Avnet Technology Solutions Becomes the First Hitachi TrueNorth Partner to Offer Integration for Conv

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

TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 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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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.

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Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), aFortune 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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