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SolidFire Announces Agile Infrastructure

Pre-Validated Infrastructure Drastically Simplifies Deployment of Scale-Out OpenStack Cloud With Technologies From Dell & Red Hat

BOULDER, CO and ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/13/14 -- SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center, today announced the release of its first Agile Infrastructure (AI) reference architecture for OpenStack. SolidFire AI is a pre-validated, converged infrastructure design which enables start-to-finish deployment of an OpenStack cloud infrastructure in less than one hour, through the combination of industry-leading compute, networking, orchestration and all-flash storage technologies.

"The wave of cloud computing continues to gain strength as enterprises strive to deliver a broad set of IT services with greater speed and agility than ever before," said SolidFire's Founder and CEO Dave Wright. "A key part of SolidFire's value is our ability to make the complexities of cloud deployment, management and predictability -- simple. Agile Infrastructure for OpenStack provides enterprises with a proven roadmap for deployment that takes advantage of the scalability, automation and guaranteed performance control native to SolidFire's all-flash array. With AI, customers can stand up a dynamic self-service cloud infrastructure in significantly less time, with less space and for less money than alternative converged infrastructure offerings."

From 9:50am - 10:15am ET today, Dave will present his vision for the future of enterprise cloud computing in his Keynote presentation, "The Data Center Becomes the Computer: The Role of OpenStack in the Next Generation Data Center." In concert with the keynote, SolidFire will be demonstrating its complete Agile Infrastructure for OpenStack through May 14, 2014 in Booth #A1 at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. The OpenStack Summit is a five-day conference for developers, users and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software.

"We see a steady rise in OpenStack adoption from organizations looking to build private clouds. These companies are eager for faster ways to get up and running and accelerate their movement from PoC to actual production use," commented Michael Cote, research director of Infrastructure Software at 451 Research. "Reference architectures, like SolidFire's AI, have historically been an effective OpenStack accelerator, and the company is going in with good partners."

The first in a series of comprehensive Agile Infrastructure (AI) solutions, SolidFire's validated reference design for OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure combines:

  • SolidFire's all-flash scale-out block storage system
  • Dell PowerEdge R620 servers and Dell Networking S55 and S4810 switches
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

The results of comprehensive testing by SolidFire's solutions engineering team show AI for OpenStack can be deployed from bare metal to a fully functional cloud infrastructure within less than one hour, with additional compute nodes and instances added in just 15 minutes. Fully implemented, SolidFire's AI for OpenStack is the only reference design that combines raw flash performance with the control of guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS). See The Operational Benefits of SolidFire AI to view the results of comprehensive validation testing.

"Dell continues to strengthen its long-standing commitment to the OpenStack ecosystem by enabling partner solutions like SolidFire AI with best-in-class Dell Networking and Dell PowerEdge servers, in addition to Dell's own OpenStack solutions," said Steve Stover, Executive Director, Engineered Solutions at Dell. "Enterprises can improve the efficiency, agility and resiliency of their open source cloud environments with OpenStack solutions from Dell, SolidFire and Red Hat."

"SolidFire's Agile Infrastructure can simplify and accelerate deployment of cloud computing and IT service delivery - heightening responsiveness, reducing time to market, and giving businesses the edge they need to stay competitive in today's complex marketplace," said Mike Werner, senior director, ISV and Developer Ecosystems, Red Hat. "Red Hat is thrilled to be collaborating with SolidFire and Dell to bring the power of OpenStack to even more enterprise customers."

On June 4, 2014, SolidFire will kick-off a seven-city roadshow Accelerating the Enterprise Journey to the Next Generation Data Center in London. The goal of this OpenStack & Enterprise Roadshow is to help enterprises understand how to leverage OpenStack and SolidFire Agile Infrastructure to increase business agility, efficiency, automation and scale. Join us either in-person or online and stay up-to-date as cities are added.

To learn more about how SolidFire delivers true storage agility to the Next Generation Data Center, email [email protected] or visit the SolidFire AI solutions page for more information. Follow the discussion on Twitter at #solidfireAI.

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.

Learn more: www.solidfire.com | www.twitter.com/solidfire | https://www.linkedin.com/company/solidfire-inc.

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Highwire PR for SolidFire
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