NetApp's U.S. Public Sector Insight Partner Award Winners



Four hundred customers, partners, and top executives gathered for the Insight NetApp Public Sector Appreciation event in Las Vegas where we honored outstanding partners. Dave Drahozal, Senior Director, Channel Sales, NetApp, emphasized his appreciation for the contribution and dedication partners provide. 


“At NetApp’s 2015 Insight event, the US Public Sector team recognized some of our top partner achievements,” said Dave. “Partners are key to our success and these awards go to a very special set of those partners.  On behalf of NetApp, I’d like to offer my thanks and congratulations on being recognized as the best of the best!”


The winners were recognized in four categories: Overall Partners of the Year, Partners of the Year, Regional Partners of the Year, SLED Solutions Partners.


Overall Partners of the Year:


Federal VAR Overall Partner of the Year: World Wide Technology

Founded in 1990, WWT has grown from a small product reseller into a global systems integrator with $6.7 billion in annual revenue and more than 3,000 employees. At their Advanced Technology Center, engineers and customers work together to build solutions using more than 100 racks of equipment for testing in the areas of big data, collaboration, computing and cloud, mobility, networking, security and storage, allowing customers or partner teams to work on-site or virtually with access to demos, workshops, labs, proofs of concepts, advisory services and training.


SLED Partner of the Year: CDW-G 

CDW is a leading provider of integrated information technology solutions. A Fortune 500 company, CDW was founded in 1984 and helps its 250,000 small, medium and large business, government, education and healthcare customers by delivering critical solutions to their increasingly complex IT needs.


Partners of the Year:


NetApp USPS FY15 SI Partner of the Year: General Dynamics Corporation

General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company that prides itself on its agile culture of continuous improvement. The culture enforces a shared commitment to consistently looking toward the future and to embrace change. From Gulfstream business jets to submarines, people around the world depend on General Dynamics’s products and services for their safety and security.


NetApp USPS FY15 SI Partner of the Year: Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin's business is comprised of international government and some commercial sales of our products, services and platforms.


NetApp USPS FY15 Top Cloud Provider of the Year: Verizon

Verizon prides itself on the ability to match unique workloads to a customizable cloud with flexible support. Organizations can compete more effectively with innovative cloud solutions to reach more customers and deliver value to their businesses. With Verizon Cloud, organizations can quickly adapt to changing demands, focus on their core business, and remain at the forefront of their industries.


Regional Partners of the Year:


Intelligence Region Partner of the Year: Clearshark

Clearshark supports the bravest people in the world in their mission to protect against the greatest nation in the world. The Clearshark team has proven experience at every level of complexity: IT design and implementation solutions for every level of business. Industry-leading technologies enable them to maximize organizations’ IT investments and their flexible, collaborative process delivers customized, integrated, and managed solutions that exceed mission goals.


DoD Region Partner of the Year: Thundercat

ThunderCat is a systems integrator that brings an innovative approach to solving customer problems in and around the datacenter by providing strategies for data storage, networking, security, and applications. It represents, distributes, integrates, and provides technologies from best of breed manufacturers. ThunderCat differentiates itself by manufacturer mix, innovative ability to integrate specific technologies, and capacity to re-provision or optimize existing resources for federal and commercial customers.


SLED West Region Partner of the Year: Applied Computer Solutions

Since ACS’s inception in 1989, it has experienced consistent and sustainable growth by developing strong, long-term relationships with OEM/manufacturing partners and by providing tremendous value to its clients. ACS’s customer base is extremely diverse in size and in the industries it serves, but it delivers effectively and efficiently, providing the best possible value to each customer.


SLED East Region Partner of the Year: ePlus

ePlus maintains high-level relationships with the industry's leading IT manufacturers, allowing it to offer an array of products.  With its core focus areas in data center/cloud computing, collaboration, IT infrastructure, services capabilities, and security—complemented by leasing and software—ePlus develops and deliver innovative, scalable, and financially sound solutions.


SLED Solutions Partners:


SLED Solutions Award: Annese & Associates

Annese & Associates, Inc was founded in 1970 and was named a Fastest Growing Company by Inc. 5000. The largest, female-owned business in Albany, Annese & Associates operates with the long-term vision to continually advance its expertise, deepen its relationships, and fuel ongoing innovation, all while delivering an excellent experience each and every time it works with customers.


SLED Solutions Award: DMD Data Systems

DMD Data Systems is an IT solution provider and trusted partner to universities and hospitals, mid- to large-sized companies, government agencies, and school districts throughout the southeast and mid-Atlantic. Extensive product knowledge, attention to detail, integrity, and responsive personal service make DMD Data Systems the right choice to simply solve your organization’s unique IT challenges.  Whether the goal is to completely replace current systems, make incremental upgrades over several budget cycles, develop and implement a cloud strategy, streamline business processes, or weather a staffing transition, DMD’s holistic approach will yield the right IT solution for long-term value.


SLED Solutions Award: NWN Corporation

NWN helps customers solve business problems with proven, relevant IT solutions and services. As a top partner for leading technology vendors, NWN has the resources and technology to empower agencies’ IT operations. With over 500 skilled employees, NWN offers the depth and knowledge of a large IT solutions provider, coupled with the personal service of a neighborhood firm.


SLED Solutions Award: IP Pathways LLC

IP Pathways’ strategy is to architect and implement private cloud solutions that allow customers to leverage their existing IT infrastructure investments while embracing next generation virtualized data center technologies. IP Pathways lives in the data center and specializes in the following areas of the IT environment: Data Storage, Server & Desktop Virtualization, Wired and Wireless Networking, Microsoft, Data Protection and Business Continuity of IT Systems. The company lives by 10 core values, including doing whatever it takes for the customer and associating and representing only the best-in-breed technology hardware and software solutions.


Congratulations to each winner. 


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