June 24, 2014

Violin Memory Announces Software on Concerto 7000 All Flash Array

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 24 – Violin Memory, Inc., a leading provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, announced global availability of enterprise data services software on the Concerto 7000 All Flash Array.

The comprehensive data services software includes synchronous and asynchronous replication and stretch metro cluster capabilities. Storage snapshots, thin provisioning, LUN and capacity expansion, as well as advanced data protection and storage scaling are also available. These enterprise data services will enhance business agility allowing enterprises and cloud providers to consolidate data center resources and open up new business opportunities.

“The Concerto 7000 All Flash Array helps our customers deliver ‘Business in a Flash’, by transforming IT resources into competitive assets that create new possibilities based on the performance, data protection, and transactional capabilities we design into our all-flash solutions,” said Violin Memory CEO Kevin DeNuccio.

Several critical elements of Violin’s Concerto enterprise data services software, including continuous data protection, WAN optimized replication and in-flight encryption can all be configured on a LUN-by-LUN basis, giving customers the ability to tailor the Concerto solution to their unique deployment and data center requirements.

Granular control of software features is important to support a varied, heavy enterprise multi-application workload and move beyond point products only appropriate for single applications. The breadth and granular manageability of the Concerto 7000 software provides the optimal platform for mixed and multiple workloads in enterprise and cloud environments.

The Concerto 7000 All Flash Array hardware platform, based on Violin’s Flash Fabric Architecture, delivers micro-second latency and lower cost-per-transaction for demanding mixed and multiple cloud, enterprise and virtualized applications. The result for IT organizations and their line-of-business customers can be up to 20x faster application response times while using 90 percent less floor space, power and cooling.

“Vendors need to provide a true enterprise class offering built around flash optimized architectures. The hallmark of today’s enterprise class workhorses is their ability to host mixed multiple workloads while delivering the reliability, availability, scalability and management features that data center applications require,” said IDC Flash Storage Research Director Eric Burgener. “Once vendors deliver mature flash-based products with these features the all-flash data center becomes a distinct reality.”

The Violin Concerto 7000 All Flash Array is now available worldwide. Raw capacity scales to 280TB in a fully configured, super-dense 18RU, low power footprint. Customers can also upgrade to these powerful business continuity, high-resiliency, efficiency, protection and scaling capabilities on their current 6000 series all-flash array solutions with the Concerto 7000 upgrade kit for the 6000 All Flash Array family.

Concerto 7000 features include:

Business Continuity

  • Remote asynchronous replication
  • Synchronous replication
  • Local/Metro
  • Zero RPO and RTO for stretch clusters
  • Automated App DR management
  • WAN optimized replication
  • Consistency Groups for replication

Data Protection

  • Snapshots (app & crash consistent)
  • Consistency Groups for snapshots
  • Continuous data protection
  • Transparent LUN mirroring
  • Backup app integration

Data Scaling

  • Scale-up to 280TB raw
  • Capacity pooling across shelves
  • Online expansion of capacity
  • Online LUN expansion
  • Single name space across shelves

Data Efficiency

  • Snapshots (app consistent, writable)
  • Thin Provisioning
  • Thin Clones