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Violin Memory Arrays Certified with IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller

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Violin Memory Arrays Certified with IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller

Best-of-Breed Storage Virtualization Solution Simplifies Migration from Legacy Disk Arrays to Silicon-Based Primary Storage


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. Violin Memory, Inc., provider of the world’s fastest and most scalable Memory Arrays, today announced that IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) V6.3.0 supports Violin 3000 Series flash Memory Arrays. With the transition to silicon storage well underway, enterprise customers can take advantage of IBM’s virtualization and storage management to transparently deploy flash Memory Arrays in the data center. SVC provides heterogeneous support for multiple storage vendors and media types with centralized management, enabling Memory Arrays to be used in production environments with seamless migration of applications. Additionally, SVC offers a full range of data management tools such as FlashCopy, Easy Tier, live migration and replication that work seamlessly with Violin arrays.


“The adoption of solid state primary storage is gaining momentum, and it’s clear that large enterprises are actively seeking out solutions that remove any friction with moving from the disk era to the memory era,” said George Crump, lead analyst at Storage Switzerland. “IBM understands that the explosive growth of data and the ongoing march to the fully virtualized data center is stretching current IT capabilities. SVC provides a stable way to manage the evolution of data storage and reduce the risk of new technology adoption while crossing the bridge to the future.”

Violin’s flash Memory Arrays are suitable for a wide range of data intensive applications including databases, business intelligence, analytics and virtualized environments. They are attached to the network using standard protocols and provide high performance shared storage. The scale-out architecture of SVC allows customers to take full advantage of the high IOPS and sub-millisecond latency performance of Violin arrays. The powerful combination of IBM scale-out and Violin flash Memory Arrays was demonstrated this July. Using Violin arrays,
IBM shattered the previous General Parallel File System (GPFS) performance record by 37 times, scanning 10 billion files in 43 minutes.


“The combination of IBM’s best-of-breed data management and Violin’s industry leading performance is just what data center managers have been asking for,” said Jonathan Goldick, CTO of software at Violin Memory. “IBM has specifically designed a highly scalable solution so customers don’t have to sacrifice the unique performance of flash Memory Arrays to gain comprehensive data management.”


IBM announced SVC V6.3.0 on October 11, 2011.



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About Violin Memory, Inc.

Violin’s Memory Arrays are changing the data center for companies like AOL, Revlon, Tagged.com, Oracle, Juniper and HP through its patent-pending flash vRAID technology. The company was recently named AlwaysOn 2011 Company of the Year, a Gartner “Cool Vendor” and a Top Startup to Watch by SearchStorage.com. Furthermore, Violin was honored as one of Silicon Valley’s hottest companies by Lead411 and won two SPIFFY awards.

Violin Memory is pioneering the future of Flash memory in the enterprise data center with Memory Arrays that accelerate business critical applications and enable enterprises to virtualize and optimize their IT infrastructures. Specifically designed for sustained performance with high reliability, Violin’s Memory Arrays scale to hundreds of terabytes and millions of IOPS with low, spike-free latency. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information about Violin Memory products, visit www.vmem.com.

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