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SolidFire for VMware Solutions
Predictable Storage Performance to all of your VMware Applications


Guarantee storage performance to every virtual machine

Similar to how VMware virtualizes compute resources, SolidFire storage systems virtualize performance separate from capacity, giving IT managers unprecedented storage control. You can now provision, change and guarantee storage performance on demand without interruption or downtime.

With SolidFire’s all flash array, every VM datastore is simply better. VMwares are faster, have guaranteed performance, are fully automated and instantly adjustable without any data migration or reconfiguration.

Guarantee storage performance to every virtual machine

The SolidFire Advantage

Only SolidFire integrates with VMware's Storage I/O Control (SIOC) to provide tunable and predictable performance to each virtual machine. SIOC provides per-VM rate limiting at the hypervisor level. When coupled with SolidFire's unique Quality of Service capabilities, you can ensure end-to-end performance. By integrating with SIOC, SolidFire dynamically allocates and manages minimum, maximum and burst performance on the storage system based on per VM SIOC requirements in an integrated workflow. With automated orchestration, you can adjust each virtual machine's SIOC settings on the fly, and SolidFire's QoS will automatically adjust the volume IOPS allocation to match, eliminating storage administrator intervention and reducing overall operating costs.

Architected for Predictable Performance

SolidFire is purpose built to provide predictable performance to multiple applications in parallel. The system's REST-based API means every aspect of the storage system is automated, speeding deployment. SolidFire's performance virtualization decouples performance from capacity, virtualizing each into separate resource pools that are provisioned as needed. These resources are expanded on-demand without interruption or downtime, and datastore performance can be adjusted without complex and time-consuming storage reconfiguration.

Predictable Storage Performance to all of your VMware Applications

Only SolidFire integrates with VMware's Storage I/O Control (SIOC) ensuring system-wide, end-to-end, guaranteed performance.

VMware's vision to drive increased VM-awareness and management granularity at the storage system layer pairs extremely well with SolidFire's Quality of Service architecture.

Only SolidFire with VMware enables IT management to set and enforce fine-grain QoS policies to each virtual disk in the SolidFire storage system.

Predictable Storage Performance to all of your VMware Applications

Powering the Software Defined Data Center

VMware's vision, to drive increased VM awareness and management granularity at the storage system layer, pairs extremely well with SolidFire's Quality of Service architecture. The ability to manage and provision storage policies within the virtual infrastructure, that are then enforced down to each virtual disk in the SolidFire storage system, is a far more holistic approach than you can get from legacy storage vendors.

Integrated Disaster Recovery for your VMware Environment

SolidFire integrates seamlessly with VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM) ensuring availability and performance control for disaster recovery.

VMware's site recovery manager pairs extremely well with SolidFire's Quality of Service architecture and integrated remote replication functionality providing superior performance control for disaster recovery.

Only SolidFire with VMware enables IT management to set and enforce fine-grain QoS policies to each virtual disk in the SolidFire storage system and available at the Disaster Recovery site.

Integrated Disaster Recovery for your VMware Environment

Benefits of Running VMware on SolidFire

Deep Integration

VAAI

VAAI

SolidFire completely supports VAAI primitives allowing to you offload optimized copy operations, optimize thin provisioning, ensure storage efficiency, and realize multi-tenant performance enhancements.

SIOC

SIOC

Storage I/O Control stand-alone, can only rate limit VMs at a hypervisor level. Rate limiting a VM may serve some deployment requirements; however SolidFire’s unique Quality of Service capabilities — fully integrated with SIOC — ensures guaranteed performance control end-to-end.

VASA

VASA

When separating the control and data planes, as required by a true Software Defined Data Center, it is necessary to support holistic communication between the loosely coupled components of the system. SolidFire arrays are fully integrated with this communication mechanism.

VVOLs

VVOLs

SolidFire is an early participant in the VVOLs program. Upon release of VVOLs, SolidFire will be the first storage vendor to fully back each and every VM with a volume that has guaranteed performance.


End-to-End Quality of Service

Simplified Management

Streamlined Configuration
Streamlined Configuration
  • vSphere Client Plug-in
  • Single pane of glass management
  • Single click QoS enablement
  • No RAID configuration
  • Automatic data distribution
  • Automatic load balancing
Seamless Scaling

Seamless Scaling

  • Eliminates complex capacity planning
  • Set up once and keep scaling
  • Add capacity to VMware without storage admin impact
  • Create datastores and storage volumes together on-the-fly



Desktop Virtualization

Adaptable Infrastructure

Adaptable
Infrastructure

Lowest Cost Per Desktop

Lowest Cost
Per Desktop

Eliminate Storage Sprawl

Eliminate
Storage Sprawl

Granular Scalability

Granular Scalability

Simplified VDI Administration

Simplified VDI
Administration

SolidFire is the only storage system that can cost-effectively deliver the flexibility and adaptability required to support evolving large scale virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments.

Learn MoreGranular Quality of Service (QoS) controls coupled with a scale-out architecture enables customers to easily manage and adapt to the mixed and unpredictable workload profiles that exist in VDI environments.


Cloud Orchestration

True Multi-Tenancy

True Multi-Tenancy

Resource Agility

Resource Agility

Maximum Availability

Maximum Availability

Complete Automation

Complete Automation

Efficiency

Efficiency

VMware's market leading virtualization platform, vSphere, is a key foundational building block for accelerating a customer's journey from virtualization to cloud infrastructure.

Learn MoreBut while cloud holds significant promise, the inefficiency, cost and complexity of delivering applications built on legacy storage systems impairs the ability of enterprise IT to take full advantage of the business and economic benefits of cloud computing.


Download the SolidFire VMware Solution Brief (PDF).