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Violin 6000 Series enterprise all-flash arrays

The Violin 6000 Series is a family of all-flash arrays for enterprises running large virtual infrastructures, big data analytics and more.

The Violin Memory 6000 Series of flash arrays includes the 6600, 6200 and 6100. The arrays can be used in mid-tier businesses up to enterprises running virtual infrastructures, big data analytics and more.

The Violin 6000 family has a maximum bandwidth of 4 GBps.

The 6616, with single-level cell flash, is the highest performing option with up to 17.5 TB of capacity and a maximum usable capacity of 11 TB. It is currently the only array in the 6600 Series.

The 6200 Series uses multi-level cell flash and can scale from 35 TB to 70 TB of capacity. Models include the 6232 (maximum usable capacity of 22 TB), 6248 (maximum usable capacity of 33 TB) and 6264 (maximum usable capacity of 44 TB).

The Violin 6100 series is designed for a mid-tier enterprise solution with smaller capacities.

The 6100 Series is designed for a mid-tier enterprise offering with smaller capacities. Models include the 6100-17 (maximum usable capacity of 11 TB), 6100-26 (maximum usable capacity of 16.6 TB) and 6100-35 (maximum usable capacity of 22 TB).

The Violin 6000 Series uses Flash Fabric Architecture. Rather than using solid-state drives, this offering puts flash chips on a custom card connected to the backplane. The card is made up of Violin Intelligent Memory Modules (VIMMs), which, as flash managers, create a translation layer with error/fault management, wear-leveling and garbage collection. VIMMs are part of the Violin Switched Memory architecture and both work with vRAID, a hardware-based RAID architecture, to achieve data scrubbing, validation, flash monitoring, wear-leveling and data protection.

All the arrays are controlled using the Violin Memory Operating System (vMOS). Administrators oversee the flash arrays through a customizable Web interface. The software is supported on multiple browsers and has an iPad-specific option. It has built-in integration for VMware vCenter. Other software features include:

  • Data protection: VMOS supports space-optimized and writeable snapshots, encryption and thin provisioning.
  • Flash endurance: The software lets administrators use Wide striping, vRAID built-in data protection, in-place fault handling and erase hiding.
  • Management: VMOS has a phone-home capability for early problem detection, as well as a command line interface, REST API and proactive wellness features.

The Violin 6000 Series supports a variety of client software platforms: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Enterprise Linux Server, Windows, VMware, Hyper-V, Citrix, AIX, Solaris SPARC, Solaris x64 and HP-UX.

A three-year warranty is offered on all hardware, while software has a 90-day warranty. Violin Memory offers three levels of customer support:

  • Gold includes 24/7 year-round remote technical support, a 30-minute response time to the most severe issues and four-hour on-site part support and delivery.
  • Silver has 24/7 year-round remote technical support, a one-hour response time to the most critical issues and one business day on-site part support and delivery.
  • Bronze has 24/7 year-round remote technical support, a two-hour response to emergency issues and a one-business-day delivery of parts.

The Violin 6000 Series is sold directly by the company as well as through its partner network.

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