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Sep 29 2011   12:02PM GMT

All-SSD array debuts (10 Million iOPS!)

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Are you in the need for speed? Well a company called Violin Memory has a new array that apparently blows everything out of the water. Mind you these definitely aren’t for your average consumer. Stand-alone, these wouldn’t fair well in an Enterprise, but since they were #4 in the top 20 OEM SSD Array vendors, you may see them backed by some giants like HP 3PAR or IBM SVC to name a couple.

Violin Memory is one such company, and its new offering, the Violin 6000-series memory arrays, boasts some serious performance. The company claims that a single Violin 6000 rack containing 10 arrays can do 10 million IOPS (input/output operations per second), the same as 40 racks of traditional storage containing a total of 9,600 disks. That works out to an 80 percent reduction in cost per IOPS and a 15:1 reduction in physical consolidation of hardware. The arrays also address flash’s memory cell wear issue (a flash memory cell can only be written to so many times before it stops working) by including an algorithm that ensures that cells are rewritten to only after all new cells are used. Violin claims this lets its flash memory last as long as a standard disk drive.

6000 Series arrays bring storage performance in balance with high speed compute and networking and offer a significant opportunity for infrastructure consolidation. A single system fits in 3U of rack space and can deliver one million IOPS with 4 GB/sec of bandwidth – enough performance to replace multiple racks of traditional disk arrays for savings of both CAPEX and OPEX. The arrays attach to the network for shared primary storage. Multiple arrays can be clustered together to achieve petabytes (PB) of capacity and high aggregate bandwidth.

Want to know more? Check it out here.

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