NetApp UK & Ireland 2015 Partner Award Winners Announced at Annual Event

Outstanding achievements of 2015 honored at 9th annual NetApp UK & Ireland Partner Awards

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) announced last night the winners of its 2015 Partner Awards at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. In its ninth year, the NetApp awards recognise outstanding achievements from within the NetApp UK & Ireland partner community and acknowledge partners committed to the pursuit of excellence, innovation and quality.

Awards were presented to those partners who significantly supported customers in their efforts to take their businesses to the next level through delivery of innovative cloud services, excellence in service delivery and enabling customers to realise cost efficiencies through best practice, increased turnover and improved productivity. NetApp also recognised individual excellence in partner organisations through several individual awards.

Two new award categories were added this year to reflect the broader portfolio that NetApp partners take to market: Outstanding Achievements in Extended Portfolio Selling and Innovative Cloud Services or Platform. This followed a number of entries last year demonstrating how NetApp technology had been used to deliver solutions that incorporate the entire breadth of NetApp’s portfolio and how NetApp had facilitated the delivery of first class cloud solutions to customers.

The winners were chosen by a panel made up of senior management across all areas of the NetApp business including sales, professional services, systems engineering, marketing and partner organisations. Criteria varied per category but all included a focus on new business activity, deployment quality and customer experience.

The winners are as follows:

2015 NetApp UK & Ireland Partner Awards Winners:

  • Partner of the Year 2015, Enterprise Partner – KELWAY (UK) Ltd
  • Partner of the Year 2015, MSB Partner – LIMA Networks Ltd
  • Partner of the Year 2015, Service Provider Partner – NTT Communications
  • Individual Award, Sales Achievement – Vokhus Ltd
  • Individual Award, Technical Achievement – Specialist Computer Centres plc
  • Outstanding Achievement, Professional Services Partner – KELWAY (UK) Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement, Converged Infrastructure – ANS Group plc
  • Outstanding Achievement, Extended Portfolio Selling – Specialist Computer Centres plc
  • Outstanding Achievement, Innovative Cloud Services or Platform – Sungard Availability Services (UK)
  • Marketing Excellence – Arrow ECS
All categories had multiple qualified contenders and the calibre of the entries was the highest quality yet seen. All participants showed a proven commitment to NetApp by delivering stellar performances. The winners demonstrated a compelling go-to-market strategy and customer service excellence. Many examples leveraged complementary partnerships to deliver comprehensive solutions to the UK & Ireland market.

Simon Ognall, Head of Channel UK&I for NetApp said:

“We want to take this opportunity to thank the NetApp UK&I partner community for all their hard work in helping NetApp realise its goals and execute on our partner-centric go-to-market strategy. Through the entries to Partner Awards, our partners have demonstrated their continued commitment to delivering high-quality solutions to customers built on the expanding product portfolio of NetApp and continues to impress with their focus on helping customers to grow their businesses. At NetApp, we are proud to support and work with such a broad range of knowledgeable partners as they bring to market innovative solutions built on NetApp hardware and software portfolio.”

Elliot Howard, Country Manager, NetApp UK&I said:

“The NetApp partner community is truly committed to excellence and this was demonstrated by the nominations and entries we received for the UK&I Partner Awards in 2015. At NetApp we truly value and are extremely proud of our partner community, their commitment to first-rate technology solutions and the customer success each partner delivers. I would like to personally thank them all for their continued support and loyalty and wish them all the best of luck for 2016.”

Sponsors of this year’s awards included Arrow ECS, Avnet Technology Solutions (UK), Hammer plc, Kelway (UK) Ltd, Interoute Communications Ltd, NetApp Capital Solutions, Schneider Electric (UK).

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