Saturday, December 7, 2013

Solid Performance, with a Solid Name: Welcome to Solidfire.

I had the chance to meet with the CEO and Founder of SolidFire Dave Wright while at VMworld this year. Who is SolidFire? Well, I will overview that and share a interview I had with Dave shortly.

Solid fire is a all-SSD Architecture platform, that scales and uses raid-less data protection. But if you ask me, what set's them apart on the SSD arena; I will answer with the QOS.

"Quality of service is not a feature. It is a architecture." They go in to state it is " the only way to deliver guaranteed storage performance in public and private cloud infrastructure"  source

The ability to set levels of service is critical in the service provider space. Min, Max and Burst IOPS per volume for example.

QOS Demo Video

As you can see below, the system can really push out the IO the numbers.

As you can see, fairly straight forward on the hardware side, however, I would recommend dedicated switching.


What else? Add features like a array solutions,  VMware , openstack, to name a couple and multitenancy reporting but I won't touch on this today.

I'll wrap up with a interview of me personally interviewing Dave, Owner and founder of SolidFire.

My Thoughts?

Need a top tier, with extreme performance? Need QOS? Need multitenancy? There are a Solid reasons to consider SolidFire when looking at Storage. Now if I could get a unit in my lab...


Roger Lund

ystem Examples*

Cluster Size 5 Nodes 20 Nodes 40 Nodes 100 Nodes
Effective Capacity** 60TB with SF3010
108TB with SF6010
173TB with SF9010
240TB with SF3010
432TB with SF6010
692TB with SF9010
480TB with SF3010
864TB with SF6010
1.4PB with SF9010
1.2PB with SF3010
2.1PB with SF6010
3.4PB with SF9010
4K Random IOPS 250,000 with SF3010/SF6010
375,000 with SF9010
1M with SF3010/SF6010
1.5M with SF9010
2M with SF3010/SF6010
3M with SF9010
5M with SF3010/SF6010
7.5M with SF9010
kW at max IO Load 1.5 kW with SF3010/SF6010
2.2 kW with SF9010
6 kW with SF3010/SF6010
9 kW with SF9010
12kW with SF3010/SF6010
18 kW with SF9010
30kW with SF3010/SF6010
45 kW with SF9010
Rack Units 5RU 20RU (half rack) 40RU (full rack) 100RU
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Fine-grain, per-volume settings

SolidFire's QoS functionality lets cloud providers set and control the fine-grain performance levels for every volume and guarantee application performance with firm SLAs.
  • Min IOPS - The minimum number of I/O operations per-second that are always available to the volume, ensuring a guaranteed level of performance even in failure conditions.
  • Max IOPS - The maximum number of sustained I/O operations per-second that a volume can process over an extended period of time.
  • Burst IOPS - The maximum number of I/O operations per-second that a volume will be allowed to process during a spike in demand, particularly effective for data migration, large file transfers, database checkpoints, and other uneven latency sensitive worklo
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Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture

- See more at:

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

- See more at:

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

- See more at:

Quality of Service is not a feature.

It is an architecture.

- See more at:

Friday, October 25, 2013

EMC Elect 2014 Judge

I am proud to announce on  and that I was selected to be one of the judges that will choose the 2014 EMC Elect!  I was selected as EMC Elect 2013 which was the inaugural year of the program.  Some of you may be asking what the EMC Elect is.  Head on over to this site to answer that question:

I was chosen as an EMC Elect due to my community contributions to Twitter, blogs and EMC Community Network (ECN) participation.  We will be contacting all of those nominated soon and start the judging process thereafter.  Those selected as 2014 EMC Elect will be notified in January.

I am excited for this opportunity to give back to the EMC community.  I have never been a judge for anything so it will be a learning process.  It will be tough narrowing the nominations down but anything challenging is always rewarding.  If you have been nominated, I wish you good luck!  I cannot wait to help pick the next round of EMC Elect champions!