Violin, Stratoscale data storage technologies rise from dust

The information storage systems of Violin Programs and Stratoscale re-emerged this week, reflecting new company ownership. Now it’s time to see if the subsequent go-spherical yields much better outcomes.

Storage keeping corporation StorCentric released a new Violin Programs midrange array, the very first product set considering the fact that buying the all-flash seller previous 12 months. This is the 2nd reset for Violin, which struggled to locate its footing regardless of remaining one particular of the very first suppliers to engineer an all-flash storage program.

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

Other information storage systems news this week included an expanded partnership amongst cloud file seller Ctera and Hewlett Packard Company (HPE) and new funding for container-based mostly engine developer StorageOS.

Violin auditions QV Collection

StorCentric previous 12 months acquired Violin Programs for an undisclosed sum, continuing its practice of amassing having difficulties suppliers with experienced storage systems. Other StorCentric buys consist of SAN service provider Nexsan, NVMe startup Vexata and information safety professional Retrospect. Nexsan merged with NAS seller Drobo in 2018 to variety StorCentric.

Violin Systems’ QV-Collection midrange all-flash array

Violin experienced a meteoric rise to the general public market in 2013, fueled by sustained desire for large-general performance storage. Yet regardless of owning more than 60 patents, Violin couldn’t parlay its engineering into profitability, generally due to the fact it lagged competitors in creating a flash administration software stack.

The most up-to-date Violin all-flash array is the QV1020, billed as a midrange enhance to its QV2020 array. The QV1020 commences with uncooked capacity of 15 TB to 116 TB, which is the commencing capacity for the QV2020. Both arrays are rated to supply 500,000 IOPS with microsecond latency. The QV Collection methods are Violin’s very first to aid NVMe SSDs, but the arrays lack indigenous NVMe more than Fabrics.

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

Violin is in the bell form of the curve suitable now. They never give bleeding-edge general performance anymore.
Mark StaimerMain analyst, Dragonslayer Consulting

The competitive obstacle is even better now for Violin, said Mark Staimer, president at Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton, Ore. When Violin very first emerged, its arrays strived to serve information workloads needing severe general performance, Staimer said.

“Violin is in the bell form of the curve suitable now,” he said. “They never give bleeding-edge general performance anymore. There is no exceptional difficulty that they solve. The only thing they changed in this edition is the addition of NVMe SSDs, which prime out at 24 drives. It is really a wonderful, compact 2U device, but there are a whole lot of wonderful, compact 2U units out there.”

He said Violin will will need to be “disruptive” in its pricing to have a chance.

“The only way I could see this successful in the market is if they took a subsequent-gen model and cost it beneath market,” Staimer said.

Zadara: Item storage demands rapid compute

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

Stratoscale Symphony open supply software turns x86 servers into a minimal-value HCI deployment. Stratoscale released its product in 2016, aided by funding from IT heavyweights, like Cisco, Intel and Qualcomm. That funds wasn’t ample for Stratoscale to contend with HCI market leaders Nutanix and VMware, and the startup disbanded just after an unsuccessful merger try.

Stratoscale will allow organization and hyper-scale shoppers to develop AWS-like cloud companies on premise applying Zadara storage, said Zadara CEO Nelson Nahum. Zadara and NeoKarm have about twenty mutual cloud shoppers. Nahum cited increasing buyer desire for item storage as impetus for the offer.

“We have experienced a whole lot of achievements with item storage the previous pair of decades,” he said. “There is a [will need] for compute to stream to the storage, so information can be analyzed or utilized nonetheless you will need. That was the genesis [of buying NeoKarm].”

Ctera, HPE prolong partnership

Ctera and HPE have partnered for several decades. The most up-to-date collaboration, termed Ctera File for HPE Nimble Storage dHCI converged infrastructure, adds NAS file companies to Nimble’s hybrid SAN arrays. The suppliers released Ctera File for HPE SimpliVity hyper-converged infrastructure previous May perhaps.

StorageOS is jostling for position with several other suppliers angling to provide persistent storage for Kubernetes-managed container environments. Headquartered in London and New York, the startup claims to have more than four,000 shoppers. The $ten million in funding received this week consists of present and new traders led by Downing Ventures.