Avnet Technology Solutions Becomes The First Distributor To Offer Express Implementation Services For Hitachi Unified Storage Platform

Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of  Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:  AVT), today announced that it is the first distributor to offer an express-version of remote implementation services for Hitachi Data Systems solution provider and value-added reseller partners in the U.S. and Canada. Avnet’s Express Implementation Services offer partners the ability to quickly install, provision, tune and back up their customers’ storage environments built on Hitachi Unified Storage. Available through Avnet Services, the remote implementation services will increase partners’ professional services opportunities and help them further profit from the growing demand for data storage.

“Businesses of all sizes are struggling to manage and store the enormous amount of data they generate every day while still ensuring that business-critical applications operate efficiently,” said Randy Wright, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, for Hitachi Data Systems. “Avnet’s Express Implementation Services are designed specifically for the channel to help our partners address this customer pain point, while providing them with new revenue opportunities. The new services allow our partners to make themselves more valuable to their customers by rapidly optimizing customers’ Hitachi Unified Storage environments to efficiently manage data.”

Avnet’s Express Implementation Services are tailored to Hitachi Unified Storage, including the Hitachi Unified Storage 110 and 130. The services empower partners to provide their customers with fast and cost-effective rollouts of software that helps them achieve their storage goals. Avnet’s Express Implementation Services focus on device management, dynamic provisioning, tuning management, file structure and management, and in-system and remote replication.

The new service offerings were created to meet the unique needs of solution provider and VAR partners when deploying Hitachi Unified Storage. They will generate new revenue streams for partners by enabling them to offer cost-effective, remote implementation services from Avnet’s high-skilled services team with deep-storage expertise. Additionally, the services are designed to enhance customer satisfaction and increase engagement opportunities by improving the usability of the new storage environments.

“Avnet’s Express Implementation Services give us a new way to enhance the customer experience for the Hitachi Unified Storage solutions we deploy by ensuring that resources are available to meet all of their requirements and timelines,” said Jason Gress, president, InterVision Systems Technologies Inc . “With these new services, we can focus our team of certified HDS systems engineers on revenue-generating activities, while leveraging Avnet as needed for storage implementation.”

Solution providers will also be able to draw upon the expertise of Avnet’s dedicated Hitachi Data Systems solutions team, which is part of Avnet’s Converged and Data Solutions group. The team provides solutions sales, field sales, technical and product-marketing support. Additionally, Avnet is a Hitachi TrueNorth Partner, authorized to integrate Hitachi Unified Compute Platform converged solutions in the U.S. and Canada.

“Avnet understands our vision for Hitachi Unified Storage to meet businesses’ evolving storage needs while simplifying operations with easy-to-use management,” said Chris White, vice president, Americas Strategic Alliances, Hitachi Data Systems. “Avnet’s new Express Implementation Services will help us and our partners make this a reality by ensuring the proper set up of the solution and the availability of knowledgeable technical resources to answer questions.”

Avnet’s Express Implementation Services are one of the many IT solutions available through Avnet Services. These IT solutions include project and portfolio management; integration and automation; application lifecycle management; security and configuration management; IT governance and process (ITIL); operations management; and service automation and management. In addition to IT solutions, Avnet Services offers partners a wide range of services focused on business, lifecycle and education solutions that are designed to complement existing solutions sales and suppliers' services offerings.

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About Avnet Technology Solutions

As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions collaborates with its customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the business needs of their end-user customers locally and around the world. The group serves customers and suppliers in North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $10.36 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2013. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.ats.avnet.com/.

About Avnet

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 29, 2013, Avnet generated revenue of $25.5 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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