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IBM SmartCloud Underpins Avnet's New Custom Cloud Computing Services for Small and Midsize Businesses in India



IBM SmartCloud Underpins Avnet's New Custom Cloud Computing Services for Small
                       and Midsize Businesses in India

IBM SmartCloud selected as the foundation for Avnet Cloud Solutions

PR Newswire

BANGALORE, India, April 2, 2013

BANGALORE, India, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today
announced that Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions
distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has
selected IBM SmartCloud as the foundation for Avnet Cloud Solutions, a
portfolio of cloud offerings for small and midsize businesses in India. With
IBM SmartCloud, Avnet offers compute and storage capabilities in a utility
model and structures customized solutions such as disaster recovery and
managed services.

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Avnet has a strong presence in India, where it is expanding its portfolio of
services to include customized cloud solutions for small and midsize
businesses across various industries, including retail, logistics,
manufacturing, banking and financial services, public sector and education,
among others. Cloud computing holds tremendous potential for a significant
number of small and midsize Indian enterprises with limited IT resources. IBM
SmartCloud will enable Avnet partners to offer their customers access to
enterprise-level IT at affordable price points without additional investment
in infrastructure, security, back-up, upgrades and maintenance. This
partnership will help those customers derive benefits by adopting a robust
cloud architecture and service model, leapfrogging the traditional investment
in enterprise IT.

"As the need for a robust, yet affordable, IT infrastructure rises, cloud
computing presents a significant value proposition to customers and service
providers," said Naresh Desai, general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions,
India. "Powered by IBM SmartCloud, our portfolio of cloud solutions will help
our clients address their business requirements and drive growth."

An enterprise-class public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), IBM
SmartCloud delivers secure and scalable hosted IT infrastructure with
on-demand access to virtual server and storage resources. Leveraging the
transformational capabilities of IBM SmartCloud, Avnet Cloud Solutions will
enable companies to focus on their core operational activities without having
to pay extra for ownership of IT systems or to invest large amounts of capital
for IT projects. The organizations will also be able to reduce cost through a
shift from capital expenditure (CAPEX) to monthly operation expense (OPEX)
model.

"The Avnet and IBM strategic collaboration will focus on every client's
specific compute needs and give them the flexibility and opportunity to
scale," said Vamsi Mudiam, cloud leader, IBM, India/South Asia. "The IBM
SmartCloud portfolio will help Avnet establish a robust infrastructure for
seamless delivery and enhanced customer satisfaction."

Natural Ice Cream, a leading ice cream manufacturer in India, was looking to
harness the transformational capabilities of cloud computing to gain technical
superiority and scalability. By leveraging the IaaS capabilities of Avnet
Cloud Solutions, Natural Ice Cream will be able to instantaneously shift their
applications with no capital expenditure and reduce operating and
infrastructure management costs in a secure environment. They can now focus on
their core business and leave IT management to a trusted partner.

About Avnet Cloud Solutions:
For more information on Avnet Cloud Solutions, please visit
www.avnetcloudready.in 

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
www.avnet.com.

About IBM India: 
For more information on IBM India, please visit http://www.ibm.com/in/en/ 

About IBM Cloud Computing 
IBM has helped thousands of clients adopt cloud models and manages millions of
cloud based transactions every day. IBM assists clients in areas as diverse as
banking, communications, healthcare and government to build their own clouds
or securely tap into IBM cloud-based business and infrastructure services. IBM
is unique in bringing together key cloud technologies, deep process knowledge,
a broad portfolio of cloud solutions, and a network of global delivery
centers. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit 
http://www.ibm.com/smartcloud. Follow us on Twitter at
http://www.twitter.com/ibmcloud and on our blog at
http://www.thoughtsoncloud.com

SOURCE IBM

Website: http://www.ibm.com
Contact: Preeti Gupta, IBM India, Ph No: 91 9901568510, Email ID:
preeti.gupta8@in.ibm.com
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