SolidFire Upends All-Flash Storage Pricing With Perpetual Software License, Separate Hardware Pricing

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Also, because the licenses are portable, customers with declining clusters can move the newly freed-up licenses to new capacity located elsewhere in their IT infrastructure. Or customers who decommission a data center or a co-location facility can redeploy the licenses, he said.

SolidFire on Wednesday also introduced version 9 of is NetApp SolidFire Element Operating System, code-named Fluorine.

Fluorine, which is expected to be available in November, allows VMware Virtual Volumes, or VVols, to integrated with SolidFire's quality of service capabilities to provide granular control over storage performance on a per-virtual machine basis, said SolidFire CEO Dave Wright. Capacity and performance can be changed on-the-fly as needed, Wright told CRN.

Fluorine also increases the scalability of SolidFire storage in Fibre Channel environments by allowing users to scale a cluster to four storage nodes compared to the current limit of two nodes. As a result, performance in a Fibre Channel cluster can reach 2 million IOPS versus the 500,000 or so IOPS maximum of the past, Wright said.

Also new in Fluorine is expanded VLAN (virtual LAN) capabilities supporting improved flexibility in multitenant environments, and a new user interface, he said.

Finally, for customers looking for all-flash storage appliances, SolidFire introduced the SF19210 with capacity from 40 TB to 80 TB, 100,000 IOPS, and sub-millisecond latency. The SF19210 also includes SolidFire quality of service capability, in-line data reduction, and integration with VMware and OpenStack.


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