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The new financial year may have only just begun but we’re already making a sterling start with the news that Sungard Availability Services has been honoured with several awards, taking home accolades from both the Cisco Partner Summit and the NetApp Partner Awards.
Demonstrating the global nature of its work with Cisco, Sungard AS scored a ‘grand slam’ with the work of its Cisco partnership recognised in the UK and Ireland as well as the US and Canadian markets. Sungard AS took home four major wins on the night, including ‘UK and Ireland Solution Innovation Partner of the Year’, ‘Americas Cloud Partner of the Year’, ‘Canadian Cloud Partner of the Year’ and the ‘Marketing Velocity Innovator of the Year’.
Having worked with Cisco for over 15 years it is exciting to see how our relationship continues to evolve, with Sungard AS now working as one Cisco’s most trusted partners in cloud environments – helping numerous customers achieve their business goals. And as one of the first supporters of the upcoming Cisco Intercloud, our cooperation will only continue to deepen as we use the Intercloud fabric to design robust, flexible and available cloud environments for customers.
An Innovative Service
Additionally, Sungard AS was also triumphant at the NetApp Partner Awards, taking home the accolade for ‘Innovative Cloud Services’ for our Sungard AS powered Police App Store, a unique community focused application store which delivers a powerful suite of Applications for UK Police Forces, and which was enabled by our close working relationships with both NetApp and Cisco. We were also highly commended in the Service Provider of the Year category.
DRaaS Magic Quadrant recognition by Gartner
The praises don’t end there; in recent weeks Sungard AS was also positioned as a leader in Gartner’s inaugural Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) Magic Quadrant report. Gartner noted Sungard AS’ completeness of vision and its ability to execute as key factors in placing it at the forefront of the industry. With such a well-regarded DRaaS solution it’s no surprise that Sungard AS has also been shortlisted multiple times for both the BC Awards and the BCI Europe Awards.
Building on our Independence
These awards, however, are not simply an acclamation of the good work we’ve done over the past year – but go some way to showing how we have continued to progress as a business since becoming independent of SunGard Data Systems. Our managed services and cloud solutions are highly regarded in the industry, with Sungard AS viewed as a way to guarantee a reliable and always-on service for clients production as well as recovery needs.
We have worked to broaden the scope of what resilience means for a business – ensuring that people and process are included alongside technology – while working alongside client organisations to understand their business needs and work with the systems they have to deliver solutions tailored to their unique needs. Not every business wants to take the plunge into full cloud and we see it as our job to help customers operate their IT in the way they want – whether that is public/private cloud, colocation, on premise or via a traditional mainframe. Or more likely, a hybrid of all.
More than anything, our recent achievements demonstrate the value that Sungard AS’ global team of experienced professionals can deliver to our customer base, as well as the level of innovation, forward thinking and trust we bring to the market. We are enormously proud of the service we supply and will be working to continue this over the coming year.