At its recent partner awards evening, held at Rand Lords in Johannesburg, VMware recognised the achievements of partners, distributors and staff for their outstanding contribution to the company over the past year.
The awards recognise the efforts of the people on the ground who continue to take the VMware message and technology to market, as well as those individuals and companies who have achieved exceptional success with the company’s solutions at customer sites.
“As a vendor company we rely heavily on the efforts of our partners to take the VMware message and technologies to market,” states Chris Norton, regional director Southern Africa at VMware. “This past year has been a really successful one for the business as we have managed to mobilise more people throughout the continent, significantly grown our mind and market share, and are now recognised as a local leader in both virtualisation and cloud computing.
Awards were presented to: Dell as the highest revenue contributor of 2011; Aptronics as the 2011 Solution Provider of the Year with nominees First Technologies and Dimension Data close behind. The Rising Star of the Year2011 was awarded to TCM with nominations coming in for both Bytes and iSquared. The OEM Partner of the Year for 2011 was awarded to HP and nominees included IBM and Cisco.
The OEM Reseller of the Year2011 was awarded to Datacentrix and nominees included T-Systems and Aptronics; whereas Distributor of the Year2011 was awarded to Workgroup with nominee First Distribution following shortly behind. VATC of the Year2011 was Torque IT and Bytes People Solutions and Dell were also recognised for their contributions in this space.
WECA (West East & Central Africa) Distributor of the Year2011 was awarded to Westcon Africa with nominations being received for Workgroup and First Distribution. On the flipside the WECA Partner of the Year2011 award went to Dell whereDimension Data and Systems & Information Technology were congratulated for their nomination.
A number of special commendations for outstanding achievements in 2011 were also awarded to a number of individuals including: Reza Bodiatfor his effort and contribution to VMware inAfrica; Ken Marsdenfor his effort and contribution to VMware inSouth Africa; Ian Russellfor his effort and contribution to VMware in SouthAfrica; as well as Willie Jansen van Rensburgfor his effort and contribution to VMware in South Africa.
“We would like to congratulate all of our partners on their success to date, and extend a special congratulations to those companies and individuals who received awards this year We would not have been able to achieve any of this without the commitment and dedication we receive from our people and our partners,” ends Norton.