PARIS - June 24, 2014 – Budapest, the Hungarian capital and World Heritage Site, is this year’s venue for the eighth celebration of NetApp’s EMEA Partner and Pathways Summit. The exclusive channel event lasting from June 10-12, 2014 is attended by executives from NetApp’s leading partners across the EMEA region, who receive latest updates about channel opportunities, corporate strategy, joint go-to-market, and much more. The event is highlighted by the Wednesday evening gala dinner at the 18th century chateau Kiscelli museum where NetApp EMEA Partner Performance and Innovation Awards are presented in nine categories. This year’s winner in the category “EMEA Distributor of the Year”: Arrow Electronics.

“The NetApp EMEA Partner Performance and Innovation Awards are our way of honoring partners that demonstrate the ability to deliver joint growth, outstanding customer care and holistic expertise in the multi-faceted field of storage and data management,” says Thomas Ehrlich, NetApp Vice President Partners & Pathways EMEA. “We have great partners all across Europe but these nine represent some of the finest. It is a great pleasure to say ’Thank You’ and congratulate Arrow for their category win “Distributor of the Year”.

Partners eligible for one of the nine awards were selected based on their success with NetApp and areas like technical knowledge, customer care and approachability, outstanding contributions to selected account business, customer wins, or marketing. The award winners enjoy a range of business benefits, including significant marketing funding. In addition, NetApp hands out a charitable donation of $10,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which is presented on behalf of one award winner drawn during the gala dinner.

“Arrow ECS continued the enhancement of its EMEA-wide NetApp business - culminating in an award that rightly recognises the dedication and innovation of the Arrow ECS UK team”, says Jesper Trolle, vice president sales, Arrow ECS EMEA. “Having developed and delivered on a strong, innovative business proposition to consistently increase revenue and the effectiveness and success of the channel community, Arrow ECS UK has provided a rich contribution to the Arrow ECS EMEA NetApp team. In summary, it is great to collect a NetApp award for a second year running, last year we won the EMEA Distributor of the Year in Spain.”