Pure Storage Co-Founder John Colgrove Named To Annual 2015 CRN Top 100 List

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – August 3, 2015 — Pure Storage, the leading independent solid-state array vendor, announced today that Co-founder and CTO John Colgrove has been named to The Channel Company’s prestigious 2015 CRN® Top 100 list. CRN’s annual Top 100 list recognizes the efforts of agile decision-makers who play an integral role in evolving the way the channel does business. These 100 leaders, hand-picked by the CRN editorial staff, represent the pre-eminent innovators, influencers, disruptors and channel sales leaders in the IT channel today.

The CRN Top 100 list is based on feedback gathered from technology solution providers throughout the year by CRN editors, with rankings reflecting executives’ channel influence, effectiveness and visibility, along with their business and sales impact on the IT channel. Among the criteria considered are the channel sales volume of the companies they represent, as well as those vendors’ channel investment and resources, channel advocacy, and performance in research projects conducted by The Channel Company’s CRN Intelligence research arm, including its esteemed Annual Report Card and Channel Champions reports.

Colgrove is a seasoned storage industry veteran who set out to co-found Pure Storage in 2009 in order to design a more modern storage platform built on all-flash, to redefine the business model for storage consumption and ownership and ultimately to build the industry’s next great storage company. Five years later, Pure Storage is now a leader in providing simple and easy to use technology that helps companies transition from disk to flash. Simplicity is not only at the core of its technology but also in its approach to the channel, which enables its partners to accelerate the adoption of all-flash storage worldwide.

“As a 100 percent channel focused company, Pure Storage is empowering partners to maximize their customers’ investments in an all-flash future,” said Colgrove. “Being recognized as a channel leader is an honor and a testament to Pure Storage’s dedication to partners. We only succeed if our partners succeed and we will continue to provide them with the tools, training and opportunities to expand their businesses and help customers achieve goals previously unimaginable with flash storage.”

The recently enhanced Pure Storage Partner Program (P3) allows partners worldwide to drive IT and business transformation for customers, through the deployment of all-flash storage arrays. The program includes multiple membership levels, and an incentive framework that is comprised of a co-branded partner-driven customer reference program, marketing development funds, a demo purchase program with significant discounts based on partner tier and a headcount incentive for partners to accelerate the development of their all-flash storage practice.

“The CRN Top 100 list recognizes an elite group of executives that demonstrate leadership skills and innovation that propel the IT channel forward,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “Each individual named on this exclusive list has overcome business challenges and capitalized on opportunities while demonstrating a passion and dedication to the IT channel. This list is comprised of industry veterans with years of proven leadership as well as newcomers taking the channel by storm. All deserve recognition for their outstanding efforts in evolving the channel forward into new market opportunities."

The CRN Top 100 honorees will be featured in the August issue of CRN, the top news source for solution providers and the IT channel, and will be available online at www.crn.com.

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About Pure Storage

Pure Storage, the market’s leading independent solid-state array vendor, enables the broad deployment of flash in the data center. The company’s all-flash enterprise arrays offer significant performance and efficiency gains over mechanical disk, at a lower price point per gigabyte stored. Pure Storage FlashArrays are ideal for performance-intensive applications, including server virtualization and consolidation, VDI, OLTP database, real-time analytics and cloud computing. To learn more, visit:www.purestorage.com.

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