Avnet Technology Solutions Debuts EMC VSPEX-Based Mobile Data Center Solution in the U.S. and Canada

  Avnet Technology Solutions Debuts EMC VSPEX-Based Mobile Data Center
  Solution in the U.S. and Canada

 Exclusive Avnet solution accelerates partners’ time to market by providing a
           complete, private cloud solution for harsh environments

EMC World 2013

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- May 08, 2013

EMC World – Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution
leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today introduced the
Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC^® VSPEX™. Exclusively available
through Avnet’s U.S. and Canadian partner community, this mobile data center
solution leverages EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures to create private clouds.
Channel partners’ enterprise customers will benefit from the solution by being
able to rapidly deploy data centers that have been “hardened” to operate in
harsh environments to support business continuity, data center moves, disaster
recovery, large-scale special events, and remote field locations.

Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX can create a private cloud to
rapidly deploy hardene ...

Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX can create a private cloud to
rapidly deploy hardened data centers for harsh environments. (Photo: Business
Wire)

“Because of our unique supplier relationships and configuration services,
Avnet is streamlining the development and delivery of mobile data center
solutions,” said Greg Peterson, vice president and general manager for the EMC
Solutions group, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. “Avnet’s investment in
developing this unique solution makes it easier for our partners to sell
fully-tested, fully-validated solutions based on EMC VSPEX reference
architecture. Our partners will be able to quickly meet specialized market
requirements with the Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC ^ VSPEX,
whether their customer needs to set up a private cloud in a disaster zone
after a hurricane strikes, on the frontline of a conflict, or in the back of a
semi-truck.”

Avnet has relationships with all EMC VSPEX Technology Alliance partners, and
it holds more than 75 EMC sales and technical certifications. Avnet fully
integrates the Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX with EMC's VNX™
unified storage systems, industry-leading backup and recovery solutions from
EMC Avamar^®, Data Domain^®, and NetWorker^® and technology from Brocade,
Cisco, Elliptical Mobile Solutions, Metalogix, Microsoft, and VMware.
Additionally, partners can brand this solution to increase their mindshare in
customers’ environments and further differentiate themselves competitively.

“Avnet is taking EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures and turning them into
appliances that partners can offer to their customers today,” said Bharat
Badrinath, senior director, cloud solutions marketing, EMC. “We are impressed
by Avnet’s innovative approach of developing specialized solutions for the
integrated systems market, which aligns perfectly with our strategy and vision
for VSPEX. Avnet’s unique supply chain and integration capabilities, coupled
with its knowledgeable partner community, will further enhance and strengthen
EMC’s position as a technology leader.”

Partners can leverage Avnet to design and integrate Avnet Mobile Data Center
Solution for EMC VSPEX. These services provide partners with a single source
for solution components; quoting; ordering; solution validation and testing;
system integration; and invoicing. The integration and assembly of Avnet
Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX is conducted by Avnet’s expert team
at its Global Solutions Center in Chandler, Ariz., which holds Cisco UCS
B-Series Authorized Configurator (UBAC) and Cisco Unified Computing System
C-Series Authorized Configurator (UCAC) certifications. Additionally, partners
leveraging this service benefit from a “Ship Complete” invoice, where they pay
for the solution once it ships fully integrated.

“Developing and building converged infrastructure solutions can be incredibly
time consuming and resource intensive,” said Mark Graham, president, Network
Storage, Inc., an IT services firm and Avnet partner. “With the Avnet Mobile
Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX, my team and I can concentrate on our core
business strategies and technology advocacy, while relying on the world-class
supply chain services of Avnet Technology Solutions to deliver a fully
integrated and tested solution. We’re excited to start talking with our
customers about the Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX. Its
mobile, hardened features will address challenges they have with deploying
data centers at a moment’s notice in harsh environments.”

Avnet’s services capabilities for this solution are enabled through its
participation in the EMC^® Velocity™ Services program for distributors. As a
result of this, Avnet has developed the skills and resources required to
assemble multi-vendor solutions that feature EMC’s storage systems and
next-generation backup solutions.

Avnet also provides partners with sales support for its mobile data center
solution through its EMC VSPEX Unsolicited Bid program. This customized
program is designed to help partners proactively sell VSPEX private cloud
solutions by cultivating a select number of prospects and introducing them to
reference architecture-based solutions and their cost structure. Avnet then
works with the partner to nurture these prospects, with the goal of ultimately
driving incremental sales growth for the partner.

The Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX is offered through Avnet’s
dedicated EMC solutions team, which is part of Avnet’s recently formed
Converged and Data Solutions group led by Denny O’Connell, senior vice
president and general manager. This group supports technology suppliers that
are leading the market with converged solutions, including EMC, Cisco, Hitachi
Data Systems (HDS), and NetApp. The group provides solutions sales, field
sales, technical, and product marketing support. In addition, overall business
and sales efforts for Avnet’s Converged and Data Solutions team is provided by
a technology and solutions development group which offers pre-sales technical
support and evaluates new converged solutions.

Avnet at EMC World 2013

The Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX will be on display at EMC
World in Las Vegas this week at the following times and locations: Metalogix
booth #956; Solutions Pavilion on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. PDT; Avnet breakout session on Wednesday in the Casanova Room #504
from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PDT. Following the event, live and virtual
demonstrations of the Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC VSPEX will be
available for both partners and their customers by contacting Avnet.

Supporting Quotes

“We are excited to work with Avnet to provide high-performance network fabrics
that serve as a rock-solid foundation between servers and storage for
deployment in extreme environments,” said Regan McGrath, vice president,
Global Channel Sales and Marketing, at Brocade. “Brocade cloud-optimized
networking technologies are designed to seamlessly integrate and extend
virtual compute in multi-vendor environments to help enable increased network
performance, utilization and resiliency in virtualized architectures.”

“Cisco and EMC have been driving IT innovation together for 15 years,” said
Satinder Sethi, vice president, Data Center Group at Cisco. “Today, we deliver
three unique paths to the cloud:custom-designed infrastructures
withbest-of-breed products;validated, easy-to-deploy reference architectures
via EMC’s VSPEX Proven Infrastructure; and pre-integrated converged
infrastructure with the VCE Vblock System.Through their advanced integration
capabilities and solutions center, Avnet Technology Solutions will help our
mutual channel partners accelerate their customers’ journey to the cloud.”

“SharePoint is the de facto standard forcontent management for 80,000
enterprises and 130 million knowledge workers. These enterprises have turned
to SharePoint forimproved user productivity and knowledge sharing with
SharePoint,” said Steven Murphy, CEO, Metalogix. “With Metalogix StoragePoint
now part of the EMC VSPEX for SharePoint bundle and Avnet’s global reach as a
leading technology solutions distributor, enterprises can maximize the full
value of their Network Attached Storage (NAS) infrastructure for SharePoint by
optimizing content storage costs and improving SharePoint performance.”

“Microsoft’s relationship has moved to the next level with Avnet because of
its ability to offer turnkey server solutions based on Windows Server 2012,”
said Peter Han, vice president U.S. OEM for Microsoft Corporation. “This
closer cooperation allows Avnet to integrate best-in-class hardware and
software solutions to meet a wide range of market needs, including specialized
solutions for converged infrastructure.”

“VMware has had a longstanding partnership with Avnet, and we are pleased to
see them offer a specialized converged infrastructure solution using the
proven reference design of VSPEX, which harnesses the power of EMC storage
systems and VMware solutions,” said Frank Rauch, vice president, Americas
Partner Organization, VMware. “The Avnet Mobile Data Center Solution for EMC ^
VSPEX enables our joint partners to streamline the delivery of a tested,
validated and integrated solution to their customers.”

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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.

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