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What does running your critical applications on flash memory mean for your business?

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on December 9, 2013

Jim Thomas, Director of IT Operations at Pella, discusses the business case for running his critical applications on Violin Systems, even with 10 months left on his existing SAN storage:

Switching to a new technology - with the potential for duplicate payments - meant that it had to be game changing. And that is exactly what Violin Systems achieved for Pella.

Running their applications faster on flash memory storage translates into a competitive advantage for Pella:

  • Data warehouse applications: 50% reduction in nightly load times, with more complex, real-time reports for actionable analysis
  • A more efficient Oracle ERP:
    • 40-50% reduction in long job times
    • 15-20% improvement in online transactions 
    • Nearly zero CPU wait time for I/O
  • A more agile PeopleSoft application: 40% reduction in weekly payroll processing, driving efficiencies and reducing financial risk.

From an overall CapEx/OpEx perspective, Pella achieved the following:

  • 80% reduction in power consumption
  • 90% reduction in space usage
  • $150k reduction in operating costs

What could you achieve by running your critical applications on the Violin Systems platform?