Colt Deploys SolidFire All-SSD Storage System across Europe; Guaranteed Storage Performance Drives New Service Offerings

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Leading Enterprise Cloud Provider Sees Opportunity to Grow Cloud Services, Delight Customers with SolidFire

BOULDER, Colo.- July 11, 2013 - SolidFire, the leader in all-SSD storage systems designed for large scale cloud infrastructure, today announced that Colt Technology Services has selected SolidFire to fuel its performance-guaranteed shared storage service for enterprises across Europe.
 
After a competitive evaluation of new and legacy storage providers, Colt selected SolidFire to support their new high performance, shared storage services.  Fueled by SolidFire's guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS), the new offerings will enable Colt enterprise customers to tailor application performance dynamically, while eliminating performance variability entirely.  The service complements Colt's enterprise class cloud services and will be deployed across Colt's European data centers.
 
"Colt's new high performance, shared storage service allows us to meet growing customer demand for performance guarantees that are not available anywhere else in the industry," said Jon Bennett, VP Portfolio & Strategy, Colt Technology Services. "Guaranteed performance coupled with 24x7 service level availability make Colt's new shared storage services the enterprise grade that our customers expect.  We now make it possible for our customers to deploy a far greater number of business critical applications utilizing the most predictable and efficient enterprise class cloud across Europe."
 
The combination of Colt's robust network and IT infrastructure, bolstered by SolidFire's guaranteed Quality of Service functionality, gives Colt a strategic competitive advantage. Colt currently has the largest enterprise class cloud footprint in Europe, offering a wide range of network, communications and IT services across its 20 data centers. With the addition of SolidFire's all-SSD storage infrastructure, Colt customers will now have access to services that deliver guaranteed performance, opening up the opportunity to deliver a greater number of business critical and performance sensitive applications from a cloud infrastructure.
 
The addition of Colt to SolidFire's growing customer base is a strong testament to SolidFire's momentum in delivering storage infrastructure for large scale public and private clouds," said 451 Group's Senior Analyst, Tim Stammers. "In our discussion with SolidFire customers, guaranteed Quality of Service functionality coupled with linear scalability and automation continues to differentiate their product and attract customers deploying both public and private cloud infrastructure."
 
"Colt's move to an all-SSD storage infrastructure signals a strong commitment to meet their customers' increasing demand for high performance shared storage services," said SolidFire Founder and CEO, Dave Wright. "Colt clearly understands what enterprises need when buying and consuming cloud services. They are bringing innovative services to market ahead of their competitors and we look forward to working closely with them across Europe."
 
SolidFire all-SSD storage solutions are built from the ground up around the ability to guarantee volume performance regardless of the activity of other applications sharing the infrastructure.  This patent-pending functionality gives Colt customers access to the performance levels of dedicated infrastructure, combined with the economics found with shared infrastructure services. Fully integrated with Colt's service portal, customers can independently customize capacity and performance resources by simply dialing each resource up or down as required. This altogether eliminates the need to size storage resources to meet peak performance demand and enables customers to move applications between performance levels (tiers) instantly and without having to migrate data.
 
Enterprises interested in Colt's services should contact Colt to talk to a member of their local IT services team.

To learn more about the Colt case study, visit www.solidfire.com/colt
 
About SolidFire
SolidFire is the market leader in high-performance data storage systems designed for large-scale public and private cloud infrastructure. Leveraging an all-flash scale-out architecture with patented volume-level quality of service (QoS) control, providers can now guarantee storage performance to thousands of applications within a shared infrastructure.  In-line data reduction techniques along with system-wide automation are fueling new block-storage services, and advancing the way the world uses the cloud.
Learn more: www.solidfire.com | www.twitter.com/solidfire | www.facebook.com/solidfire.
 
About Colt Technology Services
Colt, the leading information delivery platform, makes it easier for customers to do business, through the seamless delivery of services and solutions across multiple geographies and technologies. Colt delivers integrated computing, network and data center services to customers ranging from enterprise to small and medium businesses as well as operators, through direct and indirect channels.
 
Colt operates a 22-country network with direct fibre connections into 19,000 buildings, metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities and 20 carrier-neutral data centers. Colt provides a consistent user experience with unified systems and processes across Europe, Asia and the US to address the increasingly global business requirements of customers. Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).

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