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For now, there are no applications that run natively on the Violin all-flash storage arrays, said Vinay Gaonkar, director of product management at Violin. It will be a few months before Violin gets on VMware's hardware compatibility list.
"But, as long as our box is on the VMware HCL, from the customer perspective, they can run applications on our box as simple as the can run them on any hardware," Gaonkar said.
Gupta said that, while Violin is not a server company, its array is theoretically an open server.
"We need to do testing of apps," he said. "We want to provide targeted apps for certain workloads. We will go after certain workloads selectively. We've been working with several software companies, and announced VMware because when you can run native virtualization in the box, you can look at other apps. So, we will offer virtualized appliances. The apps will run on a virtual machine on this box."
Violin's Gupta and Gaonkar declined to discuss which applications may be in the process of being readied to run on the Violin arrays. They also declined to talk about what other virtualization or operating system vendors aside from VMware may be interested in doing so.
However, Gupta said that at the Microsoft TechEd this summer, Violin demonstrated Microsoft Windows Server 2012 running on the array. Also, he noted that SAP was a strategic investor in Violin in the company's April $50-million funding round.
"This gives an idea of the direction we can move," he said.
Violin has also been taking other steps in building what could eventually become a combined server and storage appliance on its all-flash arrays.
Violin earlier this month said it is partnering with storage software vendor Symantec to embed Symantec data management capabilities on Violin's all-flash storage arrays.