NetApp Announces 2011 UK & Ireland Partner Award Winners

Success for ANS, Appliance Technology, CAE Technology Services, Control Circle, Eurodata, Fujitsu, Kelway, Lima Networks, Q Associates and Seric Systems

London, 01 June 2011-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) celebrated the success of its UK & Ireland partners at its fifth annual NetApp Partner Awards Dinner. The event, which took place in London's One Marylebone, brought together more than 200 guests from NetApp and its UK & Ireland partners, and saw winners in eleven categories recognised for outstanding achievements in delivering flexible, future ready solutions, over the last twelve months.

Entries were judged by senior management across all areas of the NetApp business including sales, channel, professional services, technical and marketing. The judging process evaluated factors within each award categoryincluding new business activity, quality of NetApp deployments, exceptionalcustomer experience and innovation.

Winners:

  • Outstanding Achievement - UK&I Partner : ANS Group Plc
  • Outstanding Achievement - Systems Integrator Partner: Fujitsu UK Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement - Service Provider Partner: Control Circle Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement - Virtualisation Partner: Kelway UK Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement - Professional Services Partner: Appliance Technology Ltd
  • Marketing Excellence: Q Associates Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement - Sales Individual: Nigel Horsell - Q Associates Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement - Technical Individual: Mark Moss - Eurodata Systems Plc
  • Best New Partner: CAE Technology Services Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement - IBM N Series Partner: Seric Systems Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement - Silver Partner - Lima Networks Ltd
  • Outstanding Achievement - Virtualisation Partner: Kelway UK Ltd

Pete Rawden, Partner Sales Director, UK & Ireland,NetApp said:
"The number of exceptional entries received this year illustrates the on-going commitment, skills and knowledge of our partners. Although competition was fierce with an overwhelming number of high qualityentries, the judges selected an exemplary range of winners, which showed excellent partner performance, first rate results and exceptional customer interaction. These partners demonstrate the success enjoyed by businesses built on NetApp.

It's with immense pride and admiration that we thank every NetApp channel partner for their on-going commitment to our UK & Ireland channel operations and we congratulate those who have excelled to win this year's awards."

The Winner of the UK & Ireland Partner category is able to display the NetApp Partner Award logo across its company communications andreceives additional marketing support. As winner of this category ANS Group Plc is considered by NetApp as demonstrating exceptional partner success and best in class achievement. Sponsors of this year's awards included Arrow ECS, Avnet Technology Solutions, Hammer Plc, IBM UK, and VMware.

Dave Allen, UK&I Managing Director said: "The Partner Awards are an important part of recognising and rewarding the on-going commitment of our partners in the pursuit of excellence, innovation and quality. The success of NetApp's channel operations is testament to its on-going first class partner performance of producing excellent results anddeveloping key customer relationships. The award programme highlights our continuous partner relationship development which we hope to develop and maintain for many years to come."

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