EMC reveals Australian partners of the year

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EMC reveals Australian partners of the year
Frank Richmond, Cirrus Networks

EMC has recognised eight Australian and New Zealand companies as its highest-performing partners of 2015.

Dimension Data Australia had two reasons to celebrate after winning the Alliance Partner ANZ award and being named ANZ Partner of the Year.

Telstra also tasted success at last night’s EMC Business Partner Program Awards, with a win in the Cloud Service Provider Partner ANZ category.

Data#3 won the Australian Solution Provider Partner category, while Datacom New Zealand was named the top Kiwi partner.

As part of EMC’s heavy push into the midmarket, the awards contained two new categories to recognise the partners that did the greatest business with EMC’s two distributors.

Cirrus Networks, including recently acquired L7 Solutions, took home an Outstanding Achievement Award for its work with Avnet Technology Solutions Australia.

Cirrus landed the No.3 spot in the 2015 CRN Fast50 with 154 percent revenue growth to reach $14.9 million in the 2015 financial year. The company acquired L7 Solutions from Amcom for $500,000 in December 2015.

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Avnet is new to the EMC channel, having plucked the storage vendor from incumbent distributor Westcon in a competitive tender last August.

Perfekt was also recognised for its work with Ingram Micro Australia, while Sempre was recognised for its work with Ingram Micro New Zealand.

In further good news for Ingram Micro Australia, the company was named ANZ Distributor of the Year.

EMC Asia Pacific & Japan president David Webster, who was on hand to announce the winners, said it was exciting to see the innovative work they did for their customers last year.

“In 2016, EMC and its partners will continue to help customers to modernise, automate and transform their data centres to enable future growth,” he said.

“As all flash arrays become a mainstream technology, we will see disruption of the data centre as we know it. We will continue to work together to ensure our joint customers are the disrupters, not the disrupted.”

EMC sent several leading ANZ executives to the awards, including country manager Alister Dias, general manager of service providers, systems integrators and alliances Mark Fioretto and general manager of mid-market, inside sales and distribution Brett Harris.

Joergen Jakobsen, Asia Pacific & Japan vice-president and general manager of channel, also attended the awards.

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