Infrastructure VAD Avnet Technology Solutions has started to provide its channel partners with EMC's new EMC VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure solution. This will allow channel partners to design and deploy new solutions that offer their SMB, mid-market and enterprise customers the cloud and data center benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure, and at the price points and sizes that align with their needs. The EMC VSPEX BLUE hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) is available to customers through Avnet's channel community in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The partnership also cover the rest of the world, through Avnet offices in North and South America, Asia and Oceania. Built and designed for simplicity, the EMC VSPEX BLUE appliance features fully automated configuration, single-click seamless scale-out, and zero downtime during patches and updates. With the size and simplicity of the VSPEX BLUE appliance, a full IT team is not required for deployment, making it ideal for the mid-market, cloud service providers and remote and branch offices across industries such as the public sector, education, technology, and healthcare. Avnet will help partners integrate a wide array of management, security, and information infrastructure offerings into VSPEX BLUE solutions to tailor them to the unique needs of their customers. Avnet will help partners accelerate their ability to bring the VSPEX BLUE appliance to market through its Transformation as a Service (TaaS) initiative. This initiative streamlines the converged solutions process with pre-sales support, engineering assistance, financing and industry-leading services, such as data center migration and technology recycling. Additionally, partners can leverage Avnet's capabilities for the integration and assembly of the VSPEX BLUE appliance by Avnet's EMC-certified engineers, in the EMEA region through its Tongeren (Belgium) integration center, as its Strasbourg integration center has been quietly closed some months ago. This will reduce the time to deployment for Avnet partners and provide them with tested, validated and fully documented converged infrastructure solutions.
American distributor Avnet has promoted Patrick Zammit to serve as global president for Avnet Technology Solutions, one of two global operating groups within Avnet. Zammit previously served as president of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA. Zammit will be responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day operations and performance of the group globally. Zammit's appointment is effective immediately, and he will report directly to Avnet Chief Executive Officer Rick Hamada, succeeding Phil Gallagher. 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 the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated €8.3 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2014. Zammit began his career with Arthur Andersen and joined Avnet in 1993. He held a series of positions in finance, operations and strategic planning and served as president of EBV Elektronik, an Avnet company, before being promoted to regional president of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA in 2006. He graduated from the Business School ESLSCA with the French equivalent of a master's degree in business administration. Zammit succeeds Phil Gallagher who remains with Avnet to help ensure a smooth leadership transition.
Infrastructure VAD Avnet Technology Solutions has unveiled plans to make further investments in eastern Europe in the coming months. The global distribution giant has already subsidiaries in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The distributor plans to invest in smaller countries, including Bosnia and Croatia, in a partnership with IBM (source : Channelnomics EU).
Avnet eyes return to European M&A scene
After taking a break to "digest" its latest acquisitions, American multispecialist Avnet could be set to get back on the M&A trail in Europe next year, with converged systems, security, and licensing renewals earmarked as key target areas. The firm has not made any buyouts in Europe for a year, since the acquisition of German embedded electronics specialist MSC. A voluntary hiatus as the distributor seemingly needed time to digest Magirus, the last major acquisition in the past seven or eight years. Now that is its ready to enter the M&A arena, Avnet may look to turn its focus towards different areas. The future deals are geared towards new competencies and higher-value market areas, such as onverged systems, security (on a pan-European basis, especially around Cisco and RSA), license renewals and services (source : Channelnomics EU).
A new Competence Center for Avnet
Infrastructure VAD Avnet Technology Solutions has opened its new Information Management / Business Analytics Competence Center in Leinfelden near Stuttgart. The centre will act as an EMEA hub for delivering information management and BA services and solutions across the region through a single, dedicated team with complete sales expertise, pre-sales support, business development and consulting services. 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. This Competence Center is the second in the region, after a first dedicated to security and networking solutions, which opened in June in the Netherlands.
Avnet Technology Solutions Kft.
Avnet Technology Solutions Kft.
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