TechValidate Research on NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array

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498 Customers Surveyed

4,215 Data Points Collected

64 Published TechFacts

46 Published Charts

52 Published Case Studies

Selected Research Highlights

SolidFire All Flash Array Customer Research

Solutions considered for the next 1-2 years in support of service provider primary use cases.

VMware vCenter/ESXi
Microsoft Hyper-V
VMware vCloud Director
Docker/Docker Swarm/Docker Datacenter
Citrix XenDesktop
VMware vRealize
Kubernetes/Red Hat OpenShift
VMware View/Horizon View

SolidFire Case Study

Fortune 500 Telecommunications Company reduces TCO with virtualized environments


This case study of a Fortune 500 telecommunications services company is based on a March 2018 survey of SolidFire customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.


The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select SolidFire:

  • Chose their SolidFire platform because they were experiencing challenges with their existing infrastructure’s:
    • Management complexity
    • Scaling ability
    • Requirements for forklift upgrades

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of SolidFire that the surveyed company uses:

  • Uses SolidFire for Managed, Self-service private cloud, PaaS, IaaS.
  • SolidFire cluster supports the following use cases:
    • Managed / hosted private cloud
    • ITaaS, private cloud, IaaS


The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire:

  • Experienced the following benefits since using SolidFire:
    • Minimized migration times
  • Improved their everyday business with SolidFire’s scale-out architecture:
    • Reduced TCO
  • Leveraged SolidFire’s Quality of Service (QoS) to:
    • Integrate with VMware VVols/SPBM
  • Benefitted in the following ways after using SolidFire’s automation integrations:
    • Gained the ability to automate many storage tasks
    • Reduce resources provisioning and de-provisioning time
  • Realized the following savings benefits after using NetApp compared to previous data storage platforms:
    • financials (all aspects): up to 25%
    • time (all aspects): up to 25%
    • reduced risk: up to 25%
    • agility/flexibility: up to 25%
    • data accessibility: up to 25%
  • Rates the amount of administrative time the organization saved with SolidFire in the following areas:
    • routine administrative tasks (provisioning): up to 25%
    • performance troubleshooting: up to 25%
    • planning, design, and expansion: up to 25%
    • storage upgrades: up to 25%
    • integrations with tools/process: up to 25%

A SolidFire Case Study: Online Entertainment Company Chooses SolidFire Over Competition to Improve Ability to Scale


This case study of a medium enterprise media & entertainment company is based on a February 2015 survey of SolidFire All Flash Array customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“SolidFire gave us a storage back-end for our private cloud that meets performance requirements and will scale with the solution.”


  • Top features that influenced SolidFire purchase:
    • Quality of service
    • Scale-out architecture
    • Inline efficiencies
  • Experienced the following issues with previous storage platforms that have now been resolved by SolidFire:
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity
    • Scaling challenges
    • High TCO

Use Case

  • Initially used SolidFire for the following use cases:
    • ITaaS, Private Cloud, IaaS
    • Dev / test environments (OpenStack, VMware)
  • Plans on using the SolidFire platform for the following use cases within the next 12-24 months:
    • ITaaS, Private Cloud, IaaS
    • Dev / test environments
  • Evaluated the following vendors before choosing SolidFire:
    • EMC XtremIO
    • EMC VMAX, VNX or VCE vBlock
    • Pure Storage


  • Has realized the following benefits with SolidFire:
    • Increased infrastructure automation/ reduced resource provisioning time
    • Improved application performance
    • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
    • Minimized migration times
    • Reduced overall administrative tasks/time
  • Has improved in the following areas after implementing SolidFire:
    • Reducing storage costs
    • Reducing storage operating expenses
    • Lowering power and cooling costs
    • Customer satisfaction (internal or external)
  • Expects to save administrative time for the following tasks with SolidFire:
    • Overall administrative tasks: 10-20%
    • Performance troubleshooting: 10-20%
    • Capacity planning/design: 10-20%
    • Storage provisioning: 10-20%
    • Storage upgrades: 10-20%

Service Providers Challenged by Storage Scaling & Performance Choose SolidFire

What issues was your organization experiencing with previous storage platforms that have been or are anticipated to be eliminated with SolidFire?

Array sprawl
Performance issues
Management complexity
Lack of automation
Lack of integration with orchestration solutions (OpenStack, VMware)
Long deployment times
Scaling challenges
Requirements for forklift upgrades
High TCO
Required over provisioning

Scale-Out Architecture Is Key Driver in Enterprise Storage Decisons

87% of surveyed IT organizations purchased SolidFire because of the scale-out architecture.


SolidFire All Flash Array Customer Testimonial

What is your single biggest challenge in providing cloud & hosting services today?

Our single biggest challenge used to be storage, but with SolidFire’s automation this has now reduced significantly making network automation and segmentation the single biggest challenge.

Eric Neumann, Chief Technology Officer, AOD Cloud

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About NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array

SolidFire storage systems combine all-flash array performance with Quality of Service (QoS) controls and the capacity and cost effectiveness of disk. With SolidFire’s scale-out all-flash array architecture, you manage flexible pools of capacity and performance easily, and eliminate the need to deploy different architectures for various workloads. Along with reducing the data footprint, SolidFire’s storage technology radically reduces energy cost and consumption compared to traditional storage when delivering large scale block storage.

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