Analyst Reports

Storage Mojo: SSD Limits in Enterprise Storage

Solid state drives of SSDs have taken the storage market by storm. But while they are wonderful for notebooks and desktops they have serious performance problems in enterprise storage — despite their high cost.

Clabby: Violin Extends All-Flash Array Portfolio at Both Ends

Violin Memory, well known for its leadership in all-flash storage platform solutions, has added two new options – the FSP 7600 and the FSP 7250 – to its product line. This extends the company’s flash offerings at both the high-end and the low-end, enabling enterprise customers to address both current and emerging applications/workloads.

Quocirca: Does a Proprietary Solution Automatically Mean Vendor Lock-In?

True innovation can only be achieved through doing things differently – being afraid of innovation will ensure that your organization will remain an also-ran. Embrace innovation and the performance and competitive advantage that will really help your organization perform in its markets.

Storage Switzerland: The Hard Disk Autopsy

An autopsy done on hard disk technology will find that it died because it could not keep up with the performance demands of the modern data center. Despite all the hype around software-defined “everything”, a silicon-driven world will likely be powered by hardware that is purpose-built to take advantage of the low latency and high performance of flash.

Quocirca: A Flash of Inspiration

Storage convergence based on flash media offers a different way for organisations to implement a fast, high availability data platform. It provides better data management; better expansion capabilities; more future options; and a better means of bringing storage fully into the IT platform.

Quocirca: With Flash, It's Not Just About the Software

The magnetic disk was invented over half a century ago. Apart from higher storage densities and spinning speeds, not a lot has changed over that period. It is time for a new prime storage medium to take over – and flash fits that bill. But, Flash is not just about the software; nor is it just about the hardware: it is all about the mix.

Mesabi Group: Violin Memory Plays a Melodious Tune in All-Flash Storage

What will be the technology for primary storage in the future? Disk may not be dead yet, but the future belongs to all flash arrays. How long the transition period will take is subject to discussion, but the tipping point has been reached and discussions have turned to what all-flash arrays can deliver.

IDC Vendor Profile: Laying the Foundation for the All-Silicon Data Center

This IDC Vendor Spotlight discusses the emergence of a data center, flash optimized storage architecture that IDC believes will ultimately replace traditional storage architectures as the enterprise storage workhorse of the future, making the all-silicon data center (for primary storage) a very viable proposition. One of the early entrants in this space, Violin Memory, is then profiled.

ESG Lab Validation Full Report

This ESG Lab Validation report documents the full results of hands-on testing of the Violin Memory 6000 Series flash Memory Storage array, with a focus on the performance, efficiency, and flexible scalability of these storage systems in highly virtualized, mixed workload environments.

ESG Lab Validation Summary

This ESG Lab Validation report summaries the results of hands-on testing of the Violin Memory 6000 Series flash Memory Storage array.

ESG: Windows Flash Array Lab Validation

This ESG Lab white paper validates how the Violin Windows Flash Array (WFA) combines Violin Memory’s all-flash arrays with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 into an integrated storage solution that can help organizations efficiently achieve higher performance levels for mission-critical applications in Microsoft environments.

Case Studies

Transforming Quantitative Trading Applications

Violin All Flash Arrays transform how investment firms that rely on big data computational analysis for their trading decisions are levering all flash storage arrays to accelerate key applications.

How LaSalle used Violin Memory to change the way applications are developed

Violin Memory array. The increased performance changed their system design and allowed them to reallocate resources used to tune the old system to pursue new projects.

Violin Memory Powers Core Claims Processing for Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)

GEHA, a major provider of health insurance plans for federal employees, embarked on an initiative to migrate business-critical applications from a mainframe to a modern distributed architecture. This case study illustrates the business value GEHA derived from running their core Claims Processing application on Violin flash Memory Arrays.

Collier County Delivers Online Testing at the Speed of Memory With Violin

Collier County Public Schools, one of the largest and most technologically advanced K-12 districts in the U.S., deployed Violin arrays to deliver online testing for 45,000 students. The result: dramatic performance improvements, lower IT costs, and a better end-user experience.

Pella Opens New Windows of Opportunity with Violin Memory

Pella Corporation, a leading provider of quality windows and doors, is also known for its 85-year history of innovation. When the company needed a primary storage solution for Oracle, SQL Server, and other business-critical applications, they turned to Violin Flash Memory Arrays as long-term strategic assets to improve performance, reduce costs, and stay ahead of the competition.

Brand.net Accelerates Online Advertising With Violin Memory

Brand.net, headquartered in Silicon Valley, uses Violin Memory arrays to deliver online advertising for the world’s largest advertisers while dramatically increasing IT efficiency and reducing operating expenses.

Enabling Real-Time Bidding for Online Advertising

This case study shows how flash Memory Arrays can change a business model, lower costs and have immediate impact in a fast moving and demanding business environment.

Healthcare Provider Prescribes Violin Memory for Better Patient Experiences

Violin Flash Memory Array doubles the performance of massive decision support databases for healthcare IT at high speed.

Major Telecom Accelerates Growth With Flash Memory Storage

After deploying Violin 6000 Series flash Memory Arrays 
to accelerate system monitoring and reporting, a large cellular phone service provider in the Americas was able to identify and repair problems before customers even experienced them.

Flash Academy

All Flash Enterprise Storage: The Market Evolution

This article briefly discusses the market evolution for all-flash arrays (AFAs) in enterprise data centers with a view to the future and the all-flash data center.

In the Mind of a Flash Storage Buyer, Part 3

This is the final part of the trilogy on the state of mind of an enterprise flash storage buyer. Parts I and II covered the following questions: do you really need flash? and how to identify the correct flash solution?

All-Flash Array Frequently Asked Questions

Is all-flash enterprise storage expensive? The real answer to this question depends on how you look at it. From a raw $/GB price comparison, flash is more expensive than traditional enterprise disk at initial purchase. However, this is not the only cost that should be taken into consideration. Flash-based storage can support data reduction technologies, such as in-line deduplication and compression, so depending upon the applications being supported, less overall capacity may be required to store a given amount of content.

Scaling with All-Flash Storage Solutions

This article briefly discusses traditional scale up or scale out, and a smart scaling for enterprise storage and presents the advantages and challenges of each data scaling solution to help IT professionals choose the right option to meet their data growth needs.

SSDs vs. Ground Up Design for All Flash Arrays

For those IT executives and CIOs considering the shift to an all-flash data center, it is crucial to understand the difference between AFA vendors who use SSDs versus their own unique technology. This distinction can have a direct cost and performance impact on the business.

The Importance of How Data is Stored

Questions answered in this article include: Why is data so important and why must it be stored; Is flash storage really that important for your enterprise data center?

Flash Storage Wear Explained Using a Pencil and Paper

Here is a simple and elegant explanation on how data is stored in flash and how flash wears out using the analogy of using a pencil and paper to store data. Read on to learn how switching from a legacy disk or SSD-based solution to an All Flash Array (AFA) can improve performance, reduce operating expenses, and, of course, achieve better ROI.

How the Right Enterprise Storage Solution can Improve Performance and Improve ROI

Learn how switching from a legacy disk or SSD-based solution to an All Flash Array (AFA) can improve performance, reduce operating expenses, and, of course, achieve better ROI.

In The Mind of a Flash Storage Buyer, Part 2

This article covers more concerns and questions that confront IT executives and CIOs once the decision is made to buy an all-flash array for the enterprise storage data center.

In The Mind of a Flash Storage Buyer, Part 1

Enterprise storage buyers are confronted with a myriad of questions when considering making the switch to an all-flash data center.

Solution Briefs

Top 5 Reasons To Deploy the Violin Flash Storage Platform for Your Primary Storage Solution

With the Violin Flash Storage Platform, you can deploy enterprise-class all-flash primary storage and achieve very favorable CAPEX and OPEX scenarios. This set of capabilities developed from a vertically integrated design of software, firmware, and hardware enable the transition of primary storage from legacy solutions to all-flash.

Why Violin Is the Best Storage Choice for Oracle Databases

Violin Arrays ensure the lowest latency for data access, provide high bandwidth, and scale to hundreds of terabytes of data so that even the largest Oracle databases can be stored in flash memory.

Virtualize Oracle Databases with Violin All Flash Arrays

Implement successful private cloud and platform-on-demand solutions while increasing performance and reducing total cost of ownership with Violin flash Memory Arrays.

Optimize Oracle Databases with Violin All Flash Arrays

Accelerate Your Oracle-powered applications and run your entire database in memory with Violin flash Memory Arrays.

Top 10 Reasons To Run Your SQL Server Databases on Violin All Flash Arrays

Violin simplifies the configuration, usage, and management of SQL Server databases while delivering consistent and predictable performance for any data, anywhere, at any scale.

Consolidate Oracle Databases on Violin All Flash Arrays

Violin flash Memory Arrays allow you to consolidate and run Oracle Databases at the speed of memory, at a higher transactional throughput and lower total cost of ownership.

VMware Impact-Free Backup with 7000 Solution Brief

Concerto 7000 provides a better backup solution for VMware environments with no impact on production systems.

Accelerating and Scaling NAS File Servers with the Windows Flash Array

Achieve higher Windows® file server performance and efficiency through a collaboratively developed high-­‐availability all-­‐flash storage based on Windows Storage Server® 2012 R2.

Accelerating, Virtualizing, and Scaling SQL Server with Windows Flash Array

Achieve higher SQL Server® 2014 performance and efficiency through a collaboratively developed high-availability storage platform based on Windows® Storage Server 2012 R2.

Accelerating, Virtualizing, and Scaling Windows Server Hyper-V with the Windows Flash Array

Achieve a higher degree of Windows® Server virtualization density and performance with collaboratively-developed high-availability storage based on Windows Storage Server 2012 R2.

Top 10 Reasons To Run Your Windows File Server on the Violin WFA

With the Violin Windows Flash Array, you can simplify your Windows® file server infrastructure by supporting a mix of workloads including developers, databases, applications, and virtual machines on a single platform while achieving higher performance.

Top 5 Reasons To Run Your SQL Server Databases on the Violin WFA

With the Violin Windows Flash Array, SQL Server 2014 access is blazing fast so that your databases and applications can achieve higher performance from existing server investments. The unique optimization of Microsoft Windows® Storage Server 2012 R2 to leverage Violin’s All Flash Array means you can optimize your SQL Server resources and consolidate workloads to best match your organization’s needs while recouping existing IT workloads.

Top 5 Reasons To Run Your Hyper-V Applications on the Violin WFA

With the Violin Windows Flash Array, data delivery from storage is blazing fast so that your hosts can achieve higher VM density and application performance. The unique optimization of Microsoft® Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 to leverage Violin’s patented All Flash Arrays means your consolidation initiatives can now achieve their full potential and maximize your ROI while maintaining enterprise-class service levels.

Top 5 Reasons To Run Your Microsoft® VDI on the Violin WFA

With the Violin Windows Flash Array, data delivery from storage is blazing fast so that your VDI hosts can achieve higher density and performance from existing server investments.

Violin Memory Operating System

This white paper provides an overview of the storage management, data protection and storage optimization capabilities powered by vMOS in Violin Memory Arrays.

Violin Solutions for Virtualization

Maximize the benefits of VMware, Xen, and Hyper-V server virtualization by reducing latency and mitigating I/O randomization with flash memory arrays.

Why Violin Is the Best Storage Choice for SharePoint

As SharePoint deployments grow, storage performance becomes a challenge and impedes productivity and collaboration. Read about the top 5 challenges in SharePoint deployments and how Violin Memory addresses them.

Flash-Enabled Snapshots for Oracle

Violin Memory allows near-instantaneous snapshots to be taken of entire databases without disruption to production users. Flash-Optimized Snapshots allow you to explore many new avenues on the road to delivering higher-quality IT services at lower costs.

Top 10 Reasons To Run Your VMware Applications on Violin All Flash Arrays

Violin Memory delivers flash-based storage solutions that help enterprises overcome the limitations of disk-based storage and unlock the full potential of their virtual infrastructure.

Scale-out Clustering with Violin Memory and Symantec

Regain control of your data center by building a true All-Persistent Memory Database Appliance with Violin Memory Arrays and Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System from Symantec

Supercharge Your SAP Applications

Support your SAP ecosystem with flash-based storage that scales as data and users grow exponentially, without performance degradation, and without impact to other business functions.

Top 5 Reasons To Run Your Data Warehouse on Violin

Violin’s unique memory-like, all-silicon architecture is designed specifically to address the speed, scale, administration, concurrency and TCO issues plaguing modern infrastructures by allowing for every memory address to be equally accessible at the same great speed, all the time.

Cost-Effectively Scaling VDI

Accelerate and scale your VMware and Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) initiatives while reducing storage costs and improving the end-user experience.

Fast Track Your SQL-Powered Data Warehouse

Enable real-time business value with Microsoft-certified SQL Server Fast Track data warehouse solutions.

Run SAP Applications Faster and More Efficiently

Run your SAP applications and ecosystem faster and more efficiently with Violin flash Memory Arrays.

Videos

Violin Memory IOPs, Latency, and vRAID

Storage Field Day 8 with Violin Memory in Santa Clara, CA on October 23, 2015. Watch our experts take a deep dive into our Flash Storage Platform architecture and engage with independent storage experts during the event.

Violin Memory System and Fabric Architecture

Storage Field Day 8 with Violin Memory in Santa Clara, CA on October 23, 2015. Watch our experts take a deep dive into our Flash Storage Platform architecture and engage with independent storage experts during the event.

Violin Memory Flash Array Technical Details

Storage Field Day 8 with Violin Memory in Santa Clara, CA on October 23, 2015. Watch our experts take a deep dive into our Flash Storage Platform architecture and engage with independent storage experts during the event.

Violin Memory Product and Positioning Overview

Storage Field Day 8 with Violin Memory in Santa Clara, CA on October 23, 2015. Watch our experts take a deep dive into our Flash Storage Platform architecture and engage with independent storage experts during the event.

Hardware Matters

How do you conduct business in a flash? Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst of the Taneja Group, discusses what happens when data processing speeds are significantly increased at a business.

IT Insights: Talent and Technology — A Fortune 500 IT Leader Shares His Perspectives

A Conversation with John DeFeo, Former Head of Global Infrastructure at Cigna, and Former CIO at Fidelity Investments and Motorola.

Disk is Dead. Keep on Truckin', Not Keep on Spinning

Watch Mark Peters, Practice Director & Senior Analyst at ESG, discuss the transition in storage and IT from HDDs to all flash arrays for enterprise storage. He also talks about the perceived misconception of the higher cost of flash versus HDDs. Read more in an IDC white paper that positions all flash arrays becoming “the enterprise storage workhorses of record for all tiers of primary applications, as TCO benefits of flash deployment at scale are just too compelling relative to HDD-based platforms.”

ESG Analysis: Violin Flash Storage Platform

Mark Peters, Senior Analyst for Enterprise Storage Group, discusses the key differentiators of Violin’s Flash Storage Platform architecture that unlocks the performance and value of flash.

IDC Analysis: Evolving AFA Baseline Functionality

IDC’s Eric Burgener discusses the four key feature sets needed to most effectively enable mixed workload consolidation in enterprise storage.

Flash Storage Platform Introduction

Transform your primary storage and data center economics with Violin’s Flash Storage Platform™. Upgrade your primary storage with the enterprise data services, consistent performance, simplicity, and manageabilityneeded to consolidate your data center and reduce CAPEX and OPEX.

Architecture Walkthrough of Violin Memory All Flash Array (Part 3 of 3)

In part three of this three-part series, hear Vikas Ratna, Director of Advanced Technology at Violin Memory, review the software stack that powers Violin arrays and drives integration into the ecosystem. For more information, be sure to watch parts two and three to walk through the architecture of the Violin Memory All Flash Array.

Architecture Walkthrough of Violin Memory All Flash Array (Part 2 of 3)

In part two of this three-part series, hear Vikas Ratna, Director of Advanced Technology at Violin Memory, talk about the deduplication algorithm that we have put in place with the release of the Concerto 2200. Vikas shares the key algorithm as to what happens to the data as they make the array into our system.

Architecture Walkthrough of Violin Memory All Flash Array (Part 1 of 3)

In part one of this three-part series, hear Vikas Ratna, Director of Advanced Technology at Violin Memory, explain the system architecture of the Violin All Flash Array. Learn how Violin software and hardware work in concert to deliver unparalleled economics, reliability, and performance.

Webinar: Why Use Flash in an SQL Server Environment?

Find out the benefits of a seamlessly integrated approach to all-flash storage for your Microsoft SQL Server environment. Learn about the challenges and pitfalls to avoid when selecting performance-based storage with enterprise data services. Find out how to consolidate and optimize your SQL Server instances, optimize your Hyper-V infrastructure, and plan for SQL Server growth.

Windows Flash Array Features & Benefits

Learn how you can run your mix of Microsoft Hyper-V workloads up to 10x faster with the Windows Flash Array. The Windows Flash Array supports Hyper-V applications by providing consistent speed and reliability — far beyond other solutions.

Violin Symphony: Manage Petabytes of Flash Memory Storage At the Swipe of Your Fingertips

Watch this demo to see how you can manage and control all of your Violin flash Memory Arrays through a single, web interface using Violin Symphony – at your desktop, on your tablet, or through your mobile device.

The Taneja Group: Hardware Architecture Matters

How do you conduct business in a flash? Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst of the Taneja Group, discusses what happens when data processing speeds are significantly increased at a business.

IDC Analysis: The All Flash Data Center

How do you conduct business in a flash? Eric Burgener, Research Director of Storage at IDC, asks: What is a flash optimized Storage Architecture — and what can it do for your business?

Video Case Study: Australian Dept. of Defense

Listen to John Loveall, Microsoft Program Manager, describe how the Australian Department of Defense achieves higher performance and greater virtualization with the Windows Flash Array. This case study is part of John’s TechEd session on advanced storage solutions based on Windows Storage Server 2012 R2.

Violin WFA Overview at TechEd 2014

Listen to John Loveall, Microsoft Program Manager, provide an overview of the Windows Flash Array as part of his TechEd session on advanced storage solutions based on Windows Storage Server 2012 R2. In this video, you will learn how to achieve higher performance and transform the IT economics for Microsoft® applications in physical, virtual, and Microsoft Azure™ cloud environments.

Whitepapers

Deploying Oracle on Violin All Flash Arrays

This document illustrates how to deploy Oracle on a Violin All Flash Array. Storage provisioning and database creation are covered. Also included are examples and explanations of performance tests and results.

Transforming Oracle Applications with Flash-Optimized Snapshots

This white paper describes how Violin Memory flash-optimized snapshots allow customers to create multiple up-to-date copies of their data, accessible at the speed of memory, without requiring additional storage infrastructure and without incurring performance penalties on the master copy.

Violin Symphony Whitepaper

This white paper illustrates how Violin Symphony provides a simple, unified experience for managing multiple Violin Memory Arrays. Symphony facilitates scale-out deployment of large numbers of Memory Arrays in the data center with a wide suite of next generation storage management features.

Optimizing OVM Virtualization with Violin Memory Arrays

This document contains guidelines and best practices for solutions integrating Violin Memory Arrays with Oracle OVM. It details what is possible within an OVM Virtual environment and the implications of deployment decisions on the performance.

Removing Performance Bottlenecks in Databases with Red Hat

Enterprise Linux and Violin Memory Flash Storage Arrays
This technical paper examines the performance of database applications running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with Violin Flash Memory arrays.

Benchmarking Cassandra on Violin

This technical report presents the results of a benchmark test performed by Locomatix, Inc. on Apache’s Cassandra open source distributed database management system utilizing the Violin flash memory arrays for primary storage.

Benchmarking Hadoop and HBase on Violin

This benchmark report demonstrates the performance advantages of running Hadoop and HBase on Violin flash Memory Arrays for Big Data implementations.

VDI for Federal Government Agencies

This reference architecture from Force3 describes a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that utilizes flash-based arrays from Violin Memory, along with Cisco UCS hardware and VMware View VDI software.