Congratulations to the 2015 NetApp Innovation Award Winners and Finalists!

The NetApp® Innovation Awards recognize the companies and the people that are aggressively and innovatively leveraging technology to make IT dramatically more proactive, productive, and essential to creating business value. These organizations and individuals are thinking differently about what is required to compete in the future, and they rely on NetApp and its partners to fulfill their visions.

Award recipients are honored for achieving positive and impactful business results using NetApp technology, demonstrating creativity and thought leadership in data management and storage best practices and embodying the NetApp "can do" and "team" spirit. NetApp Innovation Award categories include:

  • Pioneer

    Innovative companies that have transformed IT into a competitive asset by integrating their data center operations with the cloud. These leaders found ways to integrate on premise infrastructure with cloud economics by running applications in the cloud, bursting into the cloud, leveraging cloud compute economics, or integrating primary storage with backup, archive or disaster recovery (DR) services in the cloud.

  • Go Beyond

    Customers who have applied NetApp flash technology to speed on premise database applications and differentiate their company based on storage and data management performance. These leaders experienced significant application performance gains in addition to results achieved through consolidating physical infrastructure, virtualization software and optimizing database licenses. Lower TCO and increased agility have allowed these companies to do things they otherwise couldn’t have done without the application of NetApp technology and expertise.

  • Visionary Leadership

    Visionary Leadership highlights individuals who used storage and data management technologies to change the trajectory of their organization. They led a team that embraced a transformational opportunity to address their respective organizational challenge. These visionaries uniquely applied storage and data management technology to enhance performance, improve security, or alter the economics of their organization. Results could include faster time-to-market, increased revenue, greater customer attainment, or improved cost controls. Their approach capitalized on opportunities to incorporate hybrid cloud models, converged infrastructure or flash architectures to deliver better business outcomes. These individuals are respected by people inside and outside their organizations and are viewed as true “game changers.”

In addition to these categories, the top nominations will be judged in a special Innovator of the Year category, which will recognize one winner from the US Public Sector and one winner from each of the following three global geographies: Americas, APAC, and EMEA.

Companies can nominate themselves or be nominated by NetApp sales, channel, or technology partners; other companies; or colleagues through the online submission form. All nominations must be received by midnight Pacific Time on 11 June 2015, to be eligible for consideration. One winner from each category will be selected by a third-party panel of judges and will be notified no later than August 3, 2015.

Each winner will be recognized during an awards ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada at NetApp Insight, October 12-15, 2015. Winners must be present at the awards ceremony to be eligible to receive the award (travel and accommodations will be provided by NetApp). Any channel partner who nominates a winning NetApp customer will also be invited to the event.