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Panasas’ Philip Crocker Recognized as 2016 CRN Channel Chief

SUNNYVALE, Calif., – February 22, 2016 – Panasas®, the leader in high-performance hybrid scale-out network-attached storage (NAS)for industry and research, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Philip Crocker, director of global channel marketing and sales enablement, to its prestigious list of 2016 Channel Chiefs. The executives on this annual list represent top leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organization through channel partners.

Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Each of the 2016 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending and executing outstanding channel partner programs.

“We are honored to present the 2016 lineup of CRN Channel Chiefs, comprised of outstanding executives who move our entire industry forward by cultivating exemplary partner programs and executing cutting-edge business strategy,” said Robert Faletra, chief executive officer at The Channel Company. “They represent an extraordinary group of individuals who lead by example and serve as both invaluable advocates and innovators of the IT channel. We applaud their incredible strides and look forward to following their accomplishments in the coming year.”

Under Crocker’s leadership, Panasas has launched “Panasas Accelerate”, a global program for value-added resellers that is designed to drive business success with deal registration, aggressive partner margins, lucrative rebates and tailored regional activities. As a result, Panasas more than doubled the number of channel partners in 2015 and significantly grew its channel-based sales, which now represent 65 percent of total revenue.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by CRN as a Channel Chief and to serve the Panasas channel partner community,” said Philip Crocker. “We are dedicated to providing our customers the best storage experience when it comes to high performance and reliability at scale. An extremely qualified and customer-focused channel community plays a key role in delivering on our brand promise.”

The 2016 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2016 issue of CRN and online at

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About Panasas
Panasas is the performance leader in hybrid scale-out NAS for unstructured data, driving industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management.Panasas ActiveStor® appliances leverage the patented PanFS® storage operating system and DirectFlow® protocol to deliver high performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas storage is optimized for the most demanding high performance workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media & entertainment, energy, government, as well as university environments, and has been deployed in more than fifty countries worldwide. For more information, visit

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 unequalled 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

North America:
James McIntyre
McClenahan Bruer for Panasas
+1 (503) 546-1000

Mike Maynard
Napier Partnership Ltd. for Panasas
+44 (0) 1243-531-123

Melanie Turpin
The Channel Company
+1 (508) 416-1189

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