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Violin Memory

May 09, 2011 08:00 ET

HP and Violin Memory Post World Record Dual Socket TPC-E Benchmark Result

Violin's "Flash-Forward" Memory Arrays and HP's Proliant DL380 G7 Server Demonstrate Faster Response Times Than Disk-Based Storage Systems

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Violin Memory, Inc., provider of the world's fastest and most scalable Memory Arrays, has achieved a world record TPC-E1 benchmark for a dual socket server in partnership with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and HP's latest Proliant DL380 G7 offering. This TPC-E1 world record follows the HP blade server record posted last June, further substantiating the industry craze over flash Memory Arrays.

"As demonstrated by the TPC-E1 benchmark process, Violin Memory Arrays enable dramatic application acceleration of critical business applications such as SQL Server 2008, a recognized database leader for demanding low-latency business solutions," said Don Basile, CEO Violin Memory. "These results further validate the vision we share with Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison and the industry momentum towards flash Memory Arrays as the primary database platform of the next generation of data centers in contrast to the use of thousands of aggregated spinning disks."

The TPC-E1 benchmark simulates the workload of a brokerage firm's central database, demanding both low latencies and fast response times. It is utilized by vendors to demonstrate system solutions for realistic and representative workloads commonly addressed by large OLTP database systems. The full benchmark results can be found here.

"Establishing new levels of performance is important for the industry, and establishing those records on hardware configurations that have practical use in the real world is what is valuable to IT professionals struggling to meet user demands and budget realities," said George Crump, lead analyst at Storage Switzerland. "Solid-state memory solutions like Violin's are in a unique position to be an affordable, high performance alternative to adding dozens of additional spindles to HDD based storage arrays. It is good to see HP and Violin expand their benchmark records to the DL380 G7 'workhorse server' which will help broaden the potential audience for flash Memory Array solutions."

Violin's Memory Arrays are changing the data center for companies like AOL,,, Oracle, Juniper and HP through its patent-pending flash vRAID technology. The company was recently named a Gartner "Cool Vendor" and one of Silicon Valley's hottest companies by Lead411. Furthermore, Violin won two SPIFFY awards and was recognized as one of Storage Newsletter's "15 Most Promising Startups."


1 TPC-E Result: HP ProLiant DL380 G7 with 1284.14 tpsE and $250.00/tpsE on Intel Xeon X5690 3.4GHz (2 processors/12 cores/24 threads), 192 GB main memory with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition. A full disclosure report describing this benchmark result has been filed with the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) and is available at

About Violin Memory, Inc.
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

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