Come Feel the New Flash Storage for Datacenters

    It’s not possible to touch and test iron worth a million dollars every day . So, we have a new Violin Memory system, and I invite you to a test drive. Yes, by the way, it was with us on one of such test drives for a dispute that the rack that worked in the data center was turned off by a knife switch. But this time we will not do that.

    What is this iron a few words?

    This is a storage system that keeps the response time for reading and writing about 1 ms at high load and at the same time gives the lowest price for I / O operation in a known galaxy. The main vocation of life is to clean the "bottlenecks" in a heap of cases.

    Who am I calling:

    • Those who process small amounts of data (up to 50 TB), where the response time and the number of I / O operations per second are extremely critical.
    • Those who have Oracle, 1C, SAP or similar large-scale systems, or complex analytical queries (on ordinary storage systems they “chew” for 10-15 hours).
    • Those who are interested in a solution costing from $ 300 kilobax to about a million. That is, clearly not representatives of small business.
    • Heads of departments, whose system administrators complain about the work of storage.
    • Managers of data centers and similar sites to assess how you can save.

    Case studies:

    • Suppose, to perform an analytical operation, a request is made that consists of 10,000 transactions to different databases. If you place all the bases on Violin, the speed will increase by 10-11 times. Because with a regular system, each transaction takes 2-3-4 milliseconds, but here it is one. One foreign bank made such requests on a conventional storage system in 300 minutes, after the introduction of Violin - in 11.
    • With massive virtualization across thousands of machines. For example, at the beginning of the working day, when all call-center employees enter through thin clients, the load on the storage system is very large (the so-called boot storm occurs), and Violin can cope with this due to the full flash architecture.

    About prices

    • Yes, it is expensive when you do not have high-performance tasks.
    • This is beneficial when you need more speed.
    • If you have the appropriate tasks, this is more profitable than buying storage with 10-15 flash-drives.
    • Saves space: Violin system - 3 units, similar to storage - up to 2-3 cabinets. That is, ultimately, again saving money.
    • Saves on complex software licenses: usually minus 70% of the cost.
    • It is advantageous when the speed of customer service rests on the speed of the application.

    What exactly will be on the test drive?

    The presentation about “what is it in general and when is it useful”, plus it will be possible to touch the living system. It will lie directly on the table, and will be open, light bulbs will burn there, and it will be possible to poke a finger into any part of the system and ask what it is. And plus real stress testing.

    Practice shows that several IT specialists or department heads from large companies are going to such test drives, so if you plan to talk “for life” and exchange experiences (which happens very often), then add another half hour to the time plan. I will just show how it all works and talk about my implementation experience.

    Time and date

    The first will take place on March 19, 2013 from 10:30 to 12:30, the second on March 26 from 15:00 to 17:00.
    Location - CROC office on Volochaevskaya, d. 5, p. 1 (this is Moscow).

    To participate, you need registration . There are still places now.

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