Astute Networks Launches Adaptive Networked Flash Solution

Astute Networks released version 5 of its ViSX OS for performance storage appliances, and Violin Memory signs with European distributor ADN and is selected for improving performance for healthcare applications at Shannon Medical Center in Texas.

Astute Networks ViSX storage appliance.  Astute Networks announced the release of ViSX OS v5, the latest software release for the ViSX family of Performance Storage Appliances. The new release adds Network File System (NFS) v2, v3, and v4 to its existing iSCSI support. The ViSX also offers an expanded range of capacity options to suit the growing demand for high application performance in both physical and virtual environments, including OpenStack support for cloud deployments. Its patented DataPump Engine makes the increased performance possible by offloading and accelerating network (TCP) and storage (iSCSI, NFS) protocol processing, while leveraging ViSX’s Networked Flash architecture. ViSX plugs into the existing 1GbE or 10GbE infrastructure, and within minutes can improve application response times, by up to 10 times. ViSX storage appliances are available in capacities up to 45.6 TB in a single 2U platform. “To enable their businesses to become more agile and responsive while making users more productive, IT professionals are facing the challenge to assure high application performance and availability while reducing overall IT costs and resource requirements,” said Jeff Whitney, vice president of marketing, Astute. “That is precisely the focus of the newest release of the ViSX OS. It delivers outstanding all-flash performance while co-existing with installed storage for both physical and virtual environments. As a result, organizations achieve faster, consistent and predictable application performance while achieving a rapid ROI.”

Violin Memory and ADN sign distribution deal.  Violin Memory (VMEM) announced that European distributor ADN Group will distribute Violin solutions in the DACH region which includes Germany, Austria and Switzerland. ADN will resell the complete portfolio of Violin solutions, including 6000 Series flash memory arrays, memory appliances and Violin Maestro and Symphony software. “Our customers have told us that end users are demanding longevity, reliability, scalability and economic efficiency from their storage systems,” said Herman Ramacher, Managing Director at ADN. “Because of current developments such as cloud, virtualization and big data, consistent low latency and high IOPS performance are increasingly important. The Violin Memory solutions fulfill these demands and we expect our resellers to have great success selling them in the marketplace.”

Violin Memory selected by Shannon Medical Center.  Violin Memory (VMEM) announced that Shannon Medical Center in Texas has selected  Violin solutions to help improve the performance of the medical center’s key healthcare applications, enabling hospital staff to respond faster and more efficiently to the medical center’s growing patient base. Deploying its McKesson healthcare applications on a Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Array, Shannon Medical Center experienced a dramatic 20x acceleration of application response times. The medical center was also able to scale its virtual desktop environment from 100 to 2,300 seats and drive consolidation in its data center to reduce costs.  “Our community is growing, and we needed to accommodate an increase in patients and staff,” commented Mike Russell, Assistant Director of IT at Shannon Medical Center. “Violin’s flash memory array has allowed us to massively expand our virtual desktops and increase performance at the same time. It turned out to be less expensive and a better solution than adding more disk and hoping for the best.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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