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Industry Veteran Martin Darling Joins Violin Memory to Drive Growth in Asia Pacific and Japan

(March 15, 2012)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/15/12 -- Violin Memory, Inc., provider of one of the world's fastest and most scalable flash Memory Arrays, today announced Martin Darling as Vice President (VP) of Asia Pacific and Japan. With over a decade of proven success in high growth global markets and companies like QLogic, COPAN Systems, Hitachi Data Systems and EMC, Darling will lead the growth and go-to-market strategies for Violin's full range of products and solutions in Asia.

"Violin is among the fastest growing storage companies I've witnessed in the past decade and their worldwide expansion is impressive," said Darling. "The product's ability to speed up critical applications while significantly reducing power and space in the data center resonates well with customers across many verticals. Asia is a dynamic market and represents one of the highest growth opportunities for Violin. The company has already gained significant traction and I look forward to driving even greater awareness, presence and adoption in the region."

Darling comes to Violin with an established record of building sustainable, high performance sales operations in multiple geographies including Asia Pacific and Latin America. Most recently, he was VP of Asia Pacific and Japan for QLogic, where he developed the global OEM business, grew the indirect channel and built their Asia based OEM practice. Prior to QLogic, COPAN Systems hired Darling to re-launch their Asia Pacific and Japan business. There, he established start up sales operations in Japan, China, Korea, South Asia and Australia. Darling also held senior positions at Hitachi Data Systems and EMC.

"We are fortunate to have access to some of the most experienced sales executives in the world and welcome Martin Darling to our team to accelerate Violin's presence in Asia Pacific and Japan," said Don Basile, CEO of Violin Memory. "As Violin continues to grow worldwide, Martin's extensive experience in high growth sales and operations overseas will be an invaluable asset."

Violin's flash Memory Arrays are changing the data center for companies like AOL, Revlon,, Oracle, Juniper and HP through its patent-pending flash vRAID technology. Strategic investors in the company include Juniper Networks and Toshiba, among others. Violin recently won AlwaysOn 2011 Company of the Year, SearchDataCenter Product of the Year, Gartner "Cool Vendor" for storage, and was named a Top Startup to Watch by


About Violin Memory, Inc.
Violin Memory is pioneering the future of Flash memory in the enterprise data center with Memory Arrays that accelerate business critical applications and enable enterprises to virtualize and optimize their IT infrastructures. Specifically designed for sustained performance with high reliability, Violin's Memory Arrays scale to hundreds of terabytes and millions of IOPS with low, spike-free latency. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information about Violin Memory products, visit

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