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VIOLIN QV2020 OverviewUNIXBusinessApplication

What is VIOLIN QV2020?

Quartet™ is the name of VIOLIN’s software-driven flash storage product portfolio. Quartet™ helps customers access and use more of their data, while reducing the complexity and expense of managing the infrastructure behind it. The Quartet Platform was purpose-built to the highest industry standards and has four components:

Buyer's Guide

Download the All-Flash Storage Arrays Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: November 2021

VIOLIN QV2020 Customers

BlueScope Buildings, GameVil, VRT, IKYU Corporation

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it_user528912
Sr. Unix and Storage Administrator at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
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It lowers batch times and allows us to perform real-time reporting.

Pros and Cons

  • "It’s simple to use hardware to fix performance issues. Our issue is poor coding/queries. This greatly speeded things up. It’s too costly to track down poor programming in applications. The price of a developer’s time to scan through all the coding is high compared to buying Violin."
  • "VIMM replacement is poorly designed. You have to slide out an entire drawer, remove the cover and then pop out the failed VIMM. I would like to see a front replacement just like with hard disks. This leaves room for error; for example, when you slide it out from the rack, you are moving cables along the cable management arm. This leaves the possibility of accidentally unplugging a cable from the array if it is not seated properly. Also, you might pinch the cables when sliding it back into the server rack."

Improvements to My Organization

It has lowered batch times from 14 hours to two hours. It allows us to perform real-time reporting.

Valuable Features

Speed: It’s simple to use hardware to fix performance issues. Our issue is poor coding/queries. This greatly speeded things up. It’s too costly to track down poor programming in applications. The price of a developer’s time to scan through all the coding is high compared to buying Violin.

Room for Improvement

VIMM replacement is poorly designed. You have to slide out an entire drawer, remove the cover and then pop out the failed VIMM. I would like to see a front replacement just like with hard disks.

This leaves room for error; for example, when you slide it out from the rack, you are moving cables along the cable management arm. This leaves the possibility of accidentally unplugging a cable from the array if it is not seated properly. Also, you might pinch the cables when sliding it back into the server rack.

Stability Issues

Stability is perfect, no outages thus far.

Scalability Issues

Scalability is N/A for us. We frontend storage with IBM SVC.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Customer service is on par with all other companies.

Technical Support:

Tech support is awesome; these guys know what they are doing and rarely will transfer you to another person.

Initial Setup

Initial setup was very straightforward; 20 minutes and you’re up and running.

Implementation Team

We implemented it in house. I would have the vendor go through the first setup with you; after that, a trained monkey can do it.

ROI

They will beat anyone’s price right now. They are struggling and just need to get product out their doors.

Other Solutions Considered

We evaluated IBM 820; did not use due to price and the interface was dated.

Other Advice

It’s a very solid product. We are very happy and have seven units currently in production. These outperform any SSD or spinning disk array that I have found so far.

The speed is great for such a small footprint. I have not found anything comparable yet.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.