere 6. Continue reading »

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