Violin Memory became the latest developer of all-flash storage arrays to give its solutions a boost into the enterprise with the introduction of key software features expected of enterprise-class arrays.
Violin Memory's new Concerto 7000 all-flash array is the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company's first flash storage solution to include a software stack with such data services as synchronous and asynchronous replication, stretch metro clustering, snapshots, thin provisioning, data protection and storage scaling, said Eric Herzog, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development.
"Flash storage is transforming the data center," Herzog told CRN. "But for it to take hold, customers need data center services. So we're introducing business continuity, data protection, scaling and data efficiency."
Violin Memory has done a good job of building a solid software stack even though it is not quite complete, the company's channel partners said. The main missing piece is deduplication, although the software stack does include compression.
One partner, who asked to remain anonymous because of other vendor relationships, told CRN that Violin Memory still needs to add OpenStack, VMware vSphere, Red Hat and programmatic APIs to bring its software stack up to par.
"At this point, adding snapshots and replication is great," the solution provider said. "Now you're in the 'Jacks-or-better club.' But I'm not sure we should be slapping anyone's back yet. Violin has an impressive hardware footprint in terms of pure horsepower capabilities."
Another Violin Memory solution provider, who also requested anonymity because of partnerships with other vendors, told CRN the company is on a solid path in both hardware and software thanks to a good leadership team.
Storage efficiencies are a basic requirement, regardless of whether it is done via deduplication or compression or both, but compression is the more important of the two, the solution provider said. "Customers like both," the solution provider said. "But as long as Violin is doing compression, they're hitting the main requirement."
The solution provider especially likes Violin Memory's continuous data protection approach, which replicates data changes not only at the block level, but also at the bit level within the blocks to ensure high-speed WAN replication.
"It's a comprehensive platform," the solution provider said. "It's awesome."
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