NetApp Named 2011 CRN Channel Champion

Honored as the Top Vendor in the Enterprise Network Storage Category; Study Is Premier Resource to Evaluate Channel Vendors and Programs

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 21, 2011-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it was named a 2011 CRN Channel Champion in the Enterprise Network Storage category. It also received top honors in three out of four individual categories at an awards ceremony held at the XChange Solution Provider conference. CRN Channel Champions are awarded in 25 technology categories; selections are based on surveys conducted with top solution providers.

The CRN Channel Champions study measures overall solution provider perceptions of vendor products and services. Solution providers were asked to evaluate the importance of partner technology, support, and financial criteria in the channel. They were then asked to rate vendor performance in these areas, based on their perceived importance. CRN Channel Champion awards are based on these survey results. Awards are distributed in 25 technology fields and in four categories: Technical Satisfaction, Support Satisfaction, Financial Factors, and Overall Champion.

News Facts

  • In addition to receiving the top-vendor honors in the Enterprise Network Storage category, NetApp also won honors in three categories: Technical Satisfaction, Support Satisfaction, and Financial Factors.
  • The 2011 Channel Champion award is the second accolade NetApp received from Everything Channel's CRN Magazine this year. Last month, the CRN editorial staff selected Julie Parrish, vice president of Global Partner Sales; Todd Palmer, vice president of Americas Channels; and David Drahozal, director of Channel Sales for the U.S. Public Sector, as Channel Chiefs. They were selected for their leadership and execution of successful channel partner programs and strategies.

Supporting Quotes

  • Julie Parrish, vice president of Global Partner Sales, NetApp
    "NetApp is honored to be recognized by our partners as a 2011 Channel Champion. Our focus on our partners' success is vital to our strategy to leverage diverse pathways to reach our customers. This honor demonstrates our commitment to excellence and highlights the unique value proposition that NetApp delivers as a partner of choice."
  • Kelley Damore, vice president and editorial director, Everything Channel
    "The Channel Champions award recognizes the most innovative, reliable, and channel-friendly vendors, as voted on by solution providers. These awards recognize vendors whose technical innovation and product quality have surpassed the competition, helping to drive increased revenue for their channel partners. This survey is an essential resource for the channel community. We congratulate these leading technology vendors on this recognition."

Additional Resources

About NetApp
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com/uk.

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NetApp
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Scott Regan
Everything Channel
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