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Rehearsals over, Violin Systems raises curtain on comeback

Violin Systems this week took the next step on its comeback trail with the launch of a monthly cloud subscription that allows customers to use Violin Flash Storage Platform hardware arrays as a billable service.

Violin CEO Ebrahim Abbasi also said the all-flash array vendor is recruiting more than 50 engineers to help complete projects. Those include upgrading arrays with 3D NAND solid-state drives (SSDs) and PCIe Gen 4 networking to support NVMe over Fabrics custom flash modules.

Violin subscription comes with guaranteed fixed price

Violin will continue to sell and support FSP arrays as an outright purchase, but the new on-demand option is intended for enterprises looking to restrain capital expenditures. Violin also offers users the option to consume FSP flash as fractional capacity under a monthly leasing program set up with financial partners.

Abbasi said the subscription underscores an effort to de-emphasize hardware in favor of more robust storage software. It also allows customers to shift storage costs from capital expenditures to an annual Opex model.

Violin Systems CEO Ebrahim AbbasiEbrahim Abbasi

“We’ve added a subscription model that allows customers to pay X amount of dollars per month for three years. After the three years are up, you can do a technology refresh [and upgrade] or keep your existing system and continue paying the same amount,” Abbasi said.

The subscription includes Violin’s installation and ongoing health checks. Violin guarantees storage at 1 cent per gigabyte per month, based on 140 TB of flash with FSP 7450 systems and presumed 4-1 data deduplication. That works out to about $250,000 for a three-year subscription. Subscription for an FSP 7650 system, without dedupe, is about 5 cents per GB.

Lifetime controller upgrades are a new battleground for all-flash array vendors. Violin’s flash upgrade mirrors programs such as Pure Storage’s Evergreen and Kaminario Flex, which enable data centers to receive updated controllers as the vendors make them available.

CEO Abassi: Violin flash makeover just getting started

Violin Systems is the new corporate name for the all-flash pioneer. Formerly Violin Memory, the vendor had a meteoric rise to the public market in 2013, fueled by sustained demand for high-performance flash storage. But Violin was unable to parlay its engineering work — it owns nearly 60 U.S. patents — into a profitable business, mainly because it was slow to develop a software stack.

The company declared bankruptcy in December 2017 after fruitless searches to find a buyer. Violin reemerged in April 2018 after receiving private funding to reorganize from hedge fund Quantum Partners.

“The single biggest reason that Violin started to falter is that it stayed focused only on the high-performance aspect of the market, while other all-flash vendors emerged to ship arrays that featured enterprise-class data services. Violin missed out on the data services part,” said Eric Burgener, a research director of storage at IT analyst firm IDC, based in Framingham, Mass.

Abbasi said those deficiencies have been remedied and he expects Violin Systems to turn a profit by 2019.

We want to move out of the intensive care unit into our own room.
Ebrahim AbbasiCEO, Violin Systems

“The company has been like a patient in the intensive care unit. That put us behind on technology development. We’re fast-tracking that now by hiring engineers and partnering to borrow engineers from other companies,” Abbasi said. “We want to move out of the intensive care unit into our own room.”

The Violin Systems 2018 product roadmap includes a new array based on 3D NAND SSDs, a flash array with support for block, file and object storage, and cloud tiering. Abbasi said Violin will deliver a proprietary NVMe over Fabrics-based flash array in 2019.

Burgener said the immediate challenge for Violin Systems is to sell new storage gear to its existing installed base before it can woo new enterprise customers. While Violin had few all-flash competitors when it first started, now all major vendors sell flash systems and plan NVMe support.

“There is a lot of synergy among customers that have stayed with Violin and know their technology,” Burgener said. “The installed base of customers needed the highest performance storage they could get. Now, Violin is producing another high-performance system that will leverage NVMe.

“The challenge facing Violin is whether its hardware architecture will produce sufficiently differentiating performance at a cost that people are willing to bear. The opportunity is there with an NVMe-based system, but it’s tough to evaluate how successful they’ll be until we have real-world data points.”

For Sale – SOLD SOLD SOLD 2 Cheap laptops in very good condition, Win 10, Office

Dell Inspiron

This laptop is in very good condition, there is a little mark on the lid. No marks or scratches on screen. It comes with Windows 10 Pro and Office 2010. 1TB hard drive, and 6GB RAM.

£75.00 SOLD

Acer Aspire 5552

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Processor-DVD-Super-Windows-Premium/dp/B004VE72BG

In excellent condition
AMD Phenom II x3 Mobile Processor
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250
1TB Hard Drive
6GB RAM
Windows 10 Pro
Office 2010
Comes with charger

£75.00 SOLD ELSEWHERE

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For Sale – Acer One Cloudbook 14

Hi guys having a clear out and looking to shift my Acer One Cloudbook 14. I have had it around 12 months and used it for some spreadsheet work and it has been put away for months, I just came across it whilst clearing stuff out so might aswell move it on as I have no use for it.

It is in great condition and is boxed and working perfect. It has the start up guide and booklet still sealed. It also has recovery built in so you can factory reset it which is what I am.currently doing for the new owner. It is priced at £205 via amazon so I have reduced it loads to £140 if anyone wants a cheap little laptop for some browsing and uni work ect its perfect.

It has a little mark on the top of the lid which you can see on the photo, other than that it is brand new condition.

Price and currency: £140
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For Sale – Surface Book / i7 / 16GB RAM / Dock / GPU — Virtual Currencies Accepted :)

Hi All,

I bought a lightly used Surface Book last week from the Bay. It’s in absolute mint condition, but am totally hating the whole Windows 10 experience…

Can take payment via Bank Transfer / Bitcoin / Litecoin / Ethereum

Cheers,

Mos

Price and currency: 1300
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For Sale – 17inch Custom Built Gaming Laptop

Selling my Custom Built Gaming Laptop, as made by CyberPowerPC UK

Only brought 18 months ago, no longer needed.

A pretty great deal for just over £1000, brought for well over £2000 just over a year ago.

VR READY, AND TESTED!

Runs most AAA Games on ultra well @ 1080p

Specification:
17inch Full HD 60 Hertz G-Sync Screen

Intel Core i7 6700k @ 4.00GHz

32GB RAM

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 8GB Dedicated RAM

256GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD

1TB Seagate Hybrid Drive

Backlit RGB Keyboard

I/O:
SD Card Reader
3x USB 3 Ports
USB-C Port
Ethernet Port
2x Display Port
HDMI Port

Price and currency: £1200~
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Payment method: Cash
Location: Birmingham, UK
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For Sale – Apple MacBook 12″ 2016 Model. Inc USB C Hub

Apple MacBook 12″ 2016 Model. Space Grey

Post Crimbo clear-out continues. This is my wife’s laptop, that she has barely used, after acquiring it in an incentive at work in Oct 2017.

Spec:
Core M5
8GB Ram
512GB SSD

Fully boxed with charger and a Hootoo USB-C hub (SD Card reader, HDMI out, USB-A etc).

Condition:
I can’t see a single mark on it. Has been kept in a sort of frosted plastic case (included), but has been very lightly used, in any case.

Battery cycle count is just 23 . . . Apple warranty until Oct 2018.

It’s a lovely little machine, and I’ve tried to convince myself I’d use it, but it’s been sat gathering dust for about two months.

Still seems to retail for £1249 new and £1169 as an Apple refurb. Asking for £950 inc.

Price and currency: 950
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Location: Leamington Spa
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For Sale – HP Elitebook Folio G1 – 4K touchscreen, Core m7, 256GB SSD, 8GB, Win 10 Pro

Hi all,

Selling my HP EliteBook Folio G1. This was bought approx 9 months ago, and has only been recently turned on so it’s virtually brand new. It’s in fantastic condition, and got a 4K touch-screen, 8GB RAM, a 240GB SSD and USBC ports. This is an excellent, lightweight machine which is perfect for those needing to travel with a high spec machine, or for those who just like the latest tech! The 4K UHD screen is simply amazing and has to be seen to be believed – phenomenal screen for a laptop!

A link to the machine can be found here: https://www.pcworldbusiness.co.uk/catalogue/item/P242064P#tabss

Any questions please ask.

Looking for £500 for this machine delivered. Warranty until July 2019.

Thanks,

Tom

Specs as follows:

Operating system Windows 10 Pro

Memory 8 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB)

Memory and storage 240 GB SSD storage

Processor Intel® Core™ m7-6Y75 with Intel HD Graphics 515 (1.2 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)

Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 515

Display 31,75 cm (12.5″) diagonal UHD UWVA ultra-slim LED-backlit touch screen (3840 x 2160)

Display size (diagonal) 31,75 cm (12.5″)

Battery type HP Long Life 4-cell, 38 Wh Li-ion polymer

Power 45 W Smart AC adapter

Weight 1.07 kg

Audio by Bang & Olufsen

Integrated dual-microphone array

4 integrated stereo speakers

Ports 2 USB Type-C™ with Thunderbolt™ support (docking, charging and USB 3.1)

1 headphone/microphone combo

Wireless Intel 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo

Security management TPM 1.2/2.0 (Infineon, soldered down)

Preboot Authentication (Password)

Price and currency: 500
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For Sale – A load of cheap laptops

Had a clear out enforced by my better half, so i’m putting all my old laptops i’ve hoarded from the last 5 years or so. I’ve wiped and reinstalled the original Windows 7 Pro OEM OS onto them all, other than the Fujitsu which a upgraded to Win 10 Pro when Microsoft were offering free upgrades. So here we go:

Fujitsu Lifebook E753 – 15.6″ – this was mega high spec when I got it – i7-3632QM 2.2GHz processor, 16GB RAM, 1920×1080 screen, Samsung 256GB SSD, secondary 1TB hybrid Toshiba SSHD drive, includes desktop docking station. This machine is in good condition other than some fairly minor wear and tear to the top cover, and a small dink to the wrist wrest. The screen has a small (less than the size of the tip of my little finger) light patch, these aren’t dead pixels, the image is fine, it’s just lighter in that area for some reason. I’ll try and take some pics to show this. Looking for £250 for this machine.

HP Elitebook 820 G1 – 12.6″ – i5-4200U processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD. Good condition, no damage of note. £150.

Dell E6330 – 13.3″ – i7-3520M 2.9GHz processsor, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, extended 65W battery. Again good condition, no damage, hardly any wear even on the top case. £200.

Thanks for looking

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For Sale – Dell 7350 2 in 1 (top spec)

I’m selling my very little used Dell 7350 2 in 1. Fantastic condition. Next day Dell Warranty till march 2019.

The screen and battery life are amazing. Dead silent as no fans. Excellent build quality.

Top end spec for this model:

IPS FULL HD touchscreen 13.3″
M5y71 Intel core M
8gb ram
256gb SSD
Backlit battery keyboard
Sd card reader
Bluetooth
Mini Displayport out
2x Full size USB3 ports in the Battery Keyboard
(Pretty sure it also has a SIM slot)
Windows 10 64bit pro
Screen protector applied

Thanks

Price and currency: 420
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Location: Kent
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