SolidFire is a business division of NetApp Inc. specializing in the production of all-flash storage systems. Founded in 2010, SolidFire Inc. initially sold its all-flash arrays as an independent vendor. NetApp entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SolidFire on Dec. 21, 2015 for $870 million and completed the acquisition on Feb. 2, 2016. NetApp continued to sell the SolidFire all-flash array product line under the same brand name following the acquisition.
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The SolidFire acquisition left NetApp with three all-flash array product lines: the All Flash FAS, the EF-Series, and SolidFire. The SolidFire all-flash arrays are noted for their scale-out architecture, volume-level quality-of-service (QoS) controls, and multi-tenancy capabilities. The SolidFire solid-state storage systems take aim at cloud service providers and enterprises in need of a highly scalable, distributed architecture. NetApp's All Flash FAS targets enterprise infrastructure buyers who value storage services and data management features. The NetApp EF-Series addresses application owners focused on performance and low latency.
SolidFire is based in Boulder, Colorado and reports as a separate entity to the NetApp product operations team. SolidFire founder and CEO Dave Wright headed the SolidFire business division of NetApp following the sale of his company.