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Violin Concerto 7000 All Flash Array: Performance Packed with Data Services

All Flash Arrays (AFAs) are plentiful in the market. At one level all AFAs deliver phenomenal performance compared to an HDD array. But comparing AFAs to an HDD-based system is like comparing a Ford Focus to a Lamborghini. The comparison has to be inter-AFAs and when one looks under the hood one finds the AFAs in the market vary in performance, resiliency, consistency of performance, density, scalability and almost every dimension one can think of.

An AFA has to be viewed as a business transformation technology. A well-designed AFA, applied to the right applications will not only speed up application performance but by doing so enable you to make fundamental changes to your business. It may enable you to offer new services to your customers. Or serve your current customers faster and better. Or improve internal procedures in a way that improves employee morale and productivity. To not view an AFA through the business lens would be missing the point.

In this Product Profile we describe all the major criteria that should be used to evaluate AFAs and then look at Violin’s new entry, Concerto 7000 All Flash Array to see how it fares against these measures.

Publish date: 06/24/14
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Violin Memory joins SSD vendors adding data management

Violin Memory Inc. today launched its Concerto 7000 All Flash Array line and software suite, adding the vendor to the list of solid-state storage vendors that are expanding capacity and adding data management features typically found in enterprise disk-based systems.

  • Premiered: 06/25/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Violin TBA Violin Memory TBA Concerto TBA Concerto 7000 TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA replication TBA DP TBA Data protection TBA Deduplication TBA Continuous Data Protection TBA CDP TBA Virtualization TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery
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Flash storage arrays gain features, boost capacity

New all-flash storage array models from IBM, Violin Memory and Kaminario follow trend of boosting data reduction and management features, adding higher capacity options.

  • Premiered: 07/29/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Flash TBA Storage TBA IBM TBA Violin Memory TBA Kaminario TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA AFA TBA Inline TBA Deduplication TBA replication TBA SSD TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Arun Taneja TBA FalconStor TBA Microsoft TBA Windows Flash Array TBA Concerto 7000 TBA 3PAR TBA HP TBA Nimbus Data TBA Nimbus TBA Pure Storage TBA Skyera TBA SolidFire TBA EMC TBA XtremeIO TBA Hitachi TBA NetApp
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Commodity storage has its place, but an all-flash architecture thrills

Every day we hear of budget-savvy IT folks attempting to leverage commodity servers and disks by layering on software-implemented storage services. But at the same time, and at some of the same datacenters, highly optimized flash-fueled acceleration technologies are racing in with competitive performance and compelling price comparisons.

  • Premiered: 09/05/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA all flash array TBA All Flash TBA EMC TBA VNX TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA object storage TBA XtremeIO TBA Pure Storage TBA Kaminario TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA Violin Memory TBA Avalanche Technology TBA NAND TBA MRAM TBA Internet of Things
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NetApp makes single-node FlashRay systems available

NetApp says select customers can buy its FlashRay all-flash array, which includes inline dedupe and compression but is still a one-node configuration.

  • Premiered: 09/17/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA NetApp TBA FlashRay TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA Data ONTAP TBA Data Deduplication TBA SAN TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA NFS TBA Arun Taneja
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Gridstore Extends Product Line With Hyperconverged Appliance

Gridstoreā„¢, the leader in converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft Hyper-V, today introduced a range of Hyper-V focused hyper-converged appliances, including the first all-flash appliance, to deliver tunable, auto-optimized compute and storage resources together in a single system.

  • Premiered: 09/30/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWired
Topic(s): TBA Gridstore TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA hyper convergence TBA hyperconverged TBA Hyper-V TBA converged TBA convergence
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Purchase criteria for all-flash storage arrays

All-flash storage arrays share the common trait of being fast, but once you get past the speed, there's still a lot to consider.

  • Premiered: 08/29/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA tech target TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Deduplication TBA Data Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Data protection TBA RAID
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Flash runs past read cache

Just because you can add a cache doesn't mean you should. It is possible to have the wrong kind, so weigh your options before implementing memory-based cache for a storage boost.

  • Premiered: 10/16/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Mike Matchett TBA VDI TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Deduplication TBA Caching TBA NVRAM TBA DRAM TBA Atlantis Computing TBA Pernix TBA PernixData TBA Astute Networks TBA All Flash TBA Performance TBA HP TBA StoreOnce TBA Oracle
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5 Ways to Clear Out IOP Bottlenecks

A look at three explicit indicators and two manual tests you can perform to know if your multipath driver is causing problems to your array's capabilities.

  • Premiered: 11/18/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Tom Fenton TBA Virtualization TBA Virtualization Review TBA EMC TBA PowerPath TBA ESXi TBA XtremeIO TBA Brocade TBA IOPS TBA ESX TBA Hypervisor TBA AFA TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA Datacenter
Profiles/Reports

EMC PowerPath: Optimized IO Multipathing for All Flash Arrays

All-flash arrays are changing the datacenter for the better. No longer do we worry about IOPS bottlenecks from the array: all-flash arrays (AFA) can deliver a staggering amount of IOPs. AFAs with the ability to deliver hundreds of thousands of IOPs are not uncommon. The problem now, however, is how to get the IOPS from the array to the servers. We recently had a chance to see how well an AFA using EMC PowerPath driver works to eliminate this bottleneck—and we were blown away. Most comparisons with datacenter infrastructure show a 10-30% improvement in performance; but, the performance improvement that we saw with PowerPath was extraordinary.

Getting bits from an array to server is easy —very easy, in fact. The trick is getting the bits from a server to an array in an efficient manner when you have many virtual machines (VM) on multiple physical hosts that are transmitting the bits over a physical network with a virtual fabric overlay; this is much more difficult. Errors can get introduced and must be dealt with, the most efficient path must be obtained and established, re-evaluated and reestablished continually, and any misconfiguration can produce less than optimal performance. In some cases, this can cause outages or even data loss. In order to deal with the “pathing,” or how the I/O travels from the VM to storage, the OS running on the host needs a driver, or in the case where multiple paths can be taken from the server to the array, a multipathing driver needs to be used to direct the traffic.

Windows, Linux, VMware and most other modern operating systems include a basic multipath driver; however, these drivers tend to be generic and not code optimized to extract the maximum performance from an array and come with only rudimentary traffic optimization and management functions. In some cases these generic drivers are fine, but in the majority of datacenters the infrastructure is overtaxed and its equipment needs to be used in the most efficient manner possible. Fortunately, storage companies such as EMC are committed to making their arrays work as performant as possible and spend a considerable amount of time and research to develop multipathing drivers optimized for their arrays. EMC invited us to take a look at how PowerPath, their optimized “intelligent” multipath driver, performed on an XtremIO flash array connected to a Dell PowerEdge R710 server running ESXi 6.0 while simulating an Oracle workload. We looked at the results of the various tests EMC ran comparing PowerPath/VE multipath driver against VMware’s ESXi Native Multipath driver and we were impressed—very impressed—by the difference that an optimized, multipath driver like PowerPath can make in a high IO traffic scenario.

Publish date: 04/30/15
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Out on a data storage market limb: Six predictions for 2015

Our crystal ball tells us this will be a year of change for the data storage market.

  • Premiered: 01/05/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Data Storage TBA Storage TBA DAS TBA Big Data TBA data lake TBA hub concept TBA enterprise data TBA BlueData TBA hybrid storage TBA AFA TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA Data protection TBA cloud tiering TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VVOL TBA VMWare TBA EMC TBA NetApp TBA Avalanche Technology TBA HDS TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA IBM TBA EVO:RAIL TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA hyperconverged
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Vendor Panel: The Efficient Data Center - Will It Be All-Flash Based?

Join us for this informative 60 minute roundtable as we discuss how flash is helping data centers become faster and far more efficient. This panel follows our previous all-flash panel with a whole new round of all-flash storage vendors. Some of the questions we'll be asking include: Is all-flash suitable for all workloads or is a hybrid approach enough? Is a scale-out flash approach superior? Can all-flash be as cost-effective as spinning disk?

Hear from the following industry experts:
*Kevin Powell, ‎Business Line Program Director, IBM FlashSystem
*Srinath Alapati, Director, Flash, NetApp
*Eric Herzog, CMO & SVP of Alliances, Violin Memory
*Mike Matchett, Senior Analyst, Taneja Group

  • Premiered: 01/22/15
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Mike Matchett, Taneja Group; Kevin Powell, IBM FlashSystem; Srinath Alapati, NetApp; Eric Herzog, Violin Memory
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Flash Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): All Flash Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Data Center Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): hybrid flash Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): scale-out
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Breaking Down VMware's VSAN 6

How does the new, all-flash version compare with VSAN 5.5?

  • Premiered: 02/03/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA All Flash TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA VSAN TBA VMWare TBA VMware VSAN TBA SDS TBA software-defined TBA software defined TBA Software Defined Storage TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtualization TBA Low latency TBA Capacity TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA VMFS TBA Storage TBA Hybrid TBA Hybrid Array TBA hybrid flash TBA vSphere
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StorTrends Intros All-Flash Storage Arrays

Atlanta-based StorTrends has released two new storage devices that feature all-flash storage area network (SAN) arrays.

  • Premiered: 03/16/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Campus Technology
Topic(s): TBA StorTrends TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA All Flash TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Backup TBA Virtual Server TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Arun Taneja TBA Performance TBA High Performance
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StorTrends: All-Flash Performance at $0.50 per GB

StorTrends is promising all-flash performance and enterprise-grade data services at half the price of competing storage vendors.

  • Premiered: 03/19/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Infostor
Topic(s): TBA AMI TBA StorTrends TBA StorTrends 3600i TBA data TBA Storage TBA All Flash TBA AFA TBA SSD TBA SAN TBA WAN TBA WAN Optimization TBA WANO
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Moving to all-flash? Think about your data storage infrastructure

It's best to take a big-picture approach to your data storage infrastructure when deciding whether to enter the all-flash array marketplace.

  • Premiered: 04/07/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA SSD TBA All Flash TBA Storage TBA Data Storage TBA storage infrastructure TBA QoS TBA Hybrid Array TBA HDD TBA Flash TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA converged storage TBA convergence TBA all-flash TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA software-defined TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA SimpliVity TBA EMC TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA Kaminario TBA Nimble Storage TBA Pure Storage TBA Violin Memory
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Should I use an all-flash or hybrid array for my virtual desktop environment?

Taneja Group's Tom Fenton weighs the benefits and drawbacks of using hybrid and all-flash arrays for storage in this expert answer.

  • Premiered: 04/08/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA all-flash TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA hybrid storage TBA VDI TBA virtual desktop TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Storage TBA IOPS TBA HDD
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Data awareness is the next wave of enterprise storage

According to Taneja Group, data aware storage is the next big thing, and in a recent webinar, the research form trotted out some startups in this new segment to showcase their offerings.

  • Premiered: 06/24/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: IT World Canada
Topic(s): TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA SQL TBA data-aware TBA data awareness TBA Jeff Kato TBA real-time analytics TBA data analytics TBA API TBA Qumulo TBA DataGravity TBA Tarmin TBA HFA TBA AFA TBA Hybrid Array TBA hybrid storage TBA all flash array TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA Snapshots TBA Clones TBA Encryption TBA QoS TBA replication
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DP Designed for Flash - Better Together: HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HPE StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HPE Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 06/06/16
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Kaminario pulls ahead in the race toward an all flash data centerā€¦

Earlier this month, at the Flash Memory Summit, the buzz was about 3D TLC NAND technology which could soon produce a 16TB 2.5 inch SSD. This would greatly exceed current capacity projections for a comparably-sized HDD. Then, August 20th, Kaminario announced breakthrough pricing which promotes the concept of an all flash data center by incorporating one of the first implementations of a 3D TLC NAND SSD into its flagship product line.

  • Premiered: 08/24/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
Topic(s): Kaminario Flash Memory Summit All Flash Flash SSD 3D TLC NAND all flash array