Violin Opts for Flash Cards

Arthur Cole

Small, fast and extremely scalable. That's an apt description for the new Flash Module on Violin Memory's 1010 Memory Appliance.


The company has basically done away with the hard drive form factor for its SSD technology, opting instead for a card-based design that allows for up to 4 TB in a 2U device. The system also provides for 400 MBps sustained sequential write and a 100,000/200,000 per second sustained random write/read speed.


The device also sports four 4 Gbps Fibre Channel ports and up to four 10 GbE ports through either a network controller or direct-attached through PCIe. The system also supports all major Linux releases, as well as 32- and 64-bit Windows and OpenSolaris.


The company also claims the design cuts the power draw by up to 80 percent, compared to standard 15,000 rpm Fibre Channel drives.

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