10 Fastest Growing Storage Companies 2018

Simplify Your Storage. Simplify Your Data Center. Simplify Your Business: Violin Systems


Violin, the disruptive innovator in Extreme Performance Storage, is revolutionizing how businesses operate by enabling storage technology to support their company by changing the capabilities of their private, hybrid and public cloud environments. The Flash Storage Platform™, powered by Concerto OS™, a fully integrated storage operating system, is the industry leader in the combination of every significant category measured in all-flash arrays: low latency, affordability, density, scalability, and performance. With tightly integrated data services, the Violin Flash Storage Platform provides a unique combination of data protection, business continuity, and data reduction services onto a flexible, uniquely scalable solution called Scale Smart™, delivering significant CAPEX and OPEX savings.

Violin Systems is headquartered in San Jose, California. Violin Memory, founded in 2005 was acquired in 2017 by Quantum Partners LP, a private investment fund managed by Soros Fund Management LLC, fuelling the emergence of new Violin Systems.

Embrace the Future of Primary Storage Today: Violin Solutions

Business Solutions

Business success depends on innovation. Reducing time to market, speeding up sales cycles, and improving operational efficiency helps differentiate an industry leader. Timely business insights translate into higher revenue and increased customer satisfaction. With Violin’s Flash Storage Platform, you recoup time and money to reinvest in innovation. The result is enhanced business agility, efficiency, resiliency, and an ROI that helps grow your business success and market leadership. Violin solutions help you turn data into business insight and actionable information that will accelerate competitive advantage at the same cost as legacy enterprise disk solutions.

Enterprise Applications           

Enterprise Applications are the operational heart of a competitive modern business. Today, transactions are processed 24×7 with reports run at any time to provide decision support across the organization, not just the executive team. For all of your ERP, CRM, GL, OLAP, OLTP, ERM, BI, and EDW workloads maintaining enterprise-class data protection, efficiency, and easy-to-manage storage performance is essential. Violin’s Flash Storage Platform ensures consistent low latency data access and throughput so that your business can deploy critical applications with the data protection, efficiency, and easy-to-manage storage performance to meet today’s and tomorrow’s business demands. The Violin Flash Storage Platform scales to petabytes enabling you to run a mix of multiple large-scale enterprise applications in a flash.

Industry Solutions

Market dynamics vary widely across industries, and every industry has its own set of challenges. While core applications are similar, success metrics are equally diverse. In Financial Markets, profits and losses are measured in microseconds; in Telecommunications, profitability hinges on customer churn and average revenue per user (ARPU); and in Healthcare, readmission rates highlight patient care effectiveness. Regardless of your industry, Violin has the answer to your complex storage needs. Violin’s unique architectural design delivers industry-leading performance, scalability, reliability, and manageability to maximize your ROI and position you for success.

Virtual Infrastructure

In today’s data-driven world, virtualized IT infrastructure must run important applications—and your business—at full speed at all times. As more of your desktop and server infrastructure is consolidated through virtualization, delivering data protection, efficiency, and easy-to-manage primary storage performance becomes more challenging and a potential impediment to your success. Violin’s Flash Storage Platform delivers the data protection, agility, scalability, performance, and resiliency that the primary storage backing your virtual infrastructure needs to support a mix of multiple workloads. This means your server consolidation initiatives can now achieve their full potential through higher virtual machine density and application performance to maximize your ROI.

Cloud Storage

Whether your cloud computing initiatives are focused on in-house private clouds, public clouds or hybrids, Violin’s Flash Storage Platform delivers the lowest latency with consistent throughput and scalability to petabytes to meet your cloud computing objectives. Extend your onsite resources with cloudbursts into Azure, AWS, SFDC, and other service providers as needed. Enhance your IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS offerings with greater flexibility through dynamic movement of data and workloads amongst your cloud resources to help drive efficiency, raise utilization, and increase ROI.

Flash Storage Platform Overview

Historically, achieving high throughput and lower latency meant over-provisioning hardware or using software to mitigate, but not fully eliminate performance issues. These workarounds have high CAPEX and OPEX costs and still don’t meet the requirements for cost-effective storage in 21st-century businesses. It’s clear that a new approach is needed that can support growth, improve efficiency and manageability, and deliver consistent and predictable service levels without breaking the IT budget.

With the Violin Flash Storage Platform, you can deploy enterprise-class all-flash storage and achieve very favorable CAPEX and OPEX scenarios. This set of capabilities developed from a vertically integrated design of software, firmware, and hardware enable the transition of storage from legacy solutions to all-flash.

Additionally, Violin Flash Storage Platforms can address your use case today: whether it be Performance, Primary or more Capacity focused storage needs, the Flash Storage Platform has the feature set with Concerto Enterprise Data Services to fit the bill. Its management suite, including Symphony and the Simple Setup installation utility, make management tasks a breeze and eliminate many of the headaches associated with managing a storage infrastructure.


“Violin solved our ERP performance issues at a fraction of the cost of other systems. Not only are we exceeding our business service levels, we project a return on investment of 11 months with the Violin platform.”

  • Derek Cornwell, IT infrastructure services manager at BlueScope

The Kingpin

Mark Lewis, Chairman and CEO: Mark has extensive experience in driving storage and software solutions adopted by some of the largest enterprises in the world. He most recently served as Chairman and CEO of Formation Data Services, developers of a revolutionary cloud software storage platform for replacing traditional arrays. He previously worked in various executive capacities at EMC, where he was instrumental in helping transform the business from a single-product hardware company to a leading IT solutions provider.

He is currently a board member at Ciber Corporation, a leading provider of IT services. Mark has been granted more than 10 U.S. patents for hardware and software technology. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1984 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.