Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced that it signed a distribution agreement with Texas Memory Systems, Inc. (TMS), an IBM company and a 34-year veteran of the enterprise data storage and digital signal processing industries. TMS, which was acquired by IBM in October 2012, selected Avnet to join its newly formed distribution channel. Under this agreement, Avnet will help IBM business partners, solution providers and value-added resellers (VARs) in the U.S. and Canada expand their data storage solutions capabilities with a broad portfolio of flash-optimized storage arrays and flash optimization software that help end-users increase the returns on their data center infrastructure investments. “Time is money for any business, and flash-based storage solutions are incredibly powerful because they eliminate data latency between storage environments and client applications,” said Mark Martin, vice president of business development and marketing, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, IBM Solutions group. “Our business partners recognize that flash-based storage solutions are a smart way to optimize the storage environments of their customers and achieve the maximum benefits of IT infrastructure. Avnet will provide our partners with the tools and resources needed to capture new opportunities related to the flash storage market, while even further improving their customers’ satisfaction.” Avnet will provide business partners with TMS’ full line of solid-state memory solutions, such as the RamSan family of shared rackmount systems and Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) cards. When implemented as part of a complete storage solution, these products will enable partners to improve their customers’ system performance by reducing critical issues in the data center, such as server sprawl, power consumption, cooling and floor space requirements. Additionally, partners will be able to help their customers save money and invest more in innovation.