Much has been discussed about the various approaches to flash storage in the enterprise. Violin has taken an architectural path that started with early innovations in our unique Violin Switched Memory (vXM) architecture and hardware based vRAID to build a tightly integrated system that can't be achieved with off-the-shelf components or stand-alone devices.
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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Building from the ground up.
High end enterprises require their flash storage systems to be extremely reliable, with excellent performance density, the ability to upgrade in place, and lasting for years.
The best way to achieve that is starting the system design from scratch (the flash chips). Building from the ground up, Violin Systems is able to work with their vendors to build the best performing systems, with proven results.