Amazon launched the AWS Networking Competency—a new program for APN Technology Partners at the Global Partner Summit at AWS re:Invent 2017, and announced 18 AWS Networking Competency launch partners across five categories: networking connectivity, AWS Direct Connect integration and infrastructure, load balancers, and network management.
AWS Networking Competency Partners are Advanced APN Tier Partners that provide network solutions to assist customers in adopting, developing, and deploying applications on AWS. They offer a set of specialized solutions that auto-scale, align with cloud design principles, and make it easier to use networking features in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).
The AWS Networking Competency launched with 18 APN Partners across five categories: networking connectivity, AWS Direct Connect integration and infrastructure, load balancers, and network management.
What is the AWS Networking Competency?
Amazon sets a high bar to become an AWS Networking Competency Partner, as Amazon wants to help customers identify and connect with APN Partners that can support them in multiple areas, including networking connectivity, AWS Direct Connect, load balancers, and network management.
To become an AWS Networking Competency Partner, enterprises undergo a strict validation of their capabilities to demonstrate technical proficiency and proven customer success. These APN Partners must also complete a technical audit of their networking solution or practice.
The AWS Competency Program is the global APN Partner program that helps customers find the most qualified organizations with deep expertise and proven customer success. In addition to networking, we are focused on providing customers and sellers with guidance in solution areas like Big Data, DevOps, Migration, and AWS IoT; in vertical markets such as Financial Services, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Government, and Digital Media; and with enterprise business applications like Microsoft Workloads and SAP.
Networking Categories and Launch Partners
There are 18 AWS Networking Competency launch partners in the following categories:
Networking Connectivity APN Partners offer technology that provides network connectivity to AWS, is capable of acting as a router that intelligently forwards packets, manages availability between different network paths, and provides Virtual Private Network (VPN) or Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD WAN) services. The AWS Networking Connectivity Launch Partners are:
AWS Direct Connect Integrated Partners
AWS Direct Connect Integration APN Partners provide Direct Connect connectivity to customers, including hosted connections as well as port-based connectivity, in addition to promoting greater integration and interaction with AWS services. AWS Direct Connect Integration APN Partners also offer software-defined networking functions to automate end-user services. The AWS Direct Connect Integration Launch Partners are:
AWS Direct Connect Infrastructure Partners
AWS Direct Connect Infrastructure APN Partners provide Direct Connect connectivity to customers, including network connectivity and infrastructure such as fiber or Direct Connect interconnections. The AWS Direct Connect Infrastructure Launch Partners are:
- Colt Technology
- Tata Communications
- TOKAI Communications
Load Balancing APN Partners offer technology that distributes network and application traffic across multiple IP-based devices as a service, maintains health status of target services, and supports security services such as SSL/TLS. The AWS Load Balancing Launch Partners are:
Network Management APN Partners offer technology that provides network health information, network visualization, and capability to alert and notify on network issues. The AWS Network Management Launch Partners are:
How to Get Involved
Customers interested in engaging an AWS Networking Competency Partner can search for and connect with APN Partners.
APN Technology Partners specializing in networking can learn more about becoming an AWS Networking Competency Partner. If your enterprise is building capabilities around networking, check out our APN Partner Journey and the tools available to you.
As an AWS Networking Competency Partner, APN Partners become eligible for a number of business, technical, and marketing benefits. To learn more about these benefits and the requirements to apply, see the AWS Competency Program page.