Legrand Selects Violin Memory All Flash Array and Accelerates Batch Times By Up to 12x

Violin increases performance of Legrand critical applications; Improves backup times by up to 5x

VMworld Europe 2014

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM), an award-winning provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, was chosen by Legrand, the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, to ensure the reliable and smooth running of all critical applications which include: SQL Server, Microsoft BI, SAP ECC, MS Dynamics AX, vSphere Operation Manager, Microsoft Sharepoint, Microsoft ActiveDirectory, Legrand’s corporate public website and internal Intranet, Antivirus, iSeries scheduler, Nagios, and Citrix XenApp.

Legrand implemented a Violin 6264 All Flash Array with 70TB raw capacity at its Equinix data center near Paris, France to support its VMware clusters (LAN/DMZ/DBs) and to give its mission-critical applications, from test to production, the storage performance required in order to run effortlessly and trouble-free. As a result of installing the Violin all-flash array, batch jobs are now 3 to 12 times faster, depending upon the impact of storage performance on the batch job. More importantly, multiple batch jobs can now be run simultaneously without the performance of one batch job impacting the performance of another. Whether the batch jobs are executing at the same time or not, their execution time is unchanged.

Application performance was key. With a fully-virtualized VMware environment spread across 500 virtual machines, Legrand required approximately 80TB of storage to host its critical applications in its two data centers. Ensuring that these critical applications ran smoothly, and that the workload generated by other applications didn’t affect the overall performance of the system had become impossible with the legacy HDD-based SAN. This performance issue had also made the batch processes take far too long, with data warehouse queries taking unpredictable lengths of times to complete. In addition, Legrand’s IT team wanted to drastically reduce the volume of troubleshooting queries related to storage performance and was looking for a compact system that would fit the new, very small, data center footprint.

“With Violin Memory latency on the storage side, regardless of the load, has been reduced considerably and now takes an average of only 130 microseconds (.13 milliseconds). The Violin 6264 All Flash Array has made the process ten times faster than our previous generation HDD SAN, and that is an amazing result we could not have hoped to achieve," said Alessandro Volonteri, Group Architecture and Project Manager at Legrand.

“After considering all the main all-flash enterprise vendors, we chose Violin Memory because of its unique combination of high performance and very small footprint, at a cost comparable to that of an old-style spinning disk SAN,” Volonteri concluded.

Based on the success of its original implementation, Legrand now plans to make Violin Memory its enterprise all-flash vendor of choice, with the aim to replace its traditional HDD SANs in all its data centers over the coming two years.

“When speed is pivotal an all-flash storage solution is the only way forward. Now that the technology has reached the level of maturity that has brought its total cost of ownership (TCO) in line with that of spinning disk, we have eliminated the last hurdle. Legrand had the vision to go down the all-flash route and it has already reaped massive benefits such as enhanced application performance and reliability. We are thrilled Alessandro’s team is now planning to make Violin its flash provider of choice,” said Mick Bradley, Managing Director EMEA at Violin Memory.

The Violin family of award-winning all flash solutions will be featured globally at:

  • VMworld Barcelona, being held 13 – 17 October at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via, North Hall 8, Barcelona, Spain, Stand S122
  • Storage Decisions, being held November 3 – 4 at the Hilton Midtown, New York, NY
  • Dell World 2014, being held November 4 – 7 at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
  • Microsoft PASS Summit 2014, being held November 4 – 7 at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

For a complete list of where Violin’s all-flash solutions can be seen over the next few months, please visit us at – http://www.violin-memory.com/news/events/

About Violin Memory, Inc.

Business in a Flash. Violin Memory transforms the speed of business with high performance, always available, low cost management of critical business information and applications. Violin’s All Flash optimised solutions accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings for building the next generation data centre. Violin’s Flash Fabric Architecture (FFA) speeds data delivery with chip-to-chassis performance optimisation that achieves lower consistent latency and cost per transaction for Cloud, Enterprise, and Virtualised mission-critical applications. Violin's All Flash Arrays and Appliances, and enterprise data management software solutions enhance agility and mobility while revolutionising datacentre economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit www.violin-memory.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/violinmemory.

About Legrand

Legrand is the world’s leading manufacturer of wiring devices and cable management systems. In the UK, Legrand has developed a customer focused structure which harnesses the power of its market leading specialist brands, including Bticino, Electrak and Zucchini, to deliver innovative, integrated solutions for every phase of construction. Legrand in the UK is organised into three business units: cable management, power distribution and wiring devices. For more information, visit http://www.legrand.co.uk/

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Violin Memory Forward-looking Statement

This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements with respect to: (1) the possible results and economic benefits that customers and others may realize by using Violin Memory’s products; (2) possible future purchases of Violin Memory’s products by current Violin Memory customers, including Legrand; and (3) Violin Memory’s business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory's business performance and financial results, including those set forth under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in Violin Memory's annual report on Form 10-Q, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory's investor relations website at investor.violin-memory.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements in this public announcement are based on information available to Violin Memory as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

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Jayne Scuncio, 415-820-4164
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Legrand Selects Violin Memory All Flash Array and Accelerates Batch Times By Up to 12x

Contacts

US Press Contact:
Eastwick Communications
Jayne Scuncio, 415-820-4164
violin@eastwick.com