CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD), one of the world's largest distributors of IT products and services, today announced its expanded relationship with IBM (NYSE:IBM) to offer IBM's portfolio of products and services, including Power Systems and enterprise-class storage, to its channel of more than 14,000 data center partners within the United States through the Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) Division. "The relationship between Tech Data and IBM is an incredible opportunity for our solution providers to grow their compute and storage practices, while expanding their markets," said Chuck Bartlett, vice president and general manager, AIS Division at Tech Data. "Through this relationship, Tech Data now offers a full range of IBM services and solutions to our resellers. The addition of IBM's Power Systems and enterprise-class storage solutions to our AIS offering represents dynamic services and superior economics to help improve business efficiency, while enabling our resellers to meet the rapidly growing demands of big data for their end-user customers." Available to authorized IBM Business Partners in the United States, the IBM Power Systems family is comprised of a comprehensive series of servers, systems software and solutions featuring the latest IBM POWER7 and POWER7+ processor technology. Designed as the ultimate system for compute intensive workloads and ideally suited for business analytics, Power Systems can provide capabilities to help gain real time business insight and competitive advantage within a secure, flexible and scalable environment. Power Systems deliver a full range of offerings to help meet the needs of businesses of all sizes from entry systems including BladeCenter, Power Express and PowerLinux servers to the Power enterprise systems 770, 780 and 795. The IBM System Storage line comprises a wide range of advanced systems that exploit industry-leading high-speed disk, solid state storage, and advanced tape to help customers manage the challenges of Big Data more efficiently and cost effectively. In addition, robust storage virtualization and cloud offerings combine with a variety of integrated automation capabilities to round out the portfolio and help customers create smarter storage infrastructures.