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Violin Memory Appoints Andrew Perry VP of Global Channel Sales; Promotes Christian Putz to VP of EMEA Channel Sales

Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE:VMEM), a leading provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the enterprise, today announced its new Global Partner Program and the promotion of Andrew Perry to the position of Global Vice President, Channel Sales, and the promotion of Christian Putz to the position of Vice President, EMEA Channel Sales. The Violin Global Partner Program is designed to reward partners with increased revenue opportunities and market growth by providing flash to their customers as the transformational economic centerpiece for enterprise and cloud data centers and next-generation application and workload delivery solutions.

Global Vice President, Channel Sales Andrew Perry will focus on program expansion, services and support and direct the efforts of the channel sales teams in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions. Perry joined Violin in January 2013 as the VP of US Channel Sales with more than 20 years of sales and management experience including the partner and distribution strategies for technology companies Peribit Networks, now a part of Juniper Networks, and VitalSoft, a division of Lucent Technologies.

In EMEA, Christian Putz brings extensive leadership across the region’s channel having held previous roles at EMC, where he developed and grew EMC’s channel business. Christian will be responsible for growing Violin’s channel partner business through strategic relationships with reseller partners in all of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His expanded team includes Kamel Kerbib in France, Ashminder Uhbi in the UK and NI, Robert Schiller in Germany and Richard Ruddlesden as Business Development Manager for the Windows Flash Array EMEA.

"We look forward to partnering with Violin Memory to drive joint revenue as well as provide solutions to our end-users that address their business needs,” said Gabor Pap, Technical Director of Hungary-based Invigor Informatika Kft. "The channel organization Violin has built in Europe is outstanding and the Violin Partner Program delivers excellent tools that will benefit all Violin channel partners globally."

Violin’s new Global Partner Program, effective July 1, 2014, delivers a host of channel specific programs, support, services and tools to help channel partners better sell, support, and meet the needs of their customers. Designed with significant input from Violin’s channel partner community, the Global Partner Program is centered on delivering the utmost in Violin solutions to meet the business problems facing enterprise and cloud data centers.

Included in the Violin Global Channel Partner Program are:

  • Deal Registration
  • Protected Channel Discount Structure
  • Partner Demonstration Units
  • End-user Evaluation-to-Purchase Program
  • Market Development Funding
  • Case Study Reference Program
  • Joint Go-to-Market Events
  • Partner Press Program
  • Sales, Technical, and Support Enablement
  • Support and Service Revenue Program
  • And Additional Programs

"We are excited to partner with Violin Memory to drive joint value for our end customers," said Niraj Tenany, CEO of California-based Netwoven. "The channel team and programs at Violin promise to deliver the right toolsets and services that will benefit all of Violin’s channel ecosystem."

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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 datacenter 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

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements with respect to expanding Violin Memory’s channel partner and reseller programs and potential revenue and other benefits which may be realized from the channel partner and reseller programs, and statements relating to 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 annual report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on company’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 the Company 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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