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SolidFire Pushes SSD Costs Below HDD’s

The SF9010 is supposed to be the largest and fastest SSD storage system to hit the market

SolidFire, the Colorado-based all-SSD purveyor, has gotten a $31 million C round led by strategic investor Samsung, which is supplying the 960GB flash drives in its latest storage system.

The round brings SolidFire's total outside investment to $68 million.

The widgetry, called the SF9010 and the third system out from SolidFire, is supposed to be the largest and fastest SSD storage system to hit the market - at a full-scale 100 nodes - delivering 3.4PB of effective capacity and 7.5 million IOPS in a 1U with dedup and compression.

It's designed for large-scale public and private cloud infrastructure.

The 9010 is supposed to retire the old canard that flash is more expensive than hard disk storage by reportedly coming in at less than $3 a GB or below $1/IOP to HDD's upwards of $4 for 60TB-3.4PB.

SolidFire is not otherwise given to publishing its price list.

Along with the SF9010, SolidFire has released its Element OS Version 5, which adds VMware VAAI and VASA support, full encryption-at-rest without any performance impact, and more detailed per-volume and per-tenant performance reporting.

SolidFire has persuaded Colt Technology to move seven of its 20 European data centers to the 9010 at the expense of EMC and NetApp.

Philbert Shih, managing director of Structure Research, credited SolidFire's "ability to guarantee performance to thousands of volumes within a shared storage infrastructure" for the win.

Besides Samsung, SolidFire's other C round investors include NEA, Valhalla Partners and Novak Biddle Ventures Partners. The money is supposed to fund the expansion of its worldwide sales and marketing.

The SF9010 will be sold direct and available for order September 1.

SolidFire says competitive architectures can't accommodate widgetry like Samsung's. It will continue to use Intel in its smaller configurations.

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virtxpert 07/28/13 05:19:00 PM EDT

The pricing sounds like it could be similar to what Pure Storage uses, they base the price per GB AFTER dedup AND compression so the units are still quite costly to purchase, meaning you'll never see $3/GB ($3000/TB). If you can they should publicize it!