back to article Why NetApp shouldn’t buy Solidfire

An analyst tells me Solidfire’s technology and locations both have inherent limitations that will prevent its product business from scaling. The first point, says the analyst, is that its technology over-optimises for capacity, via deduplication, and it doesn’t have enough resources left to process and manage its metadata. …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It has been designed for

    We don't care what it has been designed for...

    Does it have the issue or not?

  2. ToddR

    Lazy journalism

    I don't know the SolidFire product, but that is a lazy bit of journalism


  3. Martin0641

    El Reg should be ashamed for this piece of non journalism.

  4. bldrco


    I've lots of storage industry experience and came to the opposite conclusion. A company that doesn't have a strong presence in or around Boulder Colorado is more limited than ones that do.

  5. Magellan

    Boulder Colorado

    The Denver-Boulder corridor has historically been an area with strong storage engineering talent. Both StorageTek and McDATA were headquartered there until they were acquired.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Better Title: Paid Shill says exactly what competitor wants him to say

    This reads more like a competitor kill sheet than a legitimate analyst commentary. Odds are high that this "analyst" was paid to say these very things by someone who competes in the space.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Guy in picture


    Oy vey, what have I done? I've acquired a toy from a McDonald's Happy Meal.

  8. Steve Chalmers

    Boulder? Not a problem

    StorageTek (long since part of Sun) established a huge Boulder site back in the late 1970s, and had no problem staffing it. Lots of spinoffs and startups since. There is not only a tech workforce there, it's a far cheaper and more pleasant (and more family friendly) place to live than Silicon Valley.

    And yes, the workforce is more stable, as it is in the whole corridor from Boise through Colorado Springs.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Boulder? Not a problem

      Hey, I'm looking to relocate... so maybe... ahhhhem

  9. jpwarren

    This is a poor piece by the usually excellent Chris Mellor.

    What evidence is there that this unnamed analyst knows what they're talking about? Usually anonymity is for insiders who need to be protected from reprisals, but who have insider knowledge that provides a useful perspective.

    This is just gossip unless it's been corroborated by at least one other source, and we need to have some information about why we should believe anything they say. What is their agenda? What biases might they have that the reader should be aware of?

    Chris, I am disappoint. :(

  10. yo_G

    Please do this deal

    Netapp just spent 10 years digesting Spinnaker. I'd LOVE for them to spend another 10 years digesting Solidfire. Clustered Solid Ontap! Kind of like a lead brick in your stomach.

    Go George! You can do it!

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Unhappy. The concrete boots to send a once great company to the bottom.

    What is it with Netapp and acquisitions. The only time they've been on the ball was Data Domain and they lost the battle.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Ditto XtremIO..."

    "extreme tech gymnastics will no longer be needed, negating Solidfire’s capacity advantage over the next two or three years, said the analyst. Ditto XtremIO’s, in the analyst's view"

    Er.... XtremIO does not in any way have a capacity advantage. It is architecturally limited to a maximum of 4:1 compression.

    1. Bcraig

      Re: "Ditto XtremIO..."

      4:1 max?....1st time I've heard that, can you elaborate? Is that just compression or compression/dedupe you are speaking of?

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    To All Sensitive and Politically Correct Souls

    It's not FUD if it's REAL

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Surprising Hit Job from the Register

    Usually I like Chris' articles. I find them on target. This one is wide of the mark. SolidFire is in all sorts of cloud companies being used in heavy stress environments and has just picked up three Best-In awards. There architecture is a ground-up approach to scalability and has features such as quality-of-service and advanced clustering that most others in the flash storage array business lack. My first inclination is to believe that the "analyst" either is not particularly competent or has an agenda. Chris, this is not journalism - this is advertisement for a competitor. Solidfire is an excellent company with excellent products. If NetApp were to buy them they would be buying an excellent highly scalable storage solution. Very surprised by (a) the slanted and poor quality of the article, (b) the "analyst" who doesn't appear to know much and (c) that you would trust what they say. Looking forward to your next article which I think will be back to your normal quality.

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