SolidFire Sets Bar for Cloud Ecosystem Integrations

Company delivers integration with key cloud building blocks, including Arista Networks, Canonical, Citrix, OnApp, OpenStack, Tier 3 and VMware

BOULDER, Colo., September 12, 2012

SolidFire, a provider of all-solid-state (SSD) storage systems for cloud service providers, has announced integrations with key vendors across the cloud ecosystem. SolidFire has carefully selected partners and technologies that are critical to enabling its customers' cloud infrastructure strategy. The company has established significant partnership and integration milestones with the following vendors and communities:

  • Arista Networks: SolidFire and Arista Networks have validated interoperability between their storage and networking architectures to deliver to customers best-of-breed technology for a high-performance cloud infrastructure.
  • Canonical: SolidFire has integrated with Canonical's Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure to deliver to customers a validated reference architecture for the expedient deployment of a production-ready OpenStack cloud.
  • Citrix Systems: SolidFire's SF3010 and SF6010 storage nodes have been verified as Citrix Ready® for both CloudPlatform and XenServer. More info on the Citrix Ready compatibility can be found here.
  • OnApp: OnApp and SolidFire have collaborated to validate the integration of OnApp Cloud with SolidFire storage nodes.
  • OpenStack: Already a supported OpenStack Compute (Nova) volume storage option in the Essex release, SolidFire has remained very active in the OpenStack community, specifically the OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) project, to drive accelerated maturation and functionality to the block storage service within OpenStack.
  • Tier 3: SolidFire's storage solutions have been certified as compatible with Tier 3's virtual private cloud software. The joint solution is optimized for production environments and business-critical applications.
  • VMware: SolidFire has achieved VMware Ready™ status. After a detailed validation process, the SolidFire SF3010 storage system has achieved VMware's highest level of endorsement. More info can be found at the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX) or the VMware Compatibility Guide.

"Integration and automation across the infrastructure stack are essential for our customers to achieve the agility and efficiency promises of cloud computing. These announcements are in clear recognition of this dynamic, but we are only just getting started," said Dave Cahill, director of strategic alliances at SolidFire. "SolidFire will continue to expand the depth and breadth of our integrations to ensure strategic alignment with the technology and services integral to the planning, building and running of our customers cloud infrastructures."

In addition to these ecosystem alliance relationships, SolidFire is also announcing key technology alliances with Intel, Marvell and Viking Technology.

For more detail on today's news, check out our recent blog post and partner page.

Supporting Partner Quotes

"Recognizing the need for a more scalable and higher performance cloud storage infrastructure, Arista Networks and SolidFire have joined forces to offer an enhanced solution for deployment of high-performance cloud architectures," said Joe Hielscher, director of alliances at Arista. "The combination of Arista's 10 GbE data center switches and SolidFire's high-performance all-SSD storage systems directly addresses some of the biggest hurdles faced in scaling-out a cloud infrastructure: matching network and storage scalability, performance and manageability."

"For cloud providers looking to offer high performances on their virtual disk I/O, there are very limited options in the market", said Nick Barcet, Ubuntu Cloud product manager at Canonical. "SolidFire changes the landscape, offering cloud providers a storage system that allows them to confidently and economically host performance-sensitive applications in the cloud. SolidFire has chosen Ubuntu, the reference operating system for OpenStack, as a key component of its OpenStack implementation. Leveraging each company's deep commitment to OpenStack, Canonical and SolidFire have combined to deliver a powerful integration for anyone looking to deploy and manage a differentiated OpenStack-based cloud."

"To realize the true benefits of cloud, the underlying infrastructure must be capable of delivering predictable performance, dynamic provisioning and complete automation", said Peder Ulander, VP of product marketing, CloudPlatform Group at Citrix. "SolidFire is a strong complement to the CloudPlatform framework, because it has been uniquely architected to address these challenges from a storage perspective. SolidFire's achievement of Citrix Ready status with CloudPlatform brings together best-of-breed technologies across key layers of the cloud infrastructure stack."

"With more than 1,000 public and private clouds deployed globally, OnApp recognizes that high-performance, scalable storage is a critical component of any cloud", said Kosten Metreweli, Onapp's Chief Commercial Officer,. "By validating the compatibility of SolidFire's storage system with OnApp's turnkey cloud platform, we're helping service providers deploy robust, enterprise-grade clouds in even shorter timeframes."

"Tier 3 delivers an enterprise-grade cloud software platform and storage is a key component of our solution," said Jared Wray, CTO, Tier 3. "Customers require easy deployments and superior performance that can scale automatically in real time. Together, Tier 3 and SolidFire provide a solid solution for business-critical applications in the cloud."

"Organizations of all sizes are seeking reliable, trusted and secure solutions as they accelerate their cloud deployments," said Sheryl Sage, director, Alliance Programs at VMware. "We are pleased to see SolidFire achieve VMware Ready™ status across the SF3010 platform, which designates VMware's highest level of endorsement, and enables customers to have the flexibility and agility they desire in their cloud infrastructure."

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