DDUP » Topics » Sales and Marketing

This excerpt taken from the DDUP 10-K filed Feb 29, 2008.

Sales and Marketing

We sell our appliances indirectly through channel partners and through our direct sales force. Our channel partners are independent third parties that act as resellers of our appliances in the United States and internationally. We have over 250 channel partners that help market and sell our appliances, typically with the assistance of our direct sales force. Our direct sales force is responsible for managing and overseeing indirect sales within our geographic territories, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Japan. This joint sales approach combines the benefit of our having relationships with substantially all customer accounts with the reach



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and relationships of our channel partners, especially internationally. We intend to expand these partner relationships in the future to further extend our distribution coverage.

We focus our marketing efforts on communicating product advantages, generating qualified leads for our direct sales force and channel partners and increasing brand awareness. We rely on a variety of marketing efforts, including tradeshows, advertising, public relations, industry research and our website. In addition, we work closely with a number of technology partners, including some of the leading suppliers of storage infrastructure products, on co-marketing and lead-generation activities in an effort to broaden our marketing reach.

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