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SolidFire CEO Dave Wright Wins Stratus Award for Cloud Executive of the Year

Company also named finalist in the Cloud Disruptor and Cloud Integrator categories

BOULDER, Colo., July 24, 2015

SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center, today announced that Business Intelligence Group named SolidFire CEO and Founder Dave Wright the winner of its Stratus Award for Cloud Executive of the Year. Furthermore, SolidFire was also named a finalist in the Cloud Disruptor and Cloud Integrator categories. The crowd-sourced industry awards program recognizes companies, executives and services whose innovative approaches are helping to accelerate the development and adoption of the cloud in consumer and business markets.

As CEO of SolidFire, Wright has become a visionary behind the transformation of IT and the transition to the cloud and the Next Generation Data Center. He has played an integral role in helping organizations evolve their IT infrastructure to realize benefits that were previously not possible. To achieve this, Wright led his team at SolidFire to develop a unique all-flash scale-out storage platform with guaranteed performance - offering the ability for enterprises and service providers to reliably handle dense, mixed workloads while ensuring that every application gets the performance it needs, no matter what other demands are being made on the storage array.

“The cloud has fundamentally changed the nature of computing and how business gets done. Storage is at the core of any cloud infrastructure but often it is the boat anchor holding businesses back. At SolidFire, we are committed to changing that by leveraging our storage architecture to drive data center transformation and deliver greater business value,” said Dave Wright, founder and CEO of SolidFire. “This award, in combination with our customers’ and partners’ success, shows that we are delivering on this promise. I share this award with every SolidFire employee, along with our customers and partners, as this success wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Under Wright’s leadership, SolidFire recently reached multiple milestones:

  • Closed out 2014 with an average 50 percent increase in sequential quarterly bookings and grew its enterprise business 570 percent over the previous year.
  • More than doubled the number of businesses leveraging service provider infrastructure, with an estimated 58,000 businesses worldwide now Fueled by SolidFire storage infrastructure.
  • Received the highest score for overall use case in Gartner’s 2015 Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays¹ (3.6 out of 5) for the second consecutive year and was again recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays.²
  • Established regional headquarters in Singapore and furthered its expansion in Asia-Pacific with new offices in Tokyo, Japan and Sydney, Australia.
  • Shipped storage systems to more than 20 countries.
  • Raised $150 million in total funding, including its October 2014 $82 million Series D funding round.

“The underlying theme in this year’s Stratus Awards program was ‘operational excellence,’” said Russ Fordyce, Managing Director of the Business Intelligence Group. “Each and every winner showed our judges how their innovations and execution strategies led to superior customer experiences and greater adoption of cloud-based services.”

¹Gartner Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays, Valdis Filks, Joseph Unsworth, Arun Chandrasekaran, 25 June 2015

²Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays, Valdis Filks, Joseph Unsworth, Arun Chandrasekaran, 23 June 2015

About Business Intelligence Group

The Business Intelligence Group launched the first crowd-sourced industry awards programs to recognize authentic talent and superior performances in the business world. Unlike other awards programs, the Business Intelligence Group’s programs invite real business people with experience and knowledge to volunteer as judges. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and rewards companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers. http://www.bintelligence.com/

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