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SolidFire

Contributor(s): Carol Sliwa

SolidFire is a business division of NetApp Inc. specializing in the production of all-flash storage systems. Founded in 2010, SolidFire Inc. initially sold its all-flash arrays as an independent vendor. NetApp entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SolidFire on Dec. 21, 2015 for $870 million and completed the acquisition on Feb. 2, 2016. NetApp continued to sell the SolidFire all-flash array product line under the same brand name following the acquisition.

The SolidFire acquisition left NetApp with three all-flash array product lines: the All Flash FAS, the EF-Series, and SolidFire. The SolidFire all-flash arrays are noted for their scale-out architecture, volume-level quality-of-service (QoS) controls, and multi-tenancy capabilities. The SolidFire solid-state storage systems take aim at cloud service providers and enterprises in need of a highly scalable, distributed architecture. NetApp's All Flash FAS targets enterprise infrastructure buyers who value storage services and data management features. The NetApp EF-Series addresses application owners focused on performance and low latency.

SolidFire is based in Boulder, Colorado and reports as a separate entity to the NetApp product operations team. SolidFire founder and CEO Dave Wright headed the SolidFire business division of NetApp following the sale of his company.

This was last updated in May 2016

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