Violin, Stratoscale data storage technologies rise from dust

The details storage systems of Violin Methods and Stratoscale re-emerged this week, reflecting new company

The details storage systems of Violin Methods and Stratoscale re-emerged this week, reflecting new company ownership. Now it really is time to see if the subsequent go-round yields much better results.

Storage holding enterprise StorCentric released a new Violin Methods midrange array, the first products set because acquiring the all-flash vendor previous calendar year. This is the second reset for Violin, which struggled to discover its footing irrespective of remaining just one of the first suppliers to engineer an all-flash storage technique.

In the meantime, storage-as-a-company vendor Zadara scooped up the assets of Stratoscale, a hyper-converged software program startup that shuttered functions in 2019. Stratoscale provides a compute layer to Zadara’s unified storage in the public cloud.

Other details storage systems news this week included an expanded partnership among cloud file vendor Ctera and Hewlett Packard Organization (HPE) and new funding for container-centered engine developer StorageOS.

Violin auditions QV Collection

StorCentric previous calendar year obtained Violin Methods for an undisclosed sum, continuing its exercise of amassing battling suppliers with mature storage systems. Other StorCentric purchases contain SAN provider Nexsan, NVMe startup Vexata and details security specialist Retrospect. Nexsan merged with NAS vendor Drobo in 2018 to form StorCentric.

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

Violin had a meteoric rise to the public sector in 2013, fueled by sustained demand from customers for large-overall performance storage. Yet irrespective of owning additional than 60 patents, Violin could not parlay its engineering into profitability, mostly for the reason that it lagged competitors in establishing a flash management software program stack.

The most recent Violin all-flash array is the QV1020, billed as a midrange enhance to its QV2020 array. The QV1020 commences with uncooked potential of 15 TB to 116 TB, which is the starting off potential for the QV2020. Equally arrays are rated to provide 500,000 IOPS with microsecond latency. The QV Collection techniques are Violin’s first to support NVMe SSDs, but the arrays absence native NVMe above Fabrics.

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

Violin is in the bell form of the curve right now. They don’t give bleeding-edge overall performance any longer.
Mark StaimerMain analyst, Dragonslayer Consulting

The competitive obstacle is even greater now for Violin, reported Mark Staimer, president at Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton, Ore. When Violin first emerged, its arrays strived to provide details workloads needing extreme overall performance, Staimer reported.

“Violin is in the bell form of the curve right now,” he reported. “They don’t give bleeding-edge overall performance any longer. There is no special difficulty that they resolve. The only thing they transformed in this model is the addition of NVMe SSDs, which best out at 24 drives. It really is a wonderful, compact 2U device, but there are a whole lot of wonderful, compact 2U units out there.”

He reported Violin will need to have to be “disruptive” in its pricing to have a likelihood.

“The only way I could see this profitable in the sector is if they took a subsequent-gen model and selling price it under sector,” Staimer reported.

Zadara: Item storage demands fast compute

Zadara SaaS supports block, file and object storage that is obtainable in the public cloud. The vendor this week obtained NeoKarm, a cloud computing startup formed from the assets of Stratoscale. The providers did not disclose the acquisition selling price.

Stratoscale Symphony open up resource software program turns x86 servers into a lower-price tag HCI deployment. Stratoscale released its products in 2016, aided by funding from IT heavyweights, together with Cisco, Intel and Qualcomm. That revenue was not enough for Stratoscale to contend with HCI sector leaders Nutanix and VMware, and the startup disbanded following an unsuccessful merger attempt.

Stratoscale will enable organization and hyper-scale buyers to make AWS-like cloud providers on premise making use of Zadara storage, reported Zadara CEO Nelson Nahum. Zadara and NeoKarm have about 20 mutual cloud buyers. Nahum cited developing buyer demand from customers for object storage as impetus for the deal.

“We have had a whole lot of results with object storage the previous few of years,” he reported. “There is a [need to have] for compute to stream to the storage, so details can be analyzed or utilized nonetheless you need to have. That was the genesis [of acquiring NeoKarm].”

Ctera, HPE extend partnership

Ctera and HPE have partnered for a number of years. The most recent collaboration, named Ctera File for HPE Nimble Storage dHCI converged infrastructure, provides NAS file providers to Nimble’s hybrid SAN arrays. The suppliers released Ctera File for HPE SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure previous May perhaps.

StorageOS is jostling for situation with a number of other suppliers angling to provide persistent storage for Kubernetes-managed container environments. Headquartered in London and New York, the startup promises to have additional than four,000 buyers. The $10 million in funding attained this week involves current and new investors led by Downing Ventures.