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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%

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