04 November 2016

NEXTDC recognises channel achievement at 2016 partner awards

NEXTDC last night announced the winners of the 2016 NEXTDC Partner Awards, applauding the outstanding achievements of the partners in their nationwide channel program.

The annual NEXTDC Partner Awards celebrate the successes of more than 300 companies in the NEXTDC Partner Program. NEXTDC has welcomed over 50 new partners in the past year, continuing the expansion of Australia’s largest independent network of carriers, cloud platforms and IT service providers to provide unrivalled choice to customers in selecting the best services for their evolving IT solutions.

The 2016 Partner Awards were announced at an exclusive event held at The Ivy in Sydney, attended by a host of senior representatives from Australia’s leading telecommunications and IT services firms.

NEXTDC CEO Craig Scroggie commented: “The Awards tonight illustrate the power of our channel partnerships in delivering IT solutions that enable organisations to transform their business and take advantage of new technologies. The pace of technological change is making a collaborative approach more important than ever, so organisations can integrate services and systems, and be able to adapt to a digital world. Increasingly, success in business depends on the ability to connect and engage with all organisations in an ecosystem for mutual benefit and support.”

The winners and finalists in the 2016 NEXTDC Partner Awards are:

New Partner of the Year

  • Winner: onPlatinum ICT
  • Finalists: INFINIDAT, Mammoth Media

onPlatinum ICT CIO, Shannon Overs, said: “This is a fantastic win for the group. The award recognises all the hard and collaborative work we and NEXTDC have done over the past year to bring our services across the nation.”

As-a-Service Partner of the Year

  • Winner: PingCo
  • Finalists: BigAir, Brennan IT, CenturyLink, CloudPlus

PingCo CEO, Daniel Pearson, said: “We’re ecstatic about our win today. It shows that organisations can work on a global scale without the overhead necessary in the past decade. As a relatively new company, five years strong, we’re working with some of the most elite platform providers in the world, which has only been possible through our partnership with NEXTDC.”

Carrier Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Telstra
  • Finalists: Optus, TPG, Vocus

Telstra Planning Manager, Neil Francis, said: “On behalf of Telstra, many thanks for this award. It reflects our ever growing and improving relationship and one that I feel strongly benefits NEXTDC, Telstra and our collective customers.”

Innovation Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Atos
  • Finalists: INFINIDAT, Mammoth Media, PingCo

Atos Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand, Peter Robertson, said: “Our relationship with NEXTDC started just a few years ago but during that time we’ve seen the same desire to deliver innovative solutions and infrastructure to customer across Australia that we strive for in our business. We look forward to the next few years of mutual growth.”

Enterprise Partner of the Year

  • Winner: CenturyLink
  • Finalists: ASG, Optus, PingCo

CenturyLink Regional Director, Stuart Mills, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised here today as the NEXTDC Enterprise Partner of the Year. This award signifies our collaborative relationship with NEXTDC, enabling us to deliver global applications into Australia.”

Colocation Partner of the Year

  • Winner: Comvergence
  • Finalists: Optus, Real World Technology Solutions

Comvergence CEO, Brian Michaels, said: “Elated to be the finalists last year, and winners today. Thanking all our IT partners for backing the right horse. Leading the IOT revolution with our advance design and delivering always on internet services for all the IP applications we host for our partners. Thanks to NEXTDC for their innovation to keep us ahead of the pack.”

Commenting on the success of the NEXTDC Partner Program, NEXTDC Head of Channel, Steve Martin said: “The quality of nominations for this year's Partner Awards were outstanding, with many examples of successful projects delivering transformative solutions for Australian businesses. The success of our partners is our success, and the Awards are a great opportunity for us to reflect on the complimentary nature of our relationships, and the positive impact NEXTDC’s channel-first ethos is having on the Australian market.”