Violin Memory and Arrow Electronics Sign North America Distribution Deal

Strategy Will Help Accelerate Disk-to-Flash Storage Adoption

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE:VMEM), a global pioneer of award-winning flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, today announced a North American distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics.

The agreement will provide Arrow resellers with access to Violin’s extensive Flash Storage Platform solutions, all-flash product portfolio and enterprise data services. In turn, Violin Memory will leverage Arrow’s sales support and technical expertise to continue its expansion into the all-flash array market in North America.

“Arrow’s expertise in the storage arena is synergistic with our go-to-market strategy, and their desire to push further into the all-flash marketplace with Violin’s Flash Storage Platform is an exciting proposition for both of us,” said Jeff Nollette, worldwide vice president of channel sales, Violin Memory. “The market opportunity for all-flash arrays in North America is white-hot today and growing larger by the month. We both expect to benefit from the marriage of our enterprise-hardened solutions and Arrow’s extensive expertise and market coverage in North America.”

Violin’s all flash solutions store more data with a smaller footprint and drive faster application performance at a cost comparable to traditional storage solutions. Violin’s Flash Storage Platform utilizes a vertically integrated design of software, firmware, and hardware that can facilitate the transition of primary storage from legacy solutions to all flash.

“This distribution agreement with Violin will provide Arrow’s customers with a broad set of enterprise-class flash storage products and data management solutions,” said Joe Burke, vice president and general manager of Arrow’s Enterprise Storage, Security, Networking and Virtualization Group. “Arrow looks forward to partnering with Violin to expand the rapidly maturing flash storage market in North America.”

Arrow’s extensive global sales and distribution network includes technical application teams and expert specialists who help customers find the technology solutions that are right for them and who assist resellers with selling to end customers. These Arrow specialists will benefit from Violin’s newly launched global partner program, which provides targeted product support, services and tools.

The two companies signed a similar distribution agreement for Europe, the Middle East and Africa earlier this year.

About Violin Memory

Business in a Flash. Violin Memory, the industry pioneer in All Flash Arrays, is the agile innovator, transforming the speed of business with enterprise-grade data services software on its leadership Flash Storage Platforms. Violin’s Concerto™ OS 7 delivers complete data protection and data reduction services and consistent high performance in a storage operating system fully integrated with Violin’s patented Flash Fabric Architecture™ for cloud, enterprise and virtualized business and mission-critical storage applications. Violin’s Flash Storage Platforms are designed for primary storage applications at costs below traditional hard disk arrays and accelerate breakthrough CapEx and OpEx savings while helping customers build the next generation data center. Violin's Flash Storage Platforms and All Flash Arrays enhance business agility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics (www.arrow.com) is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 56 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 the following: the potential benefits to Arrow’s resellers as the result of access to Violin’s Flash Storage Platform solutions; Violin’s ability to leverage Arrow’s sales, support and technical resources to continue to expand into the all-flash array market in North America; the future prospects for growth in the market for all-flash arrays in North America; the additional business and other opportunities and relationships that Arrow and Violin may realize from the Arrow-Violin relationship; the potential benefits to Arrow’s global sales and distribution network resulting from the Violin-Arrow relationship; and Violin Memory’s business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory's business performance and financial results, including those set forth 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-Q, 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.

Contacts

Walt & Company Communications
Stephanie Johnson, 408-369-7200 ext. 1048
sjohnson@walt.com

Contacts

Walt & Company Communications
Stephanie Johnson, 408-369-7200 ext. 1048
sjohnson@walt.com