SolidFire Expands into Asia Pacific with Singapore Headquarters

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Fast-growing flash storage company SolidFire is expanding into the Asia Pacific region with a new regional headquarters in Singapore, the company announced Tuesday. SolidFire is also expanding its EMEA team to support continued growth in that region.

The company recently hired storage industry veterans Kris Day to lead the Singapore office, and Ian Cooper, Director of Partnerships and Channel for EMEA. SolidFire is hiring staff in both regions, including systems engineering and technical support personnel.

Demand for cloud storage has been particularly strong amongst those providers offering SSD solutions, and SolidFire has expanded rapidly over the past year. It has formed partnerships with VMWare, OpenStack, and Citrix, and added customers including Datapipe and Internap. SolidFire also partnered with ServInt in January to offer an SSD VPS.

SolidFire boasted deployment by “more than 15 customers” in the Asia Pacific region prior to this week’s announcement.

“Strong customer response, along with a growing enterprise demand for predictable, high-performance cloud storage infrastructures has accelerated our ability to expand our presence globally,” Dave Wright, SolidFire founder and CEO said in a statement. “Each of these large scale enterprises is at a transition point. They are all defining their Next Generation Data Center and are benchmarking themselves against the operational and economic efficiencies of large scale public clouds.”

Wright also spoke to the hiring spree SolidFire’s expansion has necessitated.

“We grew our teams close to 80 percent in 2013 and expect to continue that trend throughout 2014 as enterprise IT evolves. We have a call out to the best in the storage industry to join our team this year,” he said.

The recent release of Element OS Version 6 may help SolidFire attract more international customers, as its added functionality and protocol support make it an option for “a broader set of enterprise customers,” according to the company.

SAP announced expansion into the Asia Pacific region with two data centers earlier in April, and Singapore was announced in March as the choice for LeaseWeb’s CDN point of presence in Asia Pacific.

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