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AWS Storage Competency Launches for Consulting Partners

Amazon Web Services (AWS) this week announced the availability of a new storage competency for consulting partners enrolled in its AWS Partner Network (APN).

The new AWS Storage Competency for Consulting Partners is designed "to help customers identify APN Consulting Partners who have a strong understanding of AWS architectural best practices, possess deep AWS expertise, and who are able to deliver storage solutions together with APN Technology Partners," said Kate Miller, senior content manager for the APN, in a blog post Wednesday.

The launch of the storage competency for consulting partners comes three years after AWS rolled it out for its APN technology partners.

Consulting partners that achieve the competency "possess deep domain and consulting expertise to help enterprises adopt and deploy complex storage solutions in one or more core storage categories, including Backup & Recovery, Primary Storage, Archive, or Business Continuance/Disaster Recovery (BCDR)," Miller added. "These APN Partners have demonstrated success fully implementing storage solutions and projects on AWS, and are familiar with existing AWS Storage Competency Technology Partner solutions on AWS."

Partners interested in earning the storage competency can download this Consulting Partner Validation Checklist. Requirements include membership as an APN Consulting Partner, demonstrated proficiency in deploying storage projects on AWS, and at least four storage-specific customer references.

AWS rolled out the new competency with seven launch partners: REAN Cloud, Infiniti Consulting Group, Proact IT UK, HCL Technologies, Ahead, CorpInfo Services and Datapipe.

"We're committed to building upon our strong relationship with AWS -- one that we've fostered since we first launched managed services for AWS in 2010," said David Lucky, Datapipe's director of product management, in a prepared statement. "Being one of the first APN partners to achieve AWS Storage Competency Status is a testament to our long track record of safeguarding our customers mission-critical information and ensuring their continued success on AWS Cloud."

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