COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced that John Alfieri, Emulex vice president, Americas channel sales, has been named one of UBM Tech Channel's 2013 Channel Chiefs for the second straight year. This prestigious list of the most influential and powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes executives that are directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while evangelizing and defending the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT industry. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120403/NE81278LOGO ) The Emulex Connect Partner Program™, a 2012 CRN Five Star Partner Program winner, aims to help Emulex's channel partners and Value Added Resellers (VARs) maximize revenue and gross margins with industry-leading I/O connectivity solutions for contemporary applications like big data management and evolving high performance computing (HPC) applications that require high bandwidth and low latency. These products include Emulex's latest LightPulse® 16Gb Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and Emulex OneConnect® Network Xceleration™ (NX) solutions. The program offers partner-specific content, Emulex Expert™ online technical and sales training certifications, bigger SPIFs, faster claims and higher profit margins. It also includes an interactive and innovative community ecosystem to foster independent discussions around the transition to emerging technologies and platforms. "One of Emulex's key goals is to ensure our partners' success by helping them connect technology to market trends and translate our product leadership into their revenue gains," said Jeff Hoogenboom, senior vice president of worldwide sales, Emulex. "John's appointment yet again as a CRN Channel Chief speaks to his guidance and stewardship of the Emulex Connect Partner Program, which has quickly developed into one of the premier programs in the industry and is helping our partners – and end users – develop and deploy the latest high performance I/O connectivity and management solutions to power their cloud, big data, virtualization and HPC environments." For more than ten years, Channel Chiefs were selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of IT Channel Sales.