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Just Too Compelling

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on August 5, 2015

"Violin should be on the short list of any enterprise looking to deploy flash storage for primary application environments at scale."
— Eric Burgener, Research Director, Storage, IDC

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As CEO of Violin Systems, I'm humbled to read Eric Burgener's assessment that flash will become the "enterprise storage workhorses", that the advantages of purpose-built, zero downtime flash architectures are significant, and his very positive view of Violin's Flash Storage Platform.

I'm also honored to lead such a committed team of professionals dedicated to helping customers solve problems on their journey toward the all flash data center.

In IDC's white paper, sponsored by Violin Systems, Why AFA Architecture Matters as Enterprises Pursue Dense Mixed Workload Consolidation, (Doc#258074, July 2015) Mr. Burgener states: "IDC believes that ultimately, AFAs will become the enterprise storage workhorses of record for all tiers of primary applications, as the total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits of flash deployment at scale are just too compelling relative to HDD-based platforms."

Because IDC is in the business of helping IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy, they also, in this white paper, examine some of the myths and misconceptions holding back flash adoption and propose evaluation criteria for IT leaders assessing all-flash solutions for primary storage workloads: performance, endurance, availability, scalability data services and (ease of) integration.

The white paper also states very clearly that solutions designed around Custom Flash Modules (CFMs) or what we call our Violin Intelligent Memory Modules (VIMMs) offer a range of benefits SSD-based offerings simply cannot provide based on their packaging and the constraints of an archaic storage interface.

The white paper dedicates several pages to the higher levels of availability, reliability scalability, capacity, density, performance, and endurance available when the system architecture is designed to access and manage individual flash cells instead of 1, 2, or 4TB black box SSDs. We feel this applies directly to our zero downtime Flash Fabric Architecture and our unified software environment.

And the white paper evaluates Violin's recently announced Flash Storage Platform against those criteria and concludes "The company has chosen a custom flash module (CFM)-based architecture, and is leveraging the advantages of the visibility this provides at the individual cell level to drive higher performance, better efficiency, and lower cost."

That's why I'm excited, and why I think IT leaders will want to take a look at this report.

IDC goes on to say, "The maturity and scalability of its deduplication and replication engines… are ahead of those of its competitors… and "Violin's strategy to use a single operating environment to manage all aspects of the Flash Storage Platform (FSP), has reached fruition in the platform today, while other vendors discuss that kind of integration as a roadmap capability."

IDC has provided strategic insights to help their clients achieve their key business objectives for 50 years.

We think they got this one right.