Avnet Technology Solutions Introduces Avnet Configured, HP Converged Infrastructure Solutions for Channel Partners in the U.S.

  Avnet Technology Solutions Introduces Avnet Configured, HP Converged
  Infrastructure Solutions for Channel Partners in the U.S. and Canada

   Exclusive offerings from Avnet help HP solution providers accelerate the
                     converged infrastructure sales cycle

Business Wire

TEMPE, Ariz. -- September 25, 2013

Industry analyst firm IDC predicts that worldwide converged infrastructure
sales will reach $17.8 billion by 2016, representing a 40 percent compound
annual growth rate.^1 To help U.S. and Canadian HP solution provider partners
capitalize on this market opportunity, Avnet Technology Solutions, the global
IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:
AVT), unveiled six Avnet configured HP Converged Infrastructure solutions,
based on HP VirtualSystem. These new solutions are available exclusively for
Avnet’s HP channel partners and are designed to accelerate converged
infrastructure initiatives, simplify system management and improve IT
performance for end customers.

“Converged infrastructure technology presents a key growth opportunity for our
partners to attract new customers and profitably increase sales with their
current customers,” said Chris Swahn, vice president and general manager,
Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, HP Solutions group. “Avnet has developed
solutions that make it easier for our HP partners to bring converged
infrastructure solutions to market by giving them tested configurations based
on HP technology that they can present to their customers today. These
solutions eliminate the need for a lengthy system design process, which will
help accelerate customer buying cycles, implementation times and returns on
investments.”

These Avnet configured HP Converged Infrastructure solutions combine HP
technologies, such as HP BladeSystem and HP ProLiant DL rack mount servers, HP
3PAR StoreServ Storage and HP networking. These solutions provide
pre-configured architecture and management models. The solutions include six
scalable, ready-to-implement configurations available through Avnet’s HP
partner community that are optimized for small, midsize and large
virtualization deployments ranging from 96 to 320+ virtual machines.

“Resellers are under increased pressure to more rapidly and efficiently meet
customers’ needs even as IT infrastructure complexities are growing,” said Tom
Joyce, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Systems at HP.
“The Avnet configured HP Converged Infrastructure solutions help channel
partners overcome these challenges and quickly deliver value to their
customers by reducing implementation times and management complexities,
allowing them to focus on innovation instead of operations.”

These solutions include HP installation and implementation services.
Additionally, Avnet provides partners with optional migration and support
services related to the new solutions. Partners can also leverage the Avnet
Technical Army to further hone their expertise. The Avnet Technical Army can
augment partners’ pre-sales technical staff, help partners gain a deeper
understanding of HP products, facilitate technology demonstrations and develop
configurations and systems designs. The services and resources are provided by
a team that holds more than 500 HP certifications and includes 100+ HP
technical consultants, solution architects and infrastructure services
professionals.

“Converged infrastructure solutions are attractive to our customers because
they reduce system complexity; however, many of our customers struggle with
the design process that can span months,” said Brandon Harris, vice president,
HP Solutions at Logicalis U.S., an international IT solutions and managed
services provider and Avnet partner. “These new Avnet-configured, HP Converged
Infrastructure solutions eliminate this challenge. We are now able to install
converged infrastructure solutions for our customers, aligned with their
businesses, in a matter of weeks, completely transforming our conversations
with customers and prospects.”

To learn more about the new Avnet-configured, HP Converged Infrastructure
solutions, visit Avnet’s HP Supplier Site.

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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
North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle
East and Africa. It generated US $10.36 billion in annual revenue for fiscal
year 2013. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For
more information, visit http://www.ats.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 29, 2013, Avnet generated revenue of $25.5 billion.
For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

^1 IDC, Worldwide Converged Systems 2012–2016 Forecast: Adoption Fueled by
Faster Time-to-Market Demands, Doc # 237979, November 2012.

Contact:

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