BigAir Deploys SolidFire to Boost its Managed Cloud Services With Fast, Guaranteed Storage Performance and Scale-Out Architecture

Cloud Expo Asia Stand Q19 – SolidFire, the #1 Solid-State Array, today announced that BigAir Group Limited (BigAir), one of Australia’s leading providers of managed services and cloud-based solutions, selected SolidFire’s all-flash scale-out storage system as a single, multi-tenant platform for its cloud services, including Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). By deploying SolidFire’s fast, secure and scalable infrastructure with guaranteed storage performance, BigAir customers can choose the right levels of performance, availability, scalability and manageability to meet their business needs today and beyond.

Gartner recently estimated that the public cloud services market in Australia would reach AU$4.15 billion this year and in 2016, it is forecast to be worth AU$4.74 billion. Through its recent acquisition of system integrator Oriel, BigAir significantly expanded its traditional carrier business to cloud and managed services to meet the growing demand for cloud services. While the company previously deployed multiple flash-based and legacy storage systems, it found that none of them were built to support its customers’ pressing requirements for high-performance, cloud-based, multi-tenant environments. To boost the growth of new services, a new, modular, next-generation infrastructure was critical.

SolidFire was able to meet these needs and support all of BigAir’s cloud services by providing an all-flash architecture that ensures application predictability and facilitates mixed workload consolidation at scale. With SolidFire’s volume-level Quality of Service (QoS), BigAir can deliver guaranteed, predictable performance to its customers and eliminate noisy neighbors. Thanks to SolidFire’s linear scale-out architecture, BigAir and its customers can scale and provision performance and capacity independently and on demand throughout the entire customer lifecycle, without downtime or disruption. SolidFire also automates every aspect of storage provisioning, management and reporting, while continuously monitoring the system to ensure the highest possible levels of availability and performance.

BigAir rolled out its SolidFire-fueled DaaS services in October 2015, with IaaS services to follow in the next few months. Because SolidFire makes it simple to deploy from out-of-the-box to installation and system configuration, the platform was up and running within a few days — four weeks ahead of schedule. While SolidFire is currently deployed in two data centers, BigAir plans to extend the SolidFire infrastructure to new data centers and eventually migrate other workloads to the SolidFire platform.

“Today we manage over 70 to 100 percent of our customers’ IT functions from our data centers, with many of our customers moving more and more services to our cloud. Unlike any other vendor, SolidFire gave us an architecture that was built to consolidate and easily manage thousands of workloads,” said Richard Mitton, CTO of Oriel Technologies, a BigAir company. “From its ability to provision and guarantee performance on the fly to its modular, scale-out architecture, our customers were able to reap the benefits of SolidFire’s innovative architecture from day one. SolidFire has proven to be the driving force behind our growing and improved managed services, delivering new value to our customers and complementing BigAir’s existing carrier services.”

“SolidFire was born out of the largest data center infrastructures in the world and purpose-built to help service providers like BigAir meet its customers’ needs for a next-generation infrastructure,” said Kris Day, Managing Director, SolidFire Asia Pacific & Japan. “Our goal is to fuel our service providers’ infrastructure so they can provide better cloud services to their customers. But speed alone is not what BigAir’s customers asked for. It comes down to not only fast, but guaranteed performance in a multi-tenant, cloud environment along with efficiency, scalability and automation. BigAir is a perfect example of how the combination of all these elements can deliver IT speed and agility to their customers.”

SolidFire and BigAir will be discussing the deployment at Cloud Expo Asia, taking place in Singapore October 28-29, stand Q19. Learn how SolidFire powers the most demanding data centers in the world. Read more about how the Fueled by SolidFire program helps cloud providers define, develop and capitalize on new market opportunities made possible with SolidFire storage infrastructure.

About BigAir

The BigAir Group is an Australian public company, which has quickly grown into one of Australia’s leading providers of managed services and cloud-based solutions, networking infrastructure, and fully managed campus-based networking. We deliver by bringing together the best people for the job, and backing them with the systems, processes, technology and training that you would expect from a publicly listed company that has been providing ICT services since 2002.

About SolidFire

SolidFire is the market leader in all-flash storage systems built for the next generation data center. Leveraging SolidFire’s all-flash architecture, with volume-level Quality of Service (QoS) controls, customers now can guarantee storage performance to thousands of applications within a shared infrastructure. Coupling this functionality with in-line data reduction techniques and system-wide automation results in substantial capital and operating cost savings relative to traditional disk and basic all-flash storage systems.