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Avnet Technology Solutions Becomes the First Hitachi TrueNorth Partner to Offer Integration for Converged Data Center Solutions

  Avnet Technology Solutions Becomes the First Hitachi TrueNorth Partner to
  Offer Integration for Converged Data Center Solutions

 Avnet to architect and integrate Hitachi Unified Compute Platform solutions
        featuring Cisco UCS and VMware vSphere in the U.S. and Canada

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- July 30, 2013

Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an
operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced that it has become
the first Hitachi TrueNorth Partner authorized to integrate Hitachi Unified
Compute Platform solutions in the U.S. and Canada. In this capacity, Avnet
will serve as an architect and integrator for Hitachi Unified Compute Platform
(UCP) for VMware vSphere^® with Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS).
Avnet’s integration services will help its Hitachi TrueNorth Partners
accelerate their time to market by providing complete converged data center
solutions.

“Avnet is committed to helping solution providers quickly and profitably bring
industry-leading converged data center solutions to their customers,” said
Randy Wright, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions
Americas for Hitachi Data Systems. “By becoming the only distribution partner
providing implementation-ready framework architectures for this solution,
Avnet eliminates the complexity that solution providers face in designing and
developing solutions from multiple vendors that span the breadth of the data
center. Avnet will provide the technical capabilities solution providers need,
allowing them to spend more time advising their customers on how technology
can overcome enterprise-critical business challenges.”

Authorized to provide these fully-integrated solutions, Avnet now offers
Hitachi UCP Select for VMware vSphere with Cisco UCS. These integrated
solutions can include Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), Hitachi Unified
Storage (HUS), Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM), Cisco Unified Fabric
network, and Cisco UCS, as either a Cisco Validated Design or certified
reference architecture. The compute, network and storage resources featured in
these solutions are natively integrated with VMware vSphere, creating a
simple, flexible and cost-effective converged solution. Each component is
certified for interoperability, giving confidence to solution providers and
their customers that the solutions will satisfy today’s requirements and can
also scale to meet their business needs in the future.

“Avnet plays a vital role in the Hitachi TrueNorth Partner Program, supporting
our joint efforts to seamlessly offer converged data center solutions
featuring technology from Hitachi Data Systems, Cisco and VMware,” said Ed
Parolisi, vice president, Infrastructure Solutions GTM, Global Partners and
Alliances, Hitachi Data Systems. “Avnet’s renowned track record with converged
data center solutions and the Cisco UCS ecosystem, coupled with its solutions
distribution expertise, will ensure that our solution providers can shorten
their sales cycles and accelerate their time to market. Avnet’s integration
services will bring uniformity to the solutions and ensure they are
predictably and reliably built to Hitachi Data Systems’ standards.”

The architecture and integration of Hitachi UCP for VMware vSphere with Cisco
UCS solutions is conducted by Avnet's expert team at its Global Solutions
Center in Chandler, Ariz. The Avnet Global Solutions Center consistently
maintains ISO 9001 quality management system, ISO 14001 environmental
management and ISO 13485 medical compliance certifications, as well as Cisco
UCS B-Series Authorized Configurator (UBAC) and Cisco Unified Computing System
C-Series Authorized Configurator (UCAC) certifications. Additionally, partners
using these services financially benefit from a "Ship Complete" invoice, where
they pay for the solutions once they ship fully integrated.

“InterVision has invested in building its Hitachi Data Systems business to
further meet our growing customer demand for their portfolio of storage and
converged data center solutions,” said Jason Gress, president, InterVision
Systems Technologies, Inc., an integrator of technology solutions and Avnet
partner. “Avnet’s technical expertise and ability to integrate Hitachi Data
Systems, VMware and Cisco technologies into converged solutions extends our
professional services capabilities, allowing us to better serve our customers.
Avnet has the marketing resources and services we need to accelerate our
Hitachi sales and deployments, and drive more InterVision services revenue.”

Solution providers will also be able to draw upon the expertise of Avnet’s
dedicated Hitachi Data Systems solutions team, which is part of Avnet’s
recently formed Converged and Data Solutions group. This group supports
technology suppliers that are leading the market with converged solutions,
including Cisco, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, 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
that offers pre-sales technical support and evaluates new converged solutions.

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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
Marcia Chapman, 480-308-0284
mchapman@brodeur.com
 
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