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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 21:54

Australian partners commemorated at HPE and Aruba awards


The Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Aruba annual partner awards ceremony for 2022 took place this month, with Australian partners commemorated across both HPE and Aruba. The event was a momentous occasion in celebration of HPE and Aruba’s extensive partner network.

HPE director channel and alliances Julie Barbieri said, “we arevery excited to have held our end-of-year celebrations and awards ceremony in Sydney this year. Of course, a massive congratulations to all our finalists and winners – it’s been incredible to see the ongoing commitment and continued growth from our partners throughout what has been another challenging year.”

Aruba South Pacific channel leader Tristan Rajah said, “Congratulations to all finalists and award winners, they were the most hotly contested awards in a long time. A fantastic opportunity to get our highly valued and engaged partners in a room to say thank you, well done, and here’s to an even bigger and better 2023.”

“At Aruba, we’ve enjoyed a hugely successful year and partners who have come on that ride with us have a lot to celebrate,” he said. “We are extremely proud of our channel-first approach, and after a record-breaking year, it was a fantastic commemoration of our partners’ success.”

The first award, and recognised as both HPE Distributor of the Year and Distribution GreenLake Partner of the Year for HPE, Lynx Technologies director John Gabor said, “this recognition is testament to our continued commitment to HPE / Aruba, the commitment of our team to driving the success of partners, and our great partner community. Lynx’s success is immutably tied to the success of our partners.”

Data#3 was successful in winning both Aruba’s GreenLake Partner of the Year as well as HPE’s Platinum Partner of the Year. Data#3 general manager Paul Crouch said, “we are proud and delighted to receive this recognition. TheData#3, HPE and Aruba partnership has gone from strength to strength, with our strategies closely aligned, developing superior offerings for customers. With our “Customer First, Customer Last” approach, we deliver meaningful business outcomes to our customers. We look forward to enjoying another successful year in helping our customers to deliver their digital future.”

HPE’s GreenLake Partner of the Year and Aruba’s Gold Partner of the Year were both awarded to Datacom. Datacom director Ross Salisbury said, “we are proud of these awards from Aruba and HPE. GreenLake has become a natural motion to solve our clients’ demands, so to be recognised for this commitment means a lot. The recognition is also a testament to our ongoing commitment to developing the next generation of technical specialists through our graduate program, in partnership with HPE Aruba”.

Somerville was awarded HPE’s Service Provider of the Year and Aruba’s Manager Services Provider Partner of the Year. Somerville managing director and CEO Craig Somerville said, “what’s truly exciting for us in receiving these awards is proof that good partnerships produce great results. A partnership with a tenure like ours is a testament to years of hard work which is why this recognition is so great to receive.”

The full list of winners are:


  • Distributor of the Year: Lynx Technologies
  • Platinum Partner of the Year: Data#3
  • Gold Partner of the Year: Vectec
  • Silver Partner of the Year: Infinet Network Solutions
  • Service Provider of the Year: Somerville
  • GreenLake Partner of the Year: Datacom
  • Rising Star: A23
  • Regional Partner of the Year: Managed System Services
  • Distribution GreenLake Partner of the Year: Lynx Technologies



  • Distributor of the Year: Arrow
  • Platinum Partner of the Year: Optus Enterprise
  • Gold Partner of the Year: Datacom
  • Silver Partner of the Year: blueAPACHE
  • Aruba Managed Services Provider Partner of the Year: Somerville
  • Aruba GreenLake Partner of the Year: Data#3
  • Aruba Rising Star Partner of the Year: Affinity Blue
  • Aruba Edge Partner of the Year: CBR Cyber
  • Aruba SMB Partner of the Year: Auscomp Computers
  • Aruba Technical Innovation Partner of the Year: Matrix CNI

“There can only be a handful of awards winners, from a large community of deserving partners. I want to thank all the partners in our community. When our partners win, we win, and long may that success continue,” Rajah said.

“The HPE and Aruba teams look forward to another year of continued partnership and growth in FY23,” Barbieri said.

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