ANS Group continues winning streak with two prestigious NetApp awards


Leader in storage and data management honors channel partners in EMEA at 7th Annual EMEA Partner and Pathways Summit in Venice. .

Venice, Italy, June 19, 2013 – ANS Group has won the NetApp EMEA Partner Performance and Innovation Awards in the categories EMEA FlexPod and ExpressPod Partner of the Year and EMEA Support Service Partner of the Year, making them the only nominee with two wins. The NetApp wins come on the heels of the Data Centre and Virtualisation Partner of the Year award that ANS secured at the Cisco Partner Summit 2013 two weeks ago.

Celebrated during this year’s NetApp EMEA Partner and Pathways Summit, the awards are presented in seven pan-European categories. The award program rewards NetApp partners for their contribution to the growth of the NetApp EMEA business based on categories such as technical knowledge, customer care and approachability or contributions to selected account business. Its jury consists of a panel of NetApp EMEA experts, many of which were present at the award ceremony inside the stunning 15th century Pisani Moretta Palace near Venice’s Grand Channel.

The 2013 show marked the seventh installment of the annual NetApp EMEA Partner and Pathways Summit. This exclusive event for top channel partners is designed to provide latest updates to the partner community and to offer the opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss go-to-market strategies and to network together.

“Congratulations to ANS Group UK for being our ‘EMEA Support Service Partner of the Year’. Their strong development and continued improvement of their Support Services delivery as evidenced by customer satisfaction data made them the obvious choice,” says Peter Rawden, partner sales director UK & I, NetApp. “ANS has worked extensively on customer fitness and has invested heavily into NetApp knowledge sharing events like Insight. They will continue to adopt and align with NetApp services initiatives, helping them to grow their Support Services installed-base even further and driving joint success.”

“We chose ANS to be our ‘EMEA FlexPod and ExpressPod Partner of the Year’ for several reasons. For one, they are a revenue powerhouse with a strong pipeline and impressive growth over the last fiscal years. They also hold the largest number of FlexPod customer projects in EMEA,” says Thomas Ehrlich, vice president partners & pathways EMEA for NetApp. “ANS built their entire company datacenter cloud business and cloud services offering on Cisco and NetApp technology, delivering services like i3 and National Cloud, which is a level of trust that we value very highly.”

Managing Director of ANS Group Paul Sweeney said of the awards, “As always, we’re thrilled to work with a partner that shares our ethos and drive, and based on our customer feedback and sales figures, we’re continuing to do extraordinarily well together. The awards were comprised of some tough criteria, but we were up to the challenge, and we’re pleased to be recognised for our hard work and our commitment to NetApp. We continue to invest in our NetApp partnership through event attendance, staff training, and wholehearted adoption of their initiatives, and it’s an investment that has allowed us to develop a strong customer base, strategically grow our business and build a strong foundation for the future. Collaboration with NetApp has been central to our success, and recognition from them in these key areas is a well-earned reward for the team. We’re celebrating these award wins today, but tomorrow it’s business as usual as we look to the future and, once again, figure out how we can keep challenging ourselves to raise the bar higher.”