ViaWest today extended its cloud and storage portfolios via a partnership with SolidFire, a high-performance storage expert. Using the ViaWest KINECTed Cloud™ platform, the SolidFire storage portfolio allows even the most demanding workloads to run in the cloud.
SolidFire features Solid State Drive (SSD) technology, which uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data, unlike traditional magnetic disks like hard disk drives that contain spinning disks and movable read/write heads. SolidFire’s SSD technology, combined with high-efficiency storage architecture, allows for rapid provisioning of scalable, reliable storage. Users are able to easily dial up or dial down performance on-demand based on their needs. The combined ViaWest-SolidFire service offering delivers predictable high-performance storage with firm Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
“By combining our feature-rich, VMware-powered KINECTed Cloud with the unmatched performance of SolidFire’s storage technology, ViaWest customers will be able to provision network-accessible volumes for their cloud instances with 100% SLAs on storage performance and availability – something not achievable until now,” stated Jason Carolan, ViaWest Chief Technology Officer. “This pairing accelerates performance standards beyond what has been previously available in the cloud.”
“ViaWest continues to challenge the status quo of what is possible within the cloud,” says SolidFire founder and CEO Dave Wright. “ViaWest also places a premium on the customer experience. SolidFire’s ability to guarantee application performance allows ViaWest to set and maintain customer expectations from day one for every application within their cloud.”
This high-performance offering is optimal for heavily utilized databases, big data, virtual desktop and high-throughput virtual machines. The SolidFire platform allows ViaWest to use its data center space more wisely and take advantage of lower power consumption as a result of its unique design.
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