New Driver Enables Businesses to Take Advantage of Industry Leading Flash Storage Solutions in Latest Release of OpenStack

SANTA CLARA, CA – October 25, 2016 — / — Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM) a global pioneer of award-winning all flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, today announced availability of a Block Storage (Cinder) driver supporting the Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8 (Liberty release).

The driver supports the OpenStack Liberty release and integrates with Violin’s Concerto™ OS 7 operating system, which is designed to deliver expanded flash storage performance, tightly integrated data services and management simplicity for customers deploying OpenStack cloud services on Violin’s industry leading Flash Storage Platform (FSP). When combined with the new FSP 7650 and FSP 7450, which offer an industry leading combination of consistent low-latency, affordability, density, scalability, and performance, service providers and enterprise customers can easily deploy private and hybrid cloud solutions.

The Violin Cinder driver also builds upon the advanced data protection features of the Flash Storage Platform with the addition of support for two new features: Consistency Groups and LUN Encryption.

Consistency Groups can provide better data protection through snapshots and data backups, as well as remote replication. Through this feature, Red Hat OpenStack users can now take snapshots of multiple volumes within a Consistency Group, at a single point in time, to ensure data consistency on the FSP.

On the FSP, software based LUN encryption can be enabled or disabled on a per LUN basis across all of the different types of LUNs, including thick, thin, and deduplication LUNs. Since the encryption is software based, key management can be done off of the array, which can offer a higher degree of security than hardware based encryption.

OpenStack is a leading platform on which to build private and public cloud computing environments that support Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Cinder is the infrastructure service for managing block-based storage in the OpenStack framework. Violin’s Cinder Driver for Concerto OS 7 integrates directly with OpenStack-based private and public clouds via its sophisticated REST API, delivering a highly agile platform that supports developer operations, with support for all required OpenStack Liberty Cinder APIs. The driver comes with every Flash Storage Platform at no additional cost and is fully documented to simplify deployment, installation, configuration, and troubleshooting.

“By supporting Red Hat OpenStack, enterprise customers can confidently leverage Violin’s industry leading all flash arrays in private cloud environments,” said Sudhir Prasad, Senior Director, Product Management. “When taking advantage of the industry leading combination of high performance and ultra-low latency of the FSP, customers can seamlessly deploy private cloud solutions while maintaining the SLAs their businesses demand.”


  • Read Demartek’s Benchmark Performance Testing of Violin’s Flash Storage Platform to learn how a single FSP can do the work of multiple storage arrays.
  • Watch Violin Memory’s recent product launch, where the company re-establishes industry leadership with the only all flash storage array that offers a full suite of tightly integrated data services, across all platforms, in a single, native operating system providing the number one combination of low latency, affordability, density, scalability and performance.
  • Read a case study on Ferrellgas, the nation’s premier retail propane provider, that leveraged Violin’s Flash Storage Platform for high performance storage for growing numbers of critical applications.
  • Read Why AFA Architecture Matters as Enterprises Pursue Dense Mixed Workload Consolidation, sponsored by Violin Memory and written by Eric Burgener, Research Director for IDC’s Storage Practice.
  • Learn about Flash Storage Technologies: visit Violin’s resource library and watch Technology Video Series.
  • Learn about Flash Solutions: visit Violin’s portfolio of flash-based solutions.
  • Stay up to date on all things Flash: Follow Violin’s blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Violin Memory, Inc.
Be Instrumental. Violin Memory, the industry pioneer in All Flash Arrays, is revolutionizing how businesses operate by enabling IT to Be Instrumental in organizations in such ways as unlocking the power of data and creating economic advantage. The consistent high-throughput and predictable low latency showcased by the Flash Storage Platform™ is combined with Concerto™ OS 7, a fully integrated storage operating system that enables complete data protection, business continuity, and data reduction services. Violin Memory’s innovative single storage platform solution delivers transformative performance for cloud, enterprise, virtualized business and mission-critical storage applications. The Violin Flash Storage Platform is designed to consolidate high performance and primary storage workloads onto a flexible, uniquely scalable solution called Scale Smart™, while achieving substantive CAPEX and OPEX savings. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter at

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This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the potential benefits that customers and others may realize as the result of using Violin Memory’s products and services, the potential benefits that customers and others may realize as the result of using OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder), the potential benefits that customers and others may realize as the result of using Linux OpenStack Platform, the performance and capabilities of Violin Memory’s products and services, the performance and capabilities of OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder), the performance and capabilities of Linux OpenStack Platform, Violin Memory’s plans to certify its Cinder driver with OpenStack distributions, and Violin Memory’s business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory’s business performance and financial results, including those set forth under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” in Violin Memory’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory’s investor relations website at and on the SEC’s website at All forward-looking statements in this public announcement are based on information available to Violin Memory as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

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Violin Memory, Inc.

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