(Gawkwire.com) — NetApp celebrated the success of its UK partners at its fourth annual NetApp Partner Awards Dinner. The event, which took place in London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom, brought together more than 200 guests including 160 partners, and saw winners in ten categories recognised for outstanding achievements 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 category including new business activity, quality of NetApp deployments, exceptional customer experience and innovation.
 
Winners:
Outstanding Achievement – UK Partner: b2net
Outstanding Achievement – SI Partner: Fujitsu UK&I Ltd
Best New Partner: ANS Group
Marketing Excellence: ANS Group
Outstanding Achievement – Technical Individual: Ian Garland – Servo
Outstanding Achievement – Sales Individual: Manish Amlani – Majenta Systems
Outstanding Achievement – Virtualisation Partner: b2net
Outstanding Achievement – Professional Services Partner: Alpha
Outstanding Achievement – IBM N Series Partner: Imtech ICT UK Ltd
Outstanding Achievement – Silver Partner – Centralis
 
Pete Rawden, Regional Director, Channels and General Business UK & Ireland, NetApp said: “The number and quality of entries this year was extremely high and a testament to the excellent group of partners we do business with. It was incredibly difficult to pick winners from such a strong group of partners, but those that did win were set apart by particular aspects such as exemplary partner performance as well as excellent results and a working partnership that’s getting better and stronger or a sales individual with an impressive set of figures for the 2009 financial year.
 
“We’re thrilled with the depth of expertise of our partner network and are committed to the success of every individual and organisation we work with. We look forward to building on these relationships in the future and helping our partners achieve their business goals.”
 
Winners of the UK Partner and SI Partner categories are able to display the NetApp Partner Award logo across their companies’ communications and receive additional marketing support. As winners of these categories, b2net and Fujitsu UK&I are considered by NetApp as demonstrating high partner success and best in class achievement. Sponsors of this year’s awards included Arrow ECS, Bell Micro, FastLane, Hammer, IBM UK and VMware.
 
Dave Allen, UK Managing Director said: “The Partner Awards are an important part of recognising and rewarding the outstanding work our channel partners produce year after year. The channel is the engine that drives our business – we depend on partners to sell and implement our solutions in a way that delivers an outstanding customer experience. It is with immense pride that we congratulate and thank every channel partner and in particular those that have excelled to win this year’s awards.”
 
Andreas König, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMEA said: “The channel is an integral part of NetApp’s operations not only in the UK but across EMEA. We are very proud of the success of the UK channel and these awards show how that success is being reflected amongst our partners.”
 
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