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Press Release -- February 10th, 2011
Source: Colt Group
Tags: Datacenter, Exchange, Video

Colt Wins Service Provider Program Partner of the Year Award at VMware Partner Exchange

Partners from Around the World Take Home Top Honors for Delivering VMware Virtualisation and Cloud Solutions to Companies of All Sizes

10 February 2011

Colt, Europe’s leading information delivery platform, announced today that it has been recognised by VMware as EMEA winner of a VMware Partner Network Award in the Service Provider of the Year category. The award was presented at VMware Partner Exchange 2011, VMware’s annual partner event, on Feb. 9 in Orlando, Fla.

“VMware’s partners continue to be the foundation of our business, and we are pleased to recognise the great work they have accomplished throughout 2010,” said Andy Hunt, vice president, EMEA partners, VMware. “VMware Partner Exchange brings partners together for training, education and networking with peers to help deliver enterprise hybrid cloud solutions to customers – making this the premiere event to help them strengthen their virtualisation and cloud practices and distinguish themselves in the marketplace. We congratulate Colt, and we look forward to continuing our work together.”

Colt is Europe’s leading information delivery platform enabling its customers to share, process and store their vital business information by combining three key powerful resources; network, IT infrastructure and expertise.

"Colt is the first European-based service provider to provide local-presence enterprise-class cloud services in Europe.” said Mark Leonard, EVP, Infrastructure Services Unit, Colt. "Colt customers can now benefit from the agility of our VMware vCloud Datacenter Service; with the security, performance and application portability that defines this service. We are delighted to have won this highly regarded award."

VMware acknowledged key performances and outstanding achievements by the company’s ecosystem partners during 2010. Winners from EMEA were recognized in 12 categories:

  • Solution Provider of the Year
  • Education Partner of the Year
  • Distributor of the Year
  • Systems Integrator of the Year
  • SMB Partner of the Year
  • Desktop Competency Partner of the Year
  • VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) Partner of the Year
  • Academic Partner of the Year
  • Infrastructure Virtualization Competency Partner of the Year
  • Partner Executive MVP
  • Business Continuity Competency Partner of the Year
  • Government Partner of the Year

About VMware Partner Exchange 2011

VMware Partner Exchange 2011 is the marquis global event for virtualization and cloud partners, offering more than 150 sessions and an extensive exhibitor pavilion to demonstrate how partners can transform their virtualization businesses to deliver enterprise hybrid cloud solutions to customers. Partner attendees received a preview into the next generation of programs and products coming from VMware and offered partners an exclusive opportunity to hear from VMware executives including Paul Maritz, chief executive officer; Carl Eschenbach, co-president, customer operations; Raghu Raghuram, senior vice president and general manager, virtualization and cloud platforms; Tod Nielsen, co-president, application platform; Chris Young, vice president and general manager, end user computing; and Rick Jackson, chief marketing officer.

About Colt

Colt is Europe’s leading information delivery platform, enabling its customers to share, process and store their vital business information. As an established leader in delivering integrated networking and IT managed services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers, Colt operates a 19-country, 33,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 38 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 17,000 buildings and 19 Colt data centres. In 2010, Colt Data Centre Services business was created to introduce Colt’s innovative modular concept for rapidly delivering long-term, high quality, large data centre space.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT). Information about Colt and its services can be found at www.colt.net

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For more information, please contact:

Press contacts
Colt, François d’Essertaux
DDI: +44(0)20 7863 5015
Email: francois.dessertaux@colt.net

Weber Shandwick, Thomas Andrews
DDI:   +44 (0) 207 067 0712
Email: ColtUK@webershandwick.com

Industry analysts’ contact
Octopus, Agi Donnithorne
DDI: + 44 (0)8453 700655
Mobile: +44 (0)7595 003328
Email: ColtAR@octopuscomms.net

Analysts/investors’ contact
Colt, Gill Maclean
DDI: +44(0)20 7863 5314
Email: ColtInvestorRelations@colt.net

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