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Violin Memory fiddles with its lineup – plucks out new entry-level and mid-range instruments

Just in time for Christmas, Santa!

Violin Memory is adding two new products to its Flash Storage Platform 7000 range – the FSP 7600 and 7250, which neatly sandwich the existing FSP 7300 and fit underneath the 7700.

The 3U 7600, providing from 35TB to 140TB of raw capacity, is characterized as an extreme performance array. It delivers 1.1 million IOPS with less than 500-microsecond latency. Violin says this reduces "the latency by half, as compared to current all flash arrays in the market." Its density means customers can "consolidate mixed and multiple workloads in the lowest footprint possible, outclassing all competitive products."

The 7250 is positioned as a less-than-$100,000 entry-level system with always-on data reduction. It starts at 8TB of raw capacity, and can scale in capacity and/or performance.

The 3U FSP 7300 – think of it as a converged and integrated Concerto data services head and 6000 array – supports from 11 to 70TB of raw flash (up to 217TB effective maximum capacity after inline dedupe and compression).

There is a capacity-reduced 7300E system with up to 127TB effective capacity (35TB raw), as well as the basic 7300 with up to 221TB effective capacity (70TB raw).

The 24U 7700 FSP supports 11 to 422TB of raw flash, up to about 1.3PB effective capacity. It consists of a head unit and 6 Fibre Channel backplane-connected storage shelves. All capacity is delivered from 7300E, 7300, 6200 or 6100 MLC flash storage shelves. The higher-performance 6600 array with SLC flash could also be used as a 7700 storage shelf.

With the new models, Violin's raw capacity ranges from 8TB in a sub-$100K system, up to 422TB, with performance maxing out at 2.2 million IOPS.

Violin says the 7000 series has asynchronous replication, synchronous mirroring, stretch clustering with zero RPO and zero RTO, snapshots, clones, and other data management services. The two new systems are offered with pay-as-you-grow pricing, meaning they are delivered effectively fully configured, and extra capacity is switched in via a software licensing upgrade paid for when the capacity is needed.

A lot is riding on these systems. Hopefully Violin's existing customers will view them positively, and the 7250 will expand its market downwards to new customers, with a consequent much-needed revenue boost. ®

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