The IT industry does not officially declare "The Year of..." awards, but if it did for storage, 2013 might be called "The Year of All-Flash Arrays." IBM in its recently announced flash initiative stood as a "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" for all-flash arrays in data centers based on a purely economic analysis.
CloudSigma and SolidFire have extended that point to public cloud infrastructures. In a multitenant cloud, economics is a critically important consideration, of course, but so is being able to provide a guaranteed QoS. Without predictable performance (and that's not just for performance-sensitive data, but all data on a day-to-day basis), customers cannot commit to a public cloud.
SolidFire eliminates the noisy-neighbor QoS problem, and CloudSigma attests to the technical and economical value of this approach with its full commitment to all-SSD SolidFire arrays for primary storage. To achieve this, SolidFire has created a sophisticated architecture that provides differentiation in the same sense that an enterprise-class disk array is much more than just a bunch of disks. From an economic performance and QoS manageability perspective, all-flash arrays now command the high ground for Tier 1 primary storage arrays.
We all knew that flash's time was coming; what should be apparent to all is that time is now.
Neither CloudSigma nor SolidFire is a client of David Hill and the Mesabi Group.