Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today introduced the first in a series of application-specific solutions optimized for the HP ConvergedSystem portfolio, which consists of integrated IT systems purpose-built for key workloads like virtualization, hosted desktops and big data. Avnet will now offer solution providers and value-added reseller (VAR) partners in the U.S. and Canada two exclusive solutions for Microsoft ® Exchange Server 2013 and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments. These solutions provide partners with building blocks for complete IT solutions that they can rapidly deploy to assist their customers in overcoming their business challenges related to messaging and mobility. “Today’s workers want to communicate using technology on their own terms, from something as seemingly simple as sharing large data files to using personal, mobile devices to access company information,” said Chris Swahn, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, HP Solutions group. “As IT teams search for new ways to meet workers’ expectations, Avnet developed exclusive solutions that partners can deploy immediately for their customers. Avnet’s new application-specific solutions will position our HP partners to not only address the messaging and mobility pain points confronting their customers, but also help them enhance worker productivity, mitigate risks and reduce costs.” The Avnet Exchange Server 2013 solution for HP ConvergedSystem includes an integrated architecture that partners can use to deploy large messaging mailboxes for their customers, using significantly less space and energy. It is pre-sized, configured and optimized to operate on HP ConvergedSystem, but can be customized to meet the unique needs of end customers. Similarly based on a building block approach, Avnet’s new VDI solution for HP ConvergedSystem gives partners an appliance-like configuration that removes the guesswork from sizing and deploying virtual desktop solutions. It presents partners with a recipe for creating efficient, performance-optimized solutions for client virtualized workloads running on HP ConvergedSystem. It covers architectural design, sizing, performance and configuration instructions, enabling partners to provide their customers with predictable, repeatable performance and costs for their VDI environment.