NATS Selects Violin Memory Flash Storage for Virtual Desktop

NATS Selects Violin Memory Flash Storage for Virtual Desktop
Solution Expected to Deliver GBP   9 Million in Savings While
Powering the Largest Cloud-Based Infrastructure in the Transport
LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 09/24/12 --  Violin Memory, Inc., provider
of a new class of high-performance flash-based storage systems, has
been selected to provide NATS, the leading provider of air navigation
services and solutions in the UK, with Flash Memory Arrays for its
forthcoming 6,000 seat virtualised desktop infrastructure (VDI)
NATS is to implement a multi-million pound project to transfer all of
its desktop IT services to a cloud-based infrastructure. By creating
a secure, virtual desktop environment NATS expects to reduce costs by
GBP  9 million over the next four years, shrink its environmental
footprint, improve flexibility, meet their demanding SLAs and deliver
a significantly improved quality of service to approximately 4,500
This is the largest implementation of cloud-based infrastructure in
the transport sector to date. It will allow more effective
collaboration between NATS staff and business partners across NATS
locations, over multiple geographic regions. Staff will have access
to the services, information and applications they need for their
particular role, creating a customised experience. 
The solution will be based on Violin Memory 6000 Series Flash Memory
Arrays that each provide up to 1 million IOPS at low latency. High
availability was of paramount concern and Violin Flash Memory Arrays
offer enterprise-class levels of redundancy, making Violin Memory the
natural choice for this mission-critical VDI deployment. 
"To cater for the heavy loads generated by boot storms and logoff
periods, a traditional storage area network (SAN) based solution
would have required many shelves of disks, consumed more power,
required significant cooling and incurred higher maintenance costs,"
explains Gavin Walker, Chief Information Officer for NATS. 
He continues, "We needed a high-performance solution which would
scale to at least 6,000 seats with no appreciable degradation to user
experience. Using Violin Memory will also introduce a resilient
architecture, avoiding single points of failure." 
Garry Veale, MD Violin Memory EMEA, said, "This is a significant
project which we believe gives NATS a better return on their
application investments, delivering better user experience, at less
infrastructure cost." He continues, "They will be able to deploy
wholly new application capabilities to their user population without
having to involve any 'rip and replace technologies.'" 

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About Violin Memory, Inc.
 Violin Memory is pioneering a new class of
high-performance flash-based storage systems that are designed to
bring storage performance in-line with high-speed applications,
servers and networks. Violin Flash Memory Arrays are specifically
designed at each level of the system architecture starting with
memory and optimized through the array to leverage inherent
capabilities of flash memory and meet the sustained high-performance
requirements of business-critical applications, virtualized
environments and Big Data solutions in enterprise data centers.
Specifically designed for sustained performance with high
reliability, Violin Flash Memory Arrays can scale to hundreds of
terabytes and millions of IOPS with low, predictable latency. Founded
in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Mountain View, California.
For more information about Violin Memory, visit 
About NATS 

--  NATS handled almost 2.2 million flights last year in UK and eastern
    North Atlantic airspace, and carried more than 200 million passengers
    safely through some of the busiest and most complex airspace in the
--  NATS provides en-route air traffic control from centres at Swanwick,
    Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire; and provides air traffic control
    services at 15 of the UK's major airports including Heathrow and
    Gatwick, the world's busiest two-runway and single-runway airports.
--  NATS Services sells engineering, consultancy (including training),
    defence and aviation information management services in the UK and to
    more than 20 customers overseas.

EMEA Press Contact:
A3 Communications
Federica Monsone 
+44 (0) 1252 875 203  
US Press Contact:
Eastwick Communications
Suzanne Chan
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