SUNNYVALE, Calif. - September 18,
2008 - NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced it is a
recipient of a 2008 Rising Star Award, presented by the Global Technology
Distribution Council (GTDC) in recognition of the IT industry's
fastest-growing manufacturers and publishers doing business with
GTDC member distributors. The winners are selected based on U.S.
revenue growth over the past year, as reported by industry research
organization The NPD Group in its Distributor TrackSM service. GTDC
distributor members provide products and services to solution
providers and resellers supporting end users of all sizes,
including the critical small-to-midsize business (SMB) market. GTDC
members represent more than $100 billion in annual worldwide
The GTDC Rising Star awards program was
introduced in 2006 in response to the impressive success IT
manufacturers and publishers are having in partnership with IT
distributors. The GTDC presents Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards as
well as up to three "honorable mention" awards in the following
revenue categories based on GTDC member sales: $500 million+, $100
million to $500 million, and $20 million to $100 million. NetApp
was selected as the third-place winner in the $100 million to $500
"The value that distributors add to the end
user continues to increase in importance as distribution partners
enhance their channel services to optimize cost and performance
efficiency," said Tim Curran, CEO of the GTDC. "In winning this
award, NetApp has displayed a commitment to increasing the value
and revenue of its partner community."
"NetApp is honored to receive this award,"
said Pat Linehan, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales at
NetApp. "This recognition is a testament to our commitment to
invest in our channel and to our distribution partners, who are
vital to helping our resellers solve customers' data management
challenges. The GTDC is a leading organization in the channel
community and being presented with this award means a great deal to
not only NetApp but also our distribution partners."
Sales results for Rising Star award winners are based on actual
U.S. revenue growth over the past year, as reported by industry
research organization The NPD Group in its Distributor
Track service. Available by subscription, the Distributor Track
aggregates actual distributor sell-through data to enable sharp
insight into channel sales and pricing trends with the ability to
drill down into specific product subcategories, including detailed
attributes based on specific areas of interest. To be eligible for
a Rising Star award, vendors are required to have sold
corresponding products through IT distributors for a minimum of one
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About The NPD Group,
The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive
consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries.
Today, more than 1,600 manufacturers, retailers, and service
companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business
decisions at the global, national, and local market levels.
Information is available for the following industry sectors:
automotive, beauty, commercial technology, consumer technology,
entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, foodservice, home,
office supplies, software, sports, toys, and wireless. The NPD
Group's Distributor Track® delivers the most comprehensive
market research information available on product sell-through in
the IT distributor market using sales data from the world's leading
IT distributors, including members of the Global Technology
Distribution Council (GTDC). For more information on The NPD Group
and Distributor Track, visit www.npd.com.
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