OnApp, SolidFire Team to Deliver Cloudy SSD Storage

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A "five stack" unit of SolidFire's alll-SSD storage units.

A “five stack” unit of SolidFire’s alll-SSD storage units.

OnApp and SolidFire have announced an integration, allowing OnApp customers to launch high performance clouds using SolidFire and its all-Solid State Drive (SSD) storage. OnApp cloud providers can now easily offer SolidFire storage for more disk-intensive applications with quality of control and guaranteed IOPS performance.

“The OnApp platform has always offered service providers a very broad range of storage choices, and SolidFire is an important new option for customers who need consistent high disk performance,” said Kosten Metreweli, OnApp’s Chief Commercial Officer. “OnApp customers like Crucial Cloud Hosting have already shown that there is real appetite for guaranteed IOPS in the market, and we’re looking forward to seeing what other cloud providers can do with SolidFire, too.”

The integration uses the SolidFire API to manage SolidFire clusters through the OnApp control panel. SolidFire storage clusters are managed in just the same way as other forms of storage in OnApp Cloud. The first cloud provider out of the gate with the joint solution is Australia’s Crucial Cloud Hosting. A video on that solution is here.

With SolidFire and OnApp, cloud providers can provision storage performance and capacity to customers independently, and guarantee disk performance for individual workloads by enabling them to choose IOPS (Input/output Operations Per Second) for their virtual machines.

“SolidFire storage is designed for performance and scale in multi-tenant clouds, so it’s a perfect fit with OnApp and its focus on the cloud service provider market,” said Jay Prassl, VP Marketing, SolidFire. “One of the great things about using SolidFire storage with OnApp is how easy it is for a service provider to take our fine quality of service (QoS) control, and present it directly to customers – it’s right there in the OnApp control panel. Now customers running disk-intensive apps and databases on dedicated hardware can get the same or better performance in an OnApp cloud – guaranteed.”

SolidFire’s all-solid state architecture offers up to 7.5 million IOPS and 3.4 Petabytes in a single cluster. This expands the appeal of an OnApp cloud to those customers that would normally rely on dedicated servers, due to performance sensitivities that other cloud storage doesn’t particularly address.

About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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