Windows Flash Array


WFA Features and Benefits

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Case Study: Australian Dept. of Defence

Case Study: Australian Dept. of Defense
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WFA Overview at TechEd 2014

WFA Overview at TechEd 2014
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Webinar: SQL Server in a Flash

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Transform Your Data Center Performance and Economics

Violin’s Windows Flash Array (WFA) delivers game changing performance and economics to your data center so you can do more with existing IT resources. The combination of Violin Memory’s patented Flash Fabric Architecture™, Microsoft’s fast SMB Direct protocol, and Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 means you can optimize your Windows Server environment to deliver consistent high performance on a simpler architecture with reduced CPU load for every byte, every time.

  • Achieve consistent high performance through an all-flash SMB Direct solution
  • Enterprise Data Services increase flexibility, efficiency, and operational safety
  • Scale out clusters of up to four arrays and 280TB raw capacity
  • Transform IT economics by supporting a mix of multiple Microsoft workloads
  • Pay-as-you-grow non-disruptive software license-based capacity expansion aligns CAPEX with value received over time


Enterprise Data Services for Windows environments

The WFA delivers a suite of enterprise data services categorized into Business Continuity, Data Efficiency, Data Scaling, and Data Protection. In addition, support for SMB 3.0, NFS 3.0, and NFS 4.1 provides flexibility in sharing files across multiple mixed workloads on disparate server platforms within the data center.

Business Continuity

  • Cluster-Aware Updating reduces downtime and disruption
  • Hyper-V Replica for asynch replication of VMs over LAN/WAN
  • Integration with Microsoft Azure Recovery Services
  • NTFS Availability with online scanning and repair
  • SMB Multichannel for network fault tolerance
  • SMB Transparent Failover for continuous data availability

Data Protection

  • Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs) for improved backup/restore
  • DFS Replication to synchronize folders across shares
  • Live Storage Migration for non-disruptive VM optimization
  • Replicate on-site VMs in VMM clouds to Azure with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery
  • SMB Encryption guards against eavesdropping
  • Snapshot support for h/w and s/w backup of CSVs

Data Scaling

  • Cluster Shared Volumes for Single Namespace
  • Easy cluster expansion through 3U form factor
  • Microsoft Azure Blob storage service integration for cloud-based scaling
  • Non-disruptive capacity expansion
  • Pay-as-you-grow capacity expansion (certain models)
  • Scale-out File Server (SOFS) with active-active file sharing
  • SMB Multichannel for bandwidth scaling

Data Efficiency

  • Compression for increased storage density
  • Data Deduplication for non-intrusive optimization
  • Advanced Format (4K) sectors for optimal data throughput
  • Thin Provisioning and Trim for just-in-time allocation/reclamation