Violin Offers 4 TB Flash Appliance

Violin Memory delivers 4 Terabyte flash appliance

November 12, 2008

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ISELIN, N.J. -- Violin Memory, Inc., the provider of the worlds fastest and most scalable memory appliances, today announced the availability of SLC (Single Level Cell) NAND Flash Modules for its Violin 1010 Memory Appliance. Violin’s Flash technology supports an order of magnitude more Input/Output operations Per Second (IOPS) and significantly lower latency under load than Flash Solid State Drive (SSD) or Hard Disk Drive (HDD) solutions, making it ideally suited to a Tier-Ø infrastructure.

Tier-Ø storage holds the live data of I/O bound applications in DRAM or Flash. Violin brings unprecedented price/performance to large datasets through purpose-built and highly scalable memory appliances. Database, analytics, messaging and metadata storage are accelerated by orders of magnitude compared to disk storage systems. Racks of performance disks or servers can be replaced with shelves of Violin memory appliances resulting in significant cost and power savings.

The Violin 1010, also the industry’s fastest DRAM appliance, supports over 1 Million IOPS to a single host, dramatically accelerating database applications. With SLC NAND Flash, the Violin 1010 significantly improves the economics and performance metrics of Flash storage systems for the data center:

Density and Power Efficiency: A single Violin 1010 supports 4TB of Flash capacity in a 2U appliance. It consumes 80% less space and power than similar systems.

Cost per Useable GByte: In addition to significantly increasing density, Violin integrates hot-swappable RAID and doubles the useable capacity compared with enterprise SSD solutions. The total cost of enterprise-grade Flash storage is lowered by more than 50%.

Write IOPS: Violin’s Flash technology enables over 100K sustained random Write IOPS (4K block), more than ten times greater than Fiber Channel or PCIe SSDs.

Latency: Violin’s RAID dramatically reduces latency under load by more than 80%, eliminating the multi-millisecond variability seen in current SSDs.

Wear: The Violin 1010 with 4TB SLC Flash can sustain continuous 100K Write IOPS over its projected 10 year life, double the industry standard. Unlike SSDs, all workloads are supported without wear being a concern to the end-user.

“Flash in a memory appliance offers a radical new form factor as compared to the traditional hard disk look-a-like implementations of SSDs,” said Gene Ruth, Storage Analyst at The Burton Group. “The memory appliance form factor allows companies to have highly scalable, high performing, and extremely power efficient flash memory storage systems. A flash memory appliance serves especially well as the foundation of a dedicated Tier-Ø infrastructure.”

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