The Fastest Enterprise Storage in The World

Posted by Mark Lewis on Oct 2, 2018 12:27:45 PM

Today we announced a really cool new product called the XVS 8. In a nutshell, we made the fastest enterprise storage in the world – faster. Speed, and by speed, I mean ultra-low latency, can do some amazing things. It does the obvious, it lets your applications run faster, increasing profitability and customer satisfaction. Lowering latency does another cool thing, it lets you consolidate your infrastructure.

Read More

Topics: Oracle, SQL, Storage for DBAs, Storage Array, Virtualization, Violin Systems, Extreme Performance, Critical Applications

Violin Systems and OpenStack Momentum

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Nov 20, 2014 3:21:55 PM

Much of the technology world descended on Paris recently as the OpenStack Summit held its semi-annual get-together for a meeting of the minds.  It was my good fortune to attend with colleagues from Violin Systems. We even managed to see a few local sights while we were there!

Read More

Topics: Erik Randles, OpenStack, Private Cloud, Business, flash, Products, Server, Technology Trends, Virtualization

At the Show Floor, VMworld Booth 605

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Aug 27, 2013 7:28:45 PM

Listen to Ashish and Narayan share their thoughts on Violin's presence at this year's VMworld in SF:

Read More

Topics: Virtualization

Making Hosted, High-Performance VDI a Reality

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Aug 23, 2013 4:23:53 PM

How can your hosted virtual desktop deployments achieve the following?

  • Sub-second boot time per desktop, which includes VMware tools installation
  • Powerful performance despite continuous boot storms thrown in the mix
  • Sub $500 per desktop for better than dedicated-desktop performance (list price, all components and SW licenses included)

The answer is: if it is hosted at Equinix, executed on Fujitsu and running at the Speed of Memory on Violin flash Memory Arrays.

Read More

Topics: Virtualization

Is this the year of virtual desktops?

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Aug 23, 2013 10:00:47 AM

What’s stalling virtual desktop deployments?
Virtualizing desktops has been one of the top 5 IT initiatives for the last few years. However, about half of the VDI projects are stalled due to unacceptable user experience and project cost overruns.  Bad user experience leads to low adoption. The user experience issues become acute when small pilots are scaled up from 100s of desktops to 1000s. Over-provisioning of storage and constant tuning leads to increased cost.

Read More

Topics: Virtualization

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

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Jul 25, 2013 6:22:43 PM

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 applications run? What business models would it open up? How much competitive advantage can you gain?

Read More

Topics: Oracle, database, flash memory, SSD, VDI, SQL Server, Virtualization

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

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on May 9, 2013 5:46:19 PM

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 reuse of hardware over many clients drives down costs and also reduces the required ongoing administration.

Multi-tenant deployments host many clients in the same instance of software while segregating the client data through configuration.  Multi-instance designs are similar but run one instance of software per client.  To the storage tier, both approaches require many sub-ecosystems to run simultaneously in a shared space and will cause similar access challenges:

  • Unpredictability of usage
  • Height of individual usage spikes
  • Scale versus storage performance (more clients translates into a more random and parallel workload)

Read More

Topics: multi-instance, SAN, flash, flash storage, hosting, SSD, storage, Technology Trends, shared accelerated storage, Virtualization

Modernizing vs Revolutionizing

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Apr 26, 2013 12:41:20 PM

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 way to do the same thing, just a little bit faster or little bit easier.  Revolutionizing is either eliminating or vastly changing how something is done.

Read More

Topics: MySQL, OLTP, Oracle, database, flash, flash storage, reporting, SSD, Sybase, SQL Server, storage architecture, transactional, Virtualization

Why Storage Performance Matters - Part III

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Mar 14, 2013 10:00:22 AM

In the previous two installments of this article, I discussed the high cost of squeezing performance out of legacy storage for high-performance enterprise applications, and how legacy storage performance destroys value and increases costs.

Read More

Topics: VDI, Virtualization

Why Storage Performance Matters - Part II

Posted by VIOLIN SYSTEMS on Mar 7, 2013 10:00:08 AM

Legacy storage vendors, wanting to prove value, will use the $/GB metric to justify their price tag.  They will attempt to prove value by stating that their storage system costs $0.07/GB.

As I pointed out in part I of this article, the key  for enterprise applications is not storage capacity; rather, it is storage performance and I/O randomization.  To grasp the gravity of the situation, let’s picture a large-scale, 5,000 seat virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment based on Microsoft Windows 7.

Read More

Topics: IO Randomization, VDI, Virtualization