Q&A: NetApp, SolidFire Execs On NetApp's SolidFire Integration, Competition, Flash Storage Future
Joseph F. Kovar
NetApp's SolidFire Acquisition Closed: Now The Questions Get Answered
NetApp in December surprised the IT world with its announcement that it would acquire SolidFire, one of a handful of startups in the all-flash storage industry. The deal brought a legacy storage vendor -- in the throes of a long transition to modernize its architecture and embrace the all-flash revolution -- together with a nimble startup whose technology was designed for modern high-performance applications and hyper-scale data centers.
Now that the deal has closed, NetApp and SolidFire are ready to answer key questions around the acquisition, including:
-- Why did NetApp want to buy SolidFire?
-- Why didn't SolidFire stay independent?
-- How will the two integrate their product lines?
-- What does this mean for NetApp's ability to compete in the all-flash world?
CRN discussed these questions and more with Lee Caswell, NetApp vice president of products and solutions marketing, and David Wright, SolidFire CEO.