Network Appliance Receives Distribution Industry's Rising Star Award
Sunnyvale, Calif. - September 21, 2006
-- Network Appliance, Inc.
(NASDAQ: NTAP), a leader in advanced network storage solutions,
today announced that it is a recipient of the Global Technology
Distribution Council's inaugural Rising Star Award for outstanding
sales growth through IT distributors. The GTDC presented the award
to NetApp at its annual summit event, held this year at San
Francisco's Fairmont Hotel September 19─20, 2006 and attended
by the world's leading IT vendors and distributors.
The GTDC, whose member distributors represent
more than $80 billion in annual sales, created the Rising Star
Awards because of the success companies such as Network Appliance
are having in partnership with IT distributors. Sales results for
Rising Star Award winners are based on actual revenue growth over
the past year as reported by consumer and retail information
company The NPD Group in its
"We decided to create the Rising Star Awards
because of the impressive success companies like NetApp are having
with IT distributors," said Tim Curran, CEO of the GTDC. "The value
proposition of distributors has never been more pronounced,
especially considering the renewed industry emphasis on channel
services, supply chain efficiency, and cost management. The
performance of NetApp not only attests to the quality of NetApp
storage systems, but also exemplifies the pivotal role of
distributors for company success."
"At NetApp we have focused on building a
partner program based on trust and integrity, and our distribution
partners play a key role in driving our success," said Leonard
Iventosch, vice president, Americas Channel Sales, Network
Appliance. "This recognition validates our VIP Program and the
channel partners who have chosen NetApp as their strategic partner.
The GTDC is a premier organization recognized for its leadership
role in the industry, and this award means a great deal to NetApp
and our partner community."
About the Global Technology Distribution
The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) is a worldwide
industry association dedicated to defining and promoting the role
of wholesale distribution in a successful and healthy information
technology channel. The Council is comprised of the computer
industry's top wholesale distributors dedicated to serving "the
channel," a network of skilled value-added resellers and retail
stores focused on providing hardware, software, and services to
businesses and consumers around the globe.
About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions
for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992,
Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner
firsts that simplify data management. Information about Network
Appliance™ solutions and services is available at
Voce Communications, Inc.
Ph: (408) 822-3287