Customers

Transforming Quantitative Trading Applications

Violin All Flash Arrays transform how investment firms that rely on big data computational analysis for their trading decisions are levering all flash storage arrays to accelerate key applications.

How LaSalle used Violin Systems to change the way applications are developed

Violin Systems array. The increased performance changed their system design and allowed them to reallocate resources used to tune the old system to pursue new projects.

Violin Systems Powers Core Claims Processing for Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)

GEHA, a major provider of health insurance plans for federal employees, embarked on an initiative to migrate business-critical applications from a mainframe to a modern distributed architecture. This case study illustrates the business value GEHA derived from running their core Claims Processing application on Violin flash Memory Arrays.

Collier County Delivers Online Testing at the Speed of Memory With Violin

Collier County Public Schools, one of the largest and most technologically advanced K-12 districts in the U.S., deployed Violin arrays to deliver online testing for 45,000 students. The result: dramatic performance improvements, lower IT costs, and a better end-user experience.

Pella Opens New Windows of Opportunity with Violin Systems

Pella Corporation, a leading provider of quality windows and doors, is also known for its 85-year history of innovation. When the company needed a primary storage solution for Oracle, SQL Server, and other business-critical applications, they turned to Violin Flash Memory Arrays as long-term strategic assets to improve performance, reduce costs, and stay ahead of the competition.

Brand.net Accelerates Online Advertising With Violin Systems

Brand.net, headquartered in Silicon Valley, uses Violin Systems arrays to deliver online advertising for the world’s largest advertisers while dramatically increasing IT efficiency and reducing operating expenses.

Enabling Real-Time Bidding for Online Advertising

This case study shows how flash Memory Arrays can change a business model, lower costs and have immediate impact in a fast moving and demanding business environment.

Healthcare Provider Prescribes Violin Systems for Better Patient Experiences

Violin Flash Memory Array doubles the performance of massive decision support databases for healthcare IT at high speed.

Major Telecom Accelerates Growth With Flash Memory Storage

After deploying Violin 6000 Series flash Memory Arrays 
to accelerate system monitoring and reporting, a large cellular phone service provider in the Americas was able to identify and repair problems before customers even experienced them.

Analyst Reports

Storage Mojo: SSD Limits in Enterprise Storage

Solid state drives of SSDs have taken the storage market by storm. But while they are wonderful for notebooks and desktops they have serious performance problems in enterprise storage — despite their high cost.

Clabby: Violin Extends All-Flash Array Portfolio at Both Ends

Violin Systems, well known for its leadership in all-flash storage platform solutions, has added two new options – the FSP 7600 and the FSP 7250 – to its product line. This extends the company’s flash offerings at both the high-end and the low-end, enabling enterprise customers to address both current and emerging applications/workloads.

Flash Storage Addresses Emerging Storage Dynamics; Sparks a Shift to Primary Storage Alternatives

Violin Systems provides an all-flash storage platform that meets IT organizations’ requirements and lays the foundation for organizations seeking to deploy a next-generation architecture that can seamlessly address requirements that will materialize as enterprises continue to transform their IT infrastructures to meet the demands of the changing global economy.

Storage Capacity 101 to Post-Grad in a Flash

There are three common ways storage vendors express capacity: Raw, Usable, and Effective. But, which measure is really important?

IDC White Paper: Why AFA Architecture Matters

This white paper discusses the current state of the AFA market and how IDC sees this evolving in the future. Today, this market is in the midst of a major shift to a new set of requirements that will challenge all participating vendors to successfully navigate the transition. IDC will identify the requirements enterprises should be looking for in AFA products and close with a review of the Violin Systems Flash Storage Platform (FSP) in light of these requirements.

ESG: Economic Impact and Value of Violin's Flash Storage Platform

The bottom line is that Violin has products that provide a compelling mix of data services, performance, scale, and business value—perfectly suited to supporting seriously demanding IT environments. Violin can therefore in many respects be described as providing a multi-purpose, multi-terrain “Ferrari bus.”

Storage Switzerland: Hardware First -­ Designing All-­Flash Arrays From a Hardware First Perspective

All-flash arrays seem to be the “default” answer to today’s storage performance problems. But all of these systems are not created equal. How the all-flash hardware and software are designed, and how these two components work together, will impact short-term results and long-term potential of the flash investment.

Quocirca: The Joy of Workloads

The aim should be to homogenise an organization’s storage platform. This means that mixed workloads are unavoidable – and that putting these on consolidated storage is the future. The joy of workloads should not be mixed, however – consistency and predictability of high-end performance are what makes the whole experience joyful – and flash is the best way to ensure this.

Clabby Research Report: Violin Flash Storage Platform

Violin’s many patents show its design and innovation brilliance – a brilliance that many competitors wish they could emulate.

Quocirca: Does a Proprietary Solution Automatically Mean Vendor Lock-In?

True innovation can only be achieved through doing things differently – being afraid of innovation will ensure that your organization will remain an also-ran. Embrace innovation and the performance and competitive advantage that will really help your organization perform in its markets.

Storage Switzerland: The Hard Disk Autopsy

An autopsy done on hard disk technology will find that it died because it could not keep up with the performance demands of the modern data center. Despite all the hype around software-defined “everything”, a silicon-driven world will likely be powered by hardware that is purpose-built to take advantage of the low latency and high performance of flash.

Quocirca: A Flash of Inspiration

Storage convergence based on flash media offers a different way for organisations to implement a fast, high availability data platform. It provides better data management; better expansion capabilities; more future options; and a better means of bringing storage fully into the IT platform.

Quocirca: With Flash, It's Not Just About the Software

The magnetic disk was invented over half a century ago. Apart from higher storage densities and spinning speeds, not a lot has changed over that period. It is time for a new prime storage medium to take over – and flash fits that bill. But, Flash is not just about the software; nor is it just about the hardware: it is all about the mix.

Mesabi Group: Violin Systems Plays a Melodious Tune in All-Flash Storage

What will be the technology for primary storage in the future? Disk may not be dead yet, but the future belongs to all flash arrays. How long the transition period will take is subject to discussion, but the tipping point has been reached and discussions have turned to what all-flash arrays can deliver.

IDC White Paper: Why Inline Data Reduction Is Required for Enterprise Flash Arrays

IDC Vendor Profile: Laying the Foundation for the All-Silicon Data Center

This IDC Vendor Spotlight discusses the emergence of a data center, flash optimized storage architecture that IDC believes will ultimately replace traditional storage architectures as the enterprise storage workhorse of the future, making the all-silicon data center (for primary storage) a very viable proposition. One of the early entrants in this space, Violin Systems, is then profiled.

ESG Lab Validation Full Report

This ESG Lab Validation report documents the full results of hands-on testing of the Violin Systems 6000 Series flash Memory Storage array, with a focus on the performance, efficiency, and flexible scalability of these storage systems in highly virtualized, mixed workload environments.

ESG Lab Validation Summary

This ESG Lab Validation report summaries the results of hands-on testing of the Violin Systems 6000 Series flash Memory Storage array.

Webinars

Datasheets

Violin Flash Storage Platform 7650 Datasheet

Accelerate your demanding databases and applications with the extreme performance of the Violin® Flash Storage Platform™ 7650. Consistent ultra-low latency at sustained ultra‐high IOPS accelerates application performance.

Violin Flash Storage Platform 7450 Datasheet

Transform your data center economics with Violin’s 7450 Flash Storage Platform™. Upgrade your primary storage to an All-Flash Array with enterprise data services, consistent performance, and simple manageability to achieve new levels of data center consolidation below the cost of legacy disk.

Violin Flash Storage Platform 7700 Datasheet

Transform your primary storage and data center economics with Violin’s 7700 Flash Storage Platform™. Upgrade your primary storage with enterprise data services, consistent performance, and manageability to achieve new levels of data center consolidation at the cost of legacy disk.

Violin Customer First Guarantees Datasheet

As part of an on-going commitment to customer success, the Violin Systems Customer First Guarantees are designed to enable customer success and deliver on-going value for their flash storage investment.

Violin Professional Services Overview

Many data centers have limited experience with flash architectures and when combined with current staffing constraints may find it difficult to take full advantage of flash technology. Violin offers a portfolio of Professional Services to help IT deliver the business outcomes available from the latest innovations in data services and flash architectures.

Solution Briefs

Multi-Level Data Protection for Flash Storage Solution Brief

With proven performance advantages and vastly improved economics, flash-­‐based storage is the clear choice for today’s primary storage applications. The key to successfully deploying flash storage is adequate data protection. Without it, data corruption, hardware failure or worse can undermine every other flash storage benefit.

Violin FSP Proven Storage on VMware Horizon Virtual Desktops

Violin Memory’s 7300 Flash Storage Platform™ is VMware Horizon Fast Track 2.0 Proven Storage Certified

Violin 7700 Flash Storage Platform Business Continuity Solution Brief

Layers of protection for Here, Near and Anywhere Data Availability.

Why Violin Is the Best Storage Platform for VMware

Violin Systems delivers flash-based storage solutions that help enterprises overcome the limitations of disk-based storage and unlock the full potential of their virtual infrastructure.

Dell, Violin Systems, Emulex and Brocade: Open Database Acceleration Solution

This in-memory database solution provides an open-architecture solution that delivers extreme performance for all your database workloads, pre-built and pre-tested using best-of-breed technologies from Violin Systems, Dell, Emulex and Brocade.

Why Violin Is the Best Storage Choice for Oracle Databases

Violin Arrays ensure the lowest latency for data access, provide high bandwidth, and scale to hundreds of terabytes of data so that even the largest Oracle databases can be stored in flash memory.

Virtualize Oracle Databases with Violin All Flash Arrays

Implement successful private cloud and platform-on-demand solutions while increasing performance and reducing total cost of ownership with Violin flash Memory Arrays.

Optimize Oracle Databases with Violin All Flash Arrays

Accelerate Your Oracle-powered applications and run your entire database in memory with Violin flash Memory Arrays.

Top 10 Reasons To Run Your SQL Server Databases on Violin All Flash Arrays

Violin simplifies the configuration, usage, and management of SQL Server databases while delivering consistent and predictable performance for any data, anywhere, at any scale.

Consolidate Oracle Databases on Violin All Flash Arrays

Violin flash Memory Arrays allow you to consolidate and run Oracle Databases at the speed of memory, at a higher transactional throughput and lower total cost of ownership.

VMware Impact-Free Backup with 7000 Solution Brief

Concerto 7000 provides a better backup solution for VMware environments with no impact on production systems.

Violin Solutions for Virtualization

Maximize the benefits of VMware, Xen, and Hyper-V server virtualization by reducing latency and mitigating I/O randomization with flash memory arrays.

Why Violin Is the Best Storage Choice for SharePoint

As SharePoint deployments grow, storage performance becomes a challenge and impedes productivity and collaboration. Read about the top 5 challenges in SharePoint deployments and how Violin Systems addresses them.

Flash-Enabled Snapshots for Oracle

Violin Systems allows near-instantaneous snapshots to be taken of entire databases without disruption to production users. Flash-Optimized Snapshots allow you to explore many new avenues on the road to delivering higher-quality IT services at lower costs.

Scale-out Clustering with Violin Systems and Symantec

Regain control of your data center by building a true All-Persistent Memory Database Appliance with Violin Systems Arrays and Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System from Symantec

Supercharge Your SAP Applications

Support your SAP ecosystem with flash-based storage that scales as data and users grow exponentially, without performance degradation, and without impact to other business functions.

Cost-Effectively Scaling VDI

Accelerate and scale your VMware and Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) initiatives while reducing storage costs and improving the end-user experience.

Fast Track Your SQL-Powered Data Warehouse

Enable real-time business value with Microsoft-certified SQL Server Fast Track data warehouse solutions.

Run SAP Applications Faster and More Efficiently

Run your SAP applications and ecosystem faster and more efficiently with Violin flash Memory Arrays.

Whitepapers

The All Flash Data Center White Paper

In today’s competitive economic environment, business success depends upon time, money, and innovation. Reducing the time to market, decreasing sales cycles, and improving operational efficiency helps differentiate an industry leader from a mere participant. The adage is time is money, but so, too, are innovation and building competitive advantage. With the All Flash Data Center you can recoup time and money to reinvest in innovation. The end result is enhanced business efficiency, resiliency, and ROI that can help grow your business success and market leadership.

Accelerate the Path to SAP HANA with the Certified Violin Systems Flash Storage Platform

Whether you are running an ERP application, HANA or ASE/IQ database or predictive analytics, running your SAP deployments on the Violin platform enables predictable performance and linearly scalability – all at extremely reduced lower total cost of ownership.

How to Deploy Oracle on Violin All Flash Arrays

This document illustrates how to deploy Oracle on a Violin All Flash Array. Storage provisioning and database creation are covered. Also included are examples and explanations of performance tests and results.

Transforming Oracle Applications with Flash-Optimized Snapshots

This white paper describes how Violin Systems flash-optimized snapshots allow customers to create multiple up-to-date copies of their data, accessible at the speed of memory, without requiring additional storage infrastructure and without incurring performance penalties on the master copy.

Violin Symphony Whitepaper

This white paper illustrates how Violin Symphony provides a simple, unified experience for managing multiple Violin Systems Arrays. Symphony facilitates scale-out deployment of large numbers of Memory Arrays in the data center with a wide suite of next generation storage management features.

Violin Systems Operating System

This white paper provides an overview of the storage management, data protection and storage optimization capabilities powered by vMOS in Violin Systems Arrays.

Optimizing OVM Virtualization with Violin Systems Arrays

This document contains guidelines and best practices for solutions integrating Violin Systems Arrays with Oracle OVM. It details what is possible within an OVM Virtual environment and the implications of deployment decisions on the performance.

Removing Performance Bottlenecks in Databases with Red Hat

Enterprise Linux and Violin Systems Flash Storage Arrays
This technical paper examines the performance of database applications running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with Violin Flash Memory arrays.

Benchmarking Cassandra on Violin

This technical report presents the results of a benchmark test performed by Locomatix, Inc. on Apache’s Cassandra open source distributed database management system utilizing the Violin flash memory arrays for primary storage.

Benchmarking Hadoop and HBase on Violin

This benchmark report demonstrates the performance advantages of running Hadoop and HBase on Violin flash Memory Arrays for Big Data implementations.

VDI for Federal Government Agencies

This reference architecture from Force3 describes a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that utilizes flash-based arrays from Violin Systems, along with Cisco UCS hardware and VMware View VDI software.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 in a Flash

Achieve Higher Performance and Efficiency for your SQL Server Databases and Business Critical Microsoft Applications.

Videos

Enterprise Flash Storage: Data Challenges in Financial Markets

In this video, Tony King, Financial Services Sales Manager at Violin Memory, talks to Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group. Tony discusses how embedding Violin’s all-flash storage into industry-leading enterprise risk and real-time reporting solutions is helping banks and financial service firms address some of the key technology challenges they face today, particularly around the storage and retrieval of trade-related data for regulatory and compliance purposes.

Data Protection Megacast

Violin Systems takes a deep dive into data protection, including backup, replication, business continuity, and monitoring. All Violin Flash Storage Platform (FSP) solutions are built upon highly redundant, no single-point-of-failure hardware platforms. Coupled with integrated Enterprise Data Services that offer data efficiency, data scalability and business continuity, the FSP offers unmatched data protection.

Simple Setup: New Array Configuration in Minutes

Spend less than a minute selecting the desired configuration, and return half an hour later to set up the all flash array in your data center. Define, automate, and replicate configurations across all of your Flash Storage Platforms with a simple thumb drive.

Violin Systems IOPs, Latency, and vRAID

Storage Field Day 8 with Violin Systems in Santa Clara, CA on October 23, 2015. Watch our experts take a deep dive into our Flash Storage Platform architecture and engage with independent storage experts during the event.

Violin Systems System and Fabric Architecture

Storage Field Day 8 with Violin Systems in Santa Clara, CA on October 23, 2015. Watch our experts take a deep dive into our Flash Storage Platform architecture and engage with independent storage experts during the event.

Violin Systems Flash Array Technical Details

Storage Field Day 8 with Violin Systems in Santa Clara, CA on October 23, 2015. Watch our experts take a deep dive into our Flash Storage Platform architecture and engage with independent storage experts during the event.

Violin Systems Product and Positioning Overview

Storage Field Day 8 with Violin Systems in Santa Clara, CA on October 23, 2015. Watch our experts take a deep dive into our Flash Storage Platform architecture and engage with independent storage experts during the event.

IT Insights: Talent and Technology — A Fortune 500 IT Leader Shares His Perspectives

A Conversation with John DeFeo, Former Head of Global Infrastructure at Cigna, and Former CIO at Fidelity Investments and Motorola.

Setting the Standard: Violin's New Product Launch and Future Vision

Learn how Violin is changing the market with the industry’s only all flash storage arrays (7650, 7450, 7700) that offer a full suite of integrated data services across all platforms in a native O/S, providing the number one combination of ultra low latency, affordability, density, scalability, and performance.