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[March 13, 2014]

Government Employees Health Association Speeds Up Insurance Claims Processing with Violin All Flash Array

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Violin 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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About GEHA

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.

All Violin Memory news releases (financial, acquisitions, manufacturing, products, technology, etc.) are issued exclusively by Business Wire and are immediately thereafter posted on the company's external website, www.violin-memory.com. Violin, Violin Memory and the Violin Memory logo are trademarks of Violin Memory, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other brand or product names used in this public announcement may be trademarks of their respective owners.


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