SOURCE: Violin Memory, Inc.

Violin Memory, Inc.

March 01, 2016 06:00 ET

Ferrellgas Saves $1 Million Annually, Drives Application Performance, and Streamlines Data Protection With Violin FSP 7300

"Lifeblood" Delivery-Vehicle Routing Application Runs Four Times Faster

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - March 01, 2016) -  Violin Memory®, Inc. (NYSE: VMEM), a global pioneer of award-winning all-flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, today announced that Ferrellgas Partners L.P., a diversified energy company serving all 50 US states and Puerto Rico, has deployed Violin's Flash Storage Platform™ (FSP) 7300. Adoption of the Violin FSP 7300 came as Ferrellgas was nearing the end of its support contract with its current storage vendor. Faced with lagging storage performance due to its outdated HDD-based storage solution, and the prospect of steep increases in support and maintenance costs, the company selected Violin over other all-flash storage solutions.

Webcast Today -- 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST -- For more information on how Ferrellgas is utilizing Violin Memory All Flash Arrays. Join Bill Evans, Ferrellgas VP of IT in today's webcast on application acceleration, data protection, and the path to database consolidation.

$1 Million Saved

Shortly after the Ferrellgas IT team brought the Violin FSP 7300 units online, Ferrellgas leadership finalized a deal to buy another company. The acquired company's entire IT operations had been outsourced. By working in concert, Ferrellgas and Violin were able to ensure sufficient capacity to migrate applications and data to Ferrellgas' in-house data center and wind down the outsourcing commitment. Operating savings achieved are estimated by Ferrellgas at almost $1 million annually.

"Lifeblood" Delivery-Vehicle Routing Application Runs Four Times Faster

The company's delivery-vehicle routing application optimizes driver, truck and inventory utilization across 2,300 trucks and more than 30,000 stops per day, for the company's retail delivery and service operations. Bill Evans, VP of IT for Ferrellgas, described it as one of the company's "lifeblood" applications.

Even with constant hand holding, the legacy storage platform only just met performance requirements. The eight-hour overnight batch processing left very little time to react to problems in the production window. When problems occurred overnight, they could lead to delays in delivering routes to the drivers, causing lost productivity and extra overtime expense. After deployment of the Violin FSP 7300, the routing application now runs four times faster, completing in just two hours.

"The FSP performance has been better than expected," said Bill Evans, VP of IT at Ferrellgas. "You can analyze IOPS and latency as you compare products to make your selection, because they are great indicators of performance. Then you 'do the math' to estimate what the improvements would be in your environment. But what matters most is when flash delivers great performance for your applications and data. That is what our users see, and that is what makes all the difference. Today, we don't have performance issues. However, if we have a report of application performance issues in the future, the last component we will investigate is storage."

Two-way replication between Data Centers

The Ferrellgas data protection strategy with their older storage platform was based on a cumbersome log shipping process that left windows of vulnerability. Now with FSP 7300's, Ferrellgas' plans include replication as required between the two sites. They expect to greatly reduce risk through a simplified data protection scheme.

"The migration to an all-flash data center is accelerating across organizations and industries as compelling performance and OPEX gains prove themselves in one use case after another," said Kevin DeNuccio, CEO of Violin Memory. "The data center migration Ferrellgas has completed is a case in point. While achieving major new operational efficiencies, the move also has set the stage for Ferrellgas to roll out a disaster recovery architecture, all within its existing budget."

Violin Flash Storage Platforms combine comprehensive enterprise class data services that encompass data protection, storage efficiency, and business continuity with performance and high density in a highly resilient Flash Fabric Architecture™. Propane gas and energy suppliers, such as Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., can move to integrated all-flash storage technologies at the cost of enterprise disk storage, while lowering total cost of ownership and increasing return on investment.

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About Violin Memory

Business in a Flash. Violin Memory, the industry pioneer in All Flash Arrays, is the agile innovator, transforming the speed of business with enterprise-grade data services software on its leadership Flash Storage Platforms™. Violin Concerto™ OS 7 delivers complete data protection and data reduction services and consistent high performance in a storage operating system fully integrated with Violin's patented Flash Fabric Architecture™ for cloud, enterprise and virtualized business and mission-critical storage applications. Violin Flash Storage Platforms are designed for primary storage applications at costs below traditional hard disk arrays and accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings while helping customers build the next generation data center. Violin Flash Storage Platforms and All Flash Arrays enhance business agility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Visit Violin Memory at www.violin-memory.com.

Violin Memory Forward-looking Statement

This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the potential business, financial and other benefits that customers and others may realize as the result of using Violin Memory's products and services, the performance and capabilities of Violin Memory's products and services, and Violin Memory's business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory's business performance and financial results, including those set forth under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in Violin Memory's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory's investor relations website at investor.violin-memory.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements in this public announcement are based on information available to Violin Memory as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

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