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HAVE YOUR CAKE & EAT IT TOO!  EXTREME COST SAVINGS THROUGH EXTREME PERFORMANCE

by Gary Lyng on December 14, 2018

At a young age, we are pre-programmed to believe that high performance is expensive.  As kids, we played with toy cars of Ferrari and Porsche that are known for performance but associated with high cost and only the rich typically own. ....

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Renovate or Buy New - Finding your best path to Modernization.

by Brett Miller, Field CTO on October 18, 2018

With all the technology approaches in the market place to modernize IT, it is a challenge to maneuver through all the noise and figure out which is the best approach for you and your company.   Whether you are considering cloud, hyper-converged,....

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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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Garbage Collection & XtremIO – Fiction & Fiction: Part I

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on December 6, 2013

This post is part of a series of posts (starting with XtremIO - At the Bit Level) where I will explain not only the significant architectural failings of the XtremIO product, but also the fundamentally and deliberately  misleading way they have....

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Multi-tenant and Multi-instance Systems on All-flash Storage Arrays

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on May 9, 2013

Modern hosting and service providers often face the challenge of managing the cost efficiencies of their platform.  A common solution is to deploy a multi-tenant or multi-instance architecture in which many customers share the same hardware.  The....

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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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Flash for Transactional Workloads

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on April 26, 2013

Transactional workloads are commonly defined as being small atomic pieces of work.  This is in contrast to decision support, Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence or otherwise labeled reporting systems that require fewer, larger, more sequential....

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Stanford Talk on Flash Memory Design

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on March 15, 2012

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....

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Part 4: SSD’s in Storage Arrays

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on January 10, 2012

Why did we take disk drives out of servers?  Now we rely on traditional disk array storage and surround it with data center compute.  The industry doubles processing power every 12 to 18 months and Gigabit Ethernet and Infiniband now provide 10 –....

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