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Hello Flash Storage Platform, Concerto OS 7 and Symphony 3!

by Tim Stoakes on February 17, 2015

Today, I am exceptionally proud and excited to announce the availability of our new Flash Storage Platform (FSP), powered by Concerto OS 7 and managed by Symphony 3.

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The 7300E, 7300 and 7700 Flash Storage Platform products we have announced today allow any size or type of customer, to deploy all of their primary storage on flash. The cost is as low as $1.50/GB effective, and includes all the data management and data protection features that are essential for today’s enterprise.

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The 7300E FSP starts as low as 11TB raw, offering 35TB effective, and with Pay-As-You-Grow [link to PAYG blog] can seamlessly be upgraded online and without disruption all the way to 35TB raw, resulting in 125TB of effective capacity.

The 7300 FSP also comes with Pay-As-You-Grow, and with a maximum raw capacity of 70TB, offers 217TB of effective capacity in just 3 RU.

The 7700 FSP is our newest addition to our high-end modular array line up, offering up to 1.3 petabyte effective across 6 shelves. The 7700 FSP is also the product that can deliver our zero data loss architecture, including the only all-flash platform today that natively provides the ability to build multi-site stretch clusters and synchronous replication.

The beauty of the 7700 FSP architecture is also that it is the product that allows any Violin 6000 series or Violin Concerto 7000 series customer to upgrade to a 7700 FSP and take advantage of all its capabilities, providing maximum investment protection.

All the new platforms are based on our unique and new, fourth generation Flash Fabric Architecture™ (FFA), leveraging the latest possible NAND technologies as well as set new records in terms of consistent latency and IOPS: this is the first MLC array that delivers 1 million IOPS at sub-millisecond latencies!

The new platforms also take advantage of the latest in storage networking, including 16Gb Fibre Channel and 10GE/40GE iSCSI.

Concerto OS 7 is the foundation for all of our data management and data reduction capabilities, and incorporates many features that were previewed on the Concerto 7000, introduced in 2014.

Concerto OS 7 boasts rich data management and protection features, including: application consistent snapshots, crash consistent snapshots, writeable snapshots (all snapshots are storage efficient, of course), consistency groups, thin clones, thick and thin provisioning, asynchronous replication over IP, continuous data protection, LUN mirroring, synchronous replication and stretch cluster - to just name a few.

In addition, the Flash Storage Platform offers the tools to migrate/import your data from your old disk array with as little interruption as possible to your business so getting started is easy and low risk.

Another key component of Concerto OS 7 is its selectable block-level inline de-duplication and compression. Violin’s deduplication and compression can be turned off or on per LUN, workload or application to allow the customer to choose between the low cost of data reduced LUNs or the performance of thick LUNS. Now, for the first time, it becomes practical to consolidate tier-0, tier-1 and tier-2 workloads onto a single all-flash storage platform. And here’s the best part of it: it can be turned off/on in real-time and online. You can even change your mind and “rehydrate” a data reduced LUN if the deduplication rate isn’t good.

Concerto OS 7 data management and data reduction features are complemented by the most elegant, beautiful and simple user experience possible: Symphony 3.

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Violin customers have been giving rave reviews on Symphony since its first release, loving its simplicity, single pane of glass functionality and its ease of use. This latest version manages hundreds of Flash Storage Platforms, configuring and provisioning workloads with just a few clicks.

Symphony 3 is based on RESTful API’s, meaning that its highly scalable, but also can be integrated into other management and orchestration solutions, such as VMware and OpenStack.

The time is now to get rid of disk in primary storage, and to go all-flash. Consolidate all your workloads and tiers without compromise. Check us out and see what the fuss is all about.