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Meet The CEO of Violin Systems

Ebrahim Abbasi is a turnaround specialist. That is exactly what fit the need of Violin Systems; a turnaround. He was hired prior to Violin’s sale of assets to Quantum Strategic Partners (QSP) and guided it through that period. Now, Violin

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Ready for an All-Flash Comeback – Violin Systems Briefing Note

Violin Systems was one of the first storage vendors to bring an all-flash storage system to market. While the company had early success in the market, a combination of fierce competition and poor management decisions lead to the company filing

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Hardware Matters More Than Ever

Violin Briefing Note The storage industry is going through growing pains. Especially over the last two and a half years as it tries to adapt to flash storage, cloud storage and software-defined storage. Pillars of the industry struggle to meet

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Hardware First – Designing All-Flash Arrays From a Hardware First Perspective

Data centers have to meet the increasing performance demands of scale out databases, big data analytics, and dense virtual environments. These data centers need to meet these demands without requiring more data center floor space or consuming more power. All-flash

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The Hard Disk Autopsy

The Violin Memory Systems “Disk is Dead” campaign says what needed to be said; disk, at least for the production use case, is dead or it least it should be. An autopsy done on the technology will find that it

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Weekly Storage Podcast: Storage Industry Quarterly Reports

The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. That’s the best way to describe the latest round of quarterly reports coming from businesses in the Storage Industry. Storage Switzerland Lead Analyst George Crump, Senior Analyst Joseph Ortiz and Charlie Hodges discuss the

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Did Flash just kill Disk?

Violin Memory Systems has started a marketing campaign pronouncing the death of hard disk drives. They are quick to qualify that disk is dead in terms of primary storage. Violin even had some cool tombstones made up. I want to agree with

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Storage News and Insights Feb. 21 – Podcast

From Software Defined Storage news to insights on file, sync and share, George Crump and I talk about it in this week’s update on the Storage Podcast. Links to blogs to give you more detail on the topics we talked

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Briefing Note: Violin Memory ushers in the Flash Storage Platform

Even though memory has always played a role in the storage infrastructure, the introduction of flash based storage has lead to rapid advancements in the evolution of storage. Today flash use has evolved from simply augmenting disk-based primary storage (hybrid

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Should you be able to turn All-Flash Deduplication off?

Deduplication, along with compression, provides the ability to more efficiently use premium priced flash capacity. But capacity efficiency comes with at least some performance impact. This is especially true on all-flash arrays where data efficiency features can’t hide behind hard

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