Measuring IOPS and Monitoring the Performance of Your Flash Array

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Dec 21, 2020 2:25:57 PM

So, how well is your flash array performing?

Imagine if you wore a fitness tracker that only measured one simple (fairly easy) fitness routine you completed over and over again but ignored your more demanding workouts. When charted on a graph, your workout efforts would look like a flat line, giving no indication of your overall performance and no measurement for how you performed during more challenging workouts!

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Topics: Flash Array, IOPS

Deduplication Versus Compression

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Nov 9, 2020 10:34:20 AM

We live in an either/or world. Coffee or tea. Chocolate or vanilla. Right or left. North or south. Day or night.

In such a world of polarizing choices, many data storage companies are used to making a choice, and when this happens, the customers feel the effects—they also have to choose.

So when it comes to data reduction, the question often arises, “Data deduplication or compression?”

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Topics: database consolidation, Flash Array, flash storage management

SQL Servers and All-Flash Arrays: The Perfect Pair

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Aug 24, 2020 7:47:07 AM

Structured query language servers, or SQL (sometimes pronounced “Sequel”) servers are becoming an increasingly important tool for any data scientist to have in their toolbox. It’s a key asset that can be used to do all sorts of things, like access, update, insert, manipulate, and modify data, and it also helps in communicating with relational databases.

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Topics: Flash Array, SQL

100% Channel Sales Model: A Win-Win-Win

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Jul 20, 2020 8:17:12 AM

More than 40 percent of salespeople say that prospecting is the most challenging part of their job. Once you’ve built a relationship, the sales part comes easy. This is why many vendors are rethinking their sales models and looking to value-added resellers and affiliate partners—because these partners come with built-in clients.


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Topics: Flash Array

A Comparison Guide: Flash Systems vs. Solid-State Drive

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Jun 12, 2020 10:40:00 AM

All-flash array systems seem to be taking off. Just how much of an increase are we seeing? 

In 2018, the all-flash array market was valued at around $5.9 billion. In 2023, that market value is expected to more than triple with an estimated value of $17.8 billion. So why are we seeing such an increase in all-flash storage? How does it compare to other kinds of solid-state drives?

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Topics: Flash Array

Stanford Talk on Flash Memory Design

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Mar 15, 2012 3:36:34 PM

Back to school day.

Over at Stanford they have a speaker series that has been going on for the last few... decades, called the  Stanford University Department of Electrical Engineering Computer Systems Colloquium, known to many simply as EE380. The list of past speakers is as they say, long and distinguished, and includes such industry lightweights as Joy, Lamport, Colwell, Bechtolsheim, Gray, Metcalfe, Gelsinger, Hennessy, Patterson, Brin & Page, Diffie, Mashy, Wolfram, Cerf and Kay. For a mere mortal being invited to give an EE380 talk can be an intimidating experience, which they try to make easier by telling you that there will probably be no more than 50 people in the room, thankfully they didn't mention that 10,000 people will watch the web cast online until after my talk was over. Yes, the other day Bennett and Rowett were added to the list of "past EE380 speakers."

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Topics: dedup, Flash Array, groomer, MLC, solid state drive, Computer Data Storage, flash memory, flash storage, garbage collection, grooming, IOPS, jon bennett, memory array, memory arrays, PCIe, server, SLC, SSD, Systems Design, Storage Array

Primary Storage: The difference between flash Arrays and a bunch of SSD's

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Feb 29, 2012 2:25:48 PM

Start From Flash

There is discussion in the industry as to the best method to deploy solid state storage, in other words whether it is better to build flash arrays from SSD's, PCIe Cards, or the flash chips themselves. The key to system design is selecting the right building blocks and integrating them in such a way that the overall system is optimized - while minimizing tradeoffs. Violin strongly believes that you need to start from the flash layer (chips), and build an array as a coherent, tightly integrated whole to extract the extraordinary value offered by these amazingly high performance flash die.

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Topics: commodity, Flash Array, solid state drive, PCIe, server, SSD