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NATS Selects Violin Memory Flash Storage for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure


September 24, 2012 - London

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) rollout.

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 £ 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 users.

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 www.vmem.com.

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 world.
  • 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.

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