NetApp EMEA Partner Performance and Innovation Awards presented in Budapest

European key channel players team up with the leader in storage and data management at the 8th annual EMEA Partner and Pathways Summit

the Hungarian capital and World Heritage Site, is this year’s venue for the eighth celebration of NetApp’s EMEA Partner and Pathways Summit. The exclusive channel event lasting from June 10-12, 2014 is attended by executives from NetApp’s partners across the EMEA region. Attendees receive latest updates about channel opportunities and corporate strategy, discuss joint go-to-market programs, and get ample time with senior NetApp executives and peers. The event is highlighted by the Wednesday evening gala dinner at the 18th century chateau Kiscelli museum where NetApp EMEA Partner Performance and Innovation Awards are presented in nine categories.

“By extending to three days we are demonstrating an increased investment and commitment to our partners in the region. We’ve extended the award program categories in 2014, now giving nine partners recognition for general channel excellence or selected services like midsize offerings, converged infrastructure knowledge, or cloud expertise,” says Thomas Ehrlich, NetApp Vice President Partners & Pathways EMEA. “Partners play a crucial role in delivering enterprise services and enabling customers to rapidly benefit from latest technologies such as cloud, flash or hyperscale services. We recognize their important contribution to NetApp’s growth strategy and this is our way of expressing our gratitude and commitment.”

The award winners enjoy a range of business benefits, including significant marketing funding. In addition, NetApp hands out a charitable donation of $10,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The donation is presented on behalf of one lucky award winner drawn during the gala dinner. The IFRC is represented by Ms Seija Tyrninoksa, Senior Advisor, Office of the Director of Europe Zone, and Mr. Getachew Ta`a, Head of Corporate Services and National Society Support.

The winners of the NetApp EMEA Partner Performance and Innovation Awards 2014:

  • EMEA Enterprise Market Partner of the Year: Proact IT UK
  • EMEA Midsize Market Partner of the Year: Bytes System Bytes Systems Integration Pty Ltd
  • EMEA Distributor of the Year: Arrow ECS UK
  • EMEA Services Partner of the Year: ANS Group
  • EMEA FlexPod Partner of the Year: Q Associates Ltd
  • EMEA Partner Marketing Campaign of the Year: teamix GmbH
  • EMEA Solutions Partner of the Year: MTI Systems
  • EMEA Cloud Partner of the Year: APX Integration
  • EMEA Outstanding Contribution to Open a New Market or Industry: Bytes Systems Integration Pty Ltd

Partners eligible for one of the nine awards were selected based on their success with NetApp and areas like technical knowledge, customer care and approachability, outstanding contributions to selected account business, customer wins, or marketing.

“With the most complete portfolio in our company’s history we currently possess a tremendous opportunity in the market. To turn opportunity into success we rely on probably the best partner ecosystem in the industry, and NetApp’s EMEA Partner and Pathways Summit is an important milestone on that joint journey,” summarizes Manfred Reitner, NetApp Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA, NetApp.

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