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Violin Memory

November 15, 2011 08:00 ET

Analytics Expert Scott Metzger Joins Violin Memory

Former CTO of TransUnion Will Aggressively Drive Violin's Expansion Into Data Intensive Markets

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2011) - Violin Memory, Inc., provider of the world's fastest and most scalable Memory Arrays, today named Scott Metzger vice president (VP) of corporate development. With more than two decades of industry and technical expertise, Metzger will aggressively lead Violin's expansion into data intensive markets such as analytics, search and real-time decision management. Metzger is the latest in a string of high-profile additions to the Violin executive team including Garry Veale, HP's former VP of EMEA's StorageWorks Division, and Jonathan Goldick, former CTO of OnStor.

"We are seeing companies increase sophistication in managing data as an asset. Entirely new business models and businesses are being created by unlocking the power of the vast amount of data companies have at their disposal," said Metzger. "Flash Memory Arrays are paving the road to a new era of real-time data and information services, and I will be actively pairing Violin's unique technology with industry leading software vendors and developers to demonstrate the unrealized value of data assets."

Prior to Violin, Metzger was the senior vice president (SVP) of products, engineering and operations for Apigee Corporation, where he led the effort to transform the company from service-oriented architectures (SOA) to application programming interface (API) management products and services. These now support the billions of devices that drive the app economy, including over 45 billion APIs calls per month. With Metzger's guidance, Apigee more than quadrupled revenue growth in less than two years.

Before Apigee, Metzger was CTO of credit and information management company TransUnion Interactive, where he was recognized by InfoWorld as one of the top 25 CTOs for his vision and ability to drive double digit year-over-year growth. During his tenure at TransUnion, Metzger oversaw the creation of unique risk and operational analytics models that helped grow the company's revenue from less than ten to more than 160 million dollars.

"Scott's arrival comes at a very important time during Violin's hyper-growth phase as we continue to extend our global reach and accelerate product development," said Donald Basile, CEO of Violin Memory. "The market for information services is evolving quickly, and CIOs are searching for cost-effective technologies to monetize the massive amounts of data they store. Violin's products can finally provide the performance density to make this happen, and Scott is the perfect person to lead the way."

Metzger worked in a number of industries including game development, education, healthcare, financial services and technology products and services. He has filed more than a dozen patents with two awarded to date. Prior to his executive roles at Apigee and TransUnion, Metzger held senior consulting and engineering positions at Baxter International, CalPoly Media Lab and Zmode.

Violin's Memory Arrays are changing the data center for companies like AOL, Revlon, Tagged.com, Oracle, Juniper and HP through its patent-pending flash vRAID technology. The company was recently named AlwaysOn 2011 Company of the Year, a Gartner "Cool Vendor" and a Top Startup to Watch by SearchStorage.com. Furthermore, Violin was honored as one of Silicon Valley's hottest companies by Lead411 and won two SPIFFY awards.

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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 petabytes and tens of 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 www.vmem.com.

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