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Platform9, SolidFire Partner to Create Managed OpenStack

September 03, 2015

Platform9 offers OpenStack-as-a-service to businesses that wish to operate their own private clouds. SolidFire offer its own business clients the use of all-flash storage in their next-generation data centers. Now these two businesses are joining forces to combine flash storage with private cloud space for existing and potential clients.

Platform9 and SolidFire recently announced their partnership and said they are targeting all manner of enterprises and service providers with this release, the Platform9 Managed OpenStack. The announcement mentioned that enterprises that wish to manage both KVM and vSphere virtual environments can do so in the SolidFire-backed cloud. Users can lean on SolidFire's quality of service of which the partners are guaranteeing top performance.

Sirish Raghuram, the co-founder and CEO of Platform9, commented that enterprises are often hindered by complexity of deployment and maintenance of OpenStack, so both his company and SolidFire will now attempt to make those processes easier while concentrating on efficient use of virtual environments.

“Complexity of deployment and maintenance are the biggest inhibitors to ubiquitous adoption of OpenStack,” Raghuram said. “Platform9 and SolidFire are working together to not only simplify OpenStack deployment, but also enable efficient consolidation of mixed workloads across VMware vSphere and KVM.”

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What these companies will provide is a point-and-click interface business users can utilize to manage all facets of their workloads. Whether they make use of KVM or vSphere, both which Managed OpenStack supports, users can rely on the interface to make deployment and management of workloads simple. SolidFire cited its own survey when it said that customers place a top priority on time to value, so that is what this partnership means to achieve.

The quick time to launch should satisfy businesses new to cloud-based OpenStack environments. Continued performance from that point forward can solidify the experience as one worth keeping. Both companies will be on hand at this week's VMworld conference to display their collaborative product.

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