June 27, 2014
Violin Memory (VMEM) has released its Concerto 7000 All Flash Array, as the company continues to push the concept of an all-flash data center. With Concerto 7000, users will be able to expand their storage capacity while eliminating a majority of the physical footprint needed for more traditional spinning disk storage, according to the company.
The Concerto 7000 includes both synchronous and asynchronous replication and stretch metro cluster capabilities, along with a bevvy of other features meant to make enterprise data storage easier to manage. The new array enables storage snapshots and utilizes thin providing and LUN and capacity expansion, in addition to advanced data protection and storage scaling.
“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 in a statement.
For extra customization, Violin has made several features in Concerto 7000 configurable on a LUN-by-LUN basis, including continuous data protection, WAN optimized replication and in-flight encryption. The company included granular control of software features into the Concerto 7000 because of the importance of being able to support heavy enterprise multi-application workloads and so enterprises can use the hardware for more products at the same time.
The Concerto 7000 array is based on Violin’s Flash Fabric Architecture, giving it the potential to deliver microsecond latency and lower cost-per-transaction for demanding mixed and multiple cloud, enterprise and virtualized applications, according to the company. Violin is promising up to 20 times faster application response time with the Concerto 7000, with the device itself utilizing 90 percent less floor space, power and cooling.
The release of the Concerto 7000 comes on the heels of Violin’s poor Q1 fiscal year 2015 earnings, which showed a 27 percent decline in revenue over the same quarter of fiscal year 2014. Violin recently announced that it would be replacing former Violin Memory chairman Howard Bain III with Richard B. Nottenburg in the wake of the company’s financial downturn.
The Concerto 7000 array is available now, and Violin is also offering a Concerto 7000 upgrade kit for the 6000 All Flash Array family.
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