Avnet named an authorized global distributor for Lenovo enterprise products
Multispecialist Avnet Technology Solutions has been authorized globally as a Lenovo distributor. With this authorization, Avnet is now distributing Lenovo's System x (x86) servers and related solutions, following the transition of IBM's System x server business to Lenovo. Building on its heritage as IBM's largest x86 distributor worldwide, Avnet will help its channel partners in more than 40 countries throughout Asia Pacific (in India at least), Europe, the Middle East and Africa (in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) Latin America and the Caribbean and North America continue to develop and expand their enterprise businesses. Working with Lenovo, Avnet will distribute the company's System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking, and maintenance operations. To help channel partners offer complete end-to-end solutions, Avnet will continue to provide a variety of traditional service offerings, such as logistics, sales, marketing, finance, and technical services, strategically paired with business, IT, lifecycle and education services. In addition to its new relationship with Lenovo, Avnet will build on its nearly 30-year history in working with IBM. Avnet will continue to support IBM and the solutions, services and programs that were not part of the Lenovo System x acquisition. This includes IBM's Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances, as well as IBM training services offered through Avnet Academy. Additionally, Avnet will continue to provide partners with a wide range of IBM software, services and storage technologies to enable them to offer complete solutions.
Avnet loses its President
American multispecialist Avnet has announced that Avnet Technology Solutions Global President Phil Gallagher intends to step down from his current role to focus on new career opportunities in line with his personal goals. Mr. Gallagher will stay in place until a successor is named and will assist in a collaborative transition. The company has initiated a search to replace him and expects to have a new leader in place by the end of the calendar year.
Avnet Technology Solutions expands agreement with EMC
Multispecialist Avnet Technology Solutions has expanded its distribution agreement with EMC to offer EMC solutions through its Avnet Global Computing Components (AGCC) business unit in EMEA, through its offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. This expanded agreement leverages the success of the long-standing relationship between Avnet and EMC in many countries across the globe and across multiple business units. As one of the primary distributors of EMC technologies, Avnet Technology Solutions has helped partners grow their mid-market storage business profitably with EMC solutions for more than 12 years. Avnet Global Computing Components will now offer EMC VNX and VNXe unified storage solutions, EMC Isilon scale-out NAS systems, and the EMC Atmos Cloud Storage Platform as part of its Build OEM Better programme. This programme provides a lower total cost of ownership and reduced manufacturing time. Additionally, it offers flexibility and scalability via a global footprint of integration and service support for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and independent software vendors (ISVs). The addition of EMC enables AGCC EMEA to offer OEMs the opportunity to:
- Customise their storage and software solutions
- Capitalise on a single interface, often leveraging a single IP fabric to more easily implement back-up recovery
- Virtualise their applications to increase ease and consistency of deployment
- Consolidate physical infrastructure (in development and in the field)
- Offer their application "as-a-service" (from their own or hosted data centres)
- Improve reliability and scale
Backed by Avnet's technical expertise and outstanding customer support team, OEMs will now be able to use EMC's proven portfolio of bundled storage, software and application solutions to move quickly from design to deployment of end applications. These applications range from telecommunications to manufacturing through to media and life sciences.
Avnet Technology Solutions expands its cloud service portfolio with SoftLayer
Multispecialist Avnet Technology Solutions has started to offer cloud services in EMEA from SoftLayer, an IBM Company. Following successful rollout in Canada and the US, Avnet now enables business partners to accelerate their cloud portfolios with a scalable, secure base for the delivery of cloud services across EMEA. The agreement spans IBM's infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions to enhance Avnet's portfolio and delivery of high performance services. The combination of SoftLayer's distributed local data centres and global network allows partners to place their customers' data where and when it is required. SoftLayer's network architecture further allows partners to optimise global performance for their customers by using a private network. It also enables them to consolidate or aggregate data, as needed. In EMEA, this partnership covers Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA launches Security & Networking Solutions Division
Multispecialist Avnet Technology Solutions has launched its Avnet Security & Networking Solutions (ASNS) division in the EMEA region. This will be supported by the opening of specialist technical and commercial ASNS Competence Centres in EMEA. Avnet's new division helps to further support its extensive portfolio of security and networking solutions and services. Industry analyst firm IDC predicts that market revenues will be in excess of $10 billion in the Network Security field by 2017, with a compound annual growth rate of 6.1% for the period 2012–20171. Avnet is addressing this significant market opportunity for partners to expand their existing business in this space. As an integral part of addressing this growth market for the channel, Avnet is opening its first EMEA ASNS Commercial Competence Centre in the Netherlands this quarter. The centre will act as an EMEA hub for delivering security and networking services and solutions across the region. These will be further backed up by Avnet’s local expertise in the field to provide comprehensive support in this highly complex and technical marketplace. "The launch of our new division in this high growth, strategic market for security and networking is a natural fit to complement our extensive EMEA partnerships in this space. By leveraging our resources, value-added services and skills we can help partners enter or expand in this complex marketplace, accelerating their time to market," commented Graeme Watt, president, Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA. He added, "We will leverage existing talent within Avnet in addition to bringing in new, external specialist skills to deliver best-of-breed, value-added security and networking solutions in EMEA."