Last week SolidFire launched the SF2405 and SF4805, and I spent some time talking about the power of mixed node cluster support and how SolidFire enables capacity mobility. Here I’ll dig into another of SolidFire’s core technologies and discuss how it directly impacts you, the service provider, your business and ultimately your customers.

Control capacity and performance independently of eachother.
Control capacity and performance independently of eachother.

If you are reading this, you’re probably already familiar with capacity virtualization and how that works. SolidFire uses the same type of virtualization concept for our cornerstone technology, performance virtualization.

So, now performance can be dialed up or down just like capacity. But the real kicker is that SolidFire lets you control performance independently of capacity. Here’s a short video explaining a little more about it.

In the past, with a slow application you had a lot to do. First, calm down the customer. Second, file a ticket. Third, fourth and fifth usually involved adding more drives, restriping the volumes across unused capacity, or just moving the customer’s volume altogether to a different less-used storage box. Yes, my eyes roll just writing this.

But in short, if you are using a SolidFire storage platform, it’s easy to respond to performance demands; just turn the performance dial for that specific volume. Yup, SolidFire’s performance virtualization means no restriping, no wondering what the striping will do to other volumes on the system, no downtime — nothing. You simply turn the performance dial and more (or less) performance is instantly available. That’s it.

The benefits of managing performance separate from capacity are significant.

  • Additional revenue. Now you can charge for IOPs in addition to GBs.
  • Lower ticketing cost. And that means increased earnings.
  • Guaranteed performance. Resulting in happier customers and less customer churn.
  • Happier customers. Read: an increased wallet share through hosting more performance-sensitive applications.

Our new SolidFire SF2405 and SF4805 storage platforms make it easier than ever to establish an all-flash infrastructure enabling you to delight your customers with on-demand performance controls for all their workload requirements.

Check out the new SF2405 and SF4805 models and learn more about how you can deploy your first all-flash array for your customers!


Mara McMahon

Mara McMahon is Segment Director at NetApp SolidFire, overseeing all go-to-market programs and initiatives for service providers.