Primary storage for cloud computing requires a new solution.

 

That simple truth is one of the biggest lessons I learned from my time at Rackspace.

 

Cloud computing amplifies many of the shortcomings of today’s enterprise storage systems. Demands around scalability, performance, efficiency, availability, and automation increase dramatically when you move from an enterprise environment supporting a few dozen applications to a cloud that is the backbone of thousands.

 

Since it’s inception, SolidFire has been focused on solving one critical problem: How to provide high-performance primary storage to thousands of applications in a cloud computing environment. Today we are starting to take the covers off the amazing technology we’ve built to address this challenge. Technology that has the potential to not just revolutionize the cloud computing world, but the entire landscape of primary storage.

 

Behind the technology is an equally amazing team composed of storage industry veterans from LeftHand Networks, IBM, and HP, distributed computing wizards from Cornell and Georgia Tech, and industry experience in virtualization and cloud computing from VMWare and Rackspace.

 

We’re fortunate to be backed by a team of investors from Valhalla, Novak Biddle, and NEA with both the long term vision and deep pockets necessary to help us build a world class company.

 

Over the coming weeks and months, I look forward to sharing more of our vision, our team, our product, and the groundbreaking technology  that makes it all possible.

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Dave Wright

Dave Wright, SolidFire CEO and founder, left Stanford in 1998 to help start GameSpy Industries, a leader in online videogame media, technology, and software. GameSpy merged with IGN Entertainment in 2004 and Dave served as Chief Architect for IGN and led technology integration with FIM / MySpace after IGN was acquired by NewsCorp in 2005. In 2007 Dave founded Jungle Disk, a pioneer and early leader in cloud-based storage and backup solutions for consumers and businesses. Jungle Disk was acquired by leading cloud provider Rackspace in 2008 and Dave worked closely with the Rackspace Cloud division to build a cloud platform supporting tens of thousands of customers. In December 2009 Dave left Rackspace to start SolidFire.