Assembling Cloud Building Blocks

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 posted by Dave Cahill

A cloud computing service is typically measured by the quality and breadth of functionality it delivers rather than the technology it is built on. However, these services are made possible by a vast mesh of hardware, software and middleware. The relationship between these parts is critical to enable a cost-effective, reliable, and automated cloud.

Time to market is a huge competitive differentiator for cloud service providers and deeper integrations across key cloud building blocks are critical to accelerating the realization of the full promise of cloud computing.  At SolidFire we are actively driving integrations with multiple partners across the entire spectrum of cloud computing to allow our customers to quickly deploy new services fueled by SolidFire.

Today we have announced our initial partner ecosystem, including partnerships and integrations with Arista Networks, Citrix Systems (Citrix Ready), Canonical, OnApp, OpenStack, Tier 3 and VMware (VMware Ready). As we continue to expand this ecosystem, we are focused on partnerships that deliver out-of-the-box value with relevant, and validated, joint solutions that maximize adoption and enable customers' cloud services to move into production faster. It is difficult today to have a cloud conversation without talking about one or more of these partners as a core component of the solution.

While we're proud of our initial efforts and all that we have achieved in a short period of time, we are only scratching the surface. Moving forward you can expect SolidFire to expand the depth and breadth of our ecosystem to ensure strategic alignment with the technology and services that are integral to the planning, building and running of cloud infrastructures. In the meantime, if you are building a cloud and you feel there are additional vendors or technologies we should include in our ecosystem, please let us know.

-Dave Cahill, Director of Strategic Alliances