SolidFire, a start-up company that was acquired by NetApp in 2016, has developed and marketed a line of enterprise-grade, scale-out, all-flash appliances targeting cloud service providers and enterprise environments. The NetApp SolidFire platform scales from a minimum of 4 nodes to 100 nodes in a cluster and has the ability to guarantee consistent performance to every application through a Quality of Service feature. The operating system for these SF Series appliances, called “Element OS”, is now available as a software-only solution called “Element X”, that customers can deploy on hardware from SolidFire’s compatibility list.
SolidFire systems have historically competed against HP 3PAR StoreServ All-Flash Storage, EMC Unity, IBM FlashSystem, EMC XtremIO, Violin Systems, Hitachi F series, and other leading all-solid-state storage systems. The Element X software solution should compete more closely with flash-based scale-out, software-defined storage solutions in the Open Storage Platform.
NetApp SolidFire Element X Product Analysis Includes: