Gluster’s Lori Budin Recognized by Everything Channel’s CRN Magazine as One of the Top Women of the Channel

Sunnyvale, Calif. – July 25, 2011 – Gluster, the leading provider of scale-out, open source storage for public and private clouds, today announced that Lori Budin, VP of Channels and Partnerships, has been recognized by Everything Channel’s CRN Magazine as one of the top Women of the Channel in 2011. This annual list recognizes female executives for their accomplishments over the past year, based on their achievements as executives and the amount of influence they wield over the technology channel. This year’s Women of the Channel were chosen by the editors of CRN Magazine from a field of vendor channel organizations, distributors and solution providers.

Budin has spent the last 20 years developing and executing channel programs. Over the past year, she has built and launched a channel strategy from the ground up, signing more than 50 new partners. At Gluster, Budin has worked to define the right partner types, routes to market, contribution mix, and partner profiles and to ensure readiness tools such as sales, marketing and services are provided to Gluster partners.

“This year’s Women of the Channel list honors those female executives who epitomize success within the IT channel – a traditionally male-centric industry. Whether they come from tier-one vendors, VAR500 solution providers or just bring a bevy of channel experience that cannot be ignored, the 2011 Women of the Channel list will recognize the most influential women of the channel based on their overall achievements, and their influence in the technology industry,” said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel.

“Since joining Gluster, my goal has been to further develop a high-performing channel with
successful partners who have built sustainable businesses upon Gluster storage technology,” said Budin. “This award speaks to the achievements of Gluster as a leader in helping our partners stand out in their markets, and I look forward to continue developing and executing channel strategies that ensure mutually beneficial partnerships.”

A sample of the 2011 Women of the Channel list will appear in the July issue of CRN Magazine, and expanded coverage will be featured online at http://www.crn.com.

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About Gluster
Gluster is the leading provider of open source storage solutions for public, private and hybrid clouds. Over 150 enterprises worldwide have used Gluster in commercial deployments ranging from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes, across the most demanding applications in digital media delivery, healthcare, Internet, energy and biotech. Gluster is privately-held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Visit us at www.gluster.com.

About Everything Channel
Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at http://www.everythingchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/everythingchnl.

About UBM plc
UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.
For more information, go to www.ubm.com.

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Media Contact:
Danielle Tarp
Mindshare PR for Gluster
650-947-7405
Danielle@mindsharepr.com

Scott Regan, Senior Marketing Manager
Everything Channel
508-416-1186
scott.regan@ec.ubm.com

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