StorageMojo’s enthusiasm was kindled by Violin’s unique architecture. Here’s a short video that shows how Violin’s architecture addresses key problems with flash:
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The StorageMojo take
The industry is still in the early days of digesting the implications of fast persistent solid state storage. We’ve built up 50 years of cruft to deal with disk’s many issues. It will take a few more years for flash’s new options to ripple through the entire storage, server and application stack.
Take, for example, failover. If all apps and monitoring software could declare a failure in 10 seconds rather than, say, a minute, how much smoother would major apps run? How much better would be the perception of system uptime and response times be?
There are many other possibilities – what about metadata? – that flash and its successor technologies will affect. I’ll be offering more detail in my keynote at the Solid State Storage Symposium on Wednesday, April 25 in Silicon Valley. S4 is free and you can register here.
Courteous comments welcome, of course. The other flash company I liked in 2009 was Fusion-io, and they’ve done OK. And yes, Violin paid StorageMojo to produce the video white paper, but the opinions are my own.