QLogic's Rob Crawford Recognized for Third Consecutive Year as One of CRN's
2014 Channel Chiefs
ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC),
the industry leader in Fibre Channel adapters, today announced that Rob
Crawford, senior vice president of worldwide sales, has been named one of
CRN's 2014 Channel Chiefs for the third consecutive year. This prestigious
list of the most powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those
executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within
their organization, while evangelizing the importance of the channel
throughout the entire IT Industry.
CRN Channel Chiefs were selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel
experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support
for the importance of IT channel sales.
"This past year QLogic achieved its 10^th consecutive year of leadership in
Fibre Channel adapter market share, trail-blazed a new market with the
industry's first caching SAN adapters, and continued to expand our base of
partners and customers for our 10Gb Ethernet solutions," said Crawford. "Our
channel partners have played a major role in these milestones and will
continue to be a key part of our strategy to deliver the ultimate in
performance for enterprises around the globe."
QLogic Successfully Brings FabricCache to Market, Driving Partner Sales
With the successful roll out of FabricCache^TM, QLogic created new product and
valued-added service sales opportunities for partners. FabricCache is the
industry's first caching SAN adapter and gives channel partners a high-speed,
cost-effective application accelerator that speeds virtualized and clustered
applications, and offers incremental revenue-generating opportunities. Under
Crawford's leadership, more than 30 partners are now fully trained and
certified to capitalize on high-revenue FabricCache opportunities as top-tier
Advanced Solutions Program partners, while more than 100 Signature Partner
Program members are certified FabricCache resellers.
QLogic Partner Development Programs
QLogic offers a wide breadth of solutions, all supported by focused programs
delivered in flexible formats, so partners can choose and educate themselves
at their own pace. Under Crawford's direction, QLogic partner programs were
refined and expanded to provide better enablement tools, education and
training on all QLogic^® solutions. The QLogic FlexLab proprietary simulation
tool now adds valuable hands-on lab training to the online training
experience, providing various interactive exercises and real-time product
simulations to augment online instructions. Modular, online training and
certification programs were added so partners could educate themselves when
most convenient from their own office locations. Expanded Solutions Lab
facilities and locations enable partners to engage in hands-on training,
product evaluations, customer demonstrations and 'Proof of Concept' testing,
saving valuable time and enhancing customer satisfaction with faster, more
successful installations of complex solutions.
"We are pleased to highlight the many executives throughout the industry who
work tirelessly to advance the standing of the channel community within their
organizations. The CRN Channel Chief honorees lead, inspire and engage peers
and serve as valuable advocates to help ensure the health and longevity of the
channel within the IT industry. We applaud their efforts and look forward to
their continued success," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company.
The 2014 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February/March issue of CRN,
and online at www.CRN.com.
The most advanced networks demand sophisticated capabilities, and for 20 years
QLogic has consistently delivered performance, innovation, flexibility,
reliability and control for these environments. Breakthrough application
performance gives customers faster time-to-data. Innovation delivers new
capabilities, greater efficiency and maximum performance. Unprecedented
flexibility connects mission-critical applications to any storage network.
Reliability is backed by the highest mean-time-between-failure and the
industry's only five-year warranties, and robust infrastructure management
capabilities put network controls in the hands of customers.
About The Channel Company
The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth
and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED,
and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and
leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions
for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication,
Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence
services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at
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QLogic – the Ultimate in Performance
QLogic (Nasdaq:QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high
performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Leading OEMs
and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage
networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.
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