Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW) today announced a North American distribution agreement with Violin Memory, a global provider of award-winning flash storage platform solutions.

The agreement will provide Arrow resellers with access to Violin's extensive Flash Storage Platform solutions, all-flash product portfolio and enterprise data services. In turn, Violin Memory will leverage Arrow's sales support and technical expertise to continue its expansion into the all-flash array market in North America.

"This distribution agreement with Violin will provide Arrow's customers with a broad set of enterprise-class flash storage products and data management solutions," said Joe Burke, vice president and general manager of Arrow's Enterprise Storage, Security, Networking and Virtualization Group. "Arrow looks forward to partnering with Violin to expand the rapidly maturing flash storage market in North America."

Violin's flash storage solutions store more data with a smaller footprint and drive faster application performance at a cost comparable to traditional storage solutions. Violin's Flash Storage Platform utilizes a vertically integrated design of software, firmware, and hardware that can facilitate the transition of primary storage from legacy solutions to all flash.

"Arrow's expertise in the storage arena is synergistic with our go-to-market strategy, and their desire to push further into the all-flash marketplace with Violin's Flash Storage Platform is an exciting proposition for both of us," said Jeff Nollette, worldwide vice president of channel sales for Violin Memory. "The market opportunity for all-flash arrays in North America is white-hot today and growing larger by the month. We both expect to benefit from the marriage of our enterprise-hardened solutions and Arrow's extensive expertise and market coverage in North America."

Arrow's extensive global sales and distribution network includes technical application teams and expert specialists who help customers find the technology solutions that are right for them and who assist resellers with selling to end customers. These Arrow specialists will benefit from Violin's newly launched global partner program, which provides targeted product support, services and tools.

The two companies signed a similar distribution agreement for Europe, the Middle East and Africa earlier this year.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics ( www.arrow.com) is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 56 countries.

About Violin Memory

Business in a Flash. Violin Memory, the industry pioneer in All Flash Arrays, is the agile innovator, transforming the speed of business with enterprise-grade data services software on its leadership Flash Storage Platforms. Violin's Concerto™ OS 7 delivers complete data protection and data reduction services and consistent high performance in a storage operating system fully integrated with Violin's patented Flash Fabric Architecture™ for cloud, enterprise and virtualized business and mission-critical storage applications. Violin's Flash Storage Platforms are designed for primary storage applications at costs below traditional hard disk arrays and accelerate breakthrough CapEx and OpEx savings while helping customers build the next generation data center. Violin's Flash Storage Platforms and All Flash Arrays enhance business agility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit  www.violin-memory.com.

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