Saphety Improves Customer Service Levels and Infrastructure Consolidation With Violin Memory All-Flash Solution

Saphety reduces batch processes by 12X, from 24 hours down to fewer than two hours

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Storage Decisions

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE:VMEM) a leading provider of award-winning all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, was selected by Saphety as the company’s storage of choice in a virtualized, data-intensive environment, through Violin channel partner Fujitsu Technology Solutions Portugal S.A. The Saphety portfolio of purchase-to-pay solutions, process optimization, and data and media synchronization allows for the exchange of electronic and automated business processes between organizations and clients.

Part of the Sonae Group, Saphety provides value to more than 6,800 customers and 50,000 users in 20 countries by offering electronic-based business solutions at competitive service levels that deliver 99.999 availability. However, immense business and clientele growth became a challenge for Saphety’s existing hard disk drive-based subsystems. Customer service levels were impacted and infrastructure consolidation and the rollout of new services were delayed.

“Further impacting our IT processes, and the ability of our database team to meet business SLAs, was that our database administrators were continually spending time managing and tuning applications due to the poor performance of our existing storage rather than focusing on their critical tasks at hand,” said João Sousa, IT Manager at Saphety. “The storage bottleneck was affecting all aspects of our business and operations.”

Saphety’s infrastructure utilizes a number of different database technologies, including Oracle, Microsoft SQL and MySQL. In an effort to improve manageability and drive consolidation, Saphety planned to move the database servers and other physical servers to a VMware virtualized environment. Migration was delayed due to constraints in the existing storage and Saphety could not add more servers or services.

We had experienced first-hand the benefits of Violin with companies facing similar issues and we knew that Saphety’s challenges would be addressed with Violin all-flash arrays,” said Pedro Pinto, Storage Business Development manager at Fujitsu.

Saphety saw drastic improvements using the Violin solution. Processes, such as reporting, that had taken 24 hours to complete, now finish 12X faster in fewer than two hours. With the legacy hard disk drive-based subsystems, Saphety experienced latencies ranging from 15 to 40 milliseconds. With the Violin® 6264 all-flash array, average latency was dramatically reduced to only 0.2 to 0.3 milliseconds.

With its storage performance challenges resolved, Saphety was able to proceed with the planned migration to a VMware environment. In addition to solving the performance and scalability challenges that had prevented the migration to VMware, Saphety was also able to consolidate its physical server farm by more than 2X, lowering physical server count from 21 servers down to 9 physical servers. Commensurate with this reduction in physical server infrastructure, Saphety achieved significant cost savings in power, cooling, and floor space, as well as application licensing, on-going maintenance, and IT server management savings.

“At Violin, our customers have continually demonstrated the business value of Violin all-flash solutions and how we help our customers transform the economics of their data center,” said Eric Herzog, CMO and SVP of Alliances at Violin Memory. “Saphety is another clear case illustrating both the business advantage, technical benefits, and return on investment that Violin flash arrays deliver.”

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

  • 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

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 optimized solutions accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings for building the next generation data center. Violin’s Flash Fabric Architecture™ (FFA) speeds data delivery with chip-to-chassis performance optimization that achieves lower consistent latency and cost per transaction for Cloud, Enterprise and Virtualized mission-critical applications. Violin's All Flash Arrays and Appliances, and enterprise data management software solutions enhance agility and mobility while revolutionizing data center 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 Saphety

Saphety offers solutions that allow paper-free, simple and automated business processes between organizations. This is accomplished in a secure, reliable, efficient, and economic way in accordance with the legal framework in force. Saphety is a leading company in purchase-to-pay solutions, process optimization, data and media synchronization for GS1 MO’s worldwide. With more than 6.800 customers and 50.000 users over 20 countries, Saphety is owned by the largest non-financial Portuguese group - Sonae Group - which has more than 40,000 employees in 66 countries. Apart from IT and Telecommunications, the Sonae Group also conducts business in Retail, Real Estate and Industry amongst other areas. With presence in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, through local offices or local partnerships, we develop, implement and support our own software solutions.

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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; and (2) 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.

Contacts

US Press Contact:
Eastwick Communications
Jayne Scuncio, 415-820-4164
violin@eastwick.com
or
EMEA Press Contact:
A3 Communications
Federica Monsone, +44 (0) 1252.875.203
Fred.monsone@a3communications.co.uk

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Saphety Improves Customer Service Levels and Infrastructure Consolidation With Violin Memory All-Flash Solution

Contacts

US Press Contact:
Eastwick Communications
Jayne Scuncio, 415-820-4164
violin@eastwick.com
or
EMEA Press Contact:
A3 Communications
Federica Monsone, +44 (0) 1252.875.203
Fred.monsone@a3communications.co.uk