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Violin Systems and OpenStack Momentum

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on November 20, 2014

OpenStack Summit

Much of the technology world descended on Paris recently as the OpenStack Summit held its semi-annual get-together for a meeting of the minds.  It was my good fortune to attend with colleagues from Violin Systems. We even managed to see a few local sights while we were there!

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Louis Vitton office

Fondation Louis Vitton building

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This OpenStack Summit was the largest gathering ever, setting records in attendees and number of countries represented. After walking around the Summit Expo and attending many different session tracks, it became increasingly evident that enterprises and service providers have actively moved toward private clouds.

Frameworks such as OpenStack are gaining ground as companies move to leverage expertise in open communities, as well as lower costs. As proof of the momentum at OpenStack, many large (brand name) companies presented their experience and success with OpenStack implementations.

The growth of private cloud adoption has implications across all major pillars of enterprise technology: compute, networking and, most importantly, storage. As Violin Systems is a storage company, our team clearly sees the implications of moving storage infrastructures to a private cloud.

When moving enterprise storage to a private cloud, you can expect the following:

  • A need to support a wide range of workloads on a consolidated infrastructure with consistent performance and scalability
  • A need to scale on demand to support up to 10,000 users or more
  • An increased focus to control expenses through consolidation, flexibility, and efficiency
  • A desire to improve performance by creating a flash tier in the Cloud storage hierarchy

Violin has seen these trends coming and thus our support of OpenStack is not new. We announced our work on the Block Service (Cinder) within OpenStack awhile ago (see Violin Systems Joins OpenStack Foundation to Bring Flash Storage Solutions to Cloud Computing Environments).

Violin All Flash Arrays are ideal to address the typical challenges described above that companies face when implementing private clouds. This time around in Paris, we presented a case study about one of our enterprise customers who implemented OpenStack and why they chose Violin for their storage solution. See the video below to watch our own Erik Randles, VP of Alliances, present an actual OpenStack implementation.

BrownBag 2014 OpenStack Paris - Erik Randles - High Performance Flash Storage Solution

In that video, you can hear how Violin helped that enterprise to achieve its strategic need to reduce its number of data centers by almost tenfold, increase the IOPS/VM by fivefold and insulate themselves from operational spikes.

These are exciting times… We're very much looking forward to the next OpenStack Summit in Vancouver next May!