HGST, a Western Digital Brand, Earns 5-Star Channel Partner Program Rating from CRN

Annual Best Channel Partner Program Guide Recognizes HGST Enterprise Partner Program with Top Channel Accolade

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Western Digital Corporation, one of the leading global storage companies, announced today that HGST, a Western Digital Brand, has been awarded a 5-Star rating in the CRN 2017 Partner Program Guide for its innovative Enterprise Partner Program. This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel.

"To meet today’s digital transformation requirements, HGST, together with our channel partners, is providing innovative storage and data management solutions for public and private cloud-based infrastructure," said Nigel Edwards, vice president of Worldwide Sales at HGST. “We are honored that HGST’s Enterprise Partner Program has received a 5-Star rating from CRN, in recognition of our commitment to our partners’ success.”

Through the HGST Enterprise Partner Program, partners can leverage all of Western Digital’s data center portfolio from devices to systems, including the ActiveScale™ Object Storage System, designed for large-scale and high-throughput use cases including backup, archive, life sciences, and media and entertainment.

“For solution providers, finding the right technology vendors to partner with is crucial to the health of their business, and the vast array of choices can be overwhelming,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “Our annual Partner Program Guide and 5-Star ratings help them narrow the field, identifying the most rewarding partner programs and outlining their strengths and benefits.”

The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes HGST for having an elite program that offers solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs. To determine the 2017 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company’s research team assessed each vendor’s partner program based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

The 2017 Partner Program Guide will be featured in the April issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com/ppg.

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About Western Digital Corporation

Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

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Contacts

Western Digital
Erin Hartin, 303-601-8035
Erin.Hartin@wdc.com
or
Porter Novelli
George Wang, 415-448-7436
WDDCS@porternovelli.com

Release Summary

The 5-Star Partner Program rating from CRN recognizes HGST, a Western Digital brand, for having an elite program that offers solution providers the best partnering elements in its channel program.

Contacts

Western Digital
Erin Hartin, 303-601-8035
Erin.Hartin@wdc.com
or
Porter Novelli
George Wang, 415-448-7436
WDDCS@porternovelli.com