Violin, Stratoscale data storage technologies rise from dust

Nancy J. Delong

The facts storage technologies of Violin Systems and Stratoscale re-emerged this week, reflecting new company possession. Now it is time to see if the upcoming go-round yields superior success.

Storage keeping organization StorCentric introduced a new Violin Systems midrange array, the to start with product established because getting the all-flash seller final calendar year. This is the 2nd reset for Violin, which struggled to discover its footing in spite of becoming one of the to start with distributors to engineer an all-flash storage system.

Meanwhile, storage-as-a-provider seller Zadara scooped up the property of Stratoscale, a hyper-converged software program startup that shuttered operations in 2019. Stratoscale adds a compute layer to Zadara’s unified storage in the public cloud.

Other facts storage technologies news this week included an expanded partnership between cloud file seller Ctera and Hewlett Packard Business (HPE) and new funding for container-dependent motor developer StorageOS.

Violin auditions QV Sequence

StorCentric final calendar year acquired Violin Systems for an undisclosed sum, continuing its apply of accumulating struggling distributors with mature storage technologies. Other StorCentric purchases involve SAN provider Nexsan, NVMe startup Vexata and facts safety expert Retrospect. Nexsan merged with NAS seller Drobo in 2018 to type StorCentric.

QV-Series midrange all-flash array from Violin Systems
Violin Systems’ QV-Sequence midrange all-flash array

Violin experienced a meteoric rise to the public industry in 2013, fueled by sustained demand for large-performance storage. However in spite of proudly owning far more than sixty patents, Violin couldn’t parlay its engineering into profitability, generally mainly because it lagged rivals in building a flash management software program stack.

The most up-to-date Violin all-flash array is the QV1020, billed as a midrange enhance to its QV2020 array. The QV1020 starts off with uncooked capability of 15 TB to 116 TB, which is the commencing capability for the QV2020. Both of those arrays are rated to produce 500,000 IOPS with microsecond latency. The QV Sequence units are Violin’s to start with to help NVMe SSDs, but the arrays absence native NVMe more than Materials.

Violin aims the QV arrays at the crowded midrange industry, pitting it versus Dell EMC PowerStore, Hitachi Vantara Digital Storage Array, HPE Primera, IBM FlashSystem, NetApp EFF and Pure Storage FlashArray, along with software program-outlined NAS distributors like SoftNAS and scale-out participant Qumulo.

Violin is in the bell condition of the curve suitable now. They really don’t give bleeding-edge performance anymore.
Mark StaimerMain analyst, Dragonslayer Consulting

The aggressive challenge is even bigger now for Violin, stated Mark Staimer, president at Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton, Ore. When Violin to start with emerged, its arrays strived to provide facts workloads needing extraordinary performance, Staimer stated.

“Violin is in the bell condition of the curve suitable now,” he stated. “They really don’t give bleeding-edge performance anymore. There is no distinctive problem that they solve. The only issue they modified in this version is the addition of NVMe SSDs, which best out at 24 drives. It is a nice, compact 2U device, but there are a great deal of nice, compact 2U units out there.”

He stated Violin will want to be “disruptive” in its pricing to have a likelihood.

“The only way I could see this winning in the industry is if they took a upcoming-gen design and value it down below industry,” Staimer stated.

Zadara: Item storage demands quickly compute

Zadara SaaS supports block, file and item storage that is available in the public cloud. The seller this week acquired NeoKarm, a cloud computing startup shaped from the property of Stratoscale. The providers did not disclose the acquisition value.

Stratoscale Symphony open up supply software program turns x86 servers into a reduced-price HCI deployment. Stratoscale introduced its product in 2016, aided by funding from IT heavyweights, which includes Cisco, Intel and Qualcomm. That cash wasn’t enough for Stratoscale to contend with HCI industry leaders Nutanix and VMware, and the startup disbanded right after an unsuccessful merger endeavor.

Stratoscale will help organization and hyper-scale prospects to develop AWS-like cloud companies on premise using Zadara storage, stated Zadara CEO Nelson Nahum. Zadara and NeoKarm have about twenty mutual cloud prospects. Nahum cited expanding client demand for item storage as impetus for the offer.

“We have experienced a great deal of achievement with item storage the final couple of yrs,” he stated. “There is a [want] for compute to stream to the storage, so facts can be analyzed or used nonetheless you want. That was the genesis [of getting NeoKarm].”

Ctera, HPE prolong partnership

Ctera and HPE have partnered for numerous yrs. The most up-to-date collaboration, named Ctera File for HPE Nimble Storage dHCI converged infrastructure, adds NAS file companies to Nimble’s hybrid SAN arrays. The distributors introduced Ctera File for HPE SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure final May perhaps.

StorageOS is jostling for place with numerous other distributors angling to promote persistent storage for Kubernetes-managed container environments. Headquartered in London and New York, the startup claims to have far more than 4,000 prospects. The $ten million in funding obtained this week consists of existing and new buyers led by Downing Ventures.

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