Avnet Technology Solutions Americas Introduces Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Solution Featuring IBM and Brocade

  Avnet Technology Solutions Americas Introduces Disaster Recovery and
  Business Continuity Solution Featuring IBM and Brocade Technology

 Avnet accelerates resellers’ mid-market data center and storage sales in the
  U.S. and Canada by providing a secure, cost-effective way to protect data

Business Wire

TEMPE, Ariz. -- April 12, 2013

Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an
operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today unveiled a new data
protection solution for IBM business partners in the U.S. and Canada. The
solution enables partners to address the disaster recovery and business
continuity challenges of their mid-market customers, while further enhancing
their data center and storage offerings. The new offering combines services
from Avnet with industry-leading software and hardware from IBM and Brocade.
The solution offers unique data replication features that securely and
efficiently transport critical business data to remote sites over any
distance.

“While companies recognize that disaster recovery and business continuity
plans are critical, they can be resource intensive to implement,” said Mark
Martin, vice president of business development and marketing, Avnet Technology
Solutions, Americas, IBM Solutions group. “Avnet worked with IBM and Brocade
to design a cost-effective, secure solution that helps mid-market enterprises
protect their data and information assets. With this solution, our partners
will be able to competitively differentiate themselves and drive additional
storage sales by offering a solution that addresses their customers’
technology and financial issues.”

With this solution, partners will be able to provide their customers with the
ability to restart processing in their back-up data centers at the point of
disruption. Instead of locating and loading back-up files, a customer’s remote
data center can immediately continue transactions from the most current point
reached at the primary data center, saving time and improving customer
service.

The solution can be customized to meet the unique needs of end customers. The
baseline offering includes the IBM Storwize V7000 controller, remote mirroring
software, and IBM/Brocade SAN06B routers (which include encryption, data
compression and bandwidth management). This technology is enhanced with
services from Avnet, including the installation and implementation of the
solution and overall project management. The services from Avnet complement
partners’ services offerings, enabling them to expand their IT services
capabilities or obtain additional bench strength when needed.

“Our mid-market customers struggle with disaster recovery and business
continuity,” said Chris Mierzwa,vice president of storage solutions, Sirius
Computer Solutions, an IT solutions integrator and Avnet partner. “They know
they need robust technology and solid processes, but high-quality solutions in
this space typically come with high prices. Avnet’s new solution is an
attractive proposition since it is specifically designed for mid-sized
companies without the money and resources to implement what their businesses
require. It provides the industry-leading technology at an affordable entry
point.By including services, software and hardware in one integrated
solution, it facilitates a successful deployment and further enhances our role
as a trusted advisor to our customers.”

With more than 25 years of IBM distribution experience, Avnet offers a wide
variety of enablement services for business partners related to the data
center, including in-depth sales and technical training, as well as market
education. Additionally, Avnet offers pipeline development and support,
including lead generation and appointment-setting campaigns, customized
end-user demand generation events, and executive briefings to close
opportunities. Avnet also provides live and virtual demonstration capabilities
for the new disaster recovery and business continuity solution, enabling
partners to show potential customers how the solution would work in their IT
environment. 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
retail.

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and @AvnetTSChannels.

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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 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.

Contact:

Brodeur Partners, for Avnet Technology Solutions
Sonia Bovio, 480-308-0281
sbovio@brodeur.com
 
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