OVH Wins Big at the VMware Partner Exchange 2013 in Las Vegas

Like every year, 4000 VMware partners gathered together in Las Vegas for the annual VMware Partner Exchange (PEX). The virtualisation world leader's grand event was held in Mandalay Bay from February 25th-28th.

The agenda included conferences, product presentations by VMware experts, official announcements about future projects, and most importantly, the presentation of awards to the VMware partners deemed to be the highest performing and most deserving. OVH Cloud Product Manager Hélène Caraux and Business Development VP Alban Schmutz made the trip to Vegas ...and they certainly were not disappointed!

Mandalay Bay and its pools are considered to be the best in Las Vegas. Sadly, Hélène Caraux and Alban Schmutz were too busy to beta-test them!

OVH wins double!

February 26th was a particularly momentous day for the two OVH representatives, as the company picked up not one, but two prizes for their Dedicated Cloudsolution! That morning, OVH received the Service Provider Program Partner 2013 award for the EMEA zone for the second time running. It was presented by Andy Hunt, Vice President of VMware partnerships in the EMEA . The big surprise came when OVH was also awarded the prize for Global Service Provider of the Year, during a gala dinner held that evening in the presence VMware's CEO and COO. The OVH teams' commitment and originality were applauded: “At OVH, they turn up for work in jeans and trainers! They're genuine geeks and it's this passion that made them win!”, announced the host of the evening.

Hélène Caraux, Cloud Product Manager at OVH, receives the Global Service Provider award from Carl Eschenbach, President and Chief Operating Officer (left) and Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer at VMware.

“This is really unexpected, and it's a great honour for OVH! said Hélène Caraux in delight. This means that VMware considers us to be their best Service Provider in the world. Just weeks before our Cloud services will be launched in North America, this demonstrates the level of trust that the world leader in virtualisation has in our company.” For Octave Klaba, founder of OVH “it means that what our teams devise and create for our clients is at the cutting edge, and it's setting the example for VMware partners across the globe. This award is recognition of our ingenuity, which we have demonstrated by using standard VMware software to create Private Cloud and Dedicated Cloud infrastructures. This provides greater guarantees than Public Cloud.” VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger also added that he was very impressed with the Roubaix hosting provider's achievements, and he wished the company the same success in America as they have had in Europe.

VMware announcements

Aside from handing out awards, VMware also took the opportunity to announce the Cloud Credits Purchasing Program. Customers will be able to purchase VMware Cloud Credits directly, which can then be spent on virtualisation solutions offered by VMware's chosen Service Providers. When this programme is launched next March, only twelve partners in the world (OVH included of course), will be able to offer the Cloud Credits payment facility.

The Strip is calm, everyone is at Partner Exchange

(1) The “EMEA zone” refers to a geographical region comprised of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.