SOURCE: Violin Memory

Violin Memory

February 07, 2011 08:00 ET

Violin Memory Attracts $35 Million in Series B Funding From Investors Including Juniper Networks and Toshiba

Technology Giants Put Stamp of Approval on Violin's Flash-Forward Memory Arrays

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - February 7, 2011) - Violin Memory, Inc., provider of the world's fastest and most scalable Memory Arrays, today announced a $35 Million Series B funding round which includes Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the inventor and a technology leader of NAND flash and Violin's strategic investor since April 2010. Also joining this round is networking innovator Juniper Networks, along with other corporate partners, crossover investment funds, high net worth industry leaders and private equity general partners.

Violin Memory is now in the growth stage of this multi-billion dollar market opportunity and the added investment from several of the largest public companies in the computer industry (both announced and unannounced) puts Violin in a strong position to deliver flash Memory Arrays to the world's leading enterprise datacenters.

"Toshiba is the most experienced NAND flash supplier with a proven legacy of innovation," said Scott Nelson, Vice President, Memory Business Unit at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. "We are pleased to expand our relationship with Violin and help accelerate the penetration of flash Memory Arrays in the performance-driven enterprise data centers."

"Violin Memory is a true performance leader in high-end silicon storage," said R.K. Anand, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Business at Juniper Networks. "We believe their innovative flash Memory Array will play an important role in delivering tiered and near-server storage capabilities to help advance the requirements of cloud computing and network-driven data center consolidation."

"We are honored by the continued support from Toshiba, the recognized leader in the Flash industry, and welcome Juniper Networks, a force in large scale data center and Cloud network infrastructure, to our investor base," said Don Basile, CEO of Violin Memory. "We are aggressively expanding our partnership and distribution capabilities in 2011 and look forward to another record setting year of growth in this large global market."

Violin's "ridiculously powerful, insanely efficient" Memory Arrays are transforming the data center for companies like AOL, Microsoft and HP through its patent-pending flash vRAID technology. The company was recently named one of Storage Newsletter's "15 Most Promising Startups," a "Top 10 Data Storage Startup" by Enterprise Storage Forum and is a finalist for's Product of the Year.

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 and follow @violinmemory on Twitter.

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