Nimble Storage Signs Avnet Technology Solutions as Value-Added Solutions Distributor in the U.S. and Canada

Nimble Storage Signs Avnet Technology Solutions as Value-Added Solutions 
Distributor in the U.S. and Canada 
Avnet Becomes First Commercial Distributor of Nimble's
Flash-Optimized Hybrid Storage; Distribution Deal Helps Solution
Providers Address the Growing Demand for Modern Storage as Well as
Converged Infrastructure Solutions 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/03/13 --  Nimble Storage, the
leading provider of flash-optimized hybrid storage solutions, today
announced a distribution agreement with Avnet Technology Solutions,
the global IT solutions distribution leader and operating group of
Avnet, Inc., that enables Avnet to sell Nimble's portfolio of hybrid
storage arrays. Through the distribution agreement, Nimble Storage
now offers its converged infrastructure solutions, SmartStack,
through Avnet to its solution provider partner community in the U.S.
and Canada. Nimble is exploring opportunities in other regions with
Avnet due to Avnet's broad global capabilities that support IT
solutions and services. 
Nimble Storage's flash-optimized hybrid storage arrays are designed
to solve the industry's most pressing storage issues: reining in
storage complexity, increasing performance/capacity efficiency and
implementing affordable backup and recovery. The solution is designed
to help organizations maximize uptime and availability of their
critical applications. To provide optimal performance and the highest
level of interoperability, Nimble Storage has developed SmartStack --
pre-validated reference architectures with market leaders such as
VMware, Cisco, Citrix, Microsoft, and CommVault. Pre-validated
reference architectures minimize the challenges associated with
deploying application, server, hypervisor, networking, and storage
components as an integrated solution. The newly signed distribution
agreement with Avnet provides solution providers with the flexibility
to purchase Nimble's SmartStack from one vendor.  
Solution providers will also be able to draw upon the expertise of
Avnet's dedicated Nimble solutions team, which is part of Avnet's new
supplier business acceleration group. The group provides solutions
sales, field sales, technical, and product marketing support to
ensure that suppliers, like Nimble Storage, have quick and easy
access to the resources they need to accelerate their success in the
channel. In addition, overall business and sales efforts for Avnet's
new supplier business acceleration team are provided by a technology
and solutions development group that offers pre-sales technical
support and evaluates new converged solutions.  
Avnet will work closely with Nimble to provide its solution provider
community with training and demand creation programs to market and
sell Nimble's flash-optimized hybrid storage solutions.  
New processes that will benefit the solution provider community

--  Expanded quote and configuration support for resellers purchasing
    Nimble products
--  A dedicated sales team focused on onboarding, enabling and supporting
    both existing partners selling Nimble solutions and those looking to
    add a modern hybrid storage product or converged infrastructure
    solutions to their portfolio of product offerings
--  Continued ease of doing business through simplified purchasing and
    credit line
--  Configuration services and testing validation for SmartStack solutions

Supporting Quotes 
"This distribution agreement with Avnet is a clear indicator of
Nimble's commitment to being a channel-centric company. We are
striving to provide our partner ecosystem with the flexibility needed
to meet end user demands, and the go-to-market programs and training
required to drive increased profitability from selling and deploying
Nimble storage solutions. The SmartStack solution eliminates much of
the guesswork involved in planning and sizing, procuring,
provisioning and operations. Providing the opportunity to purchase
these solutions from a one-stop-shop will be a huge value-add to our
solution providers." 
 - Kristin Carnes, Director of Channel Sales,
Nimble Storage 
"Adding Nimble Storage solutions to our portfolio for Connected and
Secured Solutions is a great benefit to our solution provider
partners. The ability to simplify the procurement process for
resellers, along with additional financing options, increased sales
support, and service level agreements, is key to the way we support
the channel. Our solution-based distribution model provides Nimble
partners and their customers with an opportunity to improve business
performance with innovative storage solutions." 
  - Scott Look, VP/
GM for Connected and Secured Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions 
Supporting Resources: 

--  Nimble Storage Website
--  Case Studies and Videos
--  Follow Nimble Storage on Twitter: @NimbleStorage
--  Join the Nimble Storage Group on LinkedIn
--  Visit Nimble Storage on Facebook

About Nimble Storage
 Nimble Storage believes enterprises should not
have to compromise on performance, capacity, ease of use, or price.
Nimble has developed the first hybrid storage architecture engineered
from the ground up to seamlessly integrate flash and high-capacity
drives. Our customers enjoy fast application performance, enhanced
backup and disaster recovery, and stress-free operations -- all while
lowering their TCO. Nimble Storage solutions are available through a
global network of world-class channel partners. For more information,
visit and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage. 
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