Plexxi's Napolitano Named To Annual 2015 CRN Top 100

Exclusive List Recognizes the IT Industry's Foremost Channel Leaders

Aug 04, 2015, 09:03 ET from Plexxi

NASHUA, N.H., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Plexxi, a pioneer of next-generation networking products, announced today that CEO Rich Napolitano 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, disrupters 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.

The IT industry and Channel marketplace is on the verge of a historic shift. Today, the next major IT transition is taking place as the growth in Internet of Things, mobile, social media, Big Data and Cloud demands a more agile network to access and use this enormous amount of distributed data. Plexxi is building a simply better network for scale-out applications like Big Data, agile data centers that benefit from a software defined infrastructure that deliver a truly agile and dynamic application-driven environment, and distributed cloud environments for global services delivery from a single point of automated control.

"We are at a major transition point and opportunity in the IT landscape," said Rich Napolitano, CEO of Plexxi. "This transformation will not only upend the networking industry as we know but will transform the Channel marketplace with a new generation of disruptive innovations, products and business models. I'm honored to be included among an exclusive club of innovators who will define the next great era of channel opportunity."

"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 are featured in the August issue of CRN and online here.

About Plexxi Inc.
Plexxi is a pioneer of next-generation networking products and solutions that enable organizations to operate at the speed of business. Plexxi's products – Plexxi Connect, Plexxi Control and Plexxi Switches – and market solutions create an optimized application environment for agile data centers, scale-out applications like Big Data, and distributed cloud environments. Headquartered in Nashua, N.H., Plexxi has raised $48+ million in venture financing from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and Northbridge Venture Partners. Plexxi, LightRail and Flexx ports are among the registered and unregistered trademarks of Plexxi Inc. in jurisdictions around the world. Other company names or product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.  For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @PlexxiInc

About The Channel Company 
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