Violin Memory has just announced it is expanding from all-flash arrays into the server-based flash storage world; aided by a new tighter relationship with Toshiba, Violin's moves cast light upon where the flash storage market as a whole is going...
Published: March 5, 2013
I couldn’t resist the pun in the title – it was either this one or "Violin orchestrates its next step!"
Anyhow, Violin just made two separate – albeit closely linked – announcements. I don’t usually comment too much on individual products but what’s happened is significant for the market as well as Violin so I figured a few lines are worthwhile. So, the news (in case you missed it) is this: first, Violin has extended its involvement with Toshiba into a formal IP-sharing partnership alliance; second, the first offspring of this new relationship is a series of server-based PCIe flash cards that Violin calls ‘Velocity’ and refers to (this is perhaps a semantic and philosophical discussion for another day…) as memory. So far, so good. What’s the significance?
Flash technology, and the buoyant market it is creating, is not going to get anything other than more crowded and competitive over the short term. That’s generally good for users (aside from having to keep up with things!) as such competition and market growth usually drives more investment and innovation that in turn leads to better, and more affordable, products. Violin’s new tune (geddit!?) is almost certainly good for users and for Violin itself, but I have to think it is just one step on a longer path and that in due course it will surely be followed by more integrated software sytems functionality (one has to assume that it did not buy GridIron just for fun!). This market-space gets more interesting - and compelling - by the day.
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