IN PICTURES: Hitachi Data Systems Connect 2015

Over 80 partners hit the Sheraton Noosa for the HDS annual A/NZ partner summit. Attendees heard presentations from HDS on its partner strategy for the coming year and alliance partners SAP, VMware and Veritas. The vendor also used the last night of the event to honour its most successful partners. Photos by Chris Player who travelled to Connect 2015 as a guest of Hitachi Data Systems.

  • HDS vice president and country manager A/NZ, Nathan McGregor welcomes partners on the first night

  • HDS vice president and country manager A/NZ, Nathan McGregor welcomes partners on the first night

  • Maui Jim was brought in to provide partners with the essential tools for three days in Noosa, sunglasses

  • Aaron Steppat (VMware) with Greg Knieriemen (HDS)

  • Phillip Teague, Nathan McGregor and Richard Grabinger (HDS)

  • Nathan McGregor kicked off the sessions on the second day

  • HDS director Cloud and service providers and southern region, Altay Ayyuce, discussed the company's Cloud service provider partner program

  • HDS director social innovation APAC, Keith Roscarel, gave partners insight into the opportunities in the public safety market

  • HDS senior vice president global partner organisation, Mike Walkey, gave partners a global perspective

  • HDS industry alliances and solutions director, Phillip Teague, outlined the company's channel strategy and vision for A/NZ

  • HDS vice president integrated solutions, Richard Grabinger, gave an overview on the social innovation program

  • Veritas senior principal architect APJ, Scott Meddings, spoke about the opportunities with Veritas and HDS

  • Getting set for the awards dinner

  • Datacom's Greg Davies accepted the Partner of the Year award

  • Insync Technology general manager, Nathan Belling, accepting the New Partner of the year award

  • Global Storage senior account director, Gavin Hoffman, receives the solution partner of the year award

  • Regional partner of the year, Perfekt. Mark Sakajiou, Craig Tamin and Abie Gelbart with HDS leadership

  • The lucky prize draw for a coveted Jarryd Hayne jersey

  • Datacom's Greg Davies was the lucky winner

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