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Our focus now is to provide channel partners with information and support to enable them to take advantage of this opportunity

Converged infrastructure trend provides technical and business efficiencies for customers and opportunities for profitable channel sales

Bracknell, UK – 28 May 2015 – Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) has launched a converged infrastructure practice in the UK to support channel partners delivering pre-architected and vendor validated IT infrastructure solutions to customers. Converged infrastructure solutions enable business partners to speed up delivery of core services while reducing costs and sales cycles and increasing profitability.

Miriam Murphy, senior vice president, Avnet Technology Solutions, North region, EMEA, said, “The UK market for converged infrastructure is an important growth area for the channel and a priority for Avnet. We have invested in both our technical and business expertise, established a converged infrastructure centre of excellence and have an unrivalled portfolio of suppliers for converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions to support business partners in this market.”

The new converged infrastructure practice includes an extensive partner enablement programme, starting with an Avnet hosted channel briefing at the InterContinental Hotel, Park Lane, London on 4th June 2015. The briefing involves Cisco, EMC, HP, IBM, NetApp, Oracle and VCE, and will provide an insight into how to deliver and benefit from the expanding converged and hyper-converged market.

Andrew Buss, IDC consulting manager, will present the latest research on data centre consolidation, virtualisation and converged infrastructure trends. Business insights will be provided on how channel partners can deliver low risk, converged deployments to their end-user customers. Supplier-led breakout sessions, in the afternoon, will provide attendees with information to help them understand more about the technology, the challenges customers face and the associated opportunities.

Avnet has strategic partnerships with established technology suppliers that are leading the way in the converged infrastructure market. This gives business partners access to the best technology stack to fit customer requirements in addition to a dedicated Avnet technical and sales team focused on converged platforms. Solutions can be built to order across EMEA from Avnet’s facility in Tongeren, Belgium, which is certified to the relevant levels required by its supplier partners.

Murphy concluded, “Avnet’s skilled workforce can assemble, test and pre-configure converged systems to enable resellers to deploy business solutions rapidly, leading to shortened sales cycles and faster business growth. Our focus now is to provide channel partners with information and support to enable them to take advantage of this opportunity.”

For further information and to register for the 4th June 2015 event visit the Avnet UK website.


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About Avnet Technology Solutions
As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions transforms technology into business solutions for customers around the world. It collaborates with customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the changing needs of end-user customers. The group serves customers and suppliers in North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $11.0 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2014. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit AVNET TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS.

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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 28, 2014, Avnet generated revenue of $27.5 billion. For more information, visit AVNET,INC..

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