SolidFire Ranked #1 Solid-State Array in Gartner Critical Capabilities Study and Recognized as Visionary in First Magic Quadrant

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Positioned Furthest Along the “Completeness of Vision” Axis in the Visionaries Quadrant

BOULDER, Colo. – September 2, 2014 - SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center, today announced that Gartner, Inc., a leading IT research and advisory firm, has recognized SolidFire as a Visionary in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays.¹ According to Gartner, Visionaries understand where the industry is headed and have a vision for changing market rules. This first-of-its-kind Magic Quadrant evaluated 12 All-Flash Array providers specifically on their innovation, strength of implementation, and understanding of market direction.

Gartner also rated SolidFire as the #1 Solid-State Array in its 2014 Critical Capabilities Study with an overall score of 3.43 out of 5. Critical Capabilities research provides a comparative analysis by scoring competing products or services against a set of critical differentiators identified by Gartner and provides actionable advice on which vendor products/services customers should add to their shortlists for further evaluation.

  • Overall Use Case: Ranked #1, (Score 3.43)
  • Online Transaction Processing (OLTP): Ranked #2 (Score 3.40)
  • Server Virtualization: Ranked #2 (Score 3.42)
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Ranked #2 (Score 3.41)
  • High Performance Computing: Ranked #1 (Score 3.44)
  • Analytics: Ranked #1 (Score 3.49)

As the appetite for all-flash storage infrastructure continues to grow within the enterprise, Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays is a welcome guide for customers surveying the landscape of all-flash storage systems. The advent of cloud computing has raised end-user expectations about how IT infrastructure is delivered, and long wait times for the delivery of rigid, siloed storage infrastructure has quickly become unacceptable. To close the gap, enterprise IT management is driving to support dynamic mixed workloads with greater scale, performance predictability and automation across the data center.

According to Gartner, the demands on enterprise flash infrastructure are changing. “As initial storage performance issues were capably addressed, customers wanted to address multiple application workloads that required a rich data management software portfolio consisting not only of storage efficiency and resiliency technologies purpose-built for SSAs, but also the underlying SSD memory technology. [In addition] Gartner is seeing interest in converging multiple workloads on the same product, which, in many cases, are being enabled by features such as QoS.”

“SolidFire’s position as Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays reinforces our ability to solve the acute performance challenges customers are facing and acknowledges our deep integration with the key infrastructure frameworks of VMware, CloudStack and OpenStack,” said Dave Wright, founder and CEO of SolidFire. “Our ability to meet enterprise performance demands while delivering ease of scale, automation, and guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) makes SolidFire the only solid-state array that delivers functionality and value beyond raw flash performance.”

“For many enterprises, the accessibility and application of all-flash storage infrastructure has become far more than the performance band-aid it started out as,” commented SolidFire’s VP of Marketing, Jay Prassl. “Customers are now not only looking for flash systems to support consolidation of a broad mix of workloads (Tier 1 and Tier 2), but are also looking to ease management burdens with greater automation and system scale. Unfortunately, many flash technologies are trapped within legacy scale-up designs that do little to support the long-term storage needs of the enterprise. True storage vision requires you to look past simple uncontrolled speed.”

For complimentary copies of the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays and companion Critical Capabilities research, please visit SolidFire’s Analyst Reviews Page.

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About the Magic Quadrant
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About SolidFire
SolidFire is the market leader in all-flash storage systems built for the
Next Generation Data Center. Leveraging SolidFire’s all-flash architecture, with volume-level Quality of Service (QoS) controls, customers now can guarantee storage performance to thousands of applications within a shared infrastructure. Coupling this functionality with in-line data reduction techniques and system-wide automation results in substantial capital and operating cost savings relative to traditional disk and basic all-flash storage systems.

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