February 27, 2021


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Violin, Stratoscale data storage technologies rise from dust

The information storage systems of Violin Techniques and Stratoscale re-emerged this week, reflecting new company possession. Now it truly is time to see if the next go-round yields better success.

Storage keeping corporation StorCentric released a new Violin Techniques midrange array, the first solution established considering the fact that acquiring the all-flash seller last calendar year. This is the 2nd reset for Violin, which struggled to discover its footing despite being 1 of the first distributors to engineer an all-flash storage system.

Meanwhile, storage-as-a-services seller Zadara scooped up the belongings of Stratoscale, a hyper-converged software package startup that shuttered operations in 2019. Stratoscale provides a compute layer to Zadara’s unified storage in the public cloud.

Other information storage systems information this week involved an expanded partnership in between cloud file seller Ctera and Hewlett Packard Organization (HPE) and new funding for container-based motor developer StorageOS.

Violin auditions QV Series

StorCentric last calendar year acquired Violin Techniques for an undisclosed sum, continuing its follow of collecting battling distributors with mature storage systems. Other StorCentric buys contain SAN provider Nexsan, NVMe startup Vexata and information safety specialist Retrospect. Nexsan merged with NAS seller Drobo in 2018 to type StorCentric.

Violin Systems’ QV-Series midrange all-flash array

Violin experienced a meteoric increase to the public marketplace in 2013, fueled by sustained desire for substantial-overall performance storage. However despite proudly owning far more than sixty patents, Violin couldn’t parlay its engineering into profitability, generally since it lagged competitors in developing a flash administration software package stack.

The newest Violin all-flash array is the QV1020, billed as a midrange enhance to its QV2020 array. The QV1020 starts off with raw potential of fifteen TB to 116 TB, which is the starting off potential for the QV2020. Both equally arrays are rated to supply 500,000 IOPS with microsecond latency. The QV Series techniques are Violin’s first to assist NVMe SSDs, but the arrays absence native NVMe about Fabrics.

Violin aims the QV arrays at the crowded midrange marketplace, pitting it in opposition to Dell EMC PowerStore, Hitachi Vantara Virtual Storage Array, HPE Primera, IBM FlashSystem, NetApp EFF and Pure Storage FlashArray, along with software package-described NAS distributors like SoftNAS and scale-out participant Qumulo.

Violin is in the bell form of the curve proper now. They never give bleeding-edge overall performance any longer.
Mark StaimerMain analyst, Dragonslayer Consulting

The competitive problem is even increased now for Violin, claimed Mark Staimer, president at Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton, Ore. When Violin first emerged, its arrays strived to provide information workloads needing intense overall performance, Staimer claimed.

“Violin is in the bell form of the curve proper now,” he claimed. “They never give bleeding-edge overall performance any longer. There is no unique dilemma that they remedy. The only factor they changed in this edition is the addition of NVMe SSDs, which major out at 24 drives. It is really a pleasant, compact 2U device, but there are a whole lot of pleasant, compact 2U units out there.”

He claimed Violin will need to have to be “disruptive” in its pricing to have a possibility.

“The only way I could see this winning in the marketplace is if they took a next-gen product and cost it down below marketplace,” Staimer claimed.

Zadara: Item storage requirements rapid compute

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

Stratoscale Symphony open up supply software package turns x86 servers into a reduced-expense HCI deployment. Stratoscale released its solution in 2016, aided by funding from IT heavyweights, which include Cisco, Intel and Qualcomm. That dollars wasn’t adequate for Stratoscale to contend with HCI marketplace leaders Nutanix and VMware, and the startup disbanded right after an unsuccessful merger endeavor.

Stratoscale will enable company and hyper-scale shoppers to create AWS-like cloud products and services on premise working with Zadara storage, claimed Zadara CEO Nelson Nahum. Zadara and NeoKarm have about twenty mutual cloud shoppers. Nahum cited developing customer desire for item storage as impetus for the offer.

“We have experienced a whole lot of achievements with item storage the last few of a long time,” he claimed. “There is a [need to have] for compute to move to the storage, so information can be analyzed or utilised nonetheless you need to have. That was the genesis [of acquiring NeoKarm].”

Ctera, HPE increase partnership

Ctera and HPE have partnered for many a long time. The newest collaboration, called Ctera File for HPE Nimble Storage dHCI converged infrastructure, provides NAS file products and services to Nimble’s hybrid SAN arrays. The distributors released Ctera File for HPE SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure last May possibly.

StorageOS is jostling for situation with many other distributors angling to market persistent storage for Kubernetes-managed container environments. Headquartered in London and New York, the startup promises to have far more than 4,000 shoppers. The $10 million in funding attained this week entails existing and new buyers led by Downing Ventures.