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SolidFire Case Study

Medium Enterprise Telecommunications Services Company scales with SolidFire agility

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise 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.

“SolidFire makes life easier.”

Challenges

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:
    • Performance issues
    • Scaling ability

Use Case

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

  • Uses SolidFire for Application/Workload Consolidation.
  • SolidFire cluster supports the following use cases:
    • Their public cloud
    • ITaaS, private cloud, IaaS
    • Web application(s)

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire:

  • Experienced the following benefits since using SolidFire:
    • Reduced time spent on troubleshooting infrastructure
    • Improved application/web performance
  • Improved their everyday business with SolidFire’s scale-out architecture:
    • Scaled infrastructure on demand to meet growth demands
    • Simplified growth management
    • Reduced their storage footprint using QoS and mixed workload capabilities
  • Leveraged SolidFire’s Quality of Service (QoS) to:
    • Confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Reduce/eliminate performance troubleshooting times
  • Benefitted in the following ways after using SolidFire’s automation integrations:
    • not in use
  • Realized the following savings benefits after using NetApp compared to previous data storage platforms:
    • financials (all aspects): 50-25%
    • time (all aspects): 25-50%
    • reduced risk: 50-75%
    • agility/flexibility: 50-75%
    • data accessibility: 50-75%
  • Rates the amount of administrative time the organization saved with SolidFire in the following areas:
    • routine administrative tasks (provisioning): 25-50%
    • performance troubleshooting: 50-75%
    • planning, design, and expansion: 25-50%
    • storage upgrades: 25-50%
    • integrations with tools/process: 50-75%

SolidFire Case Study

TeraGo reduces business risk with the SolidFire platform while leveraging industry-leading support from NetApp

Introduction

This case study of TeraGo is based on a March 2018 survey of SolidFire customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Lowered risk and enabled guaranteed performance to customers”

Challenges

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:
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity
    • Scaling ability

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:
    • Their public cloud
    • Managed/hosted private cloud
    • Managed/hosted dedicated/virtual server
    • Managed/hosted SAN
    • ITaaS, private cloud, IaaS

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire:

  • Experienced the following benefits since using SolidFire:
    • Improved their purchasing flexibility
    • Reduced time spent on troubleshooting infrastructure
  • Improved their everyday business with SolidFire’s scale-out architecture:
    • Scaled infrastructure on demand to meet growth demands
    • Reduced TCO
    • Experienced seamless on-premise growth
  • Leveraged SolidFire’s Quality of Service (QoS) to:
    • Confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Improve customer experience through better application performance
  • Benefitted in the following ways after using SolidFire’s automation integrations:
    • Reduce resources provisioning and de-provisioning time
    • Maintain or reduce staff needed to manage storage environment
  • 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: >100%
    • 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): 25-50%
    • performance troubleshooting: 75-100%
    • planning, design, and expansion: up to 25%
    • storage upgrades: up to 25%
    • integrations with tools/process: up to 25%

SolidFire Case Study

The City of Palmdale counts on SolidFire’s set it & forget it nature – with twice the speed of other solutions

Introduction

This case study of Office of Administrative Services City of Palmdale is based on a March 2018 survey of SolidFire customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“SolidFire has brought reliability and speed to Palmdale unlike any other. The best part is we know that it will always work. We can focus on projects and other tasks that don’t provide the reliability that SolidFire brings to the table.”

Challenges

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

  • Chose their SolidFire platform because they were experiencing challenges with their existing infrastructure’s:
    • Storage array sprawl (siloed systems)
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity

Use Case

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

  • Uses SolidFire for Application/Workload Consolidation.
  • SolidFire cluster supports the following use cases:
    • Managed database services (MySQL, MS SQL, Oracle)
    • Array/workload consolidation
    • Application consolidation

Results

The surveyed organization achieved the following results with SolidFire:

  • Experienced the following benefits since using SolidFire:
    • Reduced time spent on troubleshooting infrastructure
    • Improved application/web performance
    • Gained the ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
  • Improved their everyday business with SolidFire’s scale-out architecture:
    • Simplified growth management
    • Gained the ability to repurpose nodes geographically
    • Upgraded & expanded non-disruptively
    • Gained the ability for mixed node compatibility
  • Leveraged SolidFire’s Quality of Service (QoS) to:
    • Not use QoS
  • Benefitted in the following ways after using SolidFire’s automation integrations:
    • Gained the ability to automate many storage tasks
    • Gained the ability to automate all storage tasks
    • Integrate storage into processes and workflows
    • Maintain or reduce staff needed to manage storage environment
  • Realized the following savings benefits after using NetApp compared to previous data storage platforms:
    • financials (all aspects): up to 25%
    • time (all aspects): 50-75%
    • reduced risk: 75-100%
    • agility/flexibility: 75-100%
    • data accessibility: 75-100%
  • Rates the amount of administrative time the organization saved with SolidFire in the following areas:
    • routine administrative tasks (provisioning): 25-50%
    • performance troubleshooting: 50-75%
    • planning, design, and expansion: 50-75%
    • storage upgrades: 75-100%
    • integrations with tools/process: 75-100%

SolidFire Case Study

Tieto leverages SolidFire to eliminate noisy neighbors while saving on administration time across the organization

Introduction

This case study of Tieto is based on a March 2018 survey of SolidFire customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“SolidFire has been the first storage system which allowed us to build a service with guaranteed storage performance. I believe we’ve gotten rid of noisy neighbor issues now. I also appreciate the full API control of storage resources and the exemplary level of OpenStack integration.”

Challenges

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:
    • Scaling ability
    • Requirements for forklift upgrades
    • OpenStack integration

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
    • Dev/test environments (OpenStack, VMware, Docker, OpenShift, Kuberntes)

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire:

  • Experienced the following benefits since using SolidFire:
    • Gained the ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Reduced infrastructure total cost of ownership
  • Improved their everyday business with SolidFire’s scale-out architecture:
    • Scaled infrastructure on demand to meet growth demands
    • Reduced their storage footprint using QoS and mixed workload capabilities
  • Leveraged SolidFire’s Quality of Service (QoS) to:
    • Confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Reduce/eliminate performance troubleshooting times
  • Benefitted in the following ways after using SolidFire’s automation integrations:
    • Gained the ability to automate many storage tasks
    • Gained the ability to automate all storage tasks
    • Integrate storage into processes and workflows
    • Gained the ability to offer new or differentiated services
  • Realized the following savings benefits after using NetApp compared to previous data storage platforms:
    • financials (all aspects): 25-50%
    • time (all aspects): 75-100%
    • reduced risk: 50-75%
    • agility/flexibility: 50-75%
    • data accessibility: up to 25%
  • Rates the amount of administrative time the organization saved with SolidFire in the following areas:
    • routine administrative tasks (provisioning): 75-100%
    • performance troubleshooting: 25-50%
    • planning, design, and expansion: 50-75%
    • storage upgrades: 50-75%
    • integrations with tools/process: 75-100%

SolidFire Case Study

SolidFire has allowed the US Senate FCU to decrease its management overhead while increasing its performance and scalability

Introduction

This case study of United States Senate FCU is based on a March 2018 survey of SolidFire customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“In deploying SolidFire, our organization has achieved many goals while also resolving several points of prior contention. First and foremost, the performance for our mixed in-house workloads has been stellar. Whether it comes to MS SQL clusters, file servers, email, or even backup processing – the QoS functionality married with VVOLs does an excellent job, and we never have to worry. In addition to that, managing/growing our virtual infrastructure has never been easier, as we have all storage provisioning integrated directly through VVOLs. "

Challenges

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:
    • Storage array sprawl (siloed systems)
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity
    • Inability to simplify routine tasks
    • Scaling ability
    • Lack of ability to meet long-term requirements
    • Support for VVOLs

Use Case

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

  • Uses SolidFire for Application / Workload Consolidation.
  • SolidFire cluster supports the following use cases:
    • Managed database services (MySQL, MS SQL, Oracle)
    • Managed application services (E-commerce, messaging, collaboration)
    • Database consolidation
    • Desktop virtualization (VDI)

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire:

  • Experienced the following benefits since using SolidFire:
    • Reduced time spent on troubleshooting infrastructure
    • Increased the number of resources to offer new/differentiated services
    • Improved application/web performance
    • Gained the ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Minimized migration times
  • Improved their everyday business with SolidFire’s scale-out architecture:
    • Scaled infrastructure on demand to meet growth demands
    • Simplified growth management
    • Reduced their storage footprint using QoS and mixed workload capabilities
    • Minimized or eliminated migration times
    • Upgraded & expanded non-disruptively
    • Experienced seamless on-premise growth
  • Leveraged SolidFire’s Quality of Service (QoS) to:
    • Confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Reduce time spent planning performance requirements
    • Improve customer experience through better application performance
    • 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
    • Maintain or reduce staff needed to manage storage environment
  • Realized the following savings benefits after using NetApp compared to previous data storage platforms:
    • financials (all aspects): up to 25%
    • time (all aspects): 50-75%
    • reduced risk: >100%
    • agility/flexibility: >100%
    • data accessibility: >100%
  • Rates the amount of administrative time the organization saved with SolidFire in the following areas:
    • routine administrative tasks (provisioning): 75-100%
    • performance troubleshooting: 75-100%
    • planning, design, and expansion: 75-100%
    • storage upgrades: 75-100%
    • integrations with tools/process: 75-100%

SolidFire Case Study

Calligo saves 100% or more across all business aspects with SolidFire deployment

Introduction

This case study of Calligo is based on a March 2018 survey of SolidFire customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“It’s so easy.”

Challenges

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:
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity

Use Case

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

  • Uses SolidFire for Desktop Virtualization (VDI, DaaS).
  • SolidFire cluster supports the following use cases:
    • Managed/hosted private cloud
    • Managed/hosted dedicated/virtual server
    • Managed/hosted SAN
    • Virtual desktop services (VDI/DaaS)
    • Array/workload consolidation
    • Dev/test environments (OpenStack, VMware, Docker, OpenShift, Kuberntes)
    • Desktop virtualization (VDI)
    • Web application(s)

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire:

  • Experienced the following benefits since using SolidFire:
    • Reduced time spent on troubleshooting infrastructure
    • Improved application/web performance
    • Gained the ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Reduced infrastructure total cost of ownership
  • Improved their everyday business with SolidFire’s scale-out architecture:
    • Reduced their storage footprint using QoS and mixed workload capabilities
    • Gained the ability to repurpose nodes geographically
    • Reduced TCO
    • Upgraded & expanded non-disruptively
    • Gained the ability for mixed node compatibility
    • Experienced seamless on-premise growth
  • Leveraged SolidFire’s Quality of Service (QoS) to:
    • Confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Reduce/eliminate performance troubleshooting times
    • Reduce time spent planning performance requirements
    • Improve customer experience through better application performance
  • 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
    • Maintain or reduce staff needed to manage storage environment
    • Gained the ability to offer new or differentiated services
  • Realized the following savings benefits after using NetApp compared to previous data storage platforms:
    • financials (all aspects): >100%
    • time (all aspects): >100%
    • reduced risk: >100%
    • agility/flexibility: >100%
    • data accessibility: >100%
  • Rates the amount of administrative time the organization saved with SolidFire in the following areas:
    • routine administrative tasks (provisioning): >100%
    • performance troubleshooting: >100%
    • planning, design, and expansion: >100%
    • storage upgrades: >100%
    • integrations with tools/process: >100%

SolidFire Case Study

Medium Enterprise Telecommunications Services Company improves scale and doubles data accessibility with hosted cloud on SolidFire

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise 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.

Challenges

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:
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity
    • Scaling ability

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:
    • Their public cloud

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire:

  • Experienced the following benefits since using SolidFire:
    • Reduced time spent on troubleshooting infrastructure
    • Gained the ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
  • Improved their everyday business with SolidFire’s scale-out architecture:
    • Scaled infrastructure on demand to meet growth demands
    • Simplified growth management
    • Upgraded & expanded non-disruptively
    • Gained the ability for mixed node compatibility
  • Leveraged SolidFire’s Quality of Service (QoS) to:
    • Confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Reduce/eliminate performance troubleshooting times
    • Reduce time spent planning performance requirements
  • Benefitted in the following ways after using SolidFire’s automation integrations:
    • Gained the ability to automate many storage tasks
  • Realized the following savings benefits after using NetApp compared to previous data storage platforms:
    • financials (all aspects): 50-75%
    • time (all aspects): 50-75%
    • reduced risk: 75-100%
    • agility/flexibility: 75-100%
    • data accessibility: >100%
  • Rates the amount of administrative time the organization saved with SolidFire in the following areas:
    • routine administrative tasks (provisioning): 50-75%
    • performance troubleshooting: 50-75%
    • planning, design, and expansion: 75-100%
    • storage upgrades: 75-100%
    • integrations with tools/process: 50-75%

SolidFire Case Study

Fortune 500 Telecommunications Company reduces TCO with virtualized environments

Introduction

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.

Challenges

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

Results

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%

SolidFire Case Study

Internet Solutions realizes incredible time savings, leading to more agility with SolidFire.

Introduction

This case study of Internet Solutions is based on a March 2018 survey of SolidFire customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“There are 2 benefits of using SolidFire that stands out from all the others. The biggest being no “forklift” upgrades. This saves a lot of money for not having to prepare a location for a new array and it saves a massive amount of time not having to migrate data from the old to the new array. The second biggest benefit is being able to guarantee performance and eliminating the “noisy neighbor” effect. SolidFire is most definitely the platform to use for Service Providers."

Challenges

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:
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity
    • Scaling ability
    • Requirements for forklift upgrades
    • Rigidity or high cost of ownership

Use Case

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

  • Uses SolidFire for Application / Workload Consolidation.
  • SolidFire cluster supports the following use cases:
    • Managed / hosted private cloud
    • Managed / hosted dedicated / virtual server
    • Managed / hosted SAN
    • Managed database services (MySQL, MS SQL, Oracle)
    • Managed application services (E-commerce, messaging, collaboration)
    • ITaaS, private cloud, IaaS
    • Array / workload consolidation
    • Dev / test environments (OpenStack, VMware, Docker, OpenShift, Kuberntes)
    • Web application(s)
    • Application consolidation

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire:

  • Experienced the following benefits since using SolidFire:
    • Improved their purchasing flexibility
    • Increased the number of resources to offer new/differentiated services
    • Improved application/web performance
    • Gained the ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Minimized migration times
    • Reduced infrastructure total cost of ownership
  • Improved their everyday business with SolidFire’s scale-out architecture:
    • Scaled infrastructure on demand to meet growth demands
    • Simplified growth management
    • Reduced their storage footprint using QoS and mixed workload capabilities
    • Gained the ability to repurpose nodes geographically
    • Reduced TCO
    • Minimized or eliminated migration times
    • Upgraded & expanded non-disruptively
    • Gained the ability for mixed node compatibility
    • Experienced seamless on-premise growth
  • Leveraged SolidFire’s Quality of Service (QoS) to:
    • Confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Reduce/eliminate performance troubleshooting times
    • Reduce time spent planning performance requirements
    • Improve customer experience through better application performance
    • Consolidate platforms (virtualization, containers, private cloud)
  • Benefitted in the following ways after using SolidFire’s automation integrations:
    • Gained the ability to automate many storage tasks
    • Integrate storage into processes and workflows
    • Maintain or reduce staff needed to manage storage environment
    • Gained the ability to offer new or differentiated services
  • Realized the following savings benefits after using NetApp compared to previous data storage platforms:
    • financials (all aspects): up to 25%
    • time (all aspects): 50-75%
    • reduced risk: 25-50%
    • agility/flexibility: 75-100%
    • data accessibility: up to 25%
  • Rates the amount of administrative time the organization saved with SolidFire in the following areas:
    • routine administrative tasks (provisioning): 25-50%
    • performance troubleshooting: 50-75%
    • planning, design, and expansion: 50-75%
    • storage upgrades: 75-100%
    • integrations with tools/process: 25-50%

SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

SolidFire Case Study: Financial Services Company takes advantage of SolidFire’s Scale-Out architecture

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise financial services company is based on an August 2016 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.

“Simplify OpenStack deployments with scale-out architecture.”

“RESTful API for integration into enterprise configuration management and performance monitoring solutions.”

Challenges

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

  • Was facing the following issues before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
    • A lack of automation
    • A lack of integration with technology solutions (e.g. OpenStack, VMware)

Use Case

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

  • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Scale-out architecture
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning)
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • ITaaS, Private Cloud, IaaS
    • Dev / test environments (OpenStack, VMware)
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
    • Docker/Docker Swarm/Docker Datacenter
  • Plans to use the following technologies within the next 12-24 months to support their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
    • Docker/Docker Swarm/Docker Datacenter
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: very important
    • Consistent Group Replication: neutral
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: neutral
    • Avail. Groups / Rack Awareness: very important
    • IPv6 Compatibility: neutral

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

  • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
    • Increased infrastructure automation / reduced resource provisioning time
    • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
  • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
    • Overall administration tasks: 10-20%
    • Performance troubleshooting: 10-20%
    • Capacity planning / design: 10-20%
    • Storage provisioning: 10-20%
    • Storage upgrades: 10-20%

SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

SolidFire Case Study: Medium Enterprise Financial Services Company manages capacity and design complexities with SolidFire

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise financial services company is based on a July 2016 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.

Challenges

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

  • Was facing the following issues before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
    • An array sprawl
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity
    • A lack of automation
    • A lack of integration with technology solutions (e.g. OpenStack, VMware)
    • Long deployment times
    • Scaling challenges
    • Requirements for forklift upgrades
    • A high TCO
    • Requirements over provisioning

Use Case

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

  • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • Scale-out architecture
    • The ability to independently provision capacity & performance
    • Non-disruptive upgrades & expansion
    • The ability to automate all storage tasks
    • Mixed node compatibility
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning)
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • Database consolidation
    • Array / workload consolidation
    • Desktop virtualization (VDI)
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • VMware vCenter / ESXi
  • Plans to use the following technology within the next 12-24 months to support their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: very important
    • Consistent Group Replication: most important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: very important
    • Avail. Groups / Rack Awareness: very important
    • IPv6 Compatibility: least important

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

  • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
    • Increased array consolidation / reduced storage footprint
    • Increased infrastructure automation / reduced resource provisioning time
    • Ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Reduced performance troubleshooting times
    • Reduced TCO
  • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
    • Overall administration tasks: 60-80%
    • Performance troubleshooting: 20-40%
    • Capacity planning / design: 60-80%
    • Storage provisioning: 60-80%
    • Storage upgrades: 60-80%

NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

A SolidFire Case Study: Medium Enterprise Media & Entertainment Company greatly benefits from SolidFire’s Scale-Out Architecture

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise media & entertainment company is based on an October 2016 survey of NetApp 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.

“NetApp SolidFire allows us to scale MUCH more effectively.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array:

  • Purchased NetApp SolidFire for the following reasons:
    • Quality of service
    • Scale-out architecture
    • Non-disruptive upgrades & expansion
    • Data protection & high availability
    • Mixed-node compatibility
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression & thin provisioning)
  • Experienced the following challenges with their previous storage platforms, which they now expect to solve with NetApp SolidFire:
    • Array sprawl
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity
    • Long deployment times
    • Scaling challenges
    • Requirements for forklift upgrades
    • Required over provisioning

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array that the surveyed company uses:

  • Used NetApp SolidFire for Mixed Workload Consolidation.
  • Is currently using VMware vCenter/ESXi.
  • Prefers finding information in the following, when researching new storage options:
    • Printed materials (e.g. datasheet, solution brief, reference architecture)
    • Video demos
    • Blogs
    • Customer references/case studies

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array:

  • Evaluated the following vendors prior to choosing NetApp SolidFire:
    • NetApp FAS or FlexPod
    • HP 3PAR
    • Pure Storage
    • Nimble Storage
    • Tintri
  • Expects to see the following benefits after purchasing NetApp SolidFire:
    • The ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Increased Array Consolidation/reduced storage footprint
    • Reduced performance troubleshooting times
    • Increased Infrastructure Automation/ reduced resource provisioning time
    • Improved application performance
    • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
    • Reduced overall administrative tasks/time
  • Expects to see in cost savings or improvements in the following areas after implementing NetApp SolidFire:
    • Reduce storage costs: 11-25%
    • Reduce storage OPEX: 11-25%
    • Lower power and cooling costs: 11-25%
    • Improve customer satisfaction: up to 10%
    • Charge back for storage: 11-25%
  • Rates the amount administrative time their organization expects to save with NetApp SolidFire in the following areas:
    • Overall administrative tasks: 21-40%
    • Performance troubleshooting: 21-40%
    • Capacity planning/design: >80%
    • Storage provisioning: 61-80%
    • Storage upgrades: 61-80%

NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

A SolidFire Case Study: An Educational Institution Elects SolidFire for Performance and Ease of Use

Introduction

This case study of a educational institution is based on an October 2016 survey of NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled organization asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“In our small environment, we will save a lot of time and complexity in provisioning volumes over our previous array and not need as much downtime for patches. We typically stay up to date for our data is highly sensitive.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled organization to evaluate and ultimately select NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array:

  • Purchased NetApp SolidFire for the following reasons:
    • Scale-out architecture
    • Non-disruptive upgrades & expansion
    • Ability to automate all storage tasks
    • Mixed-node compatibility
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression & thin provisioning)
  • Experienced the following challenges with their previous storage platforms, which they now expect to solve with NetApp SolidFire:
    • Array sprawl
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity
    • Lack of automation
    • Scaling challenges

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array that the surveyed organization uses:

  • Used NetApp SolidFire for DB/VDI/File.
  • Is currently using VMware vCenter/ESXi.
  • Prefers finding information in the following, when researching new storage options:
    • Printed materials (e.g. datasheet, solution brief, reference architecture)
    • Live webinars
    • Video demos
    • Blogs

Results

The surveyed organization achieved the following results with NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array:

  • Evaluated the following vendors prior to choosing NetApp SolidFire:
    • EMC XtremIO
    • Pure Storage
    • Nimble Storage
    • Dell All Flash Compellent
  • Expects to see the following benefits after purchasing NetApp SolidFire:
    • The ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Increased Array Consolidation/reduced storage footprint
    • Increased Infrastructure Automation/ reduced resource provisioning time
    • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
    • Reduced overall administrative tasks/time
  • Expects to see in cost savings or improvements in the following areas after implementing NetApp SolidFire:
    • Reduce storage costs: up to 10%
    • Reduce storage OPEX: up to 10%
    • Lower power and cooling costs: 11-25%
    • Improve customer satisfaction: 11-25%
    • Charge back for storage: up to 10%
  • Rates the amount administrative time their organization expects to save with NetApp SolidFire in the following areas:
  • Overall administrative tasks: up to 20%
  • Performance troubleshooting: up to 20%
  • Capacity planning/design: up to 20%
  • Storage provisioning: 21-40%
  • Storage upgrades: 21-40%

NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

A SolidFire Case Study: SolidFire Enables Ease of Use, Resilience, and Thoughtful Compatibility & Design for a Large Service Provider

Introduction

This case study of a large enterprise computer services company is based on an October 2016 survey of NetApp 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.

“With NetApp SolidFire, capacity can be added closer to the time that we will actually use it. Upgrades will need less planning. Lifecycle Management will become a simple task rather than a multi-month project. Noisy neighbor issues will be solved easily. Additional storage services can be created and sold to clients. OS upgrades will be more routine with a lower risk profile.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array:

  • Expects to eliminate the following issues with NetApp SolidFire:
    • Array sprawl
    • Performance issues
    • Management complexity
    • Lack of automation
    • Lack of integration with orchestration solutions (VMware, OpenStack)
    • Long deployment times
    • Scaling challenges
    • Requirements for forklift upgrades
    • High TCO
    • Required over provisioning
  • Evaluated the following vendors before choosing NetApp SolidFire:
    • HP 3PAR
    • Pure Storage
    • Nimble Storage

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array that the surveyed company uses:

  • Purchased NetApp SolidFire for their managed / hosted private cloud services.
  • Uses VMware vRealize in support of their primary use case.
  • Prefers finding information in the following ways, when researching new storage options:
    • A customer reference/case study
    • A analyst report

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with NetApp SolidFire All Flash Array:

  • Top features that influenced the choice to purchase NetApp SolidFire:
    • Their guaranteed workload performance (QoS)
    • Their scale-out architecture
    • Their ability to independently provision capacity & performance
    • Their non-disruptive upgrades
    • Their ability to automate all storage tasks
    • Their automated high availability
    • Their mixed-node compatibility
    • Their inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, & thin provisioning)
  • Benefits realized with NetApp SolidFire:
    • Increased revenue
    • Experienced faster / easier capacity planning
    • Improved infrastructure consolidation / smaller storage footprint
    • Improved storage performance troubleshooting / fewer performance trouble tickets
    • Reduced administrative tasks / time
    • Improved time to provision resources
    • Improved integration with orchestration solutions
    • Improved operational productivity
    • Lowered overall TCO
  • Cost savings or improvements in the following areas after implementing NetApp SolidFire:
    • Reduced storage costs: 11-25%
    • Reduced storage OPEX: 11-25%
    • Lowered power and cooling costs: 11-25%
    • Improved customer satisfaction: 11-25%
    • Improved their ability to monetize storage: 26-50%
  • Saved administrative time in the following areas with NetApp SolidFire:
    • Overall administrative tasks: up to 20%
    • Performance troubleshooting: 21-40%
    • Capacity planning / design: 41-60%
    • Storage provisioning: 21-40%
    • Storage upgrades: 41-60%

SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

A SolidFire Case Study: Large Enterprise Media & Entertainment Company gains speed and agility with SolidFire

Introduction

This case study of a large enterprise media & entertainment company is based on a July 2016 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 has provided a high-performance block storage option for our OpenStack self-service private cloud, allowing customers to bring to market product and services quickly.”

Challenges

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

  • Was facing the following issues before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
    • Performance issues
    • A lack of integration with technology solutions (e.g. OpenStack, VMware)
    • Scaling challenges

Use Case

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

  • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
  • All-flash performance
  • Scale-out architecture
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • ITaaS, Private Cloud, IaaS
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
    • Docker/Docker Swarm/Docker Datacenter
    • Mesos/Mesosphere
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: very important
    • Consistent Group Replication: neutral
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: neutral
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: most important
    • IPv6 Compatibility: most important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved application/web performance
      • Ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 40-60%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 20-40%
      • Capacity planning/design: 10-20%
      • Storage provisioning: 60-80%
      • Storage upgrades: 60-80%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: SolidFire provides virtualization benefits across a Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company

    Introduction

    This case study of a medium enterprise computer software company is based on a July 2016 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 has enabled us to expand our OpenStack environment and provide much-needed virtualization for the whole company to use.”

    Challenges

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

    • Was facing the following issues before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Performance issues
      • Scaling challenges

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • Scale-out architecture
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • ITaaS, Private Cloud, IaaS
    • Dev / test environments (OpenStack, VMware)
  • Uses the following technology in support of their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
  • Plans to use the following technology within the next 12-24 months to support their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: very important
    • Consistent Group Replication: very important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: neutral
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: very important
    • IPv6 Compatibility: very important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Increased infrastructure automation/ reduced resource provisioning time
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 40-60%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 60-80%
      • Capacity planning/design: 60-80%
      • Storage provisioning: 60-80%
      • Storage upgrades: 40-60%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: Global 500 Retail Company improves time spent across the business by running on SolidFire

    Introduction

    This case study of a Global 500 retail company is based on a July 2016 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.

    Challenges

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

    • Was facing the following issues before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Scaling challenges
      • Requirements over provisioning

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Scale-out architecture
    • The ability to independently provision capacity & performance
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning)
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • ITaaS, Private Cloud, IaaS
    • Web application(s)
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
  • Plans to use the following technologies within the next 12-24 months to support their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
    • Mesos/Mesosphere
    • Kubernetes/Red Hat OpenShift
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: very important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: very important
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: very important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved application/web performance
      • Increased array consolidation/reduced storage footprint
      • Increased infrastructure automation/ reduced resource provisioning time
      • Ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
      • Reduced software development lifecycles
      • Reduced performance troubleshooting times
      • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
      • Reduced TCO
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 40-60%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 40-60%
      • Capacity planning/design: 40-60%
      • Storage provisioning: 40-60%
      • Storage upgrades: 40-60%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: Small Media & Entertainment Company thrives with SolidFire’s Ease of Use for integration

    Introduction

    This case study of a small business media & entertainment company is based on a July 2016 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.

    “This has been a game changer in terms of ease of administration and reduced power/cooling and rack footprint. The most important factor outside of the QoS is the API we are able to leverage for automation. Building tools around this is easier than with previous technologies.”

    Challenges

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

    • Was facing the following issues before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Management complexity
      • A lack of automation
      • A lack of integration with technology solutions (e.g. OpenStack, VMware)
      • Requirements for forklift upgrades

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Quality of service
    • Scale-out architecture
    • The ability to independently provision capacity & performance
    • Non-disruptive upgrades & expansion
    • The ability to automate all storage tasks
    • Data protection & high availability
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning)
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • ITaaS, Private Cloud, IaaS
    • Dev / test environments (OpenStack, VMware)
  • Uses the following technology in support of their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
  • Plans to use the following technologies within the next 12-24 months to support their primary use case:
    • Docker/Docker Swarm/Docker Datacenter
    • Mesos/Mesosphere
    • Kubernetes/Red Hat OpenShift
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: most important
    • Consistent Group Replication: neutral
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: neutral
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: most important
    • IPv6 Compatibility: neutral
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved application/web performance
      • Increased array consolidation/reduced storage footprint
      • Increased infrastructure automation/ reduced resource provisioning time
      • Reduced software development lifecycles
      • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
      • Reduced TCO
      • Minimized migration times
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 60-80%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 80-100%
      • Capacity planning/design: 40-60%
      • Storage provisioning: 80-100%
      • Storage upgrades: 60-80%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: SolidFire’s Scale-Out Architecture benefits educational environments, such as University of Illinois Springfield

    Introduction

    This case study of the University of Illinois Springfield is based on a July 2016 survey of SolidFire All Flash Array customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

    “SolidFire has made our classroom VM’s for Computer Science run 100 times faster.”

    Challenges

    The business challenges that led the profiled organization to evaluate and ultimately select SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Was facing the following issues before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Performance issues

    Use Case

    The key features and functionalities of SolidFire All Flash Array that the surveyed organization uses:

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Scale-out architecture
    • Mixed node compatibility
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • Desktop virtualization (VDI)
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • Citrix XenDesktop
  • Plans to use the following technologies within the next 12-24 months to support their primary use case:
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • Citrix XenDesktop
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: most important
    • Consistent Group Replication: neutral
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: neutral
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: neutral
    • IPv6 Compatibility: neutral
  • Results

    The surveyed organization achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved application/web performance
      • Ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 10-20%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 10-20%
      • Capacity planning/design: 10-20%
      • Storage provisioning: 10-20%
      • Storage upgrades: 20-40%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: Small Business Consumer Products Company benefits from SolidFire’s Ease of Use

    Introduction

    This case study of a small business consumer products company is based on a July 2016 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.

    “Simplicity. Performance. Scalability.”

    Challenges

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

    • Was facing the following issues before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Performance issues
      • Management complexity

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Quality of service
    • Scale-out architecture
    • The ability to independently provision capacity & performance
    • Non-disruptive upgrades & expansion
    • Data protection & high availability
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning)
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • Desktop virtualization (VDI)
    • Oracle
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • VMware View/Horizon View
  • Plans to use the following technologies within the next 12-24 months to support their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • VMware View/Horizon View
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: neutral
    • Consistent Group Replication: very important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: neutral
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: neutral
    • IPv6 Compatibility: least important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved application/web performance
      • Increased array consolidation/reduced storage footprint
      • Increased infrastructure automation/ reduced resource provisioning time
      • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 10-20%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 20-40%
      • Capacity planning/design: 20-40%
      • Storage provisioning: 40-60%
      • Storage upgrades: 60-80%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: SolidFire lives up to Simplicity & Ease of Use promises for a Medium Enterprise Hospitality Company

    Introduction

    This case study of a medium enterprise hospitality company is based on a July 2016 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.

    “We have noticed increased response times and it is easier to deploy than other storage device.”

    Challenges

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

    • Was facing the following issues before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Performance issues
      • Management complexity
      • A lack of integration with technology solutions (e.g. OpenStack, VMware)
      • Scaling challenges
      • Requirements for forklift upgrades

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Quality of service
    • Scale-out architecture
    • The ability to independently provision capacity & performance
    • Non-disruptive upgrades & expansion
    • The ability to automate all storage tasks
    • Data protection & high availability
    • Mixed node compatibility
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning)
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • Database consolidation
    • Desktop virtualization (VDI)
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • VMware vRealize
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
  • Plans to use the following technologies within the next 12-24 months to support their primary use case:
    • VMware vRealize
    • VMware View/Horizon View
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: very important
    • Consistent Group Replication: very important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: very important
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: very important
    • IPv6 Compatibility: very important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved application/web performance
      • Increased array consolidation/reduced storage footprint
      • Increased infrastructure automation/ reduced resource provisioning time
      • Ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
      • Reduced performance troubleshooting times
      • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 40-60%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 40-60%
      • Capacity planning/design: 40-60%
      • Storage provisioning: 40-60%
      • Storage upgrades: 40-60%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: Small Business Consumer Products Company improves performance and realizes importance of TCO with SolidFire

    Introduction

    This case study of a small business consumer products company is based on a July 2016 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.

    “Obviously, it was expensive, but we think it was worth the costs. We are running all mission-critical apps on the SSD and will continue to add capacity as these systems grow while maintaining system response-time performance.”

    Challenges

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

    • Was facing the following issue before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Performance issues

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • The ability to automate all storage tasks
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning)
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • We were upgrading our Oracle EBS & DB and we needed to guarantee Users the same or better performance running the new system.
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • VMware View/Horizon View
  • Plans to use the following technologies within the next 12-24 months to support their primary use case:
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • VMware View/Horizon View
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: most important
    • Consistent Group Replication: neutral
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: neutral
    • IPv6 Compatibility: neutral
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved application/web performance
      • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 10-20%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 10-20%
      • Capacity planning/design: 10-20%
      • Storage provisioning: 10-20%
      • Storage upgrades: 10-20%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: EnVen Energy Ventures achieves simplicity and monumental time and cost savings with SolidFire

    Introduction

    This case study of EnVen Energy Ventures is based on a July 2016 survey of SolidFire All Flash Array customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

    “SolidFire is simple to manage, I have never had to worry about storage as a bottleneck, and you don’t have to cross your fingers during an update because you aren’t only running on one other controller while the upgrade is occurring.”

    Challenges

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

    • Was facing the following issues before using SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Management complexity
      • Requirements for forklift upgrades

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Scale-out architecture
    • Non-disruptive upgrades & expansion
    • Data protection & high availability
    • Mixed node compatibility
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning)
  • Cites the following use cases for their initial SolidFire purchase:
    • ITaaS, Private Cloud, IaaS
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • VMware View/Horizon View
  • Plans to use the following technologies within the next 12-24 months to support their primary use case:
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • VMware View/Horizon View
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: very important
    • Consistent Group Replication: most important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: very important
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: neutral
    • IPv6 Compatibility: least important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved application/web performance
      • Increased array consolidation/reduced storage footprint
      • Ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
      • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 80-100%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 60-80%
      • Capacity planning/design: 80-100%
      • Storage provisioning: 80-100%
      • Storage upgrades: 80-100%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: Small Computer Services Company saves significant time on storage upgrades and provisioning with SolidFire

    Introduction

    This case study of a small business computer services company is based on a July 2016 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.

    Challenges

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

    • Faced the following issues that led them to consider SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Lack of automation
      • Required over provisioning

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • Quality of service
    • The ability to independently provision capacity & performance
    • The ability to automate all storage tasks
  • Uses Solidfire for the following:
    • Public Cloud
    • Managed / Hosted Private Cloud
    • Managed / Hosted Dedicated / Virtual Server
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • CloudStack
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
  • Plans to use the following technologies to support their primary use case within the next 12-24 months:
    • CloudStack
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: most important
    • Consistent Group Replication: less important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: least important
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: neutral
    • IPv6 Compatibility: very important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Increased infrastructure automation/ reduced resource provisioning time
      • Ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 20-40%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 10-20%
      • Capacity planning/design: 40-60%
      • Storage provisioning: 60-80%
      • Storage upgrades: 60-80%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: Medium Enterprise Computer Services Company realizes Ease of Use

    Introduction

    This case study of a medium enterprise computer services company is based on a July 2016 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 is easy.”

    Challenges

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

    • Faced the following issues that led them to consider SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Performance issues
      • Management complexity
      • Scaling challenges
      • Required over provisioning

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
      • All-flash performance
      • Quality of service
      • Scale-out architecture
      • The ability to independently provision capacity & performance
      • Data protection & high availability
      • Mixed node compatibility
    • Uses Solidfire for the following:
      • Managed / Hosted Private Cloud
    • Uses the following technology in support of their primary use case:
      • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • Plans to use the following technologies to support their primary use case within the next 12-24 months:
      • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
      • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: neutral
      • Consistent Group Replication: neutral
      • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: most important
      • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: most important
      • IPv6 Compatibility: least important

    Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved customer experience through better application/web performance
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 10-20%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 10-20%
      • Capacity planning/design: 10-20%
      • Storage provisioning: 10-20%
      • Storage upgrades: 10-20%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: RSAWEB combats scaling challenges with SolidFire

    Introduction

    This case study of RSAWEB is based on a July 2016 survey of SolidFire All Flash Array customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

    “SolidFire has simplified our scale out and given us increased performance on our performance tiers.”

    Challenges

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

    • Faced the following issues that led them to consider SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Management complexity
      • Scaling challenges

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
      • Scale-out architecture
      • Mixed node compatibility
      • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning)
    • Uses Solidfire for the following:
      • Public Cloud
      • Managed / Hosted Private Cloud
      • Managed Database Services (MySQL, MSSQL, Oracle)
    • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
      • CloudStack
      • VMware vCloud Director
      • Mesos/Mesosphere
      • Kubernetes/Red Hat OpenShift
      • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • Plans to use the following technologies to support their primary use case within the next 12-24 months:
      • CloudStack
      • VMware vCloud Director
      • Mesos/Mesosphere
      • Kubernetes/Red Hat OpenShift
    • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
      • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: very important
      • Consistent Group Replication: neutral
      • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: neutral
      • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: less important
      • IPv6 Compatibility: less important

    Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved customer experience through better application/web performance
      • Increased array consolidation/reduced storage footprint
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 10-20%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 20-40%
      • Capacity planning/design: 20-40%
      • Storage provisioning: 20-40%
      • Storage upgrades: 20-40%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: Internet Solutions realizes the power of SolidFire and Service Providers working together

    Introduction

    This case study of Internet Solutions is based on a July 2016 survey of SolidFire All Flash Array customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

    “As a service provider, we do not have access to a lot of clients’ hosts and this becomes a problem when we have to migrate their data to a new array. This process can take up to a year which means we still have to support the old array until they have been migrated. With SolidFire, I never have to speak to a client again regarding migrations. With QoS, we also eliminate the noisy neighbor which saves us plenty of time troubleshooting performance problems. My storage capacity in terms of space and performance is also not limited to one data center, I can move nodes around to meet demands where needed. SolidFire is the only true Service Provider friendly array on the market.”

    Challenges

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

    • Faced the following issues that led them to consider SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Performance issues
      • Management complexity
      • Lack of automation
      • Long deployment times
      • Scaling challenges
      • Requirements for forklift upgrades
      • Extended ROI
      • Required over provisioning

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Quality of service
    • Scale-out architecture
  • Uses SolidFire for the following:
    • Managed / Hosted Dedicated / Virtual Server
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Plans to use the following technology to support their primary use case within the next 12-24 months:
    • OpenStack
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: most important
    • Consistent Group Replication: less important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: neutral
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: very important
    • IPv6 Compatibility: least important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved ROI
      • Increased array consolidation/reduced storage footprint
      • Increased infrastructure automation/ reduced resource provisioning time
      • Ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
      • Reduced performance troubleshooting times
      • Reduced time spent planning capacity & performance requirements
      • Minimized migration times
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 20-40%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 80-100%
      • Capacity planning/design: 40-60%
      • Storage provisioning: 10-20%
      • Storage upgrades: 20-40%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: Calligo creates significant value with SolidFire’s Quality of Service capabilities

    Introduction

    This case study of Calligo is based on an August 2016 survey of SolidFire All Flash Array customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

    “Performance, and specifically being able to provide guarantee, is the biggest differentiator.”

    Challenges

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

    • Faced the following issues that led them to consider SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Performance issues
      • Management complexity

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Quality of service
  • Uses Solidfire for the following:
    • Public Cloud
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • VMware vCloud Director
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • VMware View/Horizon View
  • Plans to use the following technologies to support their primary use case within the next 12-24 months:
    • VMware vRealize
    • VMware vCloud Director
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
    • VMware View/Horizon View
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: most important
    • Consistent Group Replication: very important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: neutral
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: less important
    • IPv6 Compatibility: least important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved customer experience through better application/web performance
      • Increased array consolidation/reduced storage footprint
      • Reduced performance troubleshooting times
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 40-60%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 40-60%
      • Capacity planning/design: 10-20%
      • Storage provisioning: 10-20%
      • Storage upgrades: 20-40%

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: SolidFire goes above expectations for Server Choice

    Introduction

    This case study of ServerChoice is based on an August 2016 survey of SolidFire All Flash Array customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

    “SolidFire has enabled us to provide a guaranteed level of storage performance to our customers which has proven to be invaluable.”

    Challenges

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

    • Faced the following issues that led them to consider SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Performance issues
      • Requirements for forklift upgrades

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Quality of service
    • The ability to independently provision capacity & performance
  • Uses Solidfire for the following:
    • Managed / Hosted Private Cloud
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • OpenStack
    • VMware vCloud Director
    • Citrix XenDesktop
  • Plans to use the following technologies to support their primary use case within the next 12-24 months:
    • OpenStack
    • VMware vCloud Director
    • Citrix XenDesktop
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: most important
    • Consistent Group Replication: very important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: less important
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: neutral
    • IPv6 Compatibility: very important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved customer experience through better application/web performance
      • Ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
      • Ability offer new/differentiated services

    SolidFire All Flash Array Case Study

    A SolidFire Case Study: Small Telecommunications Services Company realizes Ease of Use with VMware Vcenter Plugin

    Introduction

    This case study of a small business telecommunications services company is based on a July 2016 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 has vastly improved latency and performance to our customers’ application. Increasing the datastore size or IOPS provisioned is a trivial operation now due to the ease of use of the VMware Vcenter plugin. Deploying the cluster is also vastly easier and quicker than the EMC products we were using. It’s also really nice to work with a support team that is very knowledgeable, responsive, and follows up on requests.”

    Challenges

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

    • Faced the following issues that led them to consider SolidFire all-flash storage:
      • Performance issues
      • Lack of automation
      • Scaling challenges

    Use Case

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

    • Cites the following as top features that influenced their choice to purchase SolidFire:
    • All-flash performance
    • Quality of service
    • Scale-out architecture
    • The ability to independently provision capacity & performance
    • Non-disruptive upgrades & expansion
    • Data protection & high availability
    • Inline efficiencies (deduplication, compression, thin provisioning)
  • Uses Solidfire for the following:
    • Managed / Hosted Private Cloud
    • Managed Database Services (MySQL, MSSQL, Oracle)
  • Uses the following technologies in support of their primary use case:
    • VMware vCloud Director
    • VMware vCenter/ESXi
  • Plans to use the following technologies to support their primary use case within the next 12-24 months:
    • OpenStack
    • Docker/Docker Swarm/Docker Datacenter
  • Rates the following features in terms of their importance in building their Next Generation Data Center:
    • Scale-Out with Per-Volume QoS: very important
    • Consistent Group Replication: very important
    • VVOLs Native Stor. Replication: less important
    • Avail. Groups/Rack Awareness: neutral
    • IPv6 Compatibility: less important
  • Results

    The surveyed company achieved the following results with SolidFire All Flash Array:

    • Expects to realize the following benefits with SolidFire:
      • Improved customer experience through better application/web performance
      • Increased array consolidation/reduced storage footprint
      • Ability to confidently mix disparate workloads (without performance concerns)
    • Saves the following level of time in each of the corresponding areas with SolidFire:
      • Overall administration tasks: 20-40%
      • Performance troubleshooting: 40-60%
      • Capacity planning/design: 10-20%
      • Storage provisioning: 60-80%
      • Storage upgrades: 10-20%



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