Transform Your Data Center

Violin’s Windows Flash Array (WFA) delivers game changing performance, data protection and value to drive consolidation and efficient use of existing IT resources. The combination of Violin Systems’s patented Flash Fabric Architecture™, Microsoft’s fast SMB Direct protocol, and Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 means you can optimize your application server environment while delivering consistent high performance on a simpler architecture with reduced CPU load for every workload.
  • Enterprise Data Services deliver flexibility, efficiency, and data protection
  • Scale-Out Clusters of up to 280TB raw capacity
  • Transform IT Economics by supporting a mix of multiple primary workloads
  • Pay-As-You-Grow non-disruptive software-based capacity expansion aligns CAPEX with value received
  • Achieve Consistent High Performance through an all-flash SMB Direct and NFS solution

Enterprise Data Services for Windows Environments

The Windows Flash Array delivers a suite of enterprise data services supporting Business Continuity, Data Efficiency, Data Scaling, and Data Protection. In addition, support for SMB 3.0, NFS 3.0, and NFS 4.1 provides flexibility in sharing files across multiple server platforms within the data center.

Business Continuity

  • Cluster-Aware Updating reduces downtime and disruption
  • Hyper-V Replica for asynch replication of VMs over LAN/WAN
  • Integration with Microsoft Azure Recovery Services
  • NTFS Availability with online scanning and repair
  • SMB Multichannel for network fault tolerance
  • SMB Transparent Failover for continuous data availability

Data Protection

  • Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs) for improved backup/restore
  • DFS Replication to synchronize folders across shares
  • Live Storage Migration for non-disruptive VM optimization
  • Replicate on-site VMs in VMM clouds to Azure with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery
  • SMB Encryption guards against eavesdropping
  • Snapshot support for h/w and s/w backup of CSVs

Data Scaling

  • Scale-out File Server (SOFS) with Single Namespace
  • Easy cluster expansion through 3U form factor
  • Microsoft Azure Blob storage service integration for cloud-based scaling
  • Instantaneous non-disruptive capacity expansion
  • Pay-as-you-grow capacity expansion (certain models)
  • SMB Multichannel for bandwidth scaling

Data Efficiency

  • Compression for increased storage density
  • Granular Data Deduplication for non-intrusive optimization
  • Advanced Format (4K) sectors for optimal data throughput
  • Thin Provisioning for just-in-time allocation