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Violin Memory fuses with Stream, creates FlashSync

Violin Memory is trying to push its all-flash arrays into the financial services market through a partnership with U.K. software vendor Stream Financial.

The vendors have combined to launch what they call a data appliance portal. The product, FlashSync, combines Violin’s Flash Storage Platform (FSP) arrays with servers and Stream’s Data Fusion federated query software. The target market is investment banks and other financial services firms that have to crunch billions of rows of data from various database sources. Violin and Stream Financial claim FlashSync is more efficient and cost-effective than pouring all of the data into a massive warehouse or doing everything in-memory where data is not persistent.

FlashSync has four configurations: Micro (24 CPUs, 7 TB capacity, 250 billion rows of data), Small (36 CPUs, 11 TB, 500 billion), Medium( 72 CPUs, 22 TB, 750 billion rows) and Large (144 CPUs, 44 TB, 1.5 trillion rows).

The systems will allow customers to access data at source and write to high-performance flash memory in a persistent manner. Data Fusion allows queries across various sources as if they were one system. The idea is to perform faster queries of data that helps make business decisions.

Carlo Wolf, Violin’s vice president of the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, said the partnership came about after a bank tested Data Fusion and liked its performance but needed it to scale to billions of rows of data. “You just can’t do that with traditional disk arrays,” Wolf said.

FlashSync will be sold by Violin channel partners, with the array vendor providing support for the storage and Stream Financial tackling software support issues.

Wolf said a large U.K. financial services firm has done a trial with FlashSync, and the product will initially roll out in the U.K. He said he expects FlashSync to eventually hit the U.S. market but no U.S. channel partners have signed on yet.

Violin has been struggling financially and failed in an attempt to find a buyer for the company. CEO Kevin DeNuccio said Violin’s strategy will be to find partners to help bring products to market.