Hear what the experts at Violin have to say about a variety of topics on all things Flash.

Setting the Standard: Violin Memory Asserts Technology and Performance Leadership with New Products and Announcements

by on September 16, 2016

During the Latency Matters series of blog articles, Violin demonstrated how anyone can Be Instrumental by sharing how lowering latency with all flash storage helps to win championships for their organization.

On September 14, 2016, Violin made lowering latency within enterprise data centers easier than ever with new Flash Storage Platform (FSP) products, services, and a vision that reset industry benchmarks among all flash solutions for storage area network (SAN) environments:

  • New Flash Storage Platform 7650
  • New Flash Storage Platform 7450
  • NewPlatinum Level Support Service
  • New Customer First Guarantees
  • New Vision for Next-generation All Flash Storage

Watch a replay of the Violin Memory Product Launch Webcast now.

New Flash Storage Platform 7650 and 7450

The new Violin FSP 7650 and 7450 all flash storage systems set a new standard for all flash storage within enterprise data center SAN environments by achieving previously unattainable outcomes. By delivering a full suite of tightly integrated data services, across all arrays, in a single native operating system, Violin Memory achieves leadership status across five combined key attributes:

  • LOWEST LATENCY: 200 microseconds at 1 million IOPS.
  • BEST AFFORDABILITY: $0.60 per GB of effective capacity.
  • HIGHEST DENSITY: 140TB raw capacity in a single 3RU enclosure.
  • BROADEST SCALABILITY: 5PB effective capacity with FSP 7700 option.
  • FASTEST PERFORMANCE: 2 million IOPS at 1 millisecond of latency.

As with previous Flash Storage Platform systems, both new FSP 7650 and 7450 offer tightly integrated enterprise data services including powerful data-at-rest encryption that meets the demanding data encryption standards of FIPS-140-2 Level 2 and AES 256-bit XTS.

Download a copy of the Demartek Evaluation Report validating the ultra-low latency at ultra-high IOPS performance of the new FSP 7650, including the finding “the Violin Flash Storage Platform 7650 achieved the best IOPS and latency results we have seen in our lab for a SAN-attached all-flash array.”

New Platinum Support Service and Customer First Guarantees

Violin Platinum Support Service offers customers a more personalized and proactive support experience for their mission critical data center environment, while Violin Customer First Guarantees offer five new service level assurances to customers with Platinum or Gold Support Service packages:

  • EFFECTIVE CAPACITY GUARANTEE: promised data reduction is achieved.
  • HIGH AVAILABILITY GUARANTEE: 99.9999% uptime with FSP Stretch Cluster.
  • SERVICE PRICING GUARANTEE: service renewal pricing will not increase.
  • FLASH ENDURANCE GUARANTEE: no-cost flash replacement if it wears out.
  • SCALABLE CAPACITY GUARANTEE: capacity can be purchased when used.

Violin’s new Platinum Support Service and Customer First Guarantees enable customers to get the most value out of their Flash Storage Platform investments.

New Vision for Next-generation All Flash Storage

Violin also announces a new vision that will incorporate new technologies and introduce new products to further lower latency, enhance data mobility, and facilitate cloud integration. This includes:

  • Further lowering the ultra-low latency of FSP all flash storage.
  • Enhancing data mobility beyond the capabilities of FSP Stretch Cluster.
  • Facilitating private, hybrid, and public cloud all flash storage integration.

Violin’s vision for further lowering the latency of FSP solutions includes future support for the new NVM Express (NVMe) and NVMe Over Fabrics (NVMf) technologies and standards. Violin’s vision for enhancing the data mobility of FSP solutions includes a potential future software defined storage (SDS) product—Concerto in the Cloud—that could deliver a virtualized instance of the Violin Concerto OS that could be deployed in private, hybrid, or public cloud environments.

3 Key Takeaways

  1. New Violin FSP 7650 and 7450 reset industry benchmarks for lowest latency, best affordability, highest density, broadest scalability, and fastest performance among all flash SAN solutions.
  2. New Platinum Support Service and Customer First Guarantees affirm Violin Memory’s focus and commitment to customer service, support, and success.
  3. New Violin vision for Next-Gen Storage includes a cloud strategy and innovations with Concerto in the Cloud and NVMe Over Fabric (NVMf) ready arrays.

IOPS Are Fun But Latency Wins

by on September 13, 2016

You can Be Instrumental as a performance champion to your organization by revealing how lower latency, rather than higher IOPS, wins races in all flash storage for enterprise data centers. Like a driver behind the wheel of a Formula 1 (F1) racecar, you want to win that first race. Once you do that, your goal…

Increasing Business Value with Lower Latency All Flash Storage

by on September 12, 2016

If you’ve been following our series on the importance of low latency in all flash enterprise storage, you will have read about consistency, multiple and mixed workloads, and performance. The short story is lower latency–rather than higher IOPS–accelerates databases and applications when using all flash storage: hence, latency has an incredibly relevant story from a…

Performance is Both Speed and Latency

by on August 29, 2016

When you are looking for enterprise storage, performance is what you really care about. Reliability is important, redundancy is important, compatibility is important. There are a lot of things are important, but nothing is as important as performance. The only reason enterprise storage exists is to house data and then to deliver that data to…

Street Circuit vs. Road Circuit – Lowering Latency Drives Workload Mixing

by on August 16, 2016

As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for my company, the diverse teams I lead remind me of the challenges businesses face when managing multiple and mixed workloads within their data centers. Just as a Formula 1 driver must race multiple circuits with different mixes of straights and turns using the same car, a company’s IT…