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NetApp named 2008 Citrix Ready Solution of the Year by Citrix Systems

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NetApp  have announced that they have received the Citrix Ready Solution of the Year award from Citrix Systems, which recognises a company that excels in providing application delivery and virtualisation solutions to customers that are complementary to Citrix and drive Citrix adoption. NetApp were honoured with the award during Citrix Summit, the premier training conference designed for Citrix business partners worldwide. 

Frank Artale, Vice President, Business Development, Citrix Systems said that NetApp exemplify how partnering with Citrix Systems enables both companies to deliver joint solutions that benefit customers worldwide and increase market leverage. Together, their goal is to provide mutual customers with seamless, integrated, end-to-end application delivery and virtualisation solutions that improve IT efficiency, support increased mobility, reduce costs, and accelerate business agility. 

NetApp were chosen for this award based on five selection criteria from Citrix: impact on business, commitment to their relationship with Citrix, customer satisfaction, channel and field commitment, and marketing commitment. Citrix Ready showcases select, trusted solutions designed to meet various customer needs. Through the online catalog and Citrix Ready branding programme, customers can easily find and build a trusted infrastructure. Citrix Ready not only demonstrates current mutual product compatibility, but through continued industry relationships also makes sure of future interoperability. 

Patrick Rogers, Vice President of Solutions Marketing, NetApp said that \ NetApp have worked closely with Citrix Systems to promote and provide the benefits of application delivery and virtualisation to customers by offering specific NetApp storage solutions for Citrix. These solutions leverage the one-click NetApp storage integration embedded in Citrix XenServer and are now also a part of the Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix Delivery Center, and Citrix Cloud Centre product offerings. 

Patrick Rogers also said that with these embedded capabilities in XenServer 5, Citrix customers can fully leverage unique NetApp solutions such as data deduplication for primary storage at no extra cost. NetApp are honoured to be chosen as a Citrix Ready Solution of the Year and to be showcased within the Citrix global alliance and channel ecosystems. 

The Citrix Ready initiative provide partner management, joint solution testing, joint marketing, go-to-market tools, and support so that partners such as NetApp can embrace and extend Citrix application delivery infrastructure solutions to leverage Citrix’s dominant market strength, global presence, brand recognition, and worldwide go-to-market channels. 

Building partnerships with industry leaders is a central component of NetApp’s and Citrix’s business strategies. Together, NetApp and Citrix deliver high levels of customer satisfaction through improved performance and accelerated return on investment for application delivery, storage, and data management for virtualised server and desktop environments.

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