Seagate announced the Seagate Cloud Builder Alliance, a new strategic partner category within the company’s existing Seagate Partner Program. The new program provides technical information, customer insights, market knowledge and delivers partners the tools needed to expand their businesses providing cloud storage technology. The Seagate Cloud Builder Alliance highlights system builders that design, integrate, and deliver custom servers and storage systems used in cloud data centers. Through the Cloud Builder Alliance, partners will receive business and technology planning, sales and marketing resources, lead generation, training and certification, and system reference design development from Seagate Design Centers globally. The program will also equip members with dedicated sales tools including a cloud sales playbook, market insights and customer presentations. Select partners will collaborate with Seagate on solution development and reference designs, PR and marketing initiatives, and strategic direction and business planning. Seagate Cloud Builder Alliance participants include Ciara Technologies, Intequus, NuCloud Global, Supermicro, Xyratex, and ZT Systems to name a few. “Seagate has a broad portfolio of storage solutions that are already deployed widely by leading cloud providers around the globe. The Seagate Cloud Alliance is an exciting new program to enable our cloud-focused system builder community to deepen their capability to design and deploy solutions that will accelerate private and public cloud adoption and grow their businesses,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of Marketing. Seagate is the leading storage provider for cloud compute and cloud storage environments, providing a broad solutions portfolio that includes the Pulsar family of ultra-high performance SSDs, the high-performance 2.5-inch Savvio 10K and Savvio 15K HDDs for mission-critical environments, and the energy-efficient Constellation HDD family for multiple terabyte configurations. From the perspective of system builders, the dramatic shift of application workloads to the cloud is completely changing market dynamics, and players in the cloud supply chain must deliver customized platforms that are smarter and more flexible. To gain a competitive advantage in this environment, system builders must develop the ability to customize and optimize their solutions and launch new sales and marketing strategies that will enable them to effectively evangelize the cloud and be recognized as an industry leader. For more information on Seagate’s Cloud Builder Alliance program and cloud strategy, visit the company’s new cloud solutions web portal at www.seagate.com/solutions/cloud.