NetApp UK & Ireland 2014 Partner Awards winners announced at annual event

Awards across company and individual categories honour ANS Group PLC, Computercenter, Fujitsu UK & Ireland, Interoute Communications Ltd, Kelway UK Ltd, Island Networks Ltd, Proact IT UK Ltd, Q Associates LTD and Union Solutions Ltd

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) last night announced the winners of its 2014 Partner Awards, to a capacity crowd at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. The annual event in its 8th year of existence, celebrates outstanding achievement across NetApp’s community of UK and Irish partners, system integrators and service providers who are committed in the pursuit of excellence, innovation and quality.

The awards were given to those partners that proved successful in delivering storage and data management systems, helping customers take their businesses to the next level and realising cost efficiencies through best practice, increased turnover and improved productivity. There were categories also celebrating individual excellence within partner teams.

The culmination of an in-depth judging process, award recipients were chosen by senior management across all areas of the NetApp business including sales, channel, professional services, technical and marketing. Criteria included new business activity, deployment quality and customer experience.

2014 NetApp UK & Ireland Partner Awards Winners:

  • Outstanding Achievement, Sales Individual – Q Associates Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement, Technical Individual – Computacenter UK Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement, Services Partner – Kelway UK Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement, FlexPod Partner – ANS Group Plc
  • Outstanding Achievement, Star Partner – Proact IT UK Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement, Service Provider Partner – Interoute Communications Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement, System Integrator Partner – Fujitsu UK & Ireland
  • Outstanding Achievement, Silver Partner – Union Solutions Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement, Gold Partner – Island Networks Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement, Platinum Partner – Q Associates Ltd
  • Marketing Excellence – Fujitsu UK & Ireland

All categories were hotly contested and all participants once again showed a proven commitment to NetApp by delivering stellar performances. The winners demonstrated a compelling go to market strategy, customer service excellence and many leveraged their complimentary partnerships with Cisco and VMware to deliver FlexPod solutions to the UK & Ireland market.

NetApp has worked closely with all partners on a wide range of customer solutions and business propositions. A number of the winners showed their confidence and commitment to the partnership by using NetApp as a platform for their cloud offerings.

Pete Rawden, Senior Director, Partners & Pathways Northern EMEA for NetApp said: “Our partners are extremely devoted and continue to impress with their focus on helping customers grow their businesses. As with previous years, this year was no different in terms of competition and quality of the submissions. It makes us proud to support and work with such a broad range of knowledgeable partners as they build market-leading solution portfolios built on NetApp. We want to take this opportunity to thank them all for their hard work in helping NetApp realise its go to market strategy.”

Dave Allen, Vice President and General Manager Northern EMEA for NetApp said: “Our channel partners never cease to amaze us with their continued commitment, and have once again proved that they are the bedrock of our success. It is incredibly gratifying each year to celebrate their successes at our Partner Awards. The strength of relationships with our partners is something we pride ourselves on and it is great to see that they continue to find success through building new key relationships and entering new markets with NetApp solutions.”

Sponsors of this year’s awards included Cisco, VMWare, Arrow ECS, Avnet Technology Solutions and Hammer PLC.

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