CLEARWATER, Fla., May 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD) today announced that it was named Distributor of the Year for 2012 by Brocade® (Nasdaq:BRCD) at the Brocade Americas and Federal Partner Summit in New Orleans on May 14, 2013. During the event, Brocade recognized the highest levels of performance and ongoing commitment, professionalism, and passion shown by channel partners. "Tech Data is focused on delivering the best experience and support to our channel partners and this award reinforces our commitment to Brocade," said Ken Griffin, vice president, AIS Storage Solutions at Tech Data. "Tech Data and Brocade share a focus on adding value through customized education, training and marketing to meet the needs of solution providers in the channel. Through our partnership, Tech Data is committed to delivering value through the channel enablement of our Brocade partners." Award winners were selected on the basis of revenues, business performance, technical certification, proven innovation and dedication, and customer feedback. All nominated channel partners are members of the Brocade Alliance Partner Network (APN) Program, a structured, simple-to-understand, and-easy-to-engage-with range of programs designed to maximize partners' profits, increase their skill sets and expertise, and help them secure new sales opportunities through comprehensive lead generation and marketing support. "It gives me great pleasure to recognize and reward the fantastic efforts of our partner, Tech Data," said Regan McGrath, vice president, Channel Sales and Marketing Worldwide at Brocade. "Brocade delivers our technology almost exclusively through channel organizations, and we could not have achieved the great success of the past year without the complete engagement of our Alliance Partner Network members. The Brocade Partner of the Year 2012 Awards recognize partners that have excelled in the past twelve months, and shown ongoing commitment, professionalism, and passion in delivering the highest quality solutions and services to customers."