Avnet Recognized by IDG’s InfoWorld as One of the Top 15 Leaders in Sustainable Technology

  Avnet Recognized by IDG’s InfoWorld as One of the Top 15 Leaders in
  Sustainable Technology

 Avnet honored on the InfoWorld Green 15 for its innovative approach to data
                 center cooling to reduce energy consumption

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- April 30, 2013

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a global value-added technology distributor, today
announced that it was named to the InfoWorld Green 15. This annual award
developed by IDG’s InfoWorld honors 15 leading organizations that have found
new and innovative ways to diminish their environmental impact by reducing
carbon emissions, saving electricity, reducing fuel consumption, and
eliminating paper waste. These leading companies have also gained significant
business benefits through sustainable technology, including higher
productivity, lower costs and improved employee morale. Avnet was selected for
this prestigious list based on its strategic approach to conserving energy in
its data center, including the use of innovative cooling practices.

“Avnet has significantly improved the energy efficiency of our data center
over the past eight years by implementing virtualization, deploying a new
storage environment, installing green lighting, and making physical changes to
the building,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice president and CIO, Avnet, Inc.
“With these measures successfully in place, we turned to our data center
cooling systems to further decrease our energy usage and operating expenses.
I’m incredibly proud of the innovative ways our team continues to find to
lessen Avnet’s environmental impact and help the company come closer to
achieving its green goals.”

InfoWorld recognized Avnet for its holistic data center cooling strategy to
reduce power consumption in its 25-year-old North America data center. As a
part of this strategy, Avnet deployed automation software and environmental
sensors, implemented hot and cold aisles, and installed the first of its kind
air-side economizer in the Southwest, which uses outside air from the Sonoran
desert to cool the facility. These measures enabled Avnet to raise the
temperature in its data center and reduce its related energy consumption by
more than 35 percent.

“Once again, organizations represented in this year's crop of Green 15 winners
have raised the green bar, finding innovative ways to leverage sustainable IT
practices to reduce costly waste and boost efficiency while improving their
overall environmental standing,” said Ted Samson, senior analyst, InfoWorld.

Companies around the world have embraced green technology to drive projects
and develop products aimed at boosting energy efficiency, trimming waste, and
reducing or eliminating the use or the production of harmful substances. The
InfoWorld Green 15 awards annually recognize the 15 most innovative IT
initiatives that fall under this umbrella of sustainability. Additional
details on the InfoWorld Green 15 can be found online at
http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/96893/sustainable-it-the-2013-infoworld-green-it-awards-216916.

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 http://facebook.com/avnetinc

About InfoWorld

InfoWorld helps IT decision makers choose the right technology, within the
context of a cohesive strategy for business impact at their organizations.
InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique
value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that
provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including
online, events, research, and a continued investment in the independent
InfoWorld Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide hands-on
analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding
emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at
http://www.infoworld.com.

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.

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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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