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BlueScope Dramatically Increases Employee Productivity With Violin All Flash Array
[March 25, 2014]

BlueScope Dramatically Increases Employee Productivity 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, was chosen by BlueScope Buildings to improve internal business service levels and provide timely productivity reports to better gauge business direction and decisions. By accelerating its in-house Oracle (News - Alert) E-Business Suite server-based applications using a Violin® all flash array, BlueScope Buildings was able to increase overall employee productivity and reduce nightly report times by almost 3X down to 2.5 hours from a high of 7 hours, increasing overall productivity.

BlueScope Buildings is a global metal buildings producer providing custom engineered building solutions to customers around the world. The organization relies heavily on the Oracle E-Business Suite Application, which serves as its resource planning and supply-chain management tool, to provide daily reports to the business division. However, the existing data storage systems used by BlueScope Buildings could not handle the transaction volume. Batch jobs, triggered at midnight, ran for 6 to 7 hours and resulted in missed service level agreements (SLAs) to the business and outdated manufacturing data to the facilities.

"Violin Memory solved our ERP performance issues at a fraction of the cost of other systems," said Derek Cornwell, IT infrastructure services manager at BlueScope. "Not only are we exceeding our business service levels, we project a return on investment of 11 months with the Violin platform."

BlueScope Buildings was most compelled by the measurable business and positive end user impact of the Violin all flash array. By running its E-Business Suite on the Violin flash array, BlueScope Buildings accelerated its overnight processes down to 2.5 hours overnight. The time savings greatly improved the company's ability to deliver information to its manufacturing facilities in a timely manner. It also made performance and forecasting data available more quickly to enable better decision-making.

The Violin flash array also improved the user experience for BlueScope Buildings' E-business Suite (ERP) users. On an average day, BlueScope users run about 3,500 interactive reports. The Violin flash array saved an average of 60 seconds per report, translating into more than 15,000 hours of productivity improvement per year. It also provided a noticeably faster application experience for users, resulting in positive press for the IT organization.

"Over the years, requirements on reporting systems have changed," said Eric Herzog, chief marketing officer at Violin Memory. "Today, data sets are larger in volume as is the user base that generates these ad-hoc queries. Violin Memory specifically addresses the speed, scale, administration, and concurrency requirements of today's reporting systems."


About BlueScope Buildings

BlueScope Buildings, through its global brands, is the largest manufacturer of engineered building solutions in the world. Through its industry leading brands, Butler® building systems, Varco Pruden® Buildings, EcoBuild™, Probuild™ and BlueScope Construction, they are uniquely positioned to support the global facility expansion plans of corporations and multinational companies around the world. For more information, visit

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

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the potential return on investment from using Violin Memory's products. There are a significant number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made in this press release, including: Violin Memory's history of large purchases by a limited number of customers; its limited operating history, particularly as a new public company; risks associated with a transition in executive leadership; its relationship with Toshiba (News - Alert) as its sole supplier of flash-based memory; as well as general market, political, economic and business conditions. Additional risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory's financial results are included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and is available on the Company's investor relations website at and on the SEC's (News - Alert) website at All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

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