SOURCE: Violin Memory

Violin Memory

October 06, 2009 08:01 ET

Broadcom CIO Joins Violin Memory Industry Advisory Board

Semiconductor Industry Leader Kenneth Venner Provides Guidance to Promote Adoption of High-Performance Memory Appliances in Corporate Data Centers

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 6, 2009) - Violin Memory, Inc., provider of the world's fastest and most scalable memory appliances, today announces that Kenneth Venner, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Broadcom Corp., has joined the company's Industry Advisory Board. Venner will help Violin's executive management team accelerate the adoption of their silicon storage solutions as a fundamental technology in the transformation of modern data centers.

"Mechanical disk arrays with their high relative latency, high cost per I/O and significant maintenance, power and manageability costs will hold back the movement to an enterprise cloud-based architecture," Venner said. "Violin brings the right blend of high sustained performance, low cost and large scale that will allow the industry to move rapidly to adopt this architecture. I look forward to assisting Violin in the industry through my role as an advisor for the EDA and semiconductor industries."

"It's truly an honor to welcome Kenneth Venner as a founding member of Violin's Industry Advisory Board," said Don Basile, Chief Executive Officer of Violin Memory and former CEO of Fusion-io. "He has witnessed tremendous benefits of Violin's technology firsthand through Broadcom'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 never before possible."

Venner has served as Chief Information Officer since joining Broadcom in 2000 and he is responsible for all business systems, computing and telecommunications infrastructure. He was elected a vice president in 2002. Previously, Venner was Vice President of Product Management and Chief Information Officer of Rockwell Electronic Commerce from 1997 to 2000. Prior to that he held a number of information sciences/information technology management positions for more than 11 years at Lucent Technologies/AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has a master's in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a master's in business administration from New Hampshire College.

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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