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Avnet Wins 2013 Green Enterprise IT Award from Uptime Institute



  Avnet Wins 2013 Green Enterprise IT Award from Uptime Institute

   Avnet recognized in two categories for strategically using technology to
              conserve energy and support global business growth

Uptime Institute Symposium 2013

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- April 3, 2013

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a global value-added technology distributor, today
announced it was selected as the winner of the prestigious 2013 Green
Enterprise IT (GEIT) Award in the IT Retrofit category presented by the Uptime
Institute. Avnet was also chosen as the finalist in the Green Digital
Infrastructure Strategy category. The GEIT Awards showcase organizations that
are pioneering projects and innovations that significantly improve energy
productivity and resource use in IT. Avnet will be honored at the eighth
annual Uptime Institute Symposium taking place in Santa Clara, Calif., on May
13-16, 2013. As part of the Symposium’s agenda, Avnet will present a case
study about its award-winning green data center initiative.

“These recognitions from Uptime validate the tremendous achievements of our
IT, facilities and logistics teams,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice
president and CIO, Avnet, Inc. “We have created a culture where energy-saving
initiatives are woven into how we strategically look at our facilities, from
floor to ceiling, to dramatically reduce Avnet’s energy consumption. I’m
incredibly proud of the practical ways we found to significantly reduce
Avnet’s environmental impact while also creating a clear financial benefit for
the company.”

The Uptime Institute recognized Avnet as the winner in the IT Retrofit
category for significantly improving the energy efficiency and IT
effectiveness of its 25-year-old North American data center, which supports
Avnet’s global business in more than 80 countries. The IT team began a
multi-year initiative in 2005 to reduce Avnet's environmental impact, and
implemented a wide variety of innovative and practical projects that have
reduced energy consumption by more than 1.75 megawatt hours. These projects
included a new data storage management system, virtualization, a system
hibernation script, and video conferencing. As a direct result of this
initiative, Avnet has saved millions of dollars and avoided a multi-million
dollar power build out to the data center.

Additionally, Avnet was named the finalist in the Green Digital Infrastructure
Strategy category for its exceptional energy and resource efficiency in its
data centers and other facilities. Avnet’s award-winning green data center
initiative, coupled with energy conservation at the company’s flagship global
logistics center, reduced energy consumption by more than 3 megawatt hours. As
a part of its green digital infrastructure strategy, Avnet installed green
lighting and low-energy cooling solutions, including the first air-side
economizer in the Southwest that uses outside air from the Sonoran Desert to
provide an energy efficient way to maintain low temperatures.

The 2013 GEIT Awards are sponsored by Sabey Data Centers, and entries were
thoroughly reviewed by an international committee of independent judges
following a double-blind process. For more information about the Uptime
Institute Symposium 2013, please visit http://symposium.uptimeinstitute.com/.

Learn about Avnet's approach to IT on the Behind the Firewall blog:
http://blogging.avnet.com/weblog/cioinsights/

Find out more about Avnet's perspective on the IT market through its Tech
Trends video series: http://www.avnetondemand.com/

Follow Avnet on Twitter: @Avnet

Connect with Avnet on LinkedIn or Facebook:
http://www.linkedin.com/company/2572 or facebook.com/avnetinc

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute provides independent thought leadership, certification,
education and professional services for the global Digital Infrastructure™
industry. It serves all industry stakeholders, including enterprise and
third-party data center owners and operators, manufacturers, service providers
and engineers. Through Uptime Institute Professional Services, Uptime
Institute delivers due diligence assessments and Certifications of site
infrastructure and site management in accordance with the Tier and Operational
Sustainability Standards.

Uptime Institute is a division of The 451 Group. Headquartered in New York,
with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington DC, London,
Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sao Paulo, Dubai and Singapore, The 451 Group also
owns 451 Research, a leading technology-industry syndicated research and data
service focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation, and Yankee Group,
the preeminent research and advisory firm equipping companies to profit in a
mobile world.

About Avnet, Inc.

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.

All company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies
with which they are associated.

Contact:

Brodeur Partners, for Avnet
Marcia Chapman, 480-308-0284
mchapman@brodeur.com
or
Avnet, Inc.
Michelle Gorel, 480-643-7653
Vice President, Public Relations
michelle.gorel@avnet.com
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