SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 16, 2017 — / — DataDirect Networks (DDN®) today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Yvonne Walker, DDN’s partner and customer relations manager, to its prestigious 2017 Women of the Channel list. Walker was recognized for her leadership in improving DDN’s channel and industry leader partnerships across the globe with new, innovative, educational and tactical marketing elements. With her guidance and support, DDN’s channel partner solutions and programs have helped solidify DDN’s rank as the top storage provider in high performance computing.

During her 10-year tenure in the storage industry, including the past two years at DDN, Walker has led global channel programs as well as vertical marketing strategies. She has strengthened DDN’s key partner relationships, enhanced the company’s PartnerLink program offering and bolstered channel revenue.

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“We are committed to providing DDN partners with a strong foundation for commercial success,” Walker said. “Our continually evolving PartnerLink program, combined with innovative technologies and end-to-end solutions that support high-performance workflows, allows our partners to deliver unique, market-leading solutions to their customers that accelerate time to results, scale simply as data sets grow, and provide a real competitive advantage.”

Looking ahead, Walker plans to roll out new partner benefits that will help DDN partners sell more efficiently. These program elements are designed to enhance business planning, improve training, and provide clear visibility to annual targets, and will include a new lead distribution program.

CRN editors select the Women of the Channel honorees based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise and ongoing dedication to the IT channel. Each is recognized for her outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.

“These extraordinary executives support every aspect of the channel ecosystem, from technical innovation to marketing to business development, working tirelessly to keep the channel moving into the future,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “They are creating and elevating channel partner programs, developing fresh go-to-market strategies, strengthening the channel’s network of partnerships and building creative new IT solutions, among many other contributions. We congratulate all the 2017 Women of the Channel on their stellar accomplishments and look forward to their future success.”

The 2017 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at

Supporting Resources

  • More on DDN’s PartnerLink Channel Program
  • More on CRN’s Women in the Channel
  • More on DDN End-to-End Storage and Big Data Platforms

About DDN
DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world’s leading big data storage supplier to data-intensive, global organizations. For more than 18 years, DDN has designed, developed, deployed and optimized systems, software and storage solutions that enable enterprises, service providers, universities and government agencies to generate more value and to accelerate time to insight from their data and information, on premise and in the cloud. Organizations leverage the power of DDN storage technology and the deep technical expertise of its team to capture, store, process, analyze, collaborate and distribute data, information and content at the largest scale in the most efficient, reliable and cost-effective manner. DDN customers include many of the world’s leading financial services firms and banks, healthcare and life science organizations, manufacturing and energy companies, government and research facilities, and web and cloud service providers. For more information, go to or call 1-800-837-2298.

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.

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Media Contacts:
Michael King
Sr. Director of Marketing

IGNITE Consulting, on behalf of DDN
Linda Dellett, 303-439-9398
Kathleen Sullivan, 303-439-9365

The Channel Company Contact:
Melanie Turpin
The Channel Company
(508) 416-1195

Source: DDN