SOURCE: Violin Memory

Violin Memory

August 03, 2011 08:00 ET

Industry Veteran Jonathan Goldick Joins Violin Memory as CTO of Software

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 3, 2011) - Violin Memory, Inc., provider of the world's fastest and most scalable Memory Arrays, today announced that Jonathan Goldick, former CTO of OnStor, has joined Violin Memory as CTO of Software. With two decades of enterprise computing experience and recognized architecture expertise, Goldick has tremendous technical depth that will accelerate Violin's strategic software efforts.

"Violin Memory's technical achievements are compelling on their own merits, but what really interests me is the way they have disrupted the status quo and raised the bar for the entire industry," said Goldick. "I'm excited to challenge standard data management assumptions created in the HDD era that are now being transformed in the Memory era. We are entering a period where effectively harnessing the massive amounts of data that companies possess will become a competitive advantage. Enterprises that want to stay ahead of the pack will need to aggressively pursue Violin's game changing technology."

"Jonathan's arrival to Violin Memory could not have come at a more definitive time in our company's rapid growth," said Don Basile, CEO of Violin Memory. "His software expertise and experience at global companies like IBM, Microsoft and OnStor will play a key factor in driving Violin's aggressive software roadmap."

Goldick is the author of four IEEE and USENIX publications related to mass storage and Global File Systems (GFS), and holds eight patents in the field. As CTO at OnStor, he set the technical direction for scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) hardware and software design. After OnStor was acquired by LSI in 2009, he transitioned to the role of LSI Fellow, where he was part of the company's Corporate Strategy Office, defining the company's strategic direction and identifying key areas ripe for technical innovation.

Prior to that, Goldick held technical leadership and key architect roles at organizations including Zambeel, Microsoft and IBM Transarc Labs. As an architect at Zambeel, he designed the key components of the company's GFS. At Microsoft, Goldick served as a key technical contributor for CIFS protocol design futures, the backup/restore framework (VSS), NTFS performance and feature enhancements, and WebDAV futures. Goldick was also Chief NT architect for the file systems group at IBM Transarc, where he designed multi-protocol algorithms to bridge the Windows and UNIX worlds.

Violin's Memory Arrays are changing the data center for companies like AOL, Revlon and Microsoft through its patent-pending flash vRAID technology. This advanced technology was used by IBM to shatter the existing General Parallel File System (GPFS) world record, and by HP to set new TPC-E and TPC-C industry leading server benchmarks. Violin was recently named AlwaysOn Company of the Year and a Gartner "Cool Vendor" for storage technologies. Furthermore, the company won two SPIFFY awards and was recognized as one of Storage Newsletter's "15 Most Promising Startups."


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 hundreds of terabytes and 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

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