2019 Partner Program Guide: 5-Star Networking And Unified Communications Vendors

Rick Whiting

CRN designated the partner programs of these networking and unified communications companies as 5-Star.

Making The Partner Connection 

Who knew networking would be such a hot technology area in 2019? With software-defined networking and unified communications providing significant growth opportunities for the channel and 5G wireless on the horizon, solution providers more than ever are looking to IT vendors for technical, marketing, sales and financial assistance.

Th 2019 Partner Program Guide offers information solution providers need to evaluate IT vendors they work with or are considering working with. The guide is based on detailed applications vendors submitted outlining all aspects of their partner programs.

As part of the Partner Program Guide, CRN designates some programs as 5-Star Partner Programs. Here we present the 5-Star designees in the networking and unified communications space.

Other slide shows in the 5-Star Partner Program Guide series running this week include companies that provide systems and data center, cloud, software, storage, peripherals and security technologies.


Program Name: AlgoSec Channel Program

Year Program Established: 2018

Partner Program Tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver Bronze

North American Channel Chief: E.J. Easton, Regional Sales

Partner Program Details: 

Array Networks 

Program Name: Array A-Team Partner Program

Year Program Established: 2011

Partner Program Tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver

North American Channel Chief: Paul Andersen, VP of Sales & Marketing

Partner Program Details: 

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company 

Program Name: Partner Ready for Networking

Year Program Established: 2016

Partner Program Tiers: Platinum, Service Provider, Gold, Silver, Business

North American Channel Chief: Jim Harold, VP, North American Channels

Partner Program Details:

Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at

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