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IBM wins the CRN ARC award, again!
Every successful enterprise—large or small—relies heavily on business partnerships. IBM recognizes this and we’ve made a renewed commitment to strengthening our Business Partner community and program. The success of this commitment was recently confirmed when IBM was named the winner of the Partnership award in the Enterprise Network Storage subcategory of the 2017 CRN Annual Report Card (ARC) Survey.
Each year, the CRN ARC awards recognize the best in the industry as voted by more than 3,200 solution providers. IBM wants to personally thank The Channel Company—and especially our Business Partners—for honoring IBM with this esteemed award.
In addition to winning the Partnership award for Enterprise Network Storage, IBM swept the Overall Category for Business Analytics. These awards are significant wins for IBM as we continue to work with our valued Business Partners around the world to provide the products, solutions and incentives that help you and your clients succeed.
As important as this award is in confirming that IBM is building powerful relationships with our Business Partners, even more important is the fact that IBM has now won a CRN ARC Partnership award for Enterprise Network Storage twice in the past three years.
Additionally, beyond the CRN ARC awards, IBM recently earned global recognition for our industry leadership from storage industry leaders. For example, just last week IBM Spectrum Scale received the “Most Innovative Flash Memory Enterprise Business Application” award at the Flash Memory Summit.
In July, IBM Spectrum Protect was named a Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Recovery Solutions, the 12th time out of 13 Gartner Magic Quadrants that IBM Spectrum Protect has achieved this recognition. Also in July, IBM all-flash solutions were named Leaders in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays for the fourth consecutive year.
IBM has committed to providing the most advantageous Channel programs possible. I believe this wave of positive recognition demonstrates that, in fact, we offer the best business partnership opportunities and support in the industry.
The CRN ARC awards represent a great achievement for those who win them. 2017 is the 32nd year that The Channel Company has offered solution providers across North America the opportunity to rate their vendor partners as part of CRN’s Annual Report Card. This year, solution providers scored vendors in 25 product categories according to three sets of criteria: product innovation, support and partnership. Those, in turn, were made up of 17 subcategories such as product quality and reliability under the product innovation criterion, training under support, and revenue and profit potential under the partnership criterion.
IBM Business Partners have reacted quite favorably to the announcement of this award:
“Global Computer Systems has worked with IBM for over 20 years. IBM is one of our most trusted Business Partners,” states Jay Obernauer, Vice President of Global Computer Systems. “A key advantage that IBM brings to the Channel is the breadth and depth of their enterprise storage portfolio. They are the number-one software defined storage vendor on the planet, and when you combine this technology leadership with their highly successful all-flash storage systems, you get an unmatched competitive advantage in the marketplace. Now IBM adds the CRN ARC Partnership award for Enterprise Network Storage for the second time in three years. The multiple ARC awards demonstrate IBM’s ongoing commitment to their Business Partners and the success this generates. Strength and stability in the Channel. Technology leadership. IBM has a lot to offer. We’re proud to call them our Business Partner.”
Awards and recognition from our peers are greatly appreciated, but their real value lies in the confidence they can inspire in business offices and data centers around the world. That’s why it’s very important for you to make the most of this recognition by leveraging these wins with your clients.
You can learn more about this recognition in the IBM press release and in the ARC online results. The Annual Report Card will be featured in the October issue of CRN. You can also let us know what you think by using the comments feature below.
Eric Herzog (@zoginstor)
Vice President, Product Marketing and Management
Vice President, Worldwide Storage Channels
IBM Storage Systems
Vice President, NA Systems Channel Sales
 Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, July 2017 (G00311191)
 Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays, July, 2017 (G00315723)