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AHEAD achieves new VCE Gold Partner status

Companies mentioned in this article: AHEAD, LLC

CHICAGO, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- AHEAD recently met the vigorous requirements to attain the new VCE Gold Partner status. "Achieving Gold status shows VCE's confidence in AHEAD's demonstrated ability to provide Vblock architecture, deployment, and implementation services. At AHEAD, we place the highest priority on investing in the capabilities of our team. Being one of the first partners nationally to achieve VCE's new comprehensive certification demonstrates our leadership and further displays the breadth of our technical capabilities," said AHEAD Director of Service Delivery Paul Bostjancic.

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The recently launched VCE Partner Program for Solution Providers and VCE Certified Professional program are intended to ensure qualified, quality services delivery engineers and partners with the skills necessary to assure customers that their Vblocks will perform at full potential.

VCE's certification process validates levels of mastery and is role based, and based on specific technologies. It includes not only training and testing, but also in-field mentoring, field shadowing, and competency assessment of Vblock system technical implementation skills, certifying that every step of the process meets VCE's requirements.

"AHEAD has been able to reach this level quickly in part because of our emphasis on teaching Vblock to every engineer on our team through our Ahead Certified Infrastructure Professional program (ACIP). Through ACIP we have been able to leverage our specific talents across the broader converged infrastructure solution," added Bostjancic. "We've been delivering on the VCE solutions since its inception into the marketplace; now we not only have the capability, but we also have expanded our capacity to deliver."

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About AHEAD

AHEAD helps clients move to an optimized IT service delivery model by accelerating their transformation from a builder of components to a broker of services. With our deep expertise in today's compelling technologies, we ensure clients can keep pace with business demands.

ABOUT VCE

VCE, formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for its customers. VCE, through Vblock Systems, delivers the industry's only fully integrated and fully virtualized cloud infrastructure system. VCE solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments, allowing customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating, and managing IT infrastructure.

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AHEAD and the AHEAD logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of AHEAD, LLC in the United States and certain other countries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Media Contact: Allison McGreevy, AHEAD, LLC, 312-496-7993, allison.mcgreevy@thinkahead.com

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