SOURCE: Coraid


February 22, 2011 06:00 ET

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

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REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - February 22, 2011) - Coraid® Inc., a leading developer of Ethernet SAN solutions with more than 1,300 customers worldwide, today announced that Josh Leslie, vice president North American sales, has been named a Channel Chief by the Everything Channel's CRN. Coraid's partners cite the scalability, performance, and simplicity of Coraid's Ethernet SAN as key advantages over legacy storage solutions, particularly in private cloud storage environments. Channel Chiefs are leaders in creating effective channel programs for solution providers. They consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies.

Leslie is a seasoned sales and business development executive with a proven track record in the virtualization and storage industries. With the channel accounting for 96 percent of Coraid sales, Leslie is focused on providing support and growth opportunities that will make the company's partners successful. He is also a strong evangelist of the low-price/high-performance advantage of Coraid's Ethernet SAN products over legacy solutions, which opens up business opportunities that were not previously possible.

"As a reseller, both differentiation from our competition and margin on products are critical for our business and the consolidation of the storage industry has complicated both," says Aaron Cardenas, President of P1 Technologies. "With Coraid, their Ethernet-SAN technology has helped separate us from the crowd, win new customers, and achieve much higher margin levels."

This year's Channel Chiefs were chosen by the CRN Editorial staff. 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 CRN Channel Chiefs list is a comprehensive listing of the leading channel executives at vendor organizations and their accomplishments," said Kelley Damore, vice president, editorial director, Everything Channel. "This prestigious list serves as a valuable must-read for solution providers looking to get the right contacts within the vendor community. We applaud this year's Channel Chiefs for their successful partner programs and strategies."

For additional information on the CRN Channel Chief list, visit The Channel Chief list was published in the February 21, 2011 issue.

About Coraid
Coraid redefines storage economics with its breakthrough line of EtherDrive storage solutions. EtherDrive delivers scale-out performance, Ethernet simplicity, 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 1,300 customers worldwide. For more information, visit or follow Coraid on Twitter at or LinkedIn at

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