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Monday, May 11 • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Startup Stories: Dave Wright & Jay Prassl Limited

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One of the biggest pains for any web host or anyone who is trying to provide a service via servers is storage. Typically storage I/O is the most common bottleneck and can easily bring a perfectly performing network to its knees in a matter of moments.

SolidFire began in January 2010 after founder and CEO Dave Wright (@jungledave) started a company called Jungle Disk in 2007. Wright went on to sell that backup solution to Rackspace in 2008. After working closely with the Rackspace Cloud division to build a large-scale cloud platform supporting tens of thousands of users, Wright left Rackspace to start SolidFire.

Being placed in charge of figuring out all of the storage needs of a large web host, Wright developed a checklist for what was needed to solve all the storage solution challenges across multiple platforms. The problem Wright faced was he literally sought out every hardware vendor across the world, and he couldn’t find one solution that could solve all of the problems.

SolidFire was originally designed to solve the many storage problems in a multi-tenant environment, such as cloud and managed hosting, where storage resources are shared.


Jay Prassl

vp marketing, SolidFire
avatar for Dave Wright

Dave Wright

CEO, SolidFire
Dave Wright left Stanford in 1998 to help start GameSpy Industries, a leader in online videogame media, technology, and software. While at GameSpy, Dave led the team that created a backend infrastructure powering thousands of games and millions of gamers. GameSpy merged with IGN Entertainment... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 12:30pm - 1:00pm MDT
eTown 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302

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