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Sentinel Technologies Achieves Net App Support Services Certification

Downers Grove, IL – May, 2012 – Sentinel Technologies Inc. announced that the company has met the program objectives and resource requirements to provide Net App authorized support through the Net App Support Services Certification Program. According to Net App, partners accepted into the Support Services Program from NetApp are expected to provide for improved customer satisfaction while enabling partners to provide their own brand of support.

Improving customer satisfaction
“We fulfill an important role in our customer’s delivery of IT to their organizations” says Jay Hackney, Sr. VP of Operations for Sentinel. “Supplying design services and product from industry leaders like Cisco, NetApp, EMC, Vmware, Microsoft and HP but then backing it with a more personalized and consistent support model ultimately creates an improved experience and outcome. We also offer enhanced support through the monitoring and automatic alerting performed within our 24/7 Network Operations Center. Our NOC team provides the full spectrum of support options – from notify only, to remote remediation, all the way to a fully managed solution.”

Program enables partners to provide their own brand of support
Sentinel has been providing their own brand of support - High Availability Network Support or HANS - for over ten years. Over that period, HANS has become a popular option for Sentinel customers who prefer to operate their IT environments on best-in-class IT infrastructures but also want a high touch support model delivered from a flexible, agile and experienced vendor such as Sentinel. According to Sentinel Sr. VP Robert Keblusek, “Sentinel has been providing its customers support and maintenance services for nearly 30 years so the NetApp Support Services program dovetails perfectly with the strengths of our organization.”

Commitment to training, resource availability and deep integration between Sentinel and NetApp are key
Under the NetApp Support Services Program, Sentinel will provide Level 1 and Level 2 NetApp Support Services. In order to provide this level of support, Sentinel first needed to: meet NetApp training and certification standards; follow NA standards for support process and infrastructure capability; add value in the technical support process; and be enabled with training, support tools, and backup support. Additionally Sentinel receives priority case routing for their customers in the program and has full access to NetApp proprietary resources such as the NA Technical Support Centers, parts depot and engineering support that includes bug fixes. Sentinel, as a leader in FlexPod design and deployment for NetApp, also extends the shared support model with HANS to the network core, distribution and access layers moving the single company support model beyond the boundaries of the FlexPod into the entire compute, data center switching, fabric/unified fabric and network environment.

Sentinel has already developed and is offering several support solutions specifically designed to leverage the NetApp Support Services Authorization. For more information, contact Sentinel at (630) 769-4343 or visit the Sentinel web site at www.sentinel.com


About Sentinel Technologies Inc.
Founded in 1982, Sentinel Technologies understands the role of technology in business and the value of reliable IT solutions for complex and mission critical operations. Strategic relationships with industry leaders including Cisco, Microsoft, and EMC enables Sentinel to be a proactive partner in meeting business goals and maximizing IT investments. Highly skilled Sentinel teams excel in assessing, designing, deploying, and supporting customized solutions in three core areas; Communications Technologies, Data Center and Outsourced/Managed Services. For more information about Sentinel Technologies, call (800)769-4343 or visit us at www.sentinel.com


About NetApp
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognized as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com.

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