“Our latest offerings deliver the transformative economics, performance, and data services of the Windows Flash Array to customers who prefer to take a more incremental approach towards the all-flash data center,” said
In addition to new capacity and price points, Violin’s unique “pay-as-you-grow” pricing model allows customers to scale their storage non-disruptively through new capacity software license-based expansion options that deliver 8.8TB increments of raw all-flash capacity.
This pay-as-you-grow approach enables customers to deploy the WFA and immediately benefit from its high performance and enterprise data services while increasing capacity over time.
The flexibility of the WFA doesn’t end with capacity, as customers have a choice in how they interconnect the all-flash array with their existing infrastructure. The WFA family supports either 56 Gb FDR InfiniBand or 10 Gb Ethernet. In both cases, customers benefit from the efficiency and high performance afforded by SMB Direct and the rest of the SMB 3.0 feature set.
In addition, the WFA supports NFS 3.0 and NFS 4.1 for connectivity with application servers running operating systems such as Linux and UNIX. WFA-based file shares are simultaneously available as Windows file shares over SMB 3 and as NFS exports to simplify data sharing across the data center. There are no artificial data silos separating SMB- and NFS-based applications with the WFA - just seamless integration of high performance, easily accessible all-flash storage.
Jointly developed with Microsoft Corp., the WFA is the first all-flash high-performance array solution powered by Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 to deliver a rich set of storage features and data services for the enterprise. The unmatched performance of the WFA transforms data center economics, reducing CAPEX,
The Windows Flash Array enables enterprise workloads, including Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, and Windows Server Hyper-V for both server and desktop virtualization, as well as enterprise-wide file servers to meet the needs of global enterprises, while refocusing IT expenditure towards business innovation.
The Violin Windows Flash Array family will be featured at the
“Few IT organizations today have the luxury of limiting themselves to a single storage protocol. On the other hand too many unified file and SAN storage systems emphasize one protocol while compromising the performance of the others. The Violin Windows Flash Array changes that by delivering high performance SMB 3, and NFS storage access without compromise.”
“The pay-as-you-grow option helps customers immediately benefit from the WFA’s enterprise data services while paying for additional capacity only when it is required. This is a great option for businesses that would prefer to move their workloads to an all-flash storage solution in a more incremental fashion.”
“Violin Memory’s new smaller size models and acquisition strategy of pay-as-you-grow recognizes the significance of flash for mid and enterprise markets. This opens up new opportunities for Violin and their partners as IT strives to deliver higher level performance for applications such as VDI and critical databases.”
“The new array capacities are appealing to businesses that want the transformative performance and economics of the Windows Flash Array but who don't need a large array today. In addition, users will favor them for secondary deployments in remote data centers.”
CHANNEL PARTNER QUOTES
“Violin Memory shares our philosophy that in the channel partner ecosystem, 'less is more.' We chose to work with Violin because they understand the importance of collaborative partnerships and bringing in deep industry and technical expertise. The breadth of Violin's portfolio and the ease of partnering with them are critical to our mutual success. In addition, our business comes from both the sale of hardware as well as the delivery of services. Violin's new channel program allows us to deliver on both.”
“Violin has shown us that they are committed to supporting their partners with programs to drive revenue growth while delivering mission-critical solutions to our customers. Products such as the Windows Flash Array will help solidify the long-term relationships with our mutual customers. The flexible pricing model will allow our customers to pay only for the capacity that they need and actually use. This is a huge win for those in the trenches of IT resource constraints.”
“For us, the Violin Memory partnership illustrates the ideal partner synergy. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we are pleased that the Windows Flash Array provides onsite high-performance all-flash storage solutions for mid-size implementations that can easily interact with a Microsoft cloud environment. The ability to replicate and migrate data between onsite and cloud repositories addresses a critical need in our customer base.”
“The Windows Flash Array launch is a welcome boon. It makes the incentive program for the product line being offered by Violin Memory, a substantial and viable business opportunity for both our customers and us. The new configurations for the product family address the demand for lower capacity all-flash offerings, without sacrificing the data management and enterprise features of the higher capacity models.”
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Business in a Flash. Violin Memory transforms the speed of business with high performance, always available, low cost management of critical business information and applications. Violin’s All Flash optimized solutions accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and
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