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Violin Memory Maestro software can migrate data from disk to flash arrays

Violin Memory Maestro software tiers and accelerates data between solid-state and disk-based storage to make it easier to switch to all-flash arrays.

Violin Memory Inc. launched software and an appliance this week that enables application acceleration, tiering and data migration between legacy spinning-disk storage arrays and Violin flash storage.

The Maestro Memory Services Software Suite ships on a 2U Violin Force 2510 Memory appliance.

Ashish Gupta, Violin's director of products, said the Maestro software services platform and appliance work with existing SANs without requiring changes to applications or hosts. The appliance and Maestro software work with "any spinning disk infrastructure out there," Gupta said, as well as Fibre Channel switches.

After observing I/O flow for a few minutes, Maestro software can begin tiering data between the disk-based storage and the appliance's 192 GB of DRAM and 8 TB of flash storage. The Force Memory appliance can also connect to a Violin 6000 series all-flash array for more back-end storage. Gupta said it takes about 10 minutes from installation for the tiering to start.

The Force 2510 accelerates application performance by handling most of the I/O from the appliance's memory tier, which can be expanded with Violin 6000 arrays. Maestro's algorithms predict application access patterns to place reads in the memory tier.

Violin claims the Force 2510 migrates data in real-time nondisruptively from disk to flash and also performs asynchronous data mirroring between Violin Memory arrays across any distance for disaster protection.

"We wanted to bring these capabilities into an existing legacy environment in a way that's noninvasive," Gupta said. "We can deliver these capabilities and allow you to preserve the investments you have in place and make those investments go a little further."

Maestro is Violin's second software product release this year. The company released its Symphony storage management application in August.

Force 2510 Memory appliances are sold in high-availability pairs, with the tiering and acceleration capabilities included for a list price of $360,000. The migration and data protection capabilities are licensed separately based on the capacity migrated and protected.

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