GTDC’s ‘Rising Star’ awards honour technology companies that maximise performance through effective use of distribution partnerships
VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, has announced that it has received the 2012 Gold Rising Star Award from the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) in recognition of outstanding sales growth in Europe through GTDC member distributors.
VMware’s exceptional performance was noted from among hundreds of IT manufacturers and publishers who rely on GTDC distributors to supply IT resellers and solution providers around the globe. More than $100 billion in sales to end consumers — from the largest enterprises to home/office notepad users — is conveyed through this channel.
During the Rising Star awards programme at the GTDC European Vendor Summit, VMware was specifically cited for the Gold Rising Star Award in the €500 Million and over category. Sales figures determining Rising Star award winners are based on the past year’s actual European revenue as calculated by the CONTEXT Distribution Panel, an industry research organisation.
“Receiving the 2012 GTDC Gold Rising Star Award truly recognises VMware’s commitment to our channel and the tremendous opportunity for the cloud we are driving together with our partners. Our partner community is vital in helping us deliver the significant benefits virtualisation and the cloud bring to both small and medium businesses and enterprise customers, and we are delighted to be recognised for our business growth,” said Andy Hunt, VP, EMEA partners & general business, VMware.
“With our continued investment in the VMware Partner Network and our technology leadership, VMware is ideally suited to be the preferred business partner to help drive growth and business transformation. We are proud of this achievement and look forward to continued success together with our partners through 2012 and beyond,” he adds.
To be eligible for a Rising Star award, vendors must have sold corresponding products through IT distributors for at least one year. Selections for Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each revenue category are based on CONTEXT SalesWatch data from April 2011 – March 2012. Winners are determined on year-over-year growth percentage in the following categories:
- Vendors with revenue of $500 million or more
- Vendors with revenue of $250 – $500 million
- Vendors with revenue of $100 – $250 million
- Vendors with revenue of $50 – $100 million
- Vendors with revenue of $25 – $50 million