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

Violin Memory and OpenStack Momentum

by on November 20, 2014

OpenStack Summit

Much of the technology world descended on Paris recently as the OpenStack Summit held its semi-annual get-together for a meeting of the minds.  It was my good fortune to attend with colleagues from Violin Memory. We even managed to see a few local sights while we were there!

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Louis Vitton office

Fondation Louis Vitton building

This OpenStack Summit was the largest gathering ever, setting records in attendees and number of countries represented. After walking around the Summit Expo and attending many different session tracks, it became increasingly evident that enterprises and service providers have actively moved toward private clouds.

Frameworks such as OpenStack are gaining ground as companies move to leverage expertise in open communities, as well as lower costs. As proof of the momentum at OpenStack, many large (brand name) companies presented their experience and success with OpenStack implementations.

The growth of private cloud adoption has implications across all major pillars of enterprise technology: compute, networking and, most importantly, storage. As Violin Memory is a storage company, our team clearly sees the implications of moving storage infrastructures to a private cloud.

When moving enterprise storage to a private cloud, you can expect the following:

  • A need to support a wide range of workloads on a consolidated infrastructure with consistent performance and scalability
  • A need to scale on demand to support up to 10,000 users or more
  • An increased focus to control expenses through consolidation, flexibility, and efficiency
  • A desire to improve performance by creating a flash tier in the Cloud storage hierarchy

Violin has seen these trends coming and thus our support of OpenStack is not new. We announced our work on the Block Service (Cinder) within OpenStack awhile ago (see Violin Memory Joins OpenStack Foundation to Bring Flash Storage Solutions to Cloud Computing Environments).

Violin All Flash Arrays are ideal to address the typical challenges described above that companies face when implementing private clouds. This time around in Paris, we presented a case study about one of our enterprise customers who implemented OpenStack and why they chose Violin for their storage solution. See the video below to watch our own Erik Randles, VP of Alliances, present an actual OpenStack implementation.

BrownBag 2014 OpenStack Paris - Erik Randles - High Performance Flash Storage Solution

In that video, you can hear how Violin helped that enterprise to achieve its strategic need to reduce its number of data centers by almost tenfold, increase the IOPS/VM by fivefold and insulate themselves from operational spikes.

These are exciting times… We’re very much looking forward to the next OpenStack Summit in Vancouver next May!

Violin Memory to Present at NY Oracle User Group

by on November 11, 2014


Attend the December general meeting of the New York Oracle User Group and find out how to achieve top performance with LXC Linux Containers.

LXC Linux Container

Hear Gilbert Standen, Solution Architect for Oracle and Virtualization, share how bare metal performance can be achieved for Linux Containers on all-flash arrays. Gilbert has been a DBA for over 20 years and has presented at Oracle user groups for many years. Gilbert posits that LXC containers could become a new growth area as they continue to go into production.

Gilbert says, “There’s no need to let the limitations of hypervisor hurt the performance of your virtualization.”


Gilbert continues, “LXC Linux Containers have no hypervisor so they run at bare metal speed, yet they offer the efficient use of resource because tens or hundreds of discrete containers can run on a single server host at bare metal utilizations.”

Event: December General Meeting for the New York Oracle User Group
Presentation: Building Oracle on LXC Linux Containers
Presenter: Gilbert Standen, Solution Architect for Oracle & Virtualization, Violin Memory
Date: Thursday, December 11th
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Borough of Manhattan Community College; 199 Chambers Street, NY NY 10007
Cost: $35 for non-members; free for members
Registration: Click here to register.  Advance registration highly recommended.  Substantial security at this venue.

If bare metal utilization sounds sexy to you, come out and hear Gilbert Standen share how virtualization – even in the financial industry – can perform at optimal levels when running on all-flash arrays.  See other Oracle luminaries presenting at this event:


  • Kuassi Mensah
    Oracle Corp. Product Director for Hadoop and Java products
  • Mike Ault
    A legendary name among Oracle users and author of 24 books on Oracle
  • Bobby Curtis
    Senior Technical Consultant for Enkitec, a global systems integrator for Oracle

We hope to see you at this valuable event held on the beautiful campus at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Modernize Your Data Platform, a Workshop Series with Microsoft & Violin Memory

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Can your data platform keep up with increasing demand?


Learn how to avoid sprawl — and modernize your data platform.  Attend any one of these half-day workshops and learn new approaches to modernize your data platform. These half-day sessions are delivered jointly by Microsoft and Violin Memory at locations across the United Kingdom.

Join us in Birmingham, London, York, Reading or Manchester

Learn how to identify the key challenges associated with data platform sprawl. In presentations and hands-on activities, learn how the Microsoft Cloud OS can improve the way that your data platform – and entire organization – can function. Learn how to manage your data platform to ensure reliability and top performance while reducing your licensing costs through consolidation or cloud.

In the segment presented by Violin Memory, we will share the business advantages of flash storage combined with Microsoft’s software stack. Learn about the role that flash storage plays to deliver high-performance data platforms and how these benefits are leveraged by SQL Server 2014.  If you want to modernize your data platform for top performance, this workshop is for you!

Event: Data Platform Modernization
Speaker: Ashminder Ubhi, Sales Engineer & UK Channel Partner Manager, Violin Memory
Place: 19 November 2014 — in Birmingham
20 November 2014 – in London
26 November 2014 – in York
27 November 2014 — in Reading
3 December 2014 — in London
11 February 2015 – in Manchester
Cost: Free
Max: Space is limited to a maximum of 10 people per session.
Sign up early to ensure your registration!
Potential for more sessions to be added – bookmark this page and check back!

For more information about Violin Memory and our work with Microsoft, be sure to see our Windows Flash Array. The Violin Memory Team encourages you to make the most of your data platform. We hope to see you at one of these sessions in Birmingham, London, York, Reading or Manchester.

Chat with Team Violin this month in Manhattan, Paris, Seattle & Austin!

by on October 31, 2014

Chat with Violin Memory in a town near you! Visit with Violin in Manhattan, Paris, Seattle and Austin! Find out for yourself the business advantages of All Flash Arrays from Violin Memory.

Meet us in Manhattan at Storage Decisions!

November 3 through 5, 2014

Meet Violin in Manhattan

Meet us in Manhattan at Storage Decisions! This no-fee event is geared for today’s data center professional. Learn about new tools, strategies and technologies to bolster today’s data center. On Day 2, attend the Geek Out Game Show and reception, sponsored by Violin Memory, on Tuesday, November 4, from 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm. Can’t attend in person? Follow this event on Twitter at #SDNewYork14. Click here to register.

Brown Bag Tech Talk — During OpenStack Paris!

November 3, 2014, at 12:30pm


Attending OpenStack in Paris? Join us at this event for a Brown Bag Tech Talk on November 3 at 12:30 pm. Flash-based storage solutions bring unprecedented high performance and low latency to OpenStack cloud environments. Among other benefits, flash-based storage brings better application performance with substantially lower costs through storage and compute consolidation. Hear Erik Randles, VP of Business Development, share an innovative OpenStack customer deployment that resulted in high performance and low latency in an OpenStack cloud environment. Can’t attend in person? Follow this event on Twitter at #OpenStack.

PASS Summit in Seattle

November 4 – 7, 2014

Pass Summit

Chat with Violin Memory at the world’s largest gathering of SQL Server and BI pros! Over 2000 companies from around the world send staff to the PASS Summit for top-notch training, technical tips and tricks, and to make connections to improve their skills with SQL Server. Can’t attend in person? Follow this event on Twitter at #Summit14. Click here to register.

Dell World in Austin

November 4 – 6, 2014

Dell World

Dell World offers the opportunity to learn about IT services and solutions that provide a better way for your business to innovate. At this event, find out about the Violin Memory and Dell joint solution that is pre-configured, pre-tuned and pre-tested to run on your choice of databases and applications, with additional technology from Brocade and Emulex. Find out how to reduce server core count and licensing costs when you consolidate on one platform. Can’t attend in person? Follow this event on Twitter at #DellWorld. Click here to register.

In October, Violin Plays Events in Sydney, Barcelona & Online!

by on October 22, 2014

Catch Violin Memory in a town near you! This month you can find Violin in Sydney, Barcelona – and online! Join us and find out the business advantages of All Flash Arrays from Violin Memory.

See us at TechEd in Sydney!

October 26 and 27, 2014


Join like-minded peers at TechEd in Sydney, Australia.  Hear Violin Memory talk about the extreme performance advantage and cost savings of All Flash Arrays.  Find out about the Windows Flash Array, that helps you run your mix of Microsoft workloads up to 10x faster!  Click here to learn more.

Join us Online! SAP in a Flash: The Game Has Changed

October 28, 2014 — Webinar


Learn how to achieve better database performance — at a lower cost — with a flash-based architecture. This webinar features Shawn Blevins, Vice President of Alliances at Violin Memory and Karl Heinz-Hoffman, Vice President at SAP.  See how Violin Memory and SAP, partner to offer solutions that provide fast access to data and allow for real-time, data-driven decision making.  Find out how all flash arrays from Violin dramatically accelerate SAP applications. Violin Memory will offer special incentives to webinar attendees who are ready to explore a flash architecture solution.  Register today to attend SAP in a Flash!

TechEd Europe, Here We Come!

October 28 through 31, 2014


Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe! It’s also the location for Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT professionals and enterprise developers.  At this event, you can find out how Violin and Microsoft transform data center economics with the Windows Flash Array. This is also the event to gain technical knowledge, evaluate products and take advantage of community resources to plan, architect, deploy, manage and secure a connected enterprise.  Attend TechEd Europe to learn, share best practices, and interact with Microsoft and industry experts, such as the team from Violin!  Click here to register.

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