The channel was highlighted as one of the reasons, along with its product portfolio, for the solid performance clocked up by storage player NetApp.
The vendor revealed the state of its finances with the arrow all going in the right direction for its fourth fiscal quarter ended 27 April with revenue climbing by 19% to $1.7bn compared to a year earlier with net income rising to $181m from $161m.
"With a strong product offerring and well established partner ecosystem, NetApp delivered its ninth consecutive quarter of over 20% year-on-year product revenue growth," said Tom Georgens, president and CEO at the storage vendor.
The relationship NetApp has with Cisco, the two have worked together on the cloud FlexPod architecture, started to gain customers and the vendor also saw some traction with its E-Seiers platform, which provides solutions for those looking for help with big data.
Last month also included the firm's 20th birthday and a chance for some reflection about the role played by staff and resellers in helping the firm get to its current position.
Georgens added that its unified scale out platform put the company in a strong position to attract those customers that were re-engineering their data centres, "to provide agility while reducing complexity and cost".
For the fiscal year revenues reached $6.23bn, up 22% compared to the year before but GAAP net income dropped from $673m to $605m.