Violin Memory Launches First Multi-TB Cache Storage System

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-16 Print this article Print

vCACHE combines NFS caching software from Gear6 and DRAM into Violin's bread-and-butter NAND Flash Memory Array.

Cache-based storage specialist Violin Memory on Nov. 16 unveiled vCACHE, a new solid-state array that the company claims has the first multi-terabyte capacity Network File System cache.

vCACHE combines patented NFS caching software from Gear6 -- a bankrupt storage company with progressive technology that Violin acquired earlier this year -- and DRAM into Violin's frontline NAND Flash Memory Array.

The result is the industry's first multiterabyte-capable, cache-based storage array, Violin CEO Don Basile told eWEEK.

vCACHE systems work alongside new or legacy network-attached storage (NAS) arrays by centralizing massive pools of memory that serve data 10 to 50 times faster than spinning disks, which helps eliminate I/O bottlenecks and hot spots, Basile said.

High-speed arrays like these are designed for vertical markets such as software and electronic design, energy and exploration, media delivery, information analytics, databases and video animation/production.

Violin's vCACHE can expands to 15TB of usable cache and delivers more than 300,000 NFS operations per second over eight 10GbE ports, Basile said. Traditional NAS filers need about 2,000 disk drives to deliver similar performance, he said.

Violin's vCACHE systems are available now and priced starting at $40,000, Basile said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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