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Violin Memory FINALLY writes dedupe and compression into its latest Concerto

Violin Memory has fixed a gaping hole in its data management feature set by adding deduplication and compression to its Concerto memory array controller product. This will cut its effective cost/GB figures to new lows, and strengthens its competitive hand against other all-flash array vendors – such as EMX XtremIO, IBM …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
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Violin Memory axes 100 staff, mulls fate of PCIe flash card biz

Violin Memory is laying off staff and hopes to sell its PCIe flash card business as new-broom CEO Kevin DeNuccio tries to get the storage biz profitable. DeNuccio is dismantling the excesses of the Basile era of Violin Memory and retrenching and refocussing the business on its core market: all-flash arrays. The strategic …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014
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Violin Memory gets flash new marketeer... from EMC of all places

There's faith for you: an EMC marketing veep, Eric Herzog, has jumped ship to join recovering/struggling flash array Violin Memory as its chief marketing officer. Herzog reports to brand shining new CEO Kevin DeNuccio, who is reshaping the company after a tumultuous period which included the ousting of CEO Don Basile, what's …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2014

Buyout... WHAT buyout? Violin Memory appoints new CEO

Violin Memory has appointed Kevin DeNuccio as its new CEO, to take over from the departed Don Basile, and has enabled interim CEO Howard Bain III to return to his board chairman role. DeNuccio, 54, “brings to Violin more than 25 years of executive and board experience building, managing and growing leading technology businesses …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
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Violin Memory fiddles with board, adds new director – music to Clinton Group's ears?

Violin Memory has announced a new board director and expanded the board from seven to eight seats to do so. The Clinton Group, the activist investor that's been yelling at Violin to sell itself, is now on-board and on-message. The new director is Vic Mahadevan, the ex-NetApp chief strategy officer. The canned quotes are full of …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014
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What is Violin Memory's sacked CEO still doing on their board?

Don Basile, the terminated CEO of Violin Memory, still sits on Violin's board of directors. Unlike Dixon Doll who resigned from his COO position and vacated the board as well, Basile has decided not to resign from the board. A Violin statement said: "Violin can confirm that Don Basile is still on the board.” According to …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014
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We're not talking, so PAH: Violin Memory's big dogs blank sacked CEO

Violin Memory’s terminated CEO and unwanted board member Don Basile cannot be dismissed from the board – but has been excluded from all operational matters concerning Violin. He’s in a form of internal exile, as it were, because the board has created an executive committee formed of all the board members except Basile, The …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014
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PCIe flash card world reshuffled: Violin Memory flogs Velocity

Violin Memory is recovering in sickbay after the flash array company amputated its PCIe card business through a sale announced today and flagged up its drooping revenues in the second half of its fiscal year. Revenues for its first financial 2015 quarter, which finished on 30 April, were $18.1m, 27 per cent down on the same …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2014

Violin Memory falls through basement in first day of trading

Violin Memory's hotly-anticipated IPO fizzled on the first day of trading. The flash-array company had raised some $162m by selling its shares at $9, but on the first day of trading the stock opened below $8 and fell from there. The stock closed at $7.02 on Friday, down 22 percent. Violin Memory has posted a loss for the last …
Jack Clark, 27 Sep 2013

Hybrid array startup Tegile plucks CMO from Violin

Hybrid array startup Tegile has hired a chief marketeer from the ranks of Violin Memory. Tegile is one of the three leading hybrid array suppliers, alongside Nimble Storage and Tintri. Narayan Venkat comes from a VP Product management and marketing role at Violin, which welcomed Eric Herzog in March this year. Herzog had moved …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2014
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Violin offers pay-as-you-GROW pricing on its Flashing WFA blades

The recovering one-time all-flash array market leader Violin Memory has announced a pay-as-you-grow pricing model and four extra Windows Flash Array (WFA) configs. Violin’s WFA is a 6000-series product running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 on its two blade servers, which connects to an SQL Server 2014 box and provides fast …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2014
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Violin Memory is winning flash-supply race – Quadragon™ rivals

The storage world keeps hearing how Violin Memory leads the flash array supplier race. Here's some concrete proof, courtesy of numbercruncher 451 Research. IDC's quarterly storage tracker doesn't yet reveal flash array vendor use. Absent that, TheInfoPro (a service by 451 Research) ran a storage study survey from which we …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2013
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Violin strings up cheaper instrument: 17.5TB flash box for $100k + change

Violin Memory has built a 6000-series entry-level all-flash array, calling it the 6100. The upstart hopes it will land some punches in the larger mid-market than its high-performance enterprise base. The 6100 uses the same 19nm MLC flash chips as the 6200, and has three capacity points: 17.5TB, 26TB and 35TB. The 6200 runs up to …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2014
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Violin Memory shuffles out 'half-price' PCIe flash cards to eager tech channel

Companies with good products can screw up in Europe through inappropriate strategies for the technology channel which sells their products and head-office bureaucracy. A case in point is Violin Memory, at least according to sources in the channel, although they say the situation is improving. Stephen Rose joined Violin Memory in …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013
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Jumping pack flash: Violin Memory's software CTO ducks out

Enterprise flash storage bigwig Violin Memory’s chief software technical officer Jonathan Goldick is now its ex-CTO. Not only does the company have to look for a replacement, it also has its hands full batting away sueballs from investors in the wake of a stock plunge on news of its $34m loss. They claim that they were not …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2013
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Violin, Microsoft slip Windows, SQL Server, apps, flash into box

Violin Memory has turned its converged server-storage 6000-series flash array into an engine for SQL Server which is capable of putting data directly into an app server's memory – thanks to a little help from Microsoft. The 6000-series all-flash array runs Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 on two integral blade servers. It connects …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2014
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Violin investor: Broken-stringed firm has had FIVE buyout offers

Violin Memory, the troubled top dog in the all-flash array market, has received up to five buy-the-company offers, according to an activist investor pushing for a sale. Gregory Taxin is president of the Clinton Group which is prodding Violin to shop itself after its disappointing IPO and firing of CEO Don Basile. Media outlet …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
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What, another one? Violin appoints its third EMEA boss this year

Whoosh! It leaves you dizzy, the rate at which Violin Memory installs and then replaces its EMEA bosses. The latest incumbent is Mick Bradley. He is announced as the EMEA MD, promoted from the VP Operations slot and now listed on Violin's management webpage. The prior incumbent, Stephen Rose, was senior veep for EMEA and Latin …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013
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Violin array comes with new SQL sauce

Violin Memory's Steve Willson gave part of the game away on March 24, with a TechNet UK blog post: Violin's new array runs SQL 2014 in memory. Willson wrote: SQL 2014's new in-memory computing takes several leaps forward in performance and control. Application designers can now control what data is permanently staged in memory …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
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Violin plays storage world like a fiddle, 140 characters at a time

Violin Memory's flash array fightback starts with a present from the Easter bunny: a whole new array. Violin, you will recall, lost CEO Don Basile after its IPO was followed by deepening losses and falling share prices. Incoming CEO Kevin DeNuccio has stabilised the ship, refocussed engineering and recruited new executives, one …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014

Violin CEO gazes at red-smeared accounts: Firm posts $149m loss

Incoming CEO Kevin DeNuccio has presided over Violin Memory's first quarterly results since assuming the hot seat and painted a real poor picture. The only way is up, right? It's traditional; an incoming CEO rescuing a troubled firm clears out all the lousy items on the first earnings call to help make subsequent ones look good …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2014
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Thanks for the memories, but I'm off: Violin COO Dixon Doll hits eject

Violin Memory's chief operating officer Dixon Doll has left the storage biz just weeks after its CEO Don Basile was fired. The company terminated its chief exec in December following a disastrous quarter: Violin's financial results recorded losses outgrowing revenue and its post-IPO share price down two thirds or so. Now the COO …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jan 2014
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Flash biz Violin plays for $162m shower of notes - will rivals drown it out?

Flash array startup Violin Memory wants to raise $162m in a stock-market debut, according to paperwork filed for its IPO. Earlier this month rival Pure Storage received $150m in a funding round, which may or may not be significant in Violin's pricing calculations. Other recent big-bucks flash-array news this month has included …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013
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Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark: Violin restrings its instrument

We can see the intended shape of Violin as it emerges fresh and shining from its refit, but we've yet to hear it played. What will be the next move of Violin's brand new CEO, Kevin DeNuccio? DeNuccio has been restringing Violin, cutting and restructuring the organisation's engineering and go-to-market, with more emphasis on …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014
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GridIron gobbled up by Violin Memory

All-flash array startup Violin Memory has bought GridIron Systems, a startup supplying the TurboCharger SAN accelerating flash cache. Violin supplies shared 6000-series all-flash arrays to enterprises and the public sector as well as having single server PCIe-connected appliances and Fujitsu resells its array. It filed for an …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2013
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Violin's arrays play in Concerto - but they can't hit the dedupe notes yet

In a major architectural extension Violin Memory has revealed its new Concerto 7000 array. This uses Violin's existing 6200 hardware and gives it a separate high-availability controller front end, with software to provide business continuity, data management and protection features - but not deduplication. Let’s just recap …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2014
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Sceptical markets snub Violin Memory: Can the flashy biz bounce back?

Violin's IPO was a right debacle: investors judged the stock was worth a fifth less than the valuation of the bankers backing the public offering. What are they seeing that the bankers didn't? The days of easy flash array pickings are coming to a close. Listen hard and you can hear the screeches in the wind from the iron gates …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2013
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Violin: We know VDI scares you, biz boss... But what if it was cheap?

Flash array biz Violin Memory claims it has found the lowest cost virtual desktops in the industry in Atlantis Computing. It's partnering with Atlantis Computing to deliver its ILIO virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) software running on Violin's flash arrays and says this provides the lowest total cost of ownership for virtual …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2013

Violin Memory in SECRET $2bn FLOAT PLAN, whisper snitches

Flash array start-up Violin Memory has filed for an initial public offering* worth up to $2bn, according to Bloomberg, which quoted two undisclosed sources. The report says three banks are involved: JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, and Bank America Corp. Violin Memory is led by CEO Don Basile, formerly the CEO of Fusion-io, which …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2012
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Violin cuts strings with CEO: Don Basile axed post-IPOcalypse

Violin Memory has fired its CEO Don Basile as the company's shares slumped more than 60 per cent following its IPO and horrendous quarterly financial results. According to a blunt statement from the storage biz, its board, led by chairman Howard Bain, decided "to terminate Donald Basile as chief executive officer". Bain is now …
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013
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Dell's having a fiddle with Violin Memory - but will it flash the cash?

Last week was all about the flash - with Plextor, Violin Memory, EMC, Samsung and Seagate all involved in the action. But what do you think about Dell making its dalliance with Violin Memory into something a little more permanent? Cello Bow Let's construct a staircase and see where it takes us. Step 1: In November 2012, Dell' …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013
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Can a new CEO pull Violin Memory out of its current slump?

Is flash array supplier Violin Memory a lost cause needing to look for a white knight acquisition or can it be repaired, see off the competition and return to profitability? Violin Memory is in a dreadful situation, making heavy and growing losses - $34m and counting - that dwarf its slower-growing revenues, and with impatient …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2014
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Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**

Microsoft has given SQL Server2014 an in-memory operation ability and server flasher Fusion-io has quickly jumped in to take advantage. Its ioMemory product can run the in-memory flavour of SQL Server and deliver, Fusion claims, ”up to 4x improvements in transactions per second and a significant reduction in data latencies in …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
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New 64TiB Violin byte bucket is a load of Tosh: 19nm flash in a 3U box

Violin Memory has unveiled its highest capacity array, the 6264, that packs 64TiB of flash into a 3U box - and it uses 19nm MLC NAND chips from investor and manufacturer Toshiba. The new array can apparently hit 750,000 mixed read/write 4096-byte IOPS; the earlier 6232 (which stores 32TiB) does 500,000. In other respects the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013

Violin welcomes new grand master flash flogger

Flash array startup Violin Memory has hired Steven Rose to head up both the EMEA and Latin America operations. Rose's appointment was announced on 16 May, and he will, Violin said, "lead regional market awareness [and] go-to-market strategies". Rose comes to Violin from Informatica, where he was the SVP for EMEA and LATAM. …
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Violin gangs up with Microsoft: Psst, big biz, want an all-flash Windows Server box?

Flash array front runner Violin Memory can now run Windows Server inside its high-end arrays, giving the server OS access to up to 64TB of NAND with the ability to run all Windows enterprise applications in solid state storage. Violin and Microsoft have partnered to make Windows Server 2012 R2 use Violin flash better. Microsoft …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013

Music to investors' ears: Storage upstart Violin to go public?

Violin Memory, the front runner in the shared all-flash array market, has been heading for an IPO for some time. According to reports, the Mountain View storage firm filed to go public last September, but the timing and price of the offering had not yet been determined. The valuation being tossed around back then was a pretty …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013
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Violin veep: Can't talk about our IPO, but hey, we love the channel!

Stephen Rose, Violin Memory's senior vice president for EMEA and Latin America, says Violin Memory is committed to its European channel and and wants to extend the company's field organisation to bring in more business. Violin is currently using 19nm MLC NAND from Toshiba in its 6000-series all-flash arrays. Toshiba foundry …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2013

Fujitsu to resell Violin 6000-series memory arrays

Fujitsu has signed a deal to resell Violin Memory 6000-series networked flash arrays. El Reg storage desk understands from a well-placed source that Fujitsu has a tripartite strategy for solid-state storage: It will use flash drives and caching in its Eternus storage arrays in a very fast data vault. Fusion-io PCIe flash …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2012

Array upstart Violin peeks at PCIe cards, goes all in with $172m IPO bid

Storage upstart Violin Memory has publicly filed for an IPO and is seeking $172.5m. The maker of all-flash arrays has handed in its S-1 homework to financial watchdog the SEC; the document reveals it has consistently made losses while revenues have grown over the past three years. Violin Memory year on year ... Sales rising (yes …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2013
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Violin Memory fires PCIe server card salvoes at rival Fusion-io

Flash storage array shipper Violin Memory is bringing out a Velocity line of PCIe server flash cards and strengthening its relationship with investor Toshiba, which owns NAND chip fabs. Violin Memory ships 3000 and 6000 models of its networked all-flash array technology. They can have PCIe connections but the array's primary …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2013
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Violin's data-slurp flash SAN frontend to cram box at furious speeds

Violin Memory is now accelerating disk-drive array-based SANs by using a flash front-end caching box, which also sucks data off the SAN and stuffs it in Violin's own 6000-series flash arrays. The Force 2510 is called a “memory appliance” in Violin's cant and is the company's implementation of the GridIron Turbocharger appliance …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2013
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Investors toss another $96m into Violin's instrument case

Violin Memory, the flash array startup, has filed an SEC document showing it's looking for more cash. The form D filing describes a $130 million securities offering by Violin. This filing amends a previous filing which described an $80 million funding round, with the amended form's total being $50 million more at $130 million. …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2013
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Revealed: EMC's SECRET XtremIO briefing doc that tries to snap Violin Memory’s strings

The Register has seen an anti-Violin Memory briefing note from the XtremIO side of EMC and it pulls no punches, admitting “Violin … is XtremIO’s #1 competitor in the all-flash storage market” - before listing a set of awkward points to help push it off that perch. The so-called Battle Card was publicly available on a dark corner …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
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Shares PLUNGE as Violin posts $34 MEELLION loss

Violin Memory’s losses are deepening faster than its sales are growing and that is surely unsustainable. El Reg’s storage finance desk thinks a shortfall in orders from the federal government exacerbated the stalling of enterprise sales growth – and looming competition and software inadequacies didn't help much either. As a …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2013

Violin investor: We could have got $1 BEELLION... W-w-w-what did you say?

Floundering flash array biz Violin says people should have faith in the company while an activist investor says the board should sell the biz before it burns all its cash. It also claimed the former CEO allegedly turned down buyout offers amounting to around $1bn. Violin fired CEO Don Basile less than a week ago (background here …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2013

HP detunes Violin, tunes up 3PAR

HP has decided to curtail its reselling agreement with Violin Memory in favour of concentrating on 3PAR solid-state storage. HP has been reselling Violin Memory's v-31xx and v-32xx flash memory array products since July of last year via a Hardware Product Purchase Agreement (HPPA). We understand it has no intention of extending …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2012

Violin Memory flashes $50m wad from SAP

Flash array start-up Violin Memory has gained business software powerhouse SAP as an investor. SAP Ventures and Highland Capital have joined existing investors Toshiba, Juniper Networks and others in injecting $50 million in a D-round of funding, bringing total funding to $150 million since it was founded in 2005. CEO Don Basile …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2012

Symantec, Violin in no-strings fling for flash array software

Violin Memory has added data management software to its flash memory arrays by partnering with Symantec. It hopes this will pit the memory biz against rival deduping all-flash array startups. Networked-all-flash arrays from Violin Memory run application software faster than situations where the data is stored on networked disk …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2012
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Fusion-io's flash drill threatens to burst Violin's pipes

NoSQL database supplier Couchbase says it is tweaking its key-value storage server to hook into Fusion-io's PCIe flash ioMemory products - caching the hottest data in RAM and storing lukewarm info in flash. Couchbase will use the ioMemory SDK to bypass the host operating system's IO subsystems and buffers to drill straight into …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2012