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The Thought Process, Part Two: Moving to NextGen Storage

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on March 25, 2016

I will not be selling you anything in this blog. I will be sharing a small part of the thought process Ferrellgas (NYSE: FGP) exercised as they evaluated their flash storage options and why they decided to go with Violin Systems and the 7300 Flash....

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Violin Systems: Making Telco Billing Platforms Fly

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on April 2, 2015

As an Oracle database guy working at Violin Systems in Europe, I get exposed to some truly big, scary database platforms. Sometimes they are important (like the global PeopleSoft database for a well-known world-wide intergovernmental organization),....

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Postcard from Oracle OpenWorld 2014: The Oracle FS1 Flash Array

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on October 13, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, along with thousands of other people, I attended Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco. There were lots of announcements and lots of opportunities to learn (especially at the excellent OakTable....

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What could you do if your Storage Infrastructure ran @ the Speed of Memory?

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on July 25, 2013

Suspend disbelief for a moment and ponder the following questions: What would your business look like if we made it economical to run your storage infrastructure at speeds closer to that of memory than that of disk storage? How fast would your....

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Modernizing vs Revolutionizing

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on April 26, 2013

SSD’s are like cordless phones and DVD’s.  They made an improvement on an existing technology but didn’t revolutionize its use.  In technology there is a difference between the concept of modernizing and revolutionizing.  Modernizing is finding a....

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Why is flash good for data warehousing?

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on April 26, 2013

Flash is about latency and IOPs so why would it be good for Data Warehousing or Business Intelligence? Excellent question.  Yes, the typical marketing and wow-factor stats around flash are based on latencies and IOPs (Input Output Per Second).  Data....

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The Fundamental Characteristics of Storage

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on April 23, 2013

Storage for DBAs: As a rule of thumb, pretty much any storage system can be characterised by three fundamental properties: Latency is a measurement of delay in a system; so in the case of storage it is the time taken to respond to an I/O request.....

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Performance: It’s All About Balance…

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on April 23, 2013

Storage for DBAs: Everyone wants their stuff to go faster. Whether it’s your laptop, tablet, phone, database or application… performance is one of the most desirable characteristics of any system. If your system isn't fast enough, you start dreaming....

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