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NetApp SolidFire Storage System Overview
The most complete range of enterprise class features within an all-flash array.


Start where you are. Scale to where you need to go.

Flexible, linear scalability of both capacity and performance.

NetApp SolidFire systems leverage a scale-out storage architecture that enables customers to achieve linear scale of both capacity and performance without downtime or performance impact.

At full scale (100 nodes) NetApp SolidFire's scale-out architecture natively delivers the largest and fastest all-flash storage system, designed for the Next Generation Data Center.

See how NetApp SolidFire's linear scalability compares to the competition.

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Guaranteed Performance

Perfectly balance capacity and performance for every volume.

Allocate, manage and guarantee storage performance.

Only NetApp SolidFire delivers the capability to allocate and manage all-flash storage performance independent of capacity. This patent-pending Quality of Service (QoS) control empowers you to:

  • Give applications exactly the performance they require
  • Change performance instantly without data migration or adding more disks
  • Guarantee application performance and eliminate the effects of noisy neighbors
  • Provision performance separate from capacity without wasting either one
  • Understand when storage bottlenecks occur and fix them instantly

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Run all of your applications from a single storage infrastructure.

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Quality of Service (QoS)

Guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) is not a storage feature. It’s an architecture.

NetApp SolidFire’s benchmark for true storage Quality of Service (QoS) sets the standard for delivering an exact level of performance and bandwidth within multi-tenant infrastructures. We built it from the ground up to guarantee performance for large-scale storage infrastructure despite tenant activity or failure condition – a solution made possible only through six core architectural elements.

Learn about the 6 architectural requirements for delivering guaranteed storage performance.

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Automated Management

Intuitive. Robust. RESTful.

Easily manage and automate your entire storage infrastructure.

NetApp SolidFire's management frameworks provides both an intuitive web-based user interface as well as a robust REST-based API capable of automating every aspect of storage provisioning, management, and reporting. In addition, NetApp SolidFire storage management capabilities have been integrated with OpenStack, CloudStack, Flexiant, and OnApp frameworks enabling native performance management.


LCompletely automate your storage infrastructure.

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High Availability

High Availability traditional RAID can only dream of.

Superior data protection. With consistent application performance.

  • NetApp SolidFire's Helix Data Protection provides superior high availability to traditional RAID-based shared disk designs.
  • It minimizes the performance impact of hardware failures while simultaneously protecting against software failures.
  • It rebuilds in minutes with a fully meshed process, versus hours or days for RAID.
  • It quickly self heals to restore full redundancy and protect against future failures.
  • And its shared-nothing architecture eliminates shared disk shelves, power supplies and other points of failure.

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NetApp SolidFire storage systems are built on a “shared nothing” architecture which delivers fault tolerance superior to today’s traditional disk and all-flash array systems.

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In-Line Efficiency

Breakthrough in-line data reduction technology.

Increase usable capacity without impacting performance.

NetApp SolidFire's scale-out architecture natively supports in-line data reduction without performance impact. Block-level de-duplication, compression, thin-provisioning reduce data footprints by 4 - 10x or more. While other storage architectures lack data reduction entirely — or require it be turned off for maximum performance — NetApp SolidFire's always-on data reduction provides significantly more usable capacity while eliminating hot-spots and performance vs. capacity trade-offs.

Increase usable capacity without impacting performance.

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Active Support

Continuous, proactive monitoring and diagnostics.

The 5 elements of NetApp SolidFire Active Support:

  • Proactive Philosophy
    • We monitor and alert you as soon as a problem is present
  • Secure Assist
    • NetApp SolidFire Support can securely log in to systems to provide hands-on, real-time support
  • 24/7/365 Worldwide Availability
    • International support offerings with up to 4-hour break-fix
  • Expert Tier/Level 3 Support Engineers
    • No entry level support personnel
  • Active IQ
    • Real-time health diagnostics & historical trending at the cluster, node, account & volume level

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