NetApp Expands Its All-Flash Offerings with the Acquisition of SolidFire
This IDC Flash discusses the expansion of NetApp's portfolio of all-flash offerings through the acquisition of SolidFire. On December 21, 2015, NetApp announced the pending acquisition of SolidFire, an all-flash array (AFA) vendor, in an all-cash deal valued at $870 million. This development caps a year of maturation for the AFA market that saw the announced acquisition of EMC (with the AFA market share leader XtremIO product) by Dell, the initial public offering (IPO) of Pure Storage, the beginning of a transition to the use of AFAs as a general-purpose primary storage platform for mixed workload consolidation, and the entry of additional vendors (Oracle, Tegile, and Tintri) into this space. IDC expects the acquisition of SolidFire to significantly strengthen NetApp's all-flash portfolio.
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