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Wednesday, 02 December 2015 23:32

NEXTDC celebrates inaugural Partner Awards


The NEXTDC Partner Awards were inaugurated this year to celebrate the successes of the more than 250 companies under the NEXTDC Partner Program.

NEXTDC CEO Craig Scroggie commented on the quality of the nominations, and said: “Our Partner Awards finalists are representative of the high quality of businesses under the NEXTDC Partner Program.

“The deals we’ve worked on together demonstrate the ability of our partner ecosystem to deliver premium-quality scalable and flexible services to end-user customers.”

NEXTDC bills itself as ‘Australia’s leading Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider’ announced the winners of its inaugural NEXTDC Partner Awards, held at a cocktail event at the Hilton Sydney Hotel, and attended by a host of representatives from NEXTDC partner organisations.

The winners and finalists in the 2015 NEXTDC Partner Awards are:

New Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Atos
  • Highly Commended: Tesserent
  • Finalists: ASE IT; M2 Group; Tech Mahindra

As-a-Service Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Blue Central
  • Highly Commended: Tech Mahindra
  • Finalists: Connectivity I.T.; PingCo; Real World Technology Solutions

Carrier Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Telstra Corporation
  • Highly Commended: AAPT (a TPG Telecom company)
  • Finalists: Optus; PIPE Networks; Vocus Communications

SMB Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Cloud Plus
  • Highly Commended: M2 Group
  • Finalists: APEXnetworks; Brennan IT; Comvergence

Innovation Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Microsoft

Advisory Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Deloitte
  • Highly Commended: Thomas Duryea Consulting

Enterprise Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Optus
  • Highly Commended: Telstra Corporation
  • Finalists: ASG; Blue Central

More below, please read on.

NEXTDC Partner Awards winners quotes:

Peter Robertson, Managing Director at Atos in Australia: “Thank you for the award, Atos is greatly pleased to be on this journey with NEXTDC to bring Canopy – the Atos Cloud – to Australia. The Canopy solution is an enterprise grade IaaS with high availability and the platform has high demand on data centre infrastructure. NEXTDC’s facilities are definitely some of the top tier 3 data centres with such capability and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

George Kazangi, Managing Director, Blue Central: “Blue Central is known to be a flexible and agile business, which has been made possible by having successful partner relationships, as we do with NEXTDC. We work together to create opportunities for our clients, providing them with a secure, scalable and purpose-built home for their infrastructure – removing the pain and complexity involved in managing and maintaining their environment themselves. This is why we partner with NEXTDC and look forward to growing this relationship for years to come.”

Michael Riad, Director Cloud Services, Global Products and Solutions, Telstra: "We are honoured to receive the Carrier Partner of the Year award from NEXTDC. This award is a reflection of the valuable relationship we have with NEXTDC and the importance it brings in serving our customers as part of our multi-cloud offering."

Jules Rumsey, Chief Executive Officer, Cloud Plus: “NEXTDC has provided Cloud Plus with consistently high-quality data centre space in the major capital cities around Australia, backed by personalised account management, a single point of contact for support and a high degree of visibility and control through ONEDC. However, extending beyond this NEXTDC has provided advice, media support and sales leads to help us grow our business. Cloud Plus highly values its partnership with NEXTDC and looks forward to growing in tandem with NEXTDC for many years to come.”

Toby Bowers, Business Group Lead, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft Australia: “Microsoft and its partners’ success is completely intertwined. We are pleased that Microsoft has been awarded Innovation Partner of the Year, as innovation is an integral part of our DNA.”

Kevin Russo, National Practice Lead – Technology Advisory, Deloitte Australia: “The momentum and vision NEXTDC has in the market has created exciting opportunities for Deloitte to provide advisory and implementation offerings to our clients transitioning to cloud-based services and infrastructure.”

David Caspari, Optus Business VP Products, Solutions and ICT: “I am delighted that Optus Business has been selected as NEXTDC’s Enterprise Partner of the Year. We are committed to delivering the best results for our customers, and our relationship with NEXTDC has enabled us to be a key building block for Australian businesses wanting greater flexibility in their cloud deployments. By expanding the reach of our Optus Evolve and Optus Managed Cloud services through its national data centre footprint, NEXTDC has enabled our customers across on-premises, private, hybrid and public cloud environments.”


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