Storage and data center specialist SolidFire has announced a distribution agreement with Nissho Electronics, a Japanese distributor of virtualization, cloud computing and data center solutions. The agreement follows the opening of a regional HQ in Singapore in April, and an expansion of SolidFire’s Europe, Middle East and Africa teams.
Under the agreement, Nissho will provide its network of resellers with access to SolidFire’s SF3010, SF6010, and SF9010 scale-out/all-flash storage arrays. The distributor has also been provided with aggressive sales targets, the company said. SolidFire also offers SLAs for the storage layer.
“We’ve witnessed rapidly growing demand from large enterprises and service providers in Japan for both the performance flash-based storage arrays deliver, along with the ability to enable dense workload consolidation,“ said SolidFire CEO and founder, Dave Wright. “Nissho Electronics’ expertise in virtualization, cloud computing and data center architecture, coupled with its extensive market reach, will enable SolidFire to meet the Japanese market’s enterprise storage demands.”
Increasing pressure on enterprise IT to deliver fast and reliable services while keeping costs low has been felt globally, and Japan in particular is investing heavily in cloud, storage and data center infrastructure to solve this challenge. Industry analysts estimate more than half of large enterprises in Japan are implementing private cloud in their IT systems to support growth, innovation and agility.
“With the rapid expansion of the cloud market, our partnership with SolidFire affords the technologically mature Japanese market with an innovative all-flash storage architecture that meets today’s demands while driving greater consolidation, automation and scale across data center infrastructures,” said Nissho’s managing executive officer, Toshiki Takatsuka. “Nissho is now able to offer SolidFire’s highly differentiated features, like automated capacity and performance allocation, to enable the rapid deployment of infrastructure, applications and services – at very competitive prices.”