Nexsan Named to CRN’s 2013 5-Star Partner Program Guide

  Nexsan Named to CRN’s 2013 5-Star Partner Program Guide

5-Star designation recognizes the Nexsan 100 percent channel model and program
                    as one of the IT industry’s most elite

Business Wire

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- March 25, 2013

Imation (NYSE:IMN), a global scalable storage and data security company, today
announced that it has been named to CRN’s 2013 Partner Program Guide, and
awarded a 5-Star Partner rating for its Nexsan family of storage products. The
guide recognizes those vendors who have channel programs and derive a portion
of their sales through the indirect IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program
rating recognizes an elite subset of IT industry vendors who give solution
providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs. Nexsan has
been recognized with the 5-Star rating for the second consecutive year.

The ratings are based on objective criteria that take into account each
vendor’s investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner
training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales
support and communication. Vendors are assessed using information provided in
their completed applications.

“The companies listed in CRN’s 2013 Partner Program Guide represent a
comprehensive list of the best channel programs in the market today,” said
Kelley Damore, senior vice president and editorial director, for UBM Tech
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

Nexsan, now part of Imation Corp., is a channel-centric storage leader that
provides NAS/SAN unified hybrid storage, SAN-based dense storage and archive
solutions. Nexsan systems are designed for ease of use and can be tailored
flexibly to meet an organization’s needs while delivering enterprise-class
features without the enterprise-class price. The company’s 100 percent channel
model successfully leverages the expertise and loyalty of its partners and
provides comprehensive programs for sales, marketing and partner education.
The Nexsan LeadGuard^™ opportunity registration program is widely considered
the leading deal securing program to help protect partner investments in sales

“In the storage industry right now, many companies are hedging their bets on
the channel and re-structuring their sales models to compete opportunistically
with their partners,” said Victoria Grey, senior vice president of marketing
at Nexsan. “By contrast, Nexsan continues to make strategic investments to
ramp partners faster; train and enable them more effectively; increase the
size of their sales transactions; and increase their overall revenue
participation. It’s this kind of commitment that really drives channel

Nexsan’s partners serve more than 11,000 Nexsan customers worldwide and have
deployed more than 33,000 systems since 1999. The Nexsan business is based in
Thousand Oaks, Calif. For more information on Nexsan storage systems, visit

The 2013 Partner Program Guide will be featured on and the 5-Star
Partners listing will be highlighted in the March 2013 issue of CRN.

About Imation Corp.

Imation (NYSE: IMN) is a global scalable storage and data security company.
The Company's portfolio includes tiered storage and security offerings for
business, and products designed to manage audio and video information in the
home. Imation reaches customers in more than 100 countries through a powerful
global distribution network and well recognized brands. Additional information
about Imation is available at

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Imation Corp.
Ken Kadet, 651-704-3388
For Imation
Schwartz MSL Public Relations
Mercedes Carrasco, 781-684-0770
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