Avnet Technology Solutions Americas Selected by Texas Memory Systems to Join Newly Formed Distribution Channel

  Avnet Technology Solutions Americas Selected by Texas Memory Systems to Join
  Newly Formed Distribution Channel

 Avnet to help resellers in the U.S. and Canada enhance their solutions sales
       and capitalize on the rapidly growing flash-based storage market

IBM Partner World Leadership 2013

Business Wire

TEMPE, Ariz. -- February 25, 2013

Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an
operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), today announced that it signed a
distribution agreement with Texas Memory Systems, Inc. (TMS), an IBM company
and a 34-year veteran of the enterprise data storage and digital signal
processing industries. TMS, which was acquired by IBM in October 2012,
selected Avnet to join its newly formed distribution channel. Under this
agreement, Avnet will help IBM business partners, solution providers and
value-added resellers (VARs) in the U.S. and Canada expand their data storage
solutions capabilities with a broad portfolio of flash-optimized storage
arrays and flash optimization software that help end-users increase the
returns on their data center infrastructure investments.

“Time is money for any business, and flash-based storage solutions are
incredibly powerful because they eliminate data latency between storage
environments and client applications,” said Mark Martin, vice president of
business development and marketing, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, IBM
Solutions group. “Our business partners recognize that flash-based storage
solutions are a smart way to optimize the storage environments of their
customers and achieve the maximum benefits of IT infrastructure. Avnet will
provide our partners with the tools and resources needed to capture new
opportunities related to the flash storage market, while even further
improving their customers’ satisfaction.”

Avnet will provide business partners with TMS’ full line of solid-state memory
solutions, such as the RamSan family of shared rackmount systems and
Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) cards. When implemented as
part of a complete storage solution, these products will enable partners to
improve their customers’ system performance by reducing critical issues in the
data center, such as server sprawl, power consumption, cooling and floor space
requirements. Additionally, partners will be able to help their customers save
money and invest more in innovation.

“The new relationship between Avnet and TMS will help us increase our
flash-based storage sales,” said Stan Wysocki, vice president of sales, Mark
III Systems. “We know Avnet will provide Mark III with the required
enablement, marketing expertise and market intelligence needed to effectively
incorporate the TMS products into our solutions portfolio.”

With more than 25 years of IBM distribution experience, Avnet offers a wide
variety of enablement services for business partners related to flash-based
storage and TMS. This includes in-depth training and market education, such as
custom executive coaching, and sales and technical training. Additionally,
Avnet provides pipeline development and support, including lead generation and
appointment-setting campaigns, customized end-user demand generation events,
and executive briefings to close opportunities, as well as live and virtual
demonstrations. Business partners can also gain greater specialization in the
data center through Avnet’s SolutionsPath^® practices, focused on high-growth
vertical markets, including energy, finance, government, healthcare and

Follow Avnet Technology Solutions, North America, on Twitter: @AvnetAdvantage
and @AvnetTSChannels.

About Avnet Technology Solutions

As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions collaborates
with its customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and
hardware solutions that address the business needs of their end-user customers
locally and around the world. The group serves customers and suppliers in the
Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US
$10.8 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2012. Avnet Technology
Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit

About Avnet

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a  Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest
distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded
technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success
by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of
customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For
the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Avnet generated revenue of $25.7 billion.
For more information, visit www.avnet.com.


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