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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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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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OLTP Performance: The Violin Advantage vs. Exadata and SSDs

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on February 14, 2013

Violin's own Ashminder Ubhi, an Oracle expert, recently tested the OLTP (online transaction processing) storage performance of Violin Systems arrays vs. Exadata and SSD-based solutions using the popular SLOB benchmarking tool. Check out Ubhi's blog....

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

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on February 29, 2012

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....

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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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Sharing Solid State Storage

by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on December 12, 2011

George Crump of Storage Switzerland shot another chalk talk video, the subject of this one is sharing solid state storage. George added it to his article from a month ago where he shared his thoughts on Violin's certification with IBM SAN Volume....

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