Violin Memory Makes High-Performance, Enterprise-Scale Virtual Desktops a Cost-Effective Reality

Mountain View, Calif. -- 07/17/13
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Violin Memory, Inc., provider of memory-based storage systems, today announced a comprehensive storage solution that makes the return on investment for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) a reality. With a memory-based architecture that delivers massive scale and economic value to demanding I/O environments like VDI, the Violin Memory partnership with Atlantis Computing further extends the value to all virtualized desktop workloads. Enterprise customers can now virtualize desktops and run them at the speed of memory, giving the end-user an experience that is better than physical desktops.

Enterprises are quickly finding that the biggest obstacles for deploying large-scale VDI are storage costs and performance bottlenecks associated with scaling virtual desktops. Traditional storage systems cannot meet the performance requirements of high read/write or input/output (I/O) spikes that are pervasive in virtual desktop environments. When scaling these deployments to thousands of desktops, performance degrades and the associated storage sprawl quickly diminishes the ROI.

“Violin is eliminating the roadblocks enterprises face when implementing large-scale desktop virtualization with disk-based storage infrastructures,” said Dixon Doll Jr., COO of Violin Memory. “By partnering with Atlantis, we are removing the cost and performance barriers to VDI adoption.”

With industry-leading IOPS density and sub-millisecond latency, Violin Flash Memory Arrays allow customers to consolidate more desktops per unit of server and storage resources while delivering optimal user-experience with a 3-4x reduction in boot and login times. Combined with the Atlantis ILIO software technology, Violin delivers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for virtual desktops. Key benefits include:

  • Consistently superior end-user experience at any scale, rendering boot, login and logoff storms transparent to the user
  • Lowered storage capital expenses by up to 50 percent and operational expenses by 80 percent
  • Reduced risk and complexity through automatic virtual desktop provisioning


According to Bernard Harguindeguy, CEO of Atlantis Computing, “By combining Violin Memory storage with Atlantis ILIO software, Violin is enabling any enterprise to implement large scale VDI without the traditional risks associated with its cost, complexity and user acceptance. This is a great platform for true enterprise virtual desktop infrastructures.”

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