Emulex Named to CRN’s 2012 5-Star Partner Programs Guide
Annual Guide and 5-Star Designation Identifies the IT Channel’s Most Successful Vendor Partner Programs
COSTA MESA, Calif., March 26, 2012 – Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), today announced it has been named to CRN’s 2012 Partner Programs Guide and awarded a 5-Star Partner rating for excellence in its overall channel program. The Emulex Connect Partner Program™ enables partners to expand their businesses, offering generous incentive and promotional programs, an easy to use online training program, and access to Emulex resources. The three-tiered program provides partners with the tools, training, support, and information required to promote and sell network and storage connectivity solutions, extending resellers’ portfolio and significantly increasing margins. The program also includes new incremental incentives to maximize profitability, automation features that accelerate delivery of incentives and market development funds (MDF), sales acquisition tools, module-based training, and lead generation programs.
“Emulex is honored to be again be recognized by CRN for our Connect Partner Program, which has grown substantially over the last year,” said Shaun Walsh, vice president of marketing, Emulex. “The influx of data into both corporate and telecom provider networks requires next-generation convergence technologies that can speed data traffic and optimize performance. This has led to abundant opportunities for our partners who are able to sell Emulex’s I/O solutions at competitive prices, while also receiving the full range of support that we provide to make sure they are successful.”
The 2012 CRN Partner Program Guide and CRN 5-Star Rating is the definitive listing of manufacturers and software publishers that service solution providers or provide products to the IT Channel. CRN’s Partner Program Guide recognizes those vendors who have channel programs and derive a portion of their sales through the indirect IT channel.
In building the list, UBM Channel Research developed a methodology in which vendors are assessed on information provided in their completed applications. The objective criteria takes into account each vendor’s investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.
“The companies listed in CRN’s 2012 Partner Programs Guide represent a comprehensive list of the best channel programs in the market today,” said Kelley Damore, VP and Editorial Director, for UBM Channel’s CRN. “The 5-star award is reserved for vendors that understand that a successful partnership does not rely solely on the technology. By offering their partners tools, education and regular updates, vendors on this list go above and beyond traditional support to ensure a mutually beneficial partnership.”
The 2012 Partner Programs Guide and 5-Star Partners listing will be featured on CRN.com and in the March 2012 issue of CRN.
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Emulex, the leader in converged networking solutions, provides enterprise-class connectivity for servers, networks and storage devices within the data center. The Company's product portfolio of Fibre Channel host bus adapters, network interface cards, converged network adapters, controllers, embedded bridges and switches, and connectivity management software are proven, tested and trusted by the world's largest and most demanding IT environments. Emulex solutions are used and offered by the industry's leading server and storage OEMs including, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, Huawei, IBM, NEC, NetApp and Oracle. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices and research facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. More information about Emulex (NYSE:ELX) is available at www.Emulex.com.
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