SolidFire Now Officially Part Of NetApp

[entity display=”NetApp” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” activated=”false” deactivated=”true” key=”netapp” ticker=”NTAP” exchange=”NASDAQ” natural_id=”fred/company/3039″]NetApp[/entity] announced today that the company has completed its acquisition of scale-out flash array maker SolidFire.

I spoke to SolidFire Principal Architect Jeremiah Dooley and [entity display=”NetApp” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” activated=”false” deactivated=”true” key=”netapp” ticker=”NTAP” exchange=”NASDAQ” natural_id=”fred/company/3039″]NetApp[/entity] Flash Architect Andy Grimes at the [entity display=”TECH” type=”channel” active=”false” activated=”false” deactivated=”true” key=”technology” natural_id=”channel_3″]TECH[/entity].unplugged conference today in Austin, TX about the announcement.

Dooley confirmed that SolidFire will remain a separate entity within the larger [entity display=”NetApp” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” activated=”false” deactivated=”true” key=”netapp” ticker=”NTAP” exchange=”NASDAQ” natural_id=”fred/company/3039″]NetApp[/entity], with the existing field sales team. “Our staff and our customers were very happy to hear that all staff would be staying,” he said. The existing brand will also be maintained for a time, though Dooley speculates that it will probably be retired at some point “but not in the foreseeable future.”

From left, Tom Waldron (NetApp), Jeremiah Dooley (SolidFire), Andy Grimes (NetApp) (Photo: Justin Warren)

From left, Tim Waldron (NetApp), Jeremiah Dooley (SolidFire), Andy Grimes (NetApp) (Photo: Justin Warren)

Grimes praised the SolidFire culture, and emphasized [entity display=”NetApp's” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” activated=”false” deactivated=”true” key=”netapp” ticker=”NTAP” exchange=”NASDAQ” natural_id=”fred/company/3039″]NetApp’s[/entity] desire to maintain it now that the acquisition has completed. Dooley was keen to reinforce that being owned by [entity display=”NetApp” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” activated=”false” deactivated=”true” key=”netapp” ticker=”NTAP” exchange=”NASDAQ” natural_id=”fred/company/3039″]NetApp[/entity] only meant positive things for SolidFire. “We have access to a much bigger budget now,” he joked.

Dooley also told me that my interview with NetApp CEO George Kurian and SolidFire’s then CEO, Dave Wright is being used as a primer on the implications of the acquisition for internal staff. Kurian said at the time that SolidFire would remain a separate entity, headed by Wright. The message from [entity display=”NetApp” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”netapp” ticker=”NTAP” exchange=”NASDAQ” natural_id=”fred/company/3039″]NetApp[/entity] and SolidFire today was consistent with Kurian and Wright’s statements at the time.

Fans of SolidFire socks will be pleased to learn that new socks will be available from mid-February.

The new NetApp era SolidFire socks. (Photo: Justin Warren)

The new NetApp era SolidFire socks. (Photo: Justin Warren)

Disclosure: I traveled to [entity display=”TECH” type=”channel” active=”false” activated=”false” deactivated=”true” key=”technology” natural_id=”channel_3″]TECH[/entity].unplugged as a guest of [entity display=”TECH” type=”channel” active=”false” activated=”false” deactivated=”true” key=”technology” natural_id=”channel_3″]TECH[/entity].unplugged and [entity display=”Tech” type=”channel” active=”false” activated=”false” deactivated=”true” key=”technology” natural_id=”channel_3″]Tech[/entity] Field Day. [entity display=”NetApp” type=”organization” subtype=”company” active=”false” key=”netapp” ticker=”NTAP” exchange=”NASDAQ” natural_id=”fred/company/3039″]NetApp[/entity]/SolidFire gave me a pair of the new socks.

This article first appeared in Forbes.com here.

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