Sphere 3D Introduces Elite and ElitePro Virtualization Certification Program for Partners

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Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY), a containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider and parent company of Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, today announced availability of the Elite and ElitePro certification and partner programs to empower channel partners to sell the company’s desktop and application virtualization solutions. The new tiers added to the company’s FastTrack channel partner program provide reseller partners the essential tools necessary for successful sales, marketing and implementation initiatives.

Sphere 3D’s virtualization solutions, like its V3 family of virtual workspace products, require specific consultative and system architecture expertise that understands the nuances of desktop virtualization and best practices for installation across corporate enterprises, SMBs and Remote Office Branch Offices (ROBOs). The company’s new certification tiers are designed to deliver the knowledge base required for a reseller to ensure they design the optimal virtual desktop and application performance within customers’ IT environments.

Elite and ElitePro partners gain access to Sphere 3D’s FastTrack partner program, which encompasses the entire portfolio of Sphere 3D products, including the Overland and Tandberg Data brands. The enhanced education and the experience of deploying and testing the Sphere 3D virtualization offerings like V3 and Glassware 2.0 based appliances in their own environments help Sphere 3D Elite and ElitePro partners scale their sales efforts. Highlights of the tiered program include:

Elite Partner Program:

Exclusive partner promotions which include pre-designed VDI solution configurations for commonly seen use cases
Sales tools and training materials to educate partners on V3’s differentiation within the market
Qualified sharing of leads derived from Sphere 3D’s marketing efforts and those of our technology partners
Extra joint marketing development funds

Education and training programs with direct access to Sphere 3D’s technical teams, and joint account calls
Discounted evaluation units, with special pricing to support solutions bundles delivery
Strategic quarterly business reviews

ElitePro Partner Program – includes all Elite level benefits in aforementioned programs, plus

A V3 Architect Certification for team members to become an authorized implementer and architecture team member
Direct Level 1 technical support to customers
Note: additional technical pre-requisites and further training are required for this level of certification

“Our virtualization portfolio, combined with a focused certification program, is poised to help our channel partners win more business from both their existing customers as well as through new customer acquisition,” said Peter Bookman, global strategist at Sphere 3D. “Building a virtualization practice has never been easier for resellers and service providers; our attention to detail and software tools provide a great entry point for those looking to capitalize on the future of cloud computing.”

Mr. Bookman continued, “As the landscape of IT continues to evolve, becoming more complex and distributed, Sphere 3D is committed to simplifying the deployment and implementation of virtualization and data storage management solutions to enable complete Cloud experiences that are accessible to organizations of any size, whether 10 employees or 50,000. A large part of delivering on this simplification is to train and enable our partners with the knowledge and expertise they need to be successful.”

Additional Information

Details on the Elite and ElitePro Certification Programs can be found at http://sphere3d.com/fasttrack/
Also, see the following whitepapers available on the sphere3d.com website

V3 Storage Architecture Overview and Implications for VDI
Why 2016 will Finally See Elasticity in the Desktop Application Virtualization Market

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