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Report written by Lorine Schieber wins big at VMware Partner Exchange 2013 in Las Vegas

For the second year in a row, VMware rewarded with not only the Service Provider Program Partner 2013 award for the EMEA region (1), but most importantly with the title of Global Service Provider of the year.

As they do every year, 4,000 partners of VMware met in Las Vegas for the VMware Partner Exchange – or PEX. This large conference of the world leader in virtualization was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino from February 25th to 28th.

The weekend’s schedule included conferences, product presentations by VMware experts, official announcements about future projects and mainly an awards ceremony by VMware to reward its most efficient and deserving partners. Hélène Caraux, Cloud Products Manager and Alban Schmutz, Business Development Vice President at made the trip and were not disappointed! wins twice!

February 26th was particularly intense for OVH’s two representatives as the hosting provider won for its Private Cloud solution, not one… but two awards! In the morning, received for the second time in a row the award for the Service Provider Program Partner 2013 for the EMEA region from the hands of Andy Hunt, Vice President of VMware's Partner Organization in EMEA. However, the biggest surprise of the day came when won the Global Service Provider award. It was given that same evening during an awards ceremony, as the CEO and COO of VMware were in attendance. The involvement and originality of the teams at were underlined: “They go to work in jeans and sneakers! They are legitimate geeks, and it is that passion that got them this award!” said the host of the evening.

"This award is a token of our ingenuity."

VMware’s announcements

Outside of the awards ceremony, VMware presented to its partners the Cloud Purchasing Program. Indeed, clients who wish to do so will soon be able to purchase Cloud credits directly from VMware, to then spend them through different Service Providers, handpicked by VMware. At the launch of this program this March, only twelve partners around the world, including, will be able to provide payment through “Cloud credits”.

(1) The “EMEA region” refers to the geographical region comprising Europe, Middle East and Africa.