why NetApp SolidFire?
why
platform
solutions
MENU
Cta dropdown edfd0807cef6cb83f4ceef44484ebe45b23c8d3762bc46a6ecff4bd2aea71da9

Request a Demo

SolidFire’s Dave Wright Named CEO of the Year by The Colorado Technology Association

APEX Awards spotlight Wright’s innovative leadership of largest privately held all-flash storage company

BOULDER, Colo., November 06, 2015

SolidFire, the #1 Solid-State Array, today announced that the Colorado Technology Association has named Dave Wright CEO of the Year in the 15th annual 2015 APEX Awards. Ten awards were presented to companies and individuals who have made an impact on Colorado’s rapidly growing technology sector, including the prestigious CEO of the Year award. This award recognizes a creative, innovative and determined founder or CEO who has led a Colorado-based tech company to success. In addition to the daily role of leading their company, the APEX CEO of the Year award honors a leader who works to drive the vibrancy of the tech economy beyond their business.

Since founding SolidFire in 2010, Dave has become one of the leading visionaries and disruptors in the enterprise storage market. Dave, and the team at SolidFire, are leading the transformation of IT and the transition to the cloud and the Next Generation Data Center. According to the Denver Business Journal, Dave’s personal attributes leading to success include his willingness to challenge the status quo, as well as his decisiveness and conviction. The company is now the largest privately owned all-flash company in the market. SolidFire has developed an all-flash scale-out storage platform that is purpose-built to deliver guaranteed storage performance to thousands of mixed workloads from a single, scalable, automated system in which performance and capacity can be added incrementally.

“Being named APEX CEO of the Year by the Colorado Technology Association is a true testament to the impact SolidFire has made in the industry by disrupting legacy players in a crowded storage market,” said SolidFire’s CEO Dave Wright. “Our customers’ and partners’ success demonstrates that the technologies we’ve pioneered are enabling the transition to the Next Generation Data Center and driving greater business value. We have a world-class team that I am privileged to lead each and every day.”

Under Dave’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.
  • Significantly increased the number of businesses that benefit from Fueled by SolidFire storage infrastructure to an estimated 115,000 organizations worldwide.
  • Received the highest score for overall use case in Gartner’s 2015 Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays ¹ (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.

Dave recently also received Ernst and Young’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Mountain/Desert region, was named Cloud Executive of the Year by Business Intelligence Group and was recognized as finalist in ColoradoBiz Magazine’s CEO of the Year program. Under Dave’s leadership, SolidFire was named winner of NetworkWorld Asia 2015 Information Management Awards in the Most Promising Storage Innovation category and was listed as one of The Top 25 Disrupters of 2015 by Computer Reseller News.

“The APEX Awards are the highest honor for companies and individuals leading our Colorado technology community. This year we had an amazing group of finalists – all who should be honored for their work to grow Colorado,” said Erik Mitisek, CEO of Colorado Technology Association.

SolidFire currently employs over 430 people worldwide, with more than 270 employees based in its Boulder headquarters and over 150 employees located in SolidFire’s regional offices around the world. To accommodate its continued success, growth and expansion, the company plans to relocate its corporate headquarters in the Fall of 2016 to PearlWest, a new development at 1048 Pearl Street in Boulder, Colo. SolidFire currently has over 20 positions open in marketing, operations, engineering and sales. To view and apply for open positions, visit SolidFire’s Career Page.

About Colorado Technology Association

The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) leads the network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado's economy, through technology. Since 1994, the association has represented Colorado’s technology industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the state. The CTA leads an inclusive network that benefits our member community, advocates for a pro-business and technology-friendly climate, influences the development of a robust talent pipeline and leads initiatives to help companies grow. For more information on Colorado Technology Association, please call 303.592.4070 or visit ColoradoTechnology.org.

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

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

request a demo
contact sales