Violin Memory Acquires GridIron Systems

Posted Jan 21, 2013

Violin Memory has acquired GridIron Systems.  GridIron Systems is known for speeding up applications in data centers.  Violin Memory creates Flash memory storage systems to get around slower hard drives in data center servers.  GridIron creates applications that enhances the performance of enterprise applications running on servers.  GridIron can also speed up online transaction processing and virtualization according to VentureBeat.

?The acquisition of GridIron Systems complements and expands Violin Memory?s strategy of offering memory-based solutions that accelerate business critical applications while optimizing IT infrastructures,? stated Violin Memory CEO Don Basile.

GridIron speeds up application performance that runs on Violin Memory’s Flash memory arrays.  GridIron founder and CTO Som Sikdar analyzes input-output access patterns and caches active data for an application.  Violin’s storage systems can have as many as 3,000 Flash memory chips in one enclosure.  Violin’s software allows a data center operator to manage it as a single storage element.  Violin buys their chips from Toshiba.

Violin Memory started in 2005 and they have around 450 employees.  The company raised $50 million in their fourth round of funding last year. They have raised a total of $172 million in funding.  GridIron raised around $30 million since they started in 2007.