In flash storage these days, it takes more than speed to win over many enterprises.
Violin Memory, an early player in enterprise flash, made strides more than a decade ago with storage arrays that outran spinning-disk systems for applications that needed data fast. Then the giants of the data center got into the game, and enterprises started looking at flash for their primary storage instead of targeted uses.
That leaves Violin catching up. It’s added data services like replication and deduplication — the company calls its suite of integrated services the most complete in flash storage — and on Wednesday the company is announcing what it calls the industry’s highest performance all-flash array for primary storage.