Avnet Technology Solutions Introduces Avnet Configured, HP Converged Infrastructure Solutions for Ch


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

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

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