Simple. Our vision made us a big mover in the second annual Magic Quadrant.

It is that time of year again — the publishing of Gartner’s annual Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays, and nearly two months early at that.

Last year’s inaugural Magic Quadrant made it clear that purpose-built solid-state arrays are the new weapon of mass disruption. In just a few short years, a handful of innovative companies have upended the storage landscape and have brought performance to applications and parts of the data center previously unimagined.

With Gartner signaling the disruption will continue, this trend shows little sign of slowing. It predicts the total number of vendors will increase by 50%, and that 20% of current vendors will exit the market by 2017.

As a customer of flash technology, this could be an exciting or terrifying forecast, depending on your point of view. And it is for this very reason (in my opinion) that the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays is so critical for customers.

We talk to customers daily who use the Magic Quadrant and other analyst tools to shorten their flash learning curve and handicap the outcome of their storage purchase decisions. Although the Magic Quadrant is far from a crystal ball, the majority of customers use the Magic Quadrant as a great mechanism to quickly correlate companies that are pushing the envelope with that company’s staying power.

Even though a single report like the one launched today doesn’t fully get across the dynamism of the flash marketplace, comparing it with last year’s quadrant starts to paint an interesting picture. You can clearly see the companies that are progressing, stagnating, and simply heading in the wrong direction. Only SolidFire and three other companies progressed their innovation and execution capabilities.

Over the last year we have grown our enterprise business by 570%, expanded our sales, support, and marketing footprints across North America, EMEA, Australia, Singapore, Korea, and Japan, and have dramatically grown the depth of our Cloud Builders Channel through partnerships with NTT Japan, World Wide Technologies (WWT), Cambridge Computer, and Dell.

We also pushed the technology envelope in 2014 further than any other flash vendor in the market.

Some of the highlights:

  • We delivered converged reference architectures for OpenStack (2) and VMware (1), enabling customers to go from bare metal to cloud in just 90 minutes.
  • We released native support for synchronous replication, making SolidFire one of the first all-flash array vendors with this enterprise capability.
  • We launched the storage industry’s smartest guarantee, offering full Platform Compatibility and Unlimited Drive Wear.
  • And, we introduced our Element X program to enable hyperscale customers the opportunity to deploy SolidFire’s storage technology on the Cisco USC, Dell R620, or other jointly qualified hardware platform.

As proud as we are of our accomplishments, and of being named a progressive leading visionary in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant, I am far more proud of the IT services, softwares, and capabilities SolidFire is enabling. Whether it is FICO, eBay, or MercardoLibre powering its OpenStack cloud infrastructures, or ezVerify and Endicia guaranteeing SaaS performance and predictability, each SolidFire customer has their own “Great Feats of Storage” — made possible only through the use of SolidFire’s all-flash platform.

What would you and your infrastructure achieve if storage were not a barrier? We hope you take a look at SolidFire to see how we can enable you to do what has never been done.

Jay Prassl