SOURCE: Solarflare Communications

Solarflare Communications

April 20, 2011 08:00 ET

Solarflare Establishes Reseller Partnership With Ahead to Address High-Performance Computing Market Demands

Leading 10 Gigabit Ethernet Solutions Provider Expands Its Market Reach to Help Service Customers Worldwide and Deliver the Fastest Network Performance Within Its Data Centers

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 20, 2011) - Solarflare, the company pioneering 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), announced today that it now has a reseller agreement with Ahead, expanding its Value Added Reseller (VAR) program. The latest partnership increases Solarflare's ability to reach customers in high-performance computing and data storage markets in the US, Europe and Asia, reaching an important and influential segment of end customers and IT buyers.

Ahead is a leading solutions provider that enables companies to understand and take advantage of the latest technologies that are improving agility, availability and responsiveness for next-generation data centers. Ahead's technologists, consultants and sales team focus on helping its customers evaluate the technical, operation and financial benefits available in the newest solutions on the market. The company works closely with its clients to properly architect, procure and deploy best-in-breed solutions in a timely and effective manner to gain a competitive IT advantage and address changing business requirements.

"We are excited to sign another strategic, long-term partner, Ahead, who we view as instrumental in helping us capture more 10GbE server adapter market share and locate valuable customers. When we initially formed our VAR program, our ultimate goal was to partner with knowledgeable resellers that held the same values to ensure superior customer service and optimal product deployment," said Mike Smith, vice president and general manager of host solutions at Solarflare. "The program has been a huge success, as we continue to generate revenue and sign new partners. This is strengthening our corporate momentum, while helping us focus on data center best practices and deliver optimal network performance."

"We view Solarflare as a key strategic partner, as the company's compelling product portfolio opens the door to a multitude of opportunities," said Dan Adamany, president at Ahead. "Our clients rely on us for data center and high-speed networking solutions - and Solarflare provides the quality and performance they need."

First launched in September 2010, Solarflare's VAR program provides channel partners with the resources required to generate and close new business at an accelerated pace. The tiered program offers VARs a unique combination of features and benefits based on their primary business needs to help them gain a clear market advantage. Divided into three categories - Platinum, Gold and Silver -- these partners can quote and purchase through Solarflare's two-tiered distribution channel, and receive direct support from the company's technical support and sales channel teams.

Solarflare's SFN5000 line of 10GbE server adapters delivers the industry's highest-performance, lowest-power solutions on both 10GBASE-T for installed twisted pair copper cabling and SFP+ for installed optical fiber. Due to its hardware-assisted support for virtualization, Solarflare's 10GbE adapters deliver up to five times the application performance of other server adapters by accelerating virtual I/O for Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper V and VMware. Solarflare adapters also possess the industry's most scalable virtualization architecture. The company's OpenOnload high-performance application acceleration middleware also helps reduce application latency by 50 percent and increases message rates by three to four times.

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About Solarflare Communications, Inc.
Solarflare is the pioneer in high-performance, low-latency 10GbE server networking solutions. Our architectural approach combines hardware and software to deliver high-performance adapter products and application acceleration middleware for superior performance in a wide range of applications, including financial services, high performance computing (HPC), cloud computing, storage and virtualized data centers. Our products are used globally by many of the world's largest companies, and are available from leading distributors and value-added resellers, as well as from Dell and HP. Solarflare is headquartered in Irvine, California, has an R&D site in Cambridge, UK and sales offices in Taiwan and China. For more information, please visit www.solarflare.com

About Ahead
Ahead is purpose built to enable companies to understand and take advantage of today's revolutionary technologies. These technologies drive the next-generation data center, which improves agility, availability, and responsiveness, and takes out cost. Our technologists, consultants, and sales team help clients evaluate the potential technical, operational, and financial benefits of these innovative solutions. Where the benefit is adequate, we work to properly architect, procure, and deploy these solutions in a timely and effective manner. Simply put, we help companies THINK, LOOK, PLAN, MOVE AHEAD.

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