VMware introduced its vCloud Hybrid Service yesterday, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering that connects and integrates both onsite and offsite IT environments and enables IT to extend their data centers to the cloud. What you might not know is that SHI is one of the first partners to begin offering vCloud Hybrid Service.
One of the greatest benefits that we see is that vCloud Hybrid Service doesn’t force IT departments to reinvent the wheel. The in-house applications and infrastructure in which they have already invested don’t require reconfiguring, and there isn’t any hardware required. It’s a seamless transition.
Of course, there are considerations that will need to be made and we’ll share those with you in the coming weeks as we begin to migrate customers to this hybrid cloud service. If you want to be one of the first, email me at Ed_McNamara@SHI.com.
Yesterday we unveiled the new SHI Backup as a Service (BaaS) offering and today, at EMC World, we introduced one of the partners that is helping to power that solution. SHI BaaS uses iomartcloud‘s enterprise cloud platform for its scalable, secure, and easy-to-manage enterprise-grade data backup and recovery capabilities as well as its user-friendly interface.
The press release we issued this afternoon has all of the details. Click below to read the announcement in its entirety.
SHI is breaking records like it’s our job. It’s not, of course. Our job is to connect you with the technology solutions your business needs. And our latest earnings announcement indicates that we must be doing it right.
SHI posted $1 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2013, a 15.5 percent increase year over year and our highest first quarter revenue total ever. Not only that, but this is the third consecutive year in which we set a revenue record for the first quarter.
There are a lot of factors that contributed to this growth, and the press release we put out today has them all. Most importantly, though, thanks to our loyal customers and partners for contributing to this success.
We’ve always been proud to be the largest Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) in the United States, and the latest recognition in our growing list of accolades helps us broadcast that story to a larger audience.
We announced today that SHI has been certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The certification comes as the result of a meticulous business review and site inspection aimed to confirm that the company is at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women.
This isn’t news to us — Thai Lee took over SHI in 1989 and has led the company through consistent and impressive record-breaking organic growth ever since. Many of our customers are familiar with our history as well and choose to work with us not only for our wide array of IT solutions and world-class service, but also for our ability to help them enhance their diversity programs.
However, this national recognition by the WBENC opens a number of new opportunities and gives us a good reason to shout it from the rooftops. Find out more about the certification in the press release we issued this morning.
Fourteen months ago, New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno helped SHI officially open a new World Headquarters that featured the SHI Cloud data center and plenty of office space for our continued employee expansion. Luckily, the renovated building features plenty of room in the trophy case.
Because earlier today, SHI picked up two more pieces of hardware, being named VMware’s SMB and Renewals Partner of the Year at VMware’s Partner Exchange in Las Vegas.
“SHI is honored to accept these awards, which serve as a testament to the strong bonds, support, and growth shared by our two organizations,” said Thai Lee, President and CEO of SHI International in our press release this afternoon. “Over the past five years, VMware has become one of SHI’s most trusted partners and has helped us elevate the level of conversation with customers to focus on more comprehensive and strategic data center solutions. Our relationship with VMware is a true partnership, one that benefits our customers above all else, and we look forward to nurturing that partnership for years to come.”
Driven by customer demand for VMware technologies, SHI’s VMware business has grown an average of 51 percent over the past five years, topping out at just under $200 million in 2012 (when SHI was named VMware Corporate Reseller Partner of the Year).
But more important that revenue growth, VMware technologies are continuously influencing the conversations SHI has with our clients. Last year, two thirds of the corporate customers who purchased VMware through SHI also purchased servers, storage, and networking hardware solutions.
For that, we are very thankful to VMware, and are proud to be named SMB and Renewals Partner of the Year!
In case you missed the headline this morning: SHI continues rapid growth, posts $4.45 billion in revenue for 2012. That’s an increase of 15 percent over last year, the final push needed for SHI to cross the $4 billion threshold for the first time in company history.
The press release we issued this morning has more of the details, including a breakdown of revenue growth across business segment and a recap of what it took to achieve another milestone: 2,000 full-time employees.
I’m back in the office this week after spending much of last week in Austin, Texas for Dell World — Dell’s second annual customer and partner event. It was a great chance to meet face-to-face with our customers and demonstrate our ever-strengthening partnership by tossing some SHI footballs to our colleagues at Dell (literally).
DELL PARTNER OF THE YEAR: (Left to right) Greg Davis, Dell Channel Chief; Ryan Ford, Senior Director Sales and Marketing Operations for SHI; Hal Jagger, VP/GM of SHI Corporate Sales; Jim DeFoe, VP of Global Commercial Channel Sales, Dell
On Tuesday, Dell revealed its Partner of the Year award winners for Fiscal Year 2013, and we’re both honored and excited to share that we received two of them. In fact, we were the only Dell partner to take home the award in two categories. SHI was named Healthcare Partner of the Year and, for the third year in a row, Direct Marketer Partner of the Year.
We issued a press release Thursday afternoon. Check it out for more info on the awards and additional reactions from yours truly.
And congrats to both the SHI and Dell teams for working together so well to enhance the value we bring our customers, and for making this possible.