NetApp UK & Ireland partners recognised at 2013 Partner Awards

Awards across company and individual categories honour ANS Group, Computacenter UK, Insight UK, Kelway UK, Lima Networks, Proact IT UK Softcat, Tata Consultancy Services and Taylor Made Computer Solutions

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) last night announced the recipients of its 2013 Partner Awards in recognition of its UK and Irish channel partners’ success in delivering storage and data management systems that help their customers take their businesses to the next level and realise cost efficiencies. Joined at Royal Horticultural Halls by more than 200 guests, NetApp celebrated outstanding achievement across its community of resellers, system integrators and service providers, and recognised both sales and technical achievement through individual awards.

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 based on criteria including new business activity, deployment quality and customer experience.

2013 NetApp UK&I Partner Awards Winners:

  • Outstanding Achievement – Star Partner: Computacenter UK Limited
  • Outstanding Achievement – Platinum Partner: Softcat Limited
  • Outstanding Achievement – Gold Partner: Lima Networks Limited
  • Outstanding Achievement – Silver Partner: Taylor Made Computer Solutions Limited
  • Outstanding Achievement – System Integrator Partner: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
  • Outstanding Achievement – Service Provider Partner: Proact IT UK Limited
  • Marketing Excellence: ANS Group PLC
  • Outstanding Achievement – Technical Individual: Chanaka Ekanayake, Insight UK Limited
  • Outstanding Achievement – Sales Individual: Ebow Barnes, Softcat Limited
  • Outstanding Achievement – Services Partner: Kelway UK Limited
  • Outstanding Achievement – FlexPod Partner: ANS Group PLC

While all categories were hotly contested, the FlexPod and Service Provider categories in particular drew strong entries based on partners’ ability to build innovative solutions and services on NetApp for their customers. Retaining its 2012 FlexPod title, ANS Group PLC demonstrated its ability to drive opportunities across vertical sectors, while Proact IT UK gained recognition for the breadth of service offerings it is delivering on NetApp, which include its Probox secure file sharing solution, disaster recovery as a service and infrastructure as a service.

Pete Rawden, Partner Sales Director, UK & Ireland for NetApp said: “Our partners continually impress with their focus on helping their customers grow their businesses. As ever, this year’s awards are an excellent demonstration of this commitment and we’re proud to support and work with such a broad range of knowledgeable partners as they build market-leading solution portfolios on NetApp.”

Dave Allen, Vice President and General Manager UK & Ireland for NetApp said: “Our channel partners continue to be the bedrock of our success and it’s incredibly gratifying each year to celebrate their successes at our Partner Awards. We pride ourselves on the strength of our relationships with our partners 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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