G-Technology® Launches It's Premier Channel Partner Program

New Premier Partner Program Places Strong Emphasis on Expanding, Supporting and Building Business with Resellers Dedicated to Serving the Creative Professional Market

SAN JOSE, CALIF., April 4, 2013 – G-Technology, a leader in delivering premium storage solutions for audio/video production, photography and the creative professional market, today announced the launch of its new Premier Partner Program in the U.S., offering more recognition and support to its strong and growing partner base. Targeting audio, video and photography-focused resellers, the new G-Technology Premier Partner Program gives resellers access to the tools, resources and expertise to help their customers better manage the exploding storage and performance requirements of today’s digital workflows..

“G-Technology is dedicated to serving the creative professional storage market, so it’s critical for us to continue to build and protect our partner ecosystem, and deliver reliable, high performing storage solutions that our customers demand,” said Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology/HGST. “Our partners made us who we are today, and we will continue to support them through new partner programs, new products and new tools to help them and our customers succeed.”

"The new Premier Partner Program demonstrates G-Technology’s continued commitment to motivate and reward the channel," said Pete Isgrigg, Senior Buyer, Tekserve. "We have worked with G-Technology since its inception and we see this new partner program as a way for everyone to benefit – creative professionals, partners and G-Technology. We look forward to growing our relationship with G-Technology and delivering premium, high-quality and high-performance storage solutions to our customers.”

Using a three-tiered approach – Platinum, Silver and Blue – the Premier Partner Program encourages growth, and rewards partners for loyalty and long-term success while strengthening the G-Technology brand through demand generation activities and driving incremental sales. All Premier Partner Program members receive access to the G-Technology partner portal, which provides product information, marketing resources, toolkits and support as well as access to webinars and dedicated email communications. To sign up for the program, please visit www.G-Technology.com.

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G-Technology’s roots are deeply ingrained in delivering premium storage solutions for audio/video production, photography and the professional content creation market. From storing, transferring, editing and distributing content, G-Technology makes the workflow simpler, better and faster. G-Technology’s high-performance portable and desktop drives, flexible transfer/edit solutions and fast RAID systems are all built for professional content creation environments where performance and reliability are paramount. Because G-Technology holds itself to the highest standards, its products can be found in premiere post-production facilities worldwide.

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HGST (formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi GST), a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world’s most valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at  http://www.hgst.com
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