SOURCE: Violin Memory, Inc.

Violin Memory, Inc.

September 14, 2016 13:53 ET

Industry Benchmarks Reset Among All Flash Storage With Violin Memory's Release of the Flash Storage Platform 7650 and 7450 Arrays

Violin Memory Asserts Technology and Performance Leadership for Enterprise Storage Area Network (SAN) Environments With New Flash Storage Platform Solutions

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - September 14, 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 two new and next-generation Flash Storage Platform™ (FSP) solutions, designed to disrupt the industry. The FSP 7650 and 7450 all flash arrays leverage the industry's only all flash storage platform that includes a full suite of tightly integrated data services, across all arrays, in a single native operating system, giving Violin Memory industry leadership in the combination of ultra-low latency, affordability, density, scalability, and performance.

"Today, Violin Memory unveils the latest in a series of Violin Memory innovations that will fundamentally change the all flash array market, a market that Violin created ten years ago when it launched the industry's first all flash array.' Said Kevin DeNuccio, President and CEO of Violin Memory. 'This launch is all about how IT professionals can be instrumental by leveraging storage technology to enable their companies to do great things, whether that be via private, public or hybrid cloud environments."

Ideal for mission critical database applications, data analytics and in-memory computing, the FSP 7650 is resetting the bar with consistent ultra-low latency of 200 microseconds at 1 million IOPS -a fivefold improvement in latency versus the previous industry standard of 1 million IOPS at 1 millisecond latency. For applications where 1 millisecond meets latency requirements, the FSP 7650 can deliver revolutionary performance of 2 million IOPS.

"Most enterprises have at least several applications where extremely low storage latency can directly translate to increased revenues, better customer experience, or differentiated competitive advantage,' said Eric Burgener, research director in enterprise storage, IDC. 'These applications tend to be transactional, database-driven or real-time analytics workloads where a 500 microsecond latency difference can be directly monetized. For these environments, AFA architecture can matter a great deal in an ability to consistently deliver sub 300 microsecond performance that companies can base their reputation on, regardless of widely varying workloads and operational workflows."

New Flash Storage Platform 7650 and 7450

The new Violin FSP 7650 and 7450 all flash storage systems set a new standard for all flash storage performance within enterprise data center SAN environments to achieve previously unattainable outcomes.

"With this launch, customers can now leverage the industry's only all flash storage platform that includes a full suite of tightly integrated data services, across all arrays, in a single native operating system, giving Violin Memory industry leadership in the combination of ultra-low latency, affordability, density, scalability, and performance," said Ebrahim Abbasi, Chief Operating Officer for Violin Memory.

Violin FSP 7650 delivers extreme performance with consistent ultra-low latency at sustained ultra-high IOPS for demanding Tier 0 environments including big data environments, data warehouses, and databases. Violin FSP 7450 supports multiple and mixed Tier 1 primary storage workloads-including databases, applications, virtualized infrastructure, and private/hybrid cloud-with powerful data reduction that delivers large effective capacities at high performance to modernize enterprise data centers. Both include powerful data-at-rest encryption that meets the demanding data encryption standards of FIPS-140-2 Level 2 and AES 256-bit XTS.

  • LOWEST LATENCY: FSP 7650 provides consistent ultra-low latency of 200 microseconds at 1 million IOPS for extreme performance applications. For primary storage, FSP 7450 delivers 340,000 IOPS with consistent low latency of 1 millisecond in Fibre Channel or iSCSI SAN environments.

  • BEST AFFORDABILITY: Violin FSP systems require very low capital (CAPEX) and operating (OPEX) expenses and this improves the total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) of all flash storage. For example, FSP 7450 features pricing ranging as low as $0.60 per GB of effective storage capacity of up to 512TB while consuming less than 1800 Watts of data center power.

  • HIGHEST DENSITY: Completely integrated FSP all flash storage solutions provide up to 1/2PB of effective capacity at typical 6-to-1 data reduction rates (FSP 7450) or 140TB of raw capacity (FSP 7650) in a single enclosure occupying just 3 rack units of space.

  • BROADEST SCALABILITY: With Violin ScaleSmart™ featuring Pay-As-You-Grow, FSP 7450 systems can begin as small as 32TB effective capacity (8.8TB raw) and scale to 512TB effective (140TB raw) alone, or up to 5PB effective (1.4PB raw) with FSP 7700, in 32TB/8.8TB increments.

  • FASTEST PERFORMANCE: 2 million IOPS at 1 millisecond of latency, 1.7 million IOPS at 500 microseconds, and 1 million IOPS @ 200 microseconds of consistent ultra-low latency (FSP 7650) and 340,000 IOPS @ 1 millisecond (FSP 7450).

"The Violin Flash Storage Platform 7650 is an excellent choice for an all-flash array," said Dennis Martin, Demartek President. "Of the SAN-attached storage systems that we have tested in our lab, this all-flash array provided the lowest consistent latency as measured at the host application servers that we have seen to date. Even with IOPS loads as high as two million IOPS, the latency was consistent and sub-millisecond."

Additional Announcements:

New Platinum Support Service and Customer First Guarantees

Today, Violin also announced new Platinum Support Service and Customer First Guarantees that enable customers to get the most value out of their all flash storage investments. Violin Memory's new Platinum Support Service offers customers a more personalized and proactive support experience for their mission critical data center environment. Platinum Support Service builds on Violin's enterprise class Gold Support Service, which provides customers peace of mind that any incidents will be effectively resolved with Violin experts around the clock, to offer customers a more personalized and proactive support experience for their mission critical data center environment through a direct line into storage experts and an assigned Service Account Manager to guide best practices and plan upgrades.

Violin customers that choose the Platinum or Gold level premium support package for their FSP solutions will now benefit from five new service level assurances, called the "Violin Customer First Guarantees":

1. EFFECTIVE CAPACITY GUARANTEE: promised data reduction is achieved.

2. HIGH AVAILABILITY GUARANTEE: 99.9999% uptime with FSP Stretch Cluster.

3. SERVICE PRICING GUARANTEE: service renewal pricing will not increase.

4. FLASH ENDURANCE GUARANTEE: no-cost flash replacement if it wears out.

5. SCALABLE CAPACITY GUARANTEE: capacity can be purchased when used.

Learn more about new Violin Platinum Support Service and Customer First Guarantees here.

New Vision for Next-generation All Flash Storage

Today, Violin also announces its vision that will incorporate new technologies and introduce new products to further lower latency, enhance data mobility, and facilitate cloud integration. This new Violin vision includes:

  • Further lowering the ultra-low latency of FSP all flash storage.

  • Enhancing data mobility beyond the capabilities of FSP Stretch Cluster.

  • Facilitating private, hybrid, and public cloud all flash storage integration.

Violin's vision for further lowering the latency of FSP solutions includes future support for the new NVM Express (NVMe) and NVMe Over Fabrics (NVMf) technologies and standards. Violin's vision for enhancing the data mobility of FSP solutions includes a potential future software defined storage (SDS) product-Concerto in the Cloud-that could deliver a virtualized instance of the Violin Concerto OS that could be deployed in private, hybrid, or public cloud environments.

Learn more about Violin's new vision for all flash storage here.

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Additional information about the new products is available by watching Violin Memory's Product Launch.

About Violin Memory, Inc.

Be Instrumental. Violin Memory, the disruptive innovator in All Flash Arrays, is revolutionizing how businesses operate by enabling storage technology to Be Instrumental to their company by changing the SLAs and capabilities of private, hybrid and public cloud environments. The Flash Storage Platform™, powered by Concerto OS™, a fully integrated storage operating system, is the industry leader in the combination of every significant category measured in all flash arrays: low latency, affordability, density, scalability and performance. With tightly integrated data services, the Violin Flash Storage Platform provides a unique combination of data protection, business continuity, and data reduction services onto a flexible, uniquely scalable solution called Scale Smart™, delivering significant CAPEX and OPEX savings. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit www.violin-memory.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/violinmemory.

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Forward Looking Statements

This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the following: 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 second quarter of fiscal year 2017, 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.

Source: Violin Memory, Inc.

Contact Information

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    Tanya Tran
    Violin Memory, Inc.
    650-396-1489
    ttran@vmem.com