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CRN Exclusive: SolidFire's Wright On NetApp Integration, Cisco Partnership And The Future Of Flash

Joseph F. Kovar

SolidFire: Not Just Another All-Flash Storage Company

NetApp's surprise acquisition of SolidFire early this year looked to most industry observers like a move by NetApp to catch up with the flash storage business. But as NetApp is already the world's second-largest provider of flash storage by market research firm IDC's reckoning, the acquisition appears to be really more about broadening NetApp's reach across a wide range of markets.

Dave Wright, SolidFire founder and CEO and now a NetApp vice president and general manager in charge of the SolidFire business, argues that SolidFire was built from the ground up to offer cloud-like capabilities for enterprises, service providers and hyperscale data centers. Indeed, SolidFire proved this point with the introduction this month of FlashForward Capacity Licensing, the industry's first program for selling all-flash storage as a perpetual software license with the underlying hardware as a separately invoiced item.

Wright recently sat down with CRN to talk about SolidFire's unique technology and how it and NetApp will impact each other's solution development.

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