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Q&A: NetApp, SolidFire Execs On NetApp's SolidFire Integration, Competition, Flash Storage Future

NetApp's Lee Caswell and SolidFire CEO David Wright discussed NetApp's plans for SolidFire, how SolidFire differs from and complements NetApp's other all-flash storage technologies, and partnering with Cisco and competing with Dell-EMC.

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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.

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