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Distribution Central’s channel investment pays off with Palo Alto Networks recognition

Distribution Central’s channel investment pays off with Palo Alto Networks recognition

“To achieve Elite ASC and Elite ATC status within weeks of each other is testament to our investment in the Palo Alto Networks channel in Australia and New Zealand.”

Distribution Central has today announced that its training and certification business unit - Red Education - has been appointed an “Elite Authorised Training Centre (ATC)” by Palo Alto Networks, the leader in enterprise security.

Red Education is the first ATC in Australia and New Zealand that carries this status, and closely follows Distribution Central achieving the status of Palo Alto Networks Elite Authorised Support Centre (ASC), A/NZ Distribution Partner of the Year, and APAC Distributor of the Year, awarded to Distribution Central at the 2014 Palo Alto Networks Partner Conference.

In addition to program compliance, one of the key requirements for an Elite ATC relates to student evaluation results and exceeding student volume expectations.

Since becoming a Palo Alto Networks ATC in 2013 Red Education has trained more than 220 partners and over 300 end users in Palo Alto Networks courses.

The average student feedback has been 4.2 out of 5 across all key metrics including instructor and lab performances and facilities. Based on these metrics Red Education is among the top 20% of performers in the APAC region.

“To achieve Elite ASC and Elite ATC status within weeks of each other is testament to our investment in the Palo Alto Networks channel in Australia and New Zealand,” says Nick Verykios, Managing Director, Distribution Central.

According to Rob Howard, Managing Director, Red Education, the business unit has had strong growth in student numbers since signing on as a Palo Alto Networks ATC, and are forecasting for that growth to continue.

“In addition, we are expanding our territory and will be delivering Palo Alto Networks courses throughout the entire APAC region,” he adds.

Echoing Howard’s comments, Verykios believes training is a key component to supporting the Palo Alto Networks channel.

“And it supplements the support we deliver through our Elite Authorised Support Centre (DC ChannelSupport), Advance Hardware Replacement Service (DC FireBlanket) and Remote Install Service (PANassist),” he adds.

At present, Distribution Central has grown from $1.6 million in FY2004 to more than $275 million in FY2014 in revenue, currently employing 120 staff across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

“We are pleased to acknowledge Red Education as a top performing Authorised Training Centre in A/NZ,” adds Keith Carter, APAC Head of Channels, Palo Alto Networks.

“Red Education’s student evaluation results have been exceptional. This achievement underscores their commitment to customer satisfaction and for delivering quality training courses on the Palo Alto Networks next-generation security platform.”

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