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Flash array vendor Violin Memory is turning is all-flash arrays into virtualised servers by embedding vSphere in them. It has agreed an OEM deal with VMware to run vSphere inside its arrays. Violin's top-end array is the 6616, which uses fast single level cell (SLC) flash with 16TB of raw capacity, 12TB usable, and has two x86 …

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might it be the other way around?

EMC and the like wanting to shove apps on the arrays (stupid idea in any case...) as a response to server vendors putting flash directly in the servers?

As far as I know HP is still the only one that has Fusion IO cards that can be installed on their blades, and there's quite a bit of PCIe flash you can put into rack mount servers..

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back to the future?

Remember when servers had storage and then we decided that was inefficient and so we put the storage on a network and shared? Now we're putting compute resources in the storage array and it seems we're going down the same hole. Overall, this solution being touted by Violin has got limited applicability and for the extremely wealthy.

Chris, to your last paragraph regarding traditional server vendors and the "dead weight of legacy networked disk drive arrays". You'll recall IBM just bought Texas Memory (RamSan) and hopefully they and the other traditional server vendors will leverage flash to develop better and efficient storage solutions for the less privileged majority.

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Re: back to the future?

Your comments should be titled "heads in the sand" not back to the future.

From a performance, density, capability perspective, Violin Memory is leading the rapid shift in data center design because it does have real Enterprise storage features. Anything left spinning, from the big vendors, is going to be under dynamic pressure to be replaced - or turned into "tape like storage" - by the flash vendor leaders and not the newbies on the market.

Expect flash "economies of scale" to reach tipping point by 2013 and the big, public storage vendors to be under barrage to meet stock price expectations.

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Re: back to the future?

So after years of waiting flash is finally going to solve everything in 2013 - beauty!

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Re: back to the future?

What total bollocks

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10K VDI desktops in 8 Cisco UCS B200 M2 blade servers FTW?

Nuff said...

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