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UK, London, July 2011
Coraid, a leading developer of Ethernet SAN solutions with 1,400 customers worldwide, today announced it has signed a Gold partnership agreement with the Blueprint IT, a consultancy delivering secure and reliable storage services, that will further strengthen Coraid’s UK expansion into the cloud market. Coming after a number of Europe-focussed announcements, this is the latest development in Coraid’s worldwide growth strategy.

Coraid’s EMEA channel programme is designed to leverage local resellers’ expertise to help manage and further accelerate Coraid’s growth.  With the recent wave of consolidation in the storage industry, resellers are finding it harder to differentiate and channel margins are under pressure.  Thanks to its innovative technology and leading price-performance, Coraid allows its resellers to address both issues. In return, the Blueprint IT brings a strong UK track-record and will help extend Coraid’s reach, particularly in to the cloud market.

Marcos Burnett, EMEA Sales Director at Coraid said “This strategic partnership will help us to strengthen our position in the UK and build on our early wins in the cloud computing market. The team at the Blueprint IT has an excellent track-record and with their more than 400 cloud and managed service partners operating in 160 countries, it is possible that we will work together in more European territories.”

The EMEA region is very open to the evaluation and adoption of innovative technologies and this helped Coraid grow local sales in Q2 2011 by nearly 3x over the previous year. Coraid adopted a channel strategy to tap into the valuable technical and regional expertise of local resellers along with the valuable integration and support services they offer. Coraid’s partners are all specialists in the markets they serve, providing Coraid access to new industry segments.

The Blueprint IT Managing Director Syrus Mokhtari said “Coraid Ethernet SANs will be the only data storage solutions we will be offering. This is due to the unique combination of innovation and high-performance. Coraid storage is faster than iSCSI and Fibre Channel while also delivering huge savings both upfront and in terms of running costs. Coraid Storage will undoubtedly help our customers become more competitive.”

In addition Coraid’s modular solutions offer easy scalability and greater ROI than any alternative making them ideal for MSPs, e-commerce, digital advertising, cloud services providers, public sector clients, also any companies that have increasing difficulties managing their ever expanding data storage. This is to cover the UK and the rest of EMEA. These are all markets the Blueprint IT will target with Coraid’s Ethernet SAN.

About Coraid

Coraid redefines storage economics with its breakthrough line of EtherDrive® storage solutions. EtherDrive delivers scale-out performance, Ethernet simplicity, and a 5-8x price-performance advantage over legacy storage. Designed from the ground up for virtualisation and cloud architectures, Coraid solutions have been deployed by more than 1,400 customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.coraid.comor follow Coraid on Twitter at LinkedIn at

Coraid and EtherDrive are registered trademarks of Coraid Inc.

About the Blueprint IT

The Blueprint IT is a London, UK, based company delivering secure and reliable hosted services from 400+ partners in 1,200 markets across 160 countries to global companies especially within the digital, financial and public sector space. We are a Coraid Storage Gold and Distribution Partner providing a fast and simple alternative to iSCSI and Fibre Channel SAN technologies. For more information on The Blueprint IT, please call 0207 249 9977, email visit

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