Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/19/solidfire_solidifies_cloud_and_enterprise_creds/

SolidFire brings out new Carbon, says it'll make data centres more like clouds

In a good way, of course

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 19th March 2014 08:03 GMT

Cloud all-flash array startup SolidFire has announced Carbon, v6.0 of its Elements operating system - claiming it is the "most feature-rich, enterprise-class all-flash storage on the market."

For a quick review of SolidFire features read this previous Reg story and this one about its SF 9010 array.

With the new v6.0 release, SolidFire is emphasising its credentials as both a cloud service and enterprise data centre storage supplier. The supplier sees enterprise data centres taking on cloud characteristics and needing the same storage attributes as cloud storage service providers (CSPs), such as guaranteed and predictable service levels and dynamic expansion.

Dave Wright, SolidFire's founder and CEO, talks of "internal storage services that are more agile, scalable, automated, and predictable than ever before.”

New features include:

Clustering requires a minimum of five nodes:

SolidFire says the new backup facility dramatically accelerates backup performance, and both "CSP and Enterprise customers can now effortlessly scale backups for thousands of hosts and applications." Additional details about the backup facility:

The FC support should help SolidFire's arrays pass the enterprise data centre entry test, with the replication and backup/restore features sidestepping any problems over customers' existing replication and backup/restore systems supporting SolidFire's arrays.

The sixth version of the Elements OS should be generally available in the second quarter of 2014. ®