Veeam Bolsters Channel Program with New Benefits for Key Partners
More than a year after first launching its Veeam Accredited Services Partner (VASP) program, the company now is bolstering it with more educational and training opportunities, additional sales and marketing support, and a wide range of other benefits.
The expanded VASP program, being made available to a select group of Veeam’s partners, will also add all-new VASP branding to allow participants to differentiate their higher level of Veeam training, sales and support with their customers.
“The VASP program is being enhanced based on what was created initially last year when we started it,” Kevin Rooney, Veeam’s vice president of Americas partner sales, told Channel Futures. “It will remain a select group of partners” that are committed to the company’s products and services and who want to deepen their training, marketing and other services with Veeam.
“They will have privileged visibility from a marketing standpoint and will be promoted by Veeam in our partner directory” and through additional resources, he said. “We never really had a branding opportunity around the VASP program in the past. Now we will have a logo for partners in the program and they can use it in their communications with customers.”
In addition, Veeam will also offer marketing funds to select customers at the company’s discretion, he added.
From a business standpoint, the updated VASP program will provide select partners with deeper leverage into Veeam’s sales force, developers and others, giving them additional help in selling the company’s products, said Rooney.
“We are understanding the requirements that their customers are looking for service delivery and we don’t do it on our own,” so Veeam is deepening its work with partners to help make it happen, he said.
Under the new VASP program, select partners will also have access to Veeam’s Center of Excellence, which is a Veeam environment that includes a ProPartner portal and a wide array of services, dedicated training and support so partners can further assist their customers, said Rooney. Also included is a software architecture support line for early access to Veeam developers, as well as some new professional services offerings including access to Veeam demo labs, he said.
“Our customers were asking for it,” he said of the enhancements to the partner program. “They were asking us to give them a clearer services community, accredited by Veeam, with access to experts and labs and more. All of these were things that customers were looking at for ease of service. Our partners had skills but needed more Veeam help and educational opportunities.”
For partners, the VASP program improvements will likely provide more profit potential and allows them to show their training and expertise to customers, said Rooney.
“This allows them to do it much better, more efficiently and with better branding,” he said.
Under VASP, Veeam is restructuring its professional services department into a channel alignment model, which will allow it to more easily and directly provide internal resources exclusively to VASP members. Veeam, which sells Veeam backup and cloud data management applications and services, does all of its business through its channel partners.
Dan Timko, chief strategy officer at J2 Global for OffsiteDataSync, a Veeam partner, told Channel Futures that the VASP enhancements will allow his company to …