FICO: My Pick for the Winner of the 2016 Innovation Awards

By Ed Morgan, Senior Solution Architect, Insight, NetApp A-Team member


It’s relatively well-known that I’m a fan of “Third Platform” architectures, and how companies can leverage these emerging technologies to add public cloud agility and scalability to their own on-premises infrastructure.


FICO has long been an innovator in big data and analytics, helping companies in over a hundred countries combat fraud and make better business decisions through their software tools. When FICO launched their cloud service – the FICO Analytics Cloud – they needed a storage provider that could enable them to create a PaaS offering, analogous to what could be offered in the public cloud. Built on OpenStack, and Red Hat’s Openshift platform, FICO rapidly discovered that Ceph, whilst sufficient for general-purpose workloads, was unable to meet the needs of high-performance, tier 1 workloads.


Enter SolidFire. As the mighty Dave Hitz says, “SolidFire is storage for people that f*****g hate storage…” The simplicity of SolidFire and their API-driven storage enabled FICO to easily meet their requirements for on-demand provisioning in a multi-tenant, private cloud architecture, whilst also being able to offer guaranteed SLAs against different workloads, including not only the customer workloads within OpenStack, but also FICO’s internal Horizon VDI estate, and multiple databases like MySQL, MongoDB, Oracle, and Couchbase.


Private clouds are notoriously hard to build—trust me, I’ve built a few—and FICO’s innovative use of SolidFire and Openshift/OpenStack has enabled them and their customers to provision and deploy Big Data applications up to 70% faster, with guaranteed SLAs, performance and reliability that give companies the ability to adopt cloud analytics with confidence.


I wish FICO the best of luck with this nomination, and hope to see them continue to innovate with cloud architectures and analytics in the future.





Ed Morgan



Ed is a senior solution architect at Insight based in London, England. Ed's background is in technologies such as cloud, and converged and hyperconverged infrastructure, with a more recent focus on cloud-native applications and architectures.


With five years of experience in the British Army in locations ranging from Iraq and Afghanistan to US CENTCOM in Tampa, Florida, Ed is the guy you want in command for your tactical IT challenges.



  • Years of NetApp experience: 7
  • Certifications: NetApp Certified Data Administrator (NCDA) and NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer (NCIE), Cisco Data Center Architecture Design Specialist and Unified Computing Technology Design Specialist, VMware vExpert, Cisco Champion for Datacenter