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Violin Memory Sees Rapid End User Movement to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM), a leading provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, has seen a considerable rise in the number of companies implementing Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) with Violin’s All-Flash Arrays. Recent examples include a 6,000 seat rollout using Citrix XenDesktop at NATS - the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services with global presence in over 30 countries, resulting in the largest cloud-based VDI project in the UK’s transport sector. NATS, which provides safety by ensuring aircraft flying in UK airspace and over the eastern North Atlantic are safely separated, is anticipating a £9 million return on investment over four years with its VDI deployment leveraging Violin’s All Flash Array solutions.

As highlighted within Violin’s whitepaper, Violin Flash Arrays for Maximum VDI Performance, VDI projects provide a user experience comparable to physical desktops, scale from hundreds to thousands of desktops, and offer a TCO comparable to physical desktops. VDI is very I/O-intensive. The critical challenge is to provide storage with sufficient IOPS performance, scalability and cost effectiveness to ensure success. Citrix XenDesktop coupled with Violin’s revolutionary All Flash Arrays improve boot-up, eliminates boot storms, and application access times by 4X, while scaling to thousands of virtual desktops and delivering the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) per virtual desktop. In mid-April Violin announced that its All Flash Array has been validated as part of the Citrix Ready® VDI Capacity Program Verified for Citrix XenDesktop®.

Eric Herzog, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development at Violin Memory, said, “We are witnessing more and more companies turning to flash to meet their VDI requirements, as they recognize the technology delivers better user experience at less infrastructure cost.” He continues, “We're pleased to be implementing Citrix XenDesktop environments on such a large scale for companies, such as NATS.”

NATS implemented a multi-million pound project to transfer all of its desktop IT services to a cloud-based infrastructure. By creating a secure, virtual desktop environment the company expects to reduce costs by £9 million over the next four years, shrink its environmental footprint, improve flexibility, meet their demanding SLAs, and deliver a significantly improved quality of service to around 4,500 users.

Ultima Business Solutions, a Violin reseller and one of the UK’s leading IT Infrastructure providers, recommended Violin’s award-winning All Flash Arrays to NATS.

“A key reason for the rapid adoption of VDI is the superior user experience, combined with lower operational costs,” said Toby Butler, account director at Ultima, a Citrix XenDesktop Elite Certified Partner. “Violin is able to deliver a VDI solution with wide-reaching benefits to companies such as NATS. These are primarily very high performance, and unparalleled resiliency at a reduced TCO for our customers.”

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About Violin Memory, Inc.

Business in a Flash. Violin Memory transforms the speed of business with high performance, always available, low cost management of critical business information and applications. Violin’s All Flash optimized solutions accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings for building the next generation data center. Violin’s Flash Fabric Architecture™ (FFA) speeds data delivery with chip-to-chassis performance optimization that achieves lower consistent latency and cost per transaction for Cloud, Enterprise and Virtualized mission-critical applications. Violin's All Flash Arrays and Appliances, and enterprise data management software solutions enhance agility and mobility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit www.violin-memory.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/violinmemory.

This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements with respect to the performance, scalability and cost effectiveness of Violin Memory products, the business, financial and other benefits and results, including but not limited to cost of ownership and return on investment, that may be achieved by the use of Violin Memory products, and statements relating to Violin Memory’s business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from results that may be achieved by the use of Windows Flash Array, and statements relating to Violin Memory’s business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this public announcement, including: Violin Memory's limited operating history, particularly as a new public company, the competition faced by Violin Memory in the marketplace; Violin Memory’s history of large purchases by a limited number of customers; risks associated with a transition in executive leadership; its relationship with Toshiba as its sole supplier of flash-based memory; risks associated with the development, production and support of Violin Memory’s products; and numerous other market, political, economic and business conditions. Additional risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory's business performance and financial results are included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in Violin Memory's annual report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory's investor relations website at investor.violin-memory.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. 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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