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SolidFire Receives Highest Score for Overall Use Case in Gartner's Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays

SolidFire SF Series Receives Highest and Second Highest Scores of the 13 SSAs Analyzed Across Six High-Impact Use Cases and Seven Critical Capabilities

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwired - September 16, 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 given SolidFire the highest scores for Overall Flash Use Case, as well as for the report's High-Performance Computing and Analytics use cases, in Gartner's 2014 Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays Report1. SolidFire also received the second highest scores in the remaining three use cases: Online Transaction Processing, Server Virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

Of all 13 Solid-State Arrays evaluated in the report, SolidFire received the highest score for Overall Use Case, an average of all use cases matching common client scenarios. Gartner's Critical Capabilities research provides a comparative analysis by scoring competing products or services against a set of critical differentiators and offers actionable advice on which vendor products/services customers should add to their shortlists for further evaluation.

Visit SolidFire's Analyst Reviews Page for a complimentary copy of Gartner's Critical Capabilities research, which reports that:

  • SolidFire received the highest scores for the following use cases (out of 5):
    • Overall Use Case (3.43) - average of the following use cases.
    • High-Performance Computing (3.44) - large numbers of servers and storage arrays, which together deliver high compute densities and aggregated throughput.
    • Analytics (3.49) - applies to all analytic applications that are packaged or provide business intelligence (BI) capabilities for a particular domain or business problem.
  • SolidFire received the second highest scores for the following use cases (out of 5):
    • Online Transaction Processing (3.40) - closely affiliated with business-critical applications, such as database management systems (DBMSs).
    • Server Virtualization (3.42) - encompasses business-critical applications, back-office and batch workloads, and development.
    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (3.41) - the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralized server.

According to Gartner, SSAs (Solid-State-Arrays) are replacing high-end enterprise arrays configured for performance, and are increasingly being used in business and mission-critical environments. And, although most organizations today have deployed SSAs in a silo for specific workloads, Gartner Inquiries reveal a keen interest to harness SSAs for multiple workloads, given the maturing data services. Gartner recommends choosing products that can deliver consistent performance across varying workloads, which are important in your current and future environment.

"Receiving the highest overall score from Gartner across six high-impact use cases and seven critical capabilities is powerful validation that SolidFire meets the consolidation, automation and scalability demands of large-scale enterprises and service providers," said SolidFire CEO and Founder, Dave Wright. "We continue to differentiate our product through the ability to meet today's pressing performance challenges, while enabling customers to transition to a next generation storage infrastructure - functionality unavailable from any other SSA vendor."

SolidFire was also recently recognized as a 'Visionary' in Gartner's first Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays2. According to Gartner, Visionaries understand where the industry is headed and have a vision for changing market rules. Gartner's inaugural Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays evaluated 12 All-Flash Array providers specifically on completeness of vision and ability to execute, positioning SolidFire furthest along the 'Completeness of Vision' axis in the Visionaries Quadrant.

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 Gartner Critical Capabilities
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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.

1Gartner Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays, Valdis Filks, Joseph Unsworth, Arun Chandrasekaran, 29 August 2014

2Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays, Valdis Filks, Joseph Unsworth, Arun Chandrasekaran, 28 August 2014

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