NetApp for SolidFire puts a total of $ 870 million in cash on the table - an investment in the future. Solidfire's all-flash systems are designed primarily for businesses that need equipment for a highly scalable web business based on distributed data center architectures. SolidFire of Boulder, Colo., Is building such scalable systems that offer up to 1.9 petabytes of storage capacity.
The deal is scheduled to be completed by the end of April 2016. David Wright, CEO of SolidFire, will lead the corresponding product team within NetApp. Ultimately, SolidFire's products will be integrated into NetApp's data fabric strategy, enabling them to pursue the vision of centralized data management across disk, flash, and cloud storage.
For NetApp the competitive pressure is increasing
Like all major enterprise storage systems vendors, NetApp has recently come under pressure from cloud storage providers or software-defined systems based on generic hardware. SolidFire is among those young, hyped challengers who offer such systems. As the US colleagues report from the CIO magazine, Cisco should also have considered a takeover.
Of course, NetApp has long been producing flash memory, including the "All Flash FAS" and "EF Series" product lines. SolidFire products will be delivered to customers who build the next-generation Web-scale infrastructure, using white-box hardware.
More flexibility in data center construction
Flash memory is initially more expensive than traditional disk storage, but offers higher access speeds and takes up less space and power. Scale-out architectures, such as SolidFire, are designed to give organizations more flexibility in building their data centers and cutting costs. In the US, a number of flash memory vendors have come up in the past few years. The most prominent is probably Pure Systems, which went public in October 2015. (Hv)