SOURCE: Violin Memory

Violin Memory

December 08, 2009 08:01 ET

Great American Insurance Executive Joins Violin Memory Industry Advisory Board

Insurance Industry Leader Piyush Singh Provides Guidance to Promote Adoption of High Performance Memory Appliances in Corporate Data Centers

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2009) - Violin Memory, Inc., provider of the world's fastest and most scalable memory appliances, today announced that Piyush Singh, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Great American Insurance, is the latest executive to join the company's Industry Advisory Board. Singh will assist Violin's executive management team in accelerating the adoption of its silicon storage solutions as a fundamental technology in the transformation of modern data centers.

Great American Insurance Group, owned by American Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: AFG), is engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, and in the sale of retirement annuities and supplemental insurance products. The Group provides high quality, specialized, commercial insurance products and services that protect business assets nationwide.

"To be competitive in a hyperactive cyber shopping environment, it's necessary to have customer response times on par with the likes of Amazon and Google and that is driving expectations for reduced latency in the business IT environment. Additionally, business technology leaders continue to seek lower costs of operations as they experience exponential demand on storage requirements," Singh said. "In the insurance industry, document imaging and online access applications are driving storage growth like never before. Disk-based storage systems will not be able to keep pace with response time demands. Violin's products are designed to address the evolving and emerging needs of businesses that place a premium on reduced latency and the rapid scaling of memory resources. I look forward to advising Violin on its potential in the vertical insurance industry and exploring business opportunities in horizontal applications as well."

"It's truly an honor to welcome Piyush Singh to Violin's Industry Advisory Board," said Don Basile, Chief Executive Officer of Violin Memory and former CEO of Fusion-io. "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 and CIO, Singh is responsible for creating the vision and direction of Great American's IT strategy and operationally executing the same to take the specialty insurer to the next generation. Singh started his IT career in 1988 as a consultant with CitiCorp Overseas Software Limited in Mumbai, India. He moved on to ANZ Banking Group and worked in Bangalore, India while being involved on international assignments in Australia, Greece, United Kingdom, Singapore and the Middle East. Thereafter, he joined Price Waterhouse's Management Consulting Services group in Jamaica. He joined RLI Insurance of Peoria, Ill. in 1994, and became the company's CIO in 2004. He was responsible for taking RLI from a back-end focused organization to one that deployed technology to achieve business transformation.

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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