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Violin Memory Receives 2014 Best of Show at Flash Memory Summit for Most Innovative Customer Implementation

Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE:VMEM), a leading provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, today announced that the company was awarded Best of Show for Most Innovative Flash Memory Customer Implementation in the ninth annual Flash Memory Awards program. The award recognized Violin for its implementation of its Windows Flash Array (WFA) in a Hyper-V virtualized environment utilizing a Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 implementation for The Australia Department of Defense Central Operations Center in Canberra, Australia. The award winners are determined by a distinguished panel of judges at the Flash Memory Summit.

“As the ninth year of the Flash Memory Summit, the Awards Committee was particularly impressed with the increasing level of innovation when evaluating a unique all-flash storage solution that can successfully address the market movement to multi-hypervisor virtualized infrastructure inclusive of Microsoft Hyper-V implementations, while achieving unprecedented levels of high performance and capacity efficiencies,” said Jay Kramer, Chairman of the Awards Program and President of Network Storage Advisors Inc. “We are proud to select Violin’s Windows Flash Array for the Best of Show Innovation Award based on achieving impressive performance and reduced CapEx and OpEx costs while enabling virtualized environments to be truly scalable and resilient for Microsoft customer implementations.”

Jointly developed with Microsoft® Corp., the WFA is the first all-flash high-performance storage array powered by Windows® Storage Server 2012 R2 to deliver a rich set of storage features and data services for the enterprise. The unmatched speed and efficiency of the Windows Flash Array transforms the data center by dramatically reducing server overhead and application response times through improved storage performance, fundamentally altering the cost structure of enterprise applications. The Windows Flash Array enables enterprise and cloud workloads, such as SQL® Server, Microsoft SharePoint® and Windows® Server with Hyper-V virtualized applications, to meet the needs of global enterprises, while satisfying IT operational demands for maximized agility, automation, and orchestration between network, storage and compute resources.

The WFA is a tightly integrated combination of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 and Violin’s award winning hardware and software into a single solution that delivers high performance all-flash array storage for enterprise and cloud customers. Customers benefit from the proven storage features of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 embedded into the Windows All Flash Array, including thin provisioning, data deduplication, scalability and encryption along with space efficient snapshots and continuous availability, through Windows failover clustering.

The Australia Department of Defense Central Operations Center has a mission critical application involving the gathering of data from more than 100,000 users and 450 sites. This application needed to read and consolidate the data collected and process it real-time in a demanding time window of five minutes. This involved ingesting operational data for processing where high performance and high IOPS is key.

“The Windows Flash Array (WFA) exceeded our expectations within the data warehouse and business reporting environments,” said Justin Gasparre, Director, Situational Awareness with the CIO Group, Service Integration Branch at the Department of Defense, Canberra, Australia. “The combination of the Windows 2012 technologies and Flash Array as a platform enables virtualized environments to be truly scalable and resilient with a performance level equal to or greater than direct attached flash storage. This translates to a data warehouse and reporting environment returning immediate value, outperforming traditional vendor offerings and with the lowest TCO compared to traditional storage arrays.”

The Flash Memory Summit Awards were presented at the Flash Memory Summit on August 6, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.

The Violin family of award-winning all flash solutions, including the Windows Flash Array, will be featured globally at:

  • VMworld US 2014, being held August 24 – 27 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA., Booth # 2305
  • Oracle OpenWorld, being held September 28 – October 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA., Booth #307
  • VMworld Europe 2014, being held October 13 – October 17 at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via, North Hall 8, Barcelona, Spain

For a complete list of where Violin’s all-flash solutions can be seen over the next few months, please visit us at – http://www.violin-memory.com/news/events/.

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.

All Violin Memory news releases (financial, acquisitions, manufacturing, products, technology, etc.) are issued exclusively by Business Wire and are immediately thereafter posted on the company's external website, www.violin-memory.com. Violin, Violin Memory, the Violin Memory logo, and Flash Fabric Architecture (FFA) are trademarks of Violin Memory, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

Violin Memory Forward-looking Statement

This public announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements with respect to: (1) the possible business, financial and other results that customers and others may realize by using Violin’s products; and (2) Violin Memory’s business plans and strategy. 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 quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, 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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