Across industries, the adoption of flash arrays is growing faster than ever before. In fact, from 2018 to 2023, the flash array market is projected to grow 25 percent per year. It’s very likely that not even the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will have much of an impact on this projected growth, as organizations search for better, faster, and newer hardware to keep up with the lightning-fast digital transformation, which was only amplified by an overnight move to a remote workforce.
As organizations search for flash storage solutions, there’s no question about the need to find affordable, high-performance arrays to strike a balance between performance and cost. While flash is more affordable than in years past, it can still be a major investment for many organizations.
StorCentric is pleased to introduce the Violin QV1020, the latest in the QV-Series of NVMe (non-volatile memory express) all-flash arrays. With an accessible price and exceptional capabilities, it solidifies Violin’s place as a reliable source for practical, powerful flash storage solutions.
About the QV-Series
The QV-Series is composed of the existing QV2020 all-flash array and the new, lower capacity QV1020 array. What should CIOs and other IT decision-makers know about each model?
The QV1020 All-Flash Array
Compared to the QV2020, the QV1020 is a more affordable flash storage solution. This latest addition to VIOLIN’s portfolio comes with options for 4/8 Fibre Channel ports or 8 iSCSI ports. Even with the options in the total number of Fibre Channel ports, organizations won’t see any difference in performance, the same number of input/outputs per second (IOPS).
The QV1020 array offers up to 116-terabytes (TB) in capacity. This makes it ideal for lower-capacity use cases.
The QV2020 All-Flash Array
The QV2020 comes standard with 8 Fibre Channel or 8 iSCSI ports and is ideal for higher capacity use cases. It is engineered to reduce expensive enterprise technology footprints, boost security, lower energy usage, and reduce maintenance downtimes at an affordable cost compared to the level of performance enterprises enjoy.
Ideal Applications for the QV-Series
Where can the QV-Series all-flash arrays make the maximum impact?
- Online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads like payment processing, enterprise resource planning, and customer relationship management
- High-performance virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)
- Server virtualization
- Data warehousing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, business intelligence, and predictive analytics
- Big data
- Cloud infrastructure
Fast Application Response
Both options in the QV-Series NVMe storage platform have been created with low latency rates and high performance in mind for fast response times even during peak processing. With the Flash Fabric Architecture (FFA), the QV-Series consistently delivers even higher bandwidth and IOPS. Plus, this is accomplished in a completely cost-effective manner, with a better price/performance ratio.
The QV-Series utilizes true active/active controllers. Why is this important? With two fully controllers, if one controller goes down, the other is still available; applications can continue to access data even during the failure.
This delivers users superior application availability and resiliency with 99.9999 percent uptime, resulting in overall performance improvement. Users can access data through more paths for better availability at all times.
No matter which model in the QV-Series organizations choose, enterprise data services enable complete recovery of databases such as Oracle or SQL Servers. This can happen at any time, so when a failure occurs, organizations can recover data both locally and remotely.
The QV1020 and QV2020 offer synchronous replication. This provides remote protection against outages with a recovery point objective (RPO) of zero. This means that if a site goes down, organizations who power their enterprise through a QV-Series array will lose zero data.
The QV-Series also supports snapshots and clones which can be used to power backups for better recovery in the event of a failure. The QV-Series is always shipped with AES-256 self-encrypting drives and an additional layer of security can be set with a passphrase.
Every QV-Series array provides performance-optimized data reduction. This deduplication is selectable by volume, driving down the total cost of ownership. This is not common in all storage solutions. Others provide functionality and deduplication throughout the entire system and lack the flexibility offered by QV-Series.
With QV-Series arrays, users can enable deduplication on a per-volume basis. This is important for two reasons:
- For those seeking higher performance, deduplication can be turned off.
- Additionally, by selectively implementing deduplication for some volumes, users can save on capacity while still maintaining necessary data.
The QV-Series has a simplified web-based management user interface. Users will benefit from the fact that their array is customizable from an easy-to-operate interface that manages multiple systems, and delivers the in-depth performance metrics and predictive analytics needed to optimize business needs.
Enhanced, Matrixed RAID Data Application
With both the QV1020 and QV2020, writes to the NVMe solid-state drives are balanced across drives for improved performance. Because of global parity and spare allocation, arrays in the QV-Series mitigate the need for urgent drive replacement. The QV-Series helps customers understand the timeframe to replace failing drives, without the loss of performance.
Outstanding Enterprise Data Services
Besides data reduction by volume, synchronous replication, and high availability, what else does the QV-Series offer users?
- vCenter Plugins: Integration with VMware environments
- Encryption: Device encryption and an additional layer of protection through the use of a passphrase
- Management REST API: Integration with external workflows, processes, and applications
- Visualization: Accessible performance metrics and predictive analytics
- Simple, Web-Based Management: Customizations and access on a user-friendly interface
- Monitored Telemetry: Proactive provider support to “call home.” Violin monitors logs to look for potential failures and inform the customer in advance
The QV-Series also offers customizable Quality of Service (QoS). This gives organizations the option to eliminate “noisy neighbors” operating in the same environment. In other words, when an enterprise requires a high level of IOPS on more than one application, only one can consume more IOPS. Users can limit IOPS in other applications by customizing performance across multiple applications and fine-tune IOPS to deliver a certain level of performance—right out of the box.
Choosing the Right QV-Series All-Flash Array
Which QV-Series model is right for your organization? This is a personal decision that’s dependent upon several factors. The QV2020 has always been a great option for powering enterprises through an all-flash array, now with the added option of the QV1020, how do you choose? How do the two differ?
Cost, Performance, and Capacity
How much storage do you need? The QV1020 fits up to a capacity of 116TB usable. Organizations that need peak performance but have lower capacity needs will find that the QV1020 is just right. Put simply, the choice comes down to capacity:
- The QV1020 is right for organizations that need high performance and low latency but have a lower capacity requirement.
- The QV2020 is designed for higher performance, low latency, and capacity needs above 116TB.
How much bandwidth do you require? Generally, low-capacity use cases are best served by the cost and efficiency of the newer QV1020. With the option to select from two or four Fibre Channel (FC) ports per controller for varying application needs, any organization with needs below 116TB will enjoy the price-to-performance ratio of the QV1020.
In many ways, the performance of both array models is identical. Both the QV1020 and the QV2020 offer increased application response. The benefit of the QV1020 for many organizations will be that they are getting essentially the same, stellar level of performance at a cost-effective price point.
A Solid Choice No Matter the Model
Whether the newly-introduced QV1020 or the QV2020, organizations that implement the QV-Series will find that the price and cost-efficiency are unmatched. There’s no question that both deliver when it comes to:
- Simplicity of use
The introduction of the QV1020 marks the beginning of a new era: Even more affordable, all-flash NVMe storage arrays. This means that all-flash storage solutions are accessible to organizations of all sizes. Violin, a StorCentric Company, could not be more pleased to bring both the QV1020 and the QV2020 to organizations looking for high-performance, cost-effective NVMe storage solutions.
Do you want to learn more about the QV-Series? We’re here to help. Contact us today to discuss pricing, performance, and more!