SOURCE: Violin Memory

Violin Memory

November 23, 2009 08:01 ET

Alliance One International Executive Joins Violin Memory Industry Advisory Board

Leaf Tobacco Industry Leader William Pappas Provides Guidance to Promote Adoption of High Performance Memory Appliances in Corporate Data Centers

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - November 23, 2009) - Violin Memory, Inc., provider of the world's fastest and most scalable memory appliances, today announced that William Pappas, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Alliance One International, is the latest executive to join the company's Industry Advisory Board. Pappas will help Violin's executive management team accelerate the adoption of its silicon storage solutions as a fundamental technology in the transformation of modern data centers.

Alliance One International is a leading independent leaf tobacco merchant providing worldwide services by purchasing tobacco in 45 countries and serving large cigarette manufacturers in over 90 countries. Alliance One International is already realizing total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits driving virtualization in its enterprise throughout the company's global data center environments. With over 50 percent of the targeted North American servers already virtualized, Alliance One International is looking to accelerate this trend though the use of cutting edge technologies including solid-state storage.

"We pursue innovation and excellence at Alliance One International, and we continue to look for ways to improve performance and reliability while lowering our operating costs for all key systems," Pappas said. "Clearly, Violin's silicon memory array directly addresses the imbalance between our company's compute workload and existing disk based storage systems. Violin's innovations bring low cost and large scale to our Microsoft Virtualization projects and I look forward to advising Violin's management team on the design and delivery of products the market is demanding."

"It's truly an honor to welcome Bill Pappas to Violin's Industry Advisory Board," said Don Basile, Chief Executive Officer of Violin Memory and former CEO of Fusion-io. "He has witnessed the benefits of Violin's technology first-hand through Alliance One International's own use of our memory appliances. His participation and guidance will be instrumental in enlightening the CIOs at Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies in the use of silicon storage to overcome the physical limitations of hard-disk memory arrays to realize data center efficiencies that were previously unattainable."

As Senior Vice President, Pappas oversees Alliance One International's expanding information technology and emerging technology requirements. Pappas joined Alliance One International though the merger of DIMON Inc. and Standard Commercial Corporation in May 2005, having previously served as Chief Information Officer of DIMON from December 2004. Pappas joined DIMON as Vice President - Information Technology in March 1998 and was appointed Vice President - Chief Technology Officer in October 2001. Prior to joining Dimon, he was a director of consulting at an information technology consulting firm in Atlanta.

Violin appliances are specifically designed for scalable, reliable and sustainable use in the data center. These silicon storage appliances scale to millions of IOs per second and tens of terabytes of capacity. In 2010, Violin will deliver density, reliability and per terabyte pricing competitive with enterprise-class performance hard disk drive storage, thus transforming the entire pricing structure of the performance storage market.

About Violin Memory, Inc.

Violin Memory, Inc. provides the world's fastest and most scalable memory appliances that dramatically accelerate large dataset applications demanding very high IOPS and low latency. With support for many memory types including SLC, MLC Flash as well as DRAM, Violin Memory's silicon storage appliances provide significant power and space savings with extreme data reliability and sustained performance. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information on Violin Memory products, visit

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