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Coraid Vice President of North American Sales Josh Leslie Recognized as a 2012 Channel Chief by Everything Channel's CRN

Leslie's Leadership Honored for Growing Coraid's Channel Partner Program More Than 400 Percent (February 21, 2012)

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/21/12 -- Coraid® Inc., a leading developer of Ethernet SAN solutions with more than 1,500 customers worldwide, today announced that Josh Leslie, vice president North American sales, has been named a 2012 Channel Chief by Everything Channel's CRN. This marks the second consecutive year that Leslie has received this prestigious honor. Channel Chiefs are leaders in creating effective channel programs for solution providers and consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel-partner programs and strategies.

Leslie was selected because of his role in making 2011 one of the biggest years for Coraid's channel program to date. The company grew its partner base from 50 to more than 250 and added more than 40 new Silver and Gold partners globally.

"Our channel partners are a vital part of our ability to address the continuously evolving requirements of our expanding global customer base," said Leslie. "We focus on providing our partners with the scalability, performance, and simplicity of Ethernet SAN, which offers a strategic benefit over legacy storage solutions and helps them win deals."

For the ninth consecutive year, 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. Applicants were judged based on policy and program innovations made during the past year, the amount of revenue their company generates through partners, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel and the number of years they have dedicated to channel activities.

"The 2012 Channel Chiefs list recognizes vendor executives dedicated to driving channel programs in the IT marketplace," said Kelley Damore, vice president, editorial director UBM Channel. "Our annual Channel Chiefs issue is a must-read for IT solution providers evaluating new vendors or looking to expand solution offerings. These are the people, the products and the programs that any savvy solution provider needs to know. We congratulate this year's Channel Chiefs for their stellar record of business innovation and applaud them for their continued dedication to the partner community."

Selected by CRN's editorial staff, the 2012 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February issue of CRN Magazine and will be featured online at

About Coraid
Coraid redefines storage economics with its breakthrough line of EtherDrive storage solutions. EtherDrive storage provides enterprises of all sizes with flexible, high-performance storage while eliminating the complexity of traditional SAN solutions. Using an innovative scale-out SAN architecture and standard Ethernet, Coraid EtherDrive storage arrays provide lower OPEX and a 5-8x price-performance advantage over legacy storage.

Designed from the ground up for virtualization and cloud architectures, Coraid solutions have been deployed by more than 1,500 customers worldwide. For more information, visit or follow Coraid on Twitter at or LinkedIn at

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UBM Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. UBM Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about UBM Channel, visit us at

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UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries is organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to

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