MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) -  Violin Memory, Inc., provider of the world's fastest and most scalable memory appliances, today announced that global networking executive Alan Cohen has joined the company's board of directors, where he will help Violin expand adoption of its leading Flash Memory Array solutions.

"Violin Memory's Flash Memory Arrays are opening doors for innovation in enterprise computing, by enhancing the performance of data centers worldwide," said Cohen. "I'm delighted to work with Don Basile and his team during such an exciting time. Violin's flash technology is being validated by some of the world's largest companies."

Cohen brings two decades of computer networking expertise and thought leadership to the board, joining Larry Lang (announced earlier this year), Bert Nordberg, Jeff Newman and other Silicon Valley veterans.

"We are honored to have such a deeply rooted enterprise computing professional bring his knowledge and experience to Violin's board," said Don Basile, CEO of Violin Memory. "With a direct pulse on the industry's leading global enterprise solutions, Alan will help support Violin's aggressive growth plan."

As Vice President of Global Industry Solutions at Cisco, Cohen is responsible for developing and driving the company's vertical and public sector positioning. Prior to this role, Cohen was VP of Enterprise Marketing. Cohen previously led the Mobility Solutions group at Cisco, where he was responsible for guiding adoption of the Cisco wireless portfolio and developing the corresponding applications and services that make mobility a leadership initiative at Cisco. He also led product management for Cisco's Wireless Business Unit, launching the Cisco Unified Architecture and bringing it to a leading position in the industry, including passing the $1B annual sales threshold. Cohen also held executive roles at IBM, Airespace, Tahoe Networks, US West, and Coopers & Lybrand.

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 companies to virtualize and optimize their IT infrastructures. Specifically designed for sustained performance with high reliability and serviceability, Violin's Flash 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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