Violin Unifies Flash Array and PCIe Cache Management with Symphony 2.0

By Pedro Hernandez

Whether nestled in an array or churning away in a server, Violin Memory is looking to make its flash storage easier to manage.

Coming off a disappointing IPO, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based provider of flash-based enterprise data storage systems, today revealed an update to its automated storage management software that consolidates device management for both its arrays and PCIe SSDs into a single interface.

Violin Symphony version 2.0 now allows administrators to leverage the company's analytics-backed, predictive monitoring and management technology on Violin Memory Arrays and Velocity PCIe Memory cards. "Symphony sets the benchmark for what it means to deliver simplicity of management and control at the tip of your fingers," stated Violin Memory's vice president of products, Narayan Venkat, in company remarks.

"The latest version of Symphony makes it even easier to consolidate data centers and manage mission-critical workloads on Violin’s persistent memory environment," announced Venkat.

Violin Symphony 2.0 makes extensive use of real-time analytics to bolster the company's "proactive vs. reactive" approach to storage management. It features comparative analysis, granular reporting and smart groups, enabling IT organizations to boost application performance, fine-tune their storage environments and ensure the longevity of their flash storage investments. A mobile-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) and configurable dashboards round out the experience.

"Combining these features and customizations with the proactive design principle of Symphony 2.0, end users are offered full control of their Violin Memory ecosystem from the Velocity Cards to the Memory Arrays," boasted the company in a statement.

The company used the occasion to announce that its Violin 6224 Flash Memory Array is now available. The follow-up to its flagship offering, the new 6224 system is based on 19nm NAND flash chips to provide up to 24 terabytes of raw capacity. The company's 6000 series arrays clear the 1 million input/output operations per second (IOPS) and 4 gigabytes per second throughput in a scant 3U of rack space.

Also new is Violin Memory Operating System (vMOS) version 6.3, which provides data protection and flash optimization features. The new edition "extends non-disruptive upgrade (NDU) capability to the flash chip level," according to the company. The capability gives its hardware a leg up on "SSD-based flash arrays which are limited in scope to the controllers above the SSDs," claimed Violin.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on November 18, 2013