Frankfurt – October 7, 2021 – Logicalis, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, has just won the NetApp Partner Award for EMEA Hybrid Cloud partner of the Year. NetApp, a global cloud-led, data-centric software company, presents these accolades annually in recognition of the investment and cooperation of its key partners. For the first time in 2021, the partner awards were bestowed on recipients from EMEA and Latin America under one umbrella, making this the first transoceanic NetApp partner celebration. Logicalis was selected among multiple nominees by a panel of internal judges to receive one of the fifteen coveted awards.
To guarantee the safety of winners, nominees, and laudators this year’s edition of NetApp’s geo partner awards was conducted virtually. Hosted by NetApp Vice President channel sales EMEA & LATAM, Kristian Kerr, the ceremony also introduced partners to Jenni Flinders, the company’s new senior Vice President of Worldwide channel and partner ecosystems. As part of the keynote, both hosts oversaw the cloud data company’s donation of $7,500 to Doctors Without Borders.
“The last fiscal year saw partners, distributors and our technology alliance come to terms with the ongoing pandemic. Everybody in our ecosystem has done a tremendous job minimizing the impact of COVID on our customers business by tirelessly introducing and delivering cloud-based and virtualized data services”, reflects Kristian Kerr. “IT departments were the first line of defense against major business disruptions. They have literally kept the lights running through the lockdown period. Tonight, our awards are one way of thanking them and giving back.”
As a recipient of the EMEA Hybrid Cloud Partner of the Year award, Logicalis was rewarded for “truly transforming their organization to be ready for the cloud and is fully aligned with NetApp’s vision and strategy.” Kristian Kerr says: “We are proud to be in partnership together and looking forward to empower customer to unlock the best of cloud.”
Andreas Richter, Head of Marketing and Communications Europe, Logicalis: “We are delighted to receive this award. It also reflects our successful cloud strategy and long-term partnership with NetApp. Together we help our customers move to the cloud and achieve real business benefits." Logicalis also recently received the NetApp Cloud Preferred Specialization. This specialisation distinguishes partners who are successful operating in the NetApp public cloud business, have customer references, and extensive cloud practices including Microsoft Azure.
The EMEA & LATAM Partner Awards highlight the highest-performing and groundbreaking contributors to NetApp’s award-winning Unified Partner Program (UPP). The UPP was enhanced to provide partners with a more flexible, consistent, and simplified experience, also expanding the whole ecosystem, offering new financial incentives. Other reasons to expand the UPP were to accelerate profitability and add new solutions and Services Certified specializations.