A good overview of what the software-heavy enterprise storage company does, including this assessment on market segment targeting:
SolidFire is very honest about not being built for the mid-market, as it feels that most of the middle of the market is headed toward cloud providers anyhow. Some may consider this a weakness, but I consider it a great strength. It has allowed SolidFire to focus on the pain points of organizations with large storage and storage performance needs, to do so with great scale, and to do so in a way that greatly reduces operational complexity and all the mental friction that usually accompanies that scale.
Nice overview of SolidFire
Currently, all-solid-state-array technology is being used as a point solution for specific problems. The technology is not yet achieving the status of an equal-value replacement for legacy systems.
What people are using SSD for
Or, more like portends to the ends:
Startups are interesting in a different way than a large portfolio company. Every startup has at it’s core a tech idea and a business/market idea. Flash storage startups start with the “flash gives an opportunity to disrupt the $60B storage market, and I’ll do it by leveraging flash THIS way…”.
Nice take on the flash bubble from @sakacc
Cisco on Tuesday said it will acquire Whiptail, a solid state memory system company, for $415 million. Cisco plans to integrate Whiptail’s solid state memory technology into its unified computing system (UCS) products.
The end result is to deliver optimized performance on top of UCS for emerging and business critical applications, such as virtualized, Big Data, database, High Performance Computing and transcoding workloads.
People love the solid-state. Notice that there’s software involved.
These SSD companies are going like hot-cakes!
Extracted from Credit Suisse’s “The Need for Speed” (March 2011) and David Rosenthal’s S3 pricing history. See raw data as well.