SolidFire announces enterprise enhancements in upcoming OS release

SolidFire aims to capture its share of enterprise market with upcoming enhancements in Carbon.

Published Fri, Mar 14 2014 7:33 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:18 PM CST

SolidFire, the Boulder, Colorado based manufacturer of all-flash storage systems has announced Q2 2014 availability of Carbon, Version 6 of its Element OS. Included in this upcoming release is a whole new set of enterprise class features such as real-time replication and integrated backup & restore.

SolidFire announces enterprise enhancements in upcoming OS release |

SolidFire is providing this upgrade for free to existing customers including all the new enhancements. The new features included are:

  • Native 16Gb Fibre Channel connectivity in an active/active scale-out configuration, which can be used simultaneously with existing 10Gbit iSCSI support
  • Real-time remote replication for long distance data protection and disaster recovery, with integrated compression and deduplication
  • Mixed-node cluster support, allowing customers to mix any current-generation SolidFire nodes in a single cluster, along with future systems, giving customers immediate access to the latest flash technologies and completely eliminating the forklift storage system upgrade
  • Integrated backup and restore to secondary storage, including any object storage that supports the S3 or Swift APIs

These enhancements appear to be providing real value to their existing customer base. According to Matt Loschert, CTO of managed hosting provider ServInt,

"With mixed node support, SolidFire has eradicated the concept of 'generational' or 'forklift upgrades' common with traditional disk and other all-flash storage systems. As we scale our storage infrastructure we simply add the most current SolidFire platform without downtime or impact to our hosted customers - resources are instantly available."

Aside from ServInt, SolidFire products can be found in several other cloud data centers such as CloudSigma, Internap and SunGard. Most cloud data centers are built on 10GbE infrastructure which makes the addition of 16Gb FC connectivity of particular interest. Since fibre channel is predominantly found in large enterprises it appears that SolidFire is moving beyond just large cloud data centers and is now targeting the traditional enterprise market as well. Furthermore, by adding in the replication and backup services, SolidFire is positioning themselves to be much more than just a point solution.


Kalen has been working in the computer industry for the past 20 years in a variety of roles ranging from his early days as a hands on tech, to starting an internet cafe in the 90’s. For the past decade, he has been focused on the data storage market, helping large data centers more efficiently achieve greater scale. Having worked with the largest enterprises, vendors, and resellers in the world, Kalen contributes a unique perspective on all things related to large datacenters and distributed enterprises – hardware, software, and the human factor. His stories reflect his split personality of part businessman, part technologist. Away from the computer, you will find him in the kitchen or at the grill, cooking up something delicious for his family and friends. His dream come true will be when 3D printers can really be trusted as a kitchen appliance.

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