Cisco and Violin Memory Set Cloud Computing Performance World Record

Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:00am EDT
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Jul 17 (Marketwire) --
Violin Memory, Inc., provider of one of the world's fastest and most
scalable flash Memory Arrays, served as the storage platform required by
Cisco to set the 2-socket server world record in cloud computing
performance as measured by the VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark. A record of
this magnitude validates the sustained performance achieved by Violin
Memory Arrays and their ability to provide the infrastructure necessary
to support virtualized and cloud environments.

VMmark 2.1: The Industry's Virtualization Platform Benchmark
VMmark 2.1
is the industry's first multi-server datacenter virtualization benchmark,
which assesses the performance of a group of virtualized real world
applications. It includes a variety of common platform-level workloads
such as live migration of virtual machines, cloning and deploying of
virtual machines, and automatic virtual machine load balancing across the
datacenter. To achieve the best results, end-to-end performance from
server to storage is needed.

"Cloud computing is a key driver for the acceleration of solid-state
adoption in data centers," said Joseph Unsworth, research vice president
at Gartner. "Companies that can deliver high-performance and reliable
solutions at aggressive price-points are best positioned to exploit this

Violin Storage at the Speed of Memory

The VMmark 2.1 results emphasize that the Violin 6000 Series flash Memory
Arrays have the best combined IOPS and latency to virtualize and
consolidate demanding business critical applications and desktops.

"Cisco UCS has established the best VMmark scores for 2-socket servers,
and storage performance was a key requirement," said Don Basile, CEO of
Violin Memory. "With industry leading random IO performance, economics
and sustained low latency, the Violin 6000 was the obvious storage
infrastructure choice for this effort. Offering the best IOPS per
terabyte, Violin enables storage consolidation just like Cisco UCS drives
server consolidation."

The Violin 6000 Series flash Memory Arrays bring storage performance in
balance with high speed compute and networking, offering a significant
opportunity for infrastructure consolidation. A single system fits in a
3U of rack space and can deliver one million IOPS with 4 GB/sec of
bandwidth -- enough performance to replace multiple racks of traditional
disk arrays for savings of both CAPEX and OPEX. The arrays attach to the
network for shared primary storage. Multiple arrays can be clustered
together to achieve petabytes (PB) of capacity and high aggregate


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About Violin Memory, Inc.
Violin Memory is pioneering the future of
Flash memory in the enterprise data center with Memory Arrays that
accelerate business critical applications and enable enterprises to
virtualize and optimize their IT infrastructures. Specifically designed
for sustained performance with high reliability, Violin's Memory Arrays
scale to hundreds of terabytes and millions of IOPS with low, spike-free
latency. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Mountain
View, California. For more information about Violin Memory products,

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