|[March 13, 2014]
Government Employees Health Association Speeds Up Insurance Claims Processing with Violin All Flash Array
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Memory®, Inc., (NYSE:VMEM), a leading provider of flash storage
arrays and appliances delivering application solutions for the
enterprise, today announced that the Government
Employees Health Association (GEHA), has selected Violin's all flash
array solution to accelerate the association's primary business-critical
claims processing application and to support the migration of all Tier 1
SQL applications from a mainframe environment to a modern infrastructure
deployed around Microsoft (News - Alert) SQL and VMware. Using a Violin® solution, GEHA
was able to eliminate the storage input and output (I/O) bottlenecks
that previously caused hours or even a day of delays in claims
processing. Read and write operations for huge amounts of data required
for reporting, data extracting, and nightly batch processing no longer
experience performance constraints.
As the second largest national health plan and national dental plan
serving federal employees, retirees and their families, GEHA serves more
than one million people worldwide. The organization's core business
function, processing insurance claims, requires a fast and reliable
infrastructure in order to provide optimal customer service.
"We required an environment with proven uptime and reliability matching
or exceeding that of the mainframe," said Joseph Acosta, CIO at GEHA.
"We understood that our VMware virtual environment was highly dependent
on the performance of our storage architecture and that moving to a
flash array would help us mitigate some of our performance concerns.
Knowing that Violin was an innovator in this space we quickly engaged
them to bring a solution on board."
From a daily hands-on perspective, GEHA also observed a marked decrease
in maintenance time, freeing up staff to perform more strategic tasks.
In addition, storage previously used for claims processing has been
repurposed for separate projects, providing more capital and operational
savings. Following the initial Violin array implementation, GEHA has
procured an additional array which will be integrated into its current
disaster recovery strategy as well as lay the foundation for what will
be part of their business intelligence platform.
"Many large organizations enjoy the reliability of traditional storage
infrastructures, but then suffer from a performance gap caused by the
requirements of modern applications, virtual infrastructure, and their
end users," said Eric Herzog, chief marketing officer and senior vice
president, business developent at Violin Memory. "Violin meets the
intensive data expectations of the largest enterprises with the
additional benefits provided by an all flash array."
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GEHA is the second-largest national health plan and the second-largest
national dental plan serving federal employees, federal retirees and
their families. GEHA provides health and dental plans to more than 1
million covered lives worldwide. GEHA is a self-insured and
not-for-profit association. Members pay no dues. We currently waive all
membership fees. GEHA maintains low overhead costs; of each premium
dollar we receive, we return more than 94 cents in direct benefits to
our health plan members. GEHA was one of the first insurance carriers
eligible to provide coverage to federal employees under the Federal
Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959. The FEHB Program contracts with
several hundred health insurance plans to provide coverage for over 8
million federal enrollees and dependents, including retirees. For more
information about GEHA, visit www.geha.com.
About Violin Memory, Inc.
Violin Memory enables businesses to access real-time information by
delivering all flash storage solutions that close the compute storage
gap. Named by Gartner (News - Alert) Inc. as the 2012 market share leader in
flash-based storage systems, Violin Memory brings storage performance
in-line with demanding, high-speed applications, servers and networks at
disk economics. Violin Memory solutions are optimized from the ground up
to leverage the inherent capabilities of flash technologies, enabling
performance at compelling economics for business-critical applications,
virtualized environments, and big data in enterprise data centers.
Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara,
California. For more information, visit www.violin-memory.com.
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