Two venture capital firms have pumped A-round initial funding cash into flash array start-up Whiptail. What's got them so fired up? Whiptail's XLR8r appliance is an all-flash memory array that can store things like VDI images and pump them out to booting PCs faster than a disk drive array. Whiptail CEO Dan Crain said: "We're …
Crain needs to do better research on his competitors. Hot swap is one of Violin's key features.
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I don't think Crain knows his own product.....
That's why he's not seeing Violin or TMS because these products are for Enterprises.
Context of Hot Swappable
The comment Dan made about hot-swappable, properly put into context, was more about the nature of WhipTail than it was about Violin.
WhipTail is architected in a familiar manner - drives in the front, plugs in the back. On the front of the array it is simple to unlock the front bezel and see the 24 drive slots that can be populated with anywhere from 1.5TB to 12TB of hot-swappable MLC based drives that can be replaced, upgraded online, etc.. Access is easy and natural.
Violin on the other hand manufactures their own memory modules implemented within a locked-down glued-shut appliance. So while it may be "technically" possible to hot-swap a memory module, it certainly isn't hot-swappable in the general industry understanding of the term.
That's like saying a human kidney is hot-swappable. Technically true, you don't have to stop the heart and resurrect the patient to get the job done, but it's not as hot-swappable as, say, a pair of shoes.