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Accomplished Sales Executive Joins Violin as North America Sales Leader

Dec 16, 2015

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/16/15 -- Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM), a global pioneer of award-winning all-flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, today announced that Steve Querner has joined the company as vice president, North America Sales.

Mr. Querner joins Violin Memory from Microsoft where he spent the past four years as Vice President of Sales managing the StorSimple sales organization following Microsoft's acquisition in 2011. Prior to that, he spent four years as the North American Storage Sales Leader with IBM through its acquisition of XIV in 2007, where he led the sales team in the fastest growing segment within the IBM Storage Division. Querner's extensive storage sales leadership also includes roles at EMC as Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales and WW Storage Networking Sales for Cisco.

"I'm very excited to join Violin and to have the opportunity to lead a sales effort where we are partnering with some of the largest, most innovative companies just as they are transforming their data centers from disk to flash," said Querner. "Violin's 10-year history of designing industry leading all-flash storage, and now offering a Flash Storage Platform that delivers the data protection and performance requirements for primary storage enables us to deliver a unique value proposition to IT managers in companies across multiple industries."

In his new role, Steve will report directly to Violin senior vice president, Said Ouissal, and be responsible for driving sales across all regions of North America.

"With Steve's demonstrated track record in driving storage sales I am excited to have him engage with our existing customers in addition to selling Violin's industry-leading Flash Storage Platform to new enterprises who share the vision of transforming their data centers from disk to flash, so they can harness the power of data to make their companies more innovative and profitable," Ouissal said.

Mr. Querner earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Texas A&M University

About Violin Memory, Inc.

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 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 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 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. For more information, visit www.violin-memory.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/violinmemory.

Violin Memory Forward-looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the potential benefits to Violin Memory resulting from the appointment of Mr. Querner, potential technology, business and financial benefits to customers resulting from the use of Violin Memory's products, 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, 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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Sheryl Anderson
10Fold
violin@10fold.com
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Source: Violin Memory, Inc.