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Violin Flash Memory Array Helps NCCD Improve Children’s Lives

Violin Memory (NYSE: VMEM), a leader in persistent memory-based storage solutions, announced its Flash Memory Array was used by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) to provide valuable information to client human service agencies to improve their practices. In order to analyze and report data more quickly, NCCD turned to Violin Memory to build an Oracle RAC solution optimized for performance and cost savings.

NCCD uses research and analytics to improve outcomes for people in juvenile, adult justice, child welfare, and other human service systems. Highly-focused current and customized interactive reports are some of the most essential tools provided by NCCD to its clients, yet the reporting cycle had become unwieldy, with cycle times of more than 20 hours to produce key reports. NCCD originally considered expanding its existing storage with more spinning disk, but decided to look at an all-flash array. To improve performance, NCCD chose the latest release of Oracle RAC to build and tune its application for flash, leveraging the latest version of Oracle ASM, but needed storage to support the Oracle RAC configuration.

To better analyze the data for NCCD’s reporting the organization chose a Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Array to improve the performance of the Oracle database. NCCD worked closely with Violin to build, configure and tune the environment for maximum performance and throughput. The result was a solution that produced the reports in about three hours, an 85 percent improvement in report turnaround times, and a reduction of three to two Oracle RAC nodes.

“We can now offer all of our clients improved response for the reports we run,” said Joel Ehrlich, director of Information Systems at NCCD. “Violin Memory storage accelerated our reporting, which allows us to get more work from our data and deeper insights into potential social outcomes.”

“NCCD has shown how technology can help address social problems and Violin is proud to advance important work in this field by accelerating database performance,” said Narayan Venkat, VP of product management at Violin Memory.

Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Arrays are designed to meet the performance, availability and scalability requirements of the most demanding database applications. The 6000 series Violin Memory Array:

  • Delivers more than 1 million IOPS
  • Scales from 8TiB to 64TiB of memory capacity
  • Provides I/O access with latency measured in microseconds
  • Plugs into your existing Storage Area Network


About Violin Memory, Inc.

Violin Memory enables businesses to access real-time information by delivering memory-based storage solutions that close the compute storage gap. Named by Gartner Inc. as the market share leader in flash-based storage systems, Violin Memory brings storage performance in-line with demanding, high-speed applications, servers and networks at disk economics. Violin Memory solutions are optimized from the ground up to leverage the inherent capabilities of flash memory, enabling performance of memory at compelling economics for business-critical applications, virtualized environments and big data in enterprise data centers. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit www.vmem.com.

About NCCD

NCCD is a nonprofit, social justice research organization that improves outcomes for at-risk children, youth, adults, and families through research and policy innovation. NCCD works to help protect children from abuse and neglect, to create safe and rehabilitative justice systems for youth and adults, and to address the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities. For more information, visit www.nccdglobal.org.

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