Annual Guide Recognizes Nimble Storage As One of The Best Channel Partner Programs in the Market For Two Consecutive Years

SAN JOSE, CA – April 12, 2016 — / — Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the leader in predictive flash storage, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has awarded Nimble Storage a 5-Star rating in its 2016 Partner Program Guide. This annual guide is the definitive listing of technology vendors that service solution providers or provide products through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

“We are extremely honored to receive a 5-star rating from CRN’s Partner Program Guide for 2015 and 2016, further validating the commitment we have to our channel partners around the world in providing them the best storage solutions for their customers,” said Leonard Iventosch, vice president of worldwide channels for Nimble Storage. “As we continue to innovate our product offerings, including our recently announced Predictive Flash platform encompassing our Adaptive Flash hybrid arrays and our All Flash arrays, we are devoted to helping our partners enhance business opportunities and increase the value they deliver to customers’ storage environments. We believe the market acceptance of our Adaptive Flash arrays and the huge potential for our All Flash arrays increases the opportunity for the channel to realize the benefits of flash storage and enables our partners to provide their customers the performance, scalability and storage requirements they demand.”

Nimble Storage continues to evolve its channel partner program with the aim to deepen relationships with channel partners, providing a comprehensive approach to enable and reward partners that resell the Nimble Predictive Flash platform. The program includes three levels of certification — gold, silver and bronze — and provides unique incentives and sales enablement tools, including on-demand demonstrations and networking opportunities. Nimble also offers partners a Loyalty Incentive Program, which is a growth-focused allotment of marketing development funds, as well as targeted sales performance incentive funds, a unique trade-in program, discounts on Not-for-Resale equipment, and a deal registration program to reward partners for new sales opportunities.

With the announcement of the Nimble Storage AF-Series All Flash arrays, Nimble is able to provide a Unified Flash Fabric to its channel partners, allowing them to offer customers absolute performance for applications that require deterministic latency through the Nimble All Flash arrays, while Adaptive Flash hybrid arrays deliver optimized performance for mainstream applications. Since Nimble All Flash and Adaptive Flash arrays run the same Nimble OS, and management and functionality are the same, arrays can be seamlessly clustered and managed as a single entity, further allowing the ease of use customers have come to enjoy when deploying Nimble Storage.

To determine the 2016 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company’s research team assessed each vendor’s application based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

“Solution providers have more choices than ever before when it comes to selecting vendor partners. Identifying the right vendor with the right technologies and the right channel approach can mean the difference between successful adoption of a new technology or business model and an awkward, unnecessarily difficult integration,” said Robert Faletra, CEO for The Channel Company. “Our annual Partner Program Guide and 5-Star ratings recognize the best channel programs available in the market today and serve as a valuable resource for solution providers looking for the right fit.”

The 2016 Partner Program Guide will be featured in the February issue of CRN and online at

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About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is the leader in predictive flash storage solutions. Nimble offers a Predictive Flash platform that combines flash performance with predictive analytics to predict and prevent barriers to data velocity caused by complex IT infrastructure. Nimble customers experience absolute performance, non-stop availability and cloud-like agility that accelerate critical business processes. More than 7,500 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed the Nimble Predictive Flash Platform across more than 50 countries. For more information visit and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.

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