SolidFire, an American flash-storage and software-development company based in Boulder, Colorado, employed over 400 people worldwide as of 2015. It has additional offices in Australia, England, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.
Founded in 2010 by Dave Wright, Solidfire originally sold its software-defined storage to private cloud storage companies. Previously, Wright was the first engineer hired by GameSpy, which was later sold to IGN. He was chief architect at IGN through its merger with Fox Interactive Media when IGN was acquired by News Corp, Fox Interactive Media’s parent company, in 2005. Wright left the company and founded Jungledisk which was acquired by Rackspace in 2008. He then created SolidFire the following year and launched the company in stealth mode in 2010.
The company relocated its headquarters from Atlanta, Georgia to Boulder in 2011, and in 2012, the company began selling its arrays to both private and public consumers.
In 2015, SolidFire launched its Element OS Oxygen platform, and Gartner ranked the company as No. 1 in five categories including and high-performance computing on its 2015.
In December 2015, NetApp bought SolidFire for $870 million in cash. Close of the transaction is anticipated to conclude in the fourth quarter of 2016
In October 2014, SolidFire received $82 million in its Series D funding round, the technology start-up industry’s largest venture capital round of the year in Colorado. The company has raised a total of $150 million in funding after its establishment from investors including Samsung, New Enterprise Associates and Valhalla Partners.