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Fusion ioControl Hybrid Storage Appliance Now Verified for the Citrix Ready VDI Capacity Program

New Validation Demonstrates Fusion ioControl is Trusted to Address the Storage Needs of Customers Implementing VDI Using Citrix XenDesktop

SALT LAKE CITY, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fusion-io (NYSE: FIO) today announced that the Fusion ioControl Hybrid Storage Appliance completed the Citrix Ready® VDI Capacity Program Verified for Citrix XenDesktop®. The Citrix Ready VDI Capacity program addresses the storage needs of customers who already have, or are considering, VDI using XenDesktop. Fusion ioControl successfully completed the VDI Capacity test environment that contains the necessary compute resources needed to generate a 750-user reference XenDesktop deployment.

Fusion-io delivers the world's data faster. Our Fusion ioMemory platform and software defined storage solutions accelerate virtualization, databases, cloud computing, big data and performance applications. From e-commerce retailers to the world's social media leaders and Fortune Global 500 companies, our customers are improving the performance and efficiency of their data centers with Fusion-io technology to accelerate the critical applications of the information economy.

"VDI environments require consistent performance, a challenge that is exacerbated in shared storage environments," said Chris McCall, Fusion-io Senior Director of ioControl Marketing. "By using Fusion ioControl flash first hybrid storage as the storage infrastructure for Citrix XenDesktop, small to midsize enterprises benefit from flexible VDI delivery options that deliver predictable performance at affordable costs."

The Fusion ioControl Hybrid Storage appliance combines Fusion ioMemory enterprise flash with disk capacity to deliver leading performance. Unlike other hybrid flash arrays, Fusion ioControl provides the ability to prioritize and control shared storage resources by assigning performance policies to each application independently. Featuring automated policies that define IOPS and throughput performance minimums, and not-to-exceed latency performance maximums for each application, the Fusion ioControl hybrid storage appliance ideally suits small to medium enterprises (SMEs) deploying VDI with Citrix XenDesktop standalone or alongside other applications.

"Customers require consistent high performance for VDI and Fusion ioControl helps by providing companies the ability to provision, prioritize and control shared storage performance," said Greg Fox, director, Citrix Ready program at Citrix. "By taking part in the Citrix Ready VDI Capacity program, Fusion-io is helping customers make informed product purchasing decisions."

The Citrix Ready VDI Capacity program helps guide customers regarding VDI storage needs. The program enables Citrix storage partners to test their solutions against a turnkey "VDI Capacity" test environment that contains the necessary compute resources needed to generate a 750-user reference XenDesktop deployment, and thus demonstrating the appropriate amount of storage performance and capacity with a cost-efficient design. Partners whose technology satisfies the test criteria are determined to be verified as part of the Citrix Ready VDI Capacity Program Verified for 750 users.

To learn more about the benefits of using Fusion ioControl Hybrid Storage in a Citrix XenDesktop environment, visit: http://www.citrix.com/ready/en/fusion-io/iocontrol-hybrid-storage.

ABOUT CITRIX READY
The Citrix Ready program identifies verified solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix, including XenDesktop®, XenApp®, Cloud Platform™, XenServer®, NetScaler®. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third-party products that have successfully met verification criteria set by Citrix, and gives customers an added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering. The Citrix Ready program leverages industry-leading alliances across the Citrix partner eco-system to meet a wide variety customer needs, and currently incorporates over partners who have demonstrated more than 25,000 product verifications. It also includes the Citrix Ready Community Verified program which allows customers to see thousands of products that have been verified by other customers to work in their production environments. More information about the Citrix Ready program can be found at www.citrix.com/ready. Reach Citrix Ready using social media via the Citrix Ready blog site and Twitter.

ABOUT FUSION-IO
Fusion-io delivers the world's data faster. Our Fusion ioMemory platform and software defined storage solutions accelerate virtualization, databases, cloud computing, big data and performance applications. From e-commerce retailers to the world's social media leaders and Fortune Global 500 companies, our customers are improving the performance and efficiency of their data centers with Fusion-io technology to accelerate the critical applications of the information economy.

NOTE ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements concerning the potential benefits of the Fusion ioControl appliance and its use as the storage infrastructure for Citrix XenDesktop. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained, anticipated, or implied in any forward-looking statement, including, but not limited to, the risk that users of Fusion-io's products may not realize the expected benefits, and such other risks set forth in the registration statements and reports that Fusion-io files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the Investor Relations section of our website at www.fusionio.com.  You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events.  Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur.  Fusion-io undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason after the date of this press release.

Fusion-io, ioMemory, and the Fusion-io logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Fusion-io, Inc. in the United States and other countries.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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