17 Dec 2020
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Palo Alto’s NZ partner award winners announced

The winners of the Palo Alto Networks of its 2020 New Zealand Partner Awards have been announced, recognising a diverse range of established and growing businesses that have integrated to deliver security solutions that provide customers with visibility and compliance for all Palo Alto Networks services. 

The awards recognise partners whose business models have adapted to customers' needs and delivered excellence for large and small organisations in the security industry.

"We are delighted to acknowledge our amazing partner community who have helped us take our industry leading security solutions to customers of all sizes across New Zealand in 2020. These award winners have innovated and adapted quickly and efficiently to help us deliver new wins and growth throughout an extremely challenging and unprecedented year. These partners have helped our mutual customers to keep their users, data and applications safe and secure all whilst driving accelerated digital transformation initiatives and programmes of work for organisations of all sizes,” says Palo Alto Networks New Zealand channel and commercial business head Vasely Sapunov.

A panel of experts selected the following seven winners with comment from Palo Alto on what nabbed each company the award

Partner of the Year: Datacom

Datacom has won the award for its outstanding commitment and work alongside Palo Alto Networks to deliver exceptional growth in some of the largest enterprise accounts in New Zealand as well as growing engineering capability locally with technical accreditations.

Partner SE of the Year: David Hull - Datacom

David Hull is recognised for his dedication and commitment to Palo Alto Networks and is seen as a trusted leader in the New Zealand technical community. Earlier this year David Hull was awarded with Palo Alto Networks top status, CYBERFORCE Guardian, under Palo Alto Networks Cyberforce technical recognition programme – the first Guardian in the APAC region and the 36th globally.

Cortex Partner of the Year: Cybersmart

Cybersmart has won the award for demonstrating thought leadership and momentum in driving sales in the Cortex Portfolio to local government and enterprise customers.

CSSP Partner of the Year: Fastcom

Fastcom has won the award for demonstrating excellence in delivering managed security services and providing a range of solutions for large and small organisations in an industry leading manner utilising the CSSP platform. 

Rising Star Partner of the Year - New Zealand: Network Edge

Network Edge won the award for delivering a ‘break-out’ year with Palo Alto Networks and demonstrated outstanding ability in driving new opportunities in the commercial segment and engaging new customers during FY20.

Rising Star Partner of the Year - Pacific Islands: VirtualFlex Fiji

VirtualFlex Fiji won the award for delivering a 'break-out' year with Palo Alto Networks and demonstrated outstanding ability in executing on both sales engagements and a strong commitment to technical enablement during FY20.

MSSP of the Year: Liquid IT

Liquid IT won the award for delivering excellence in managed services leveraging the Palo Alto Networks technology portfolio. Liquid IT was able to provide a range of services for government organisations in an industry leading manner.

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