Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) today announced that VMware has selected Arrow as an Aggregator in the VMware vCloud Air Network Program (formerly known as the VMware Service Provider Program) in the United States and Canada, in addition to current availability in the Europe region. Arrow will deliver the complete vCloud Air Network Program framework as part of the ArrowSphere cloud marketplace, which allows service providers and hosting providers to acquire VMware products in a way that aligns with their subscription-based business models.

Driven by increasing demand for Arrow's cloud solutions from cloud builders and resellers, this relationship will expand the reach of the full breadth of VMware's portfolio.

"Leveraging our experience as one of VMware's largest distribution partners, Arrow continues to make significant investments to grow and enhance its capabilities with VMware, now as an Aggregation partner for service providers," said Sean Kerins, president of Arrow's global enterprise computing solutions business. "VMware delivers industry-leading virtualization and cloud computing capabilities that greatly enhance the Arrow cloud line card and complement our cloud builders' offerings. Our service providers are now able to utilize the vCloud Air Network that offers a pay-as-you-go license rental model, providing flexibility in service delivery in building public, private and hybrid cloud solutions for their customers."

"We are pleased to have selected Arrow as an Aggregator for the VMware vCloud Air Network Program, making VMware's products available through a licensing program built for service providers' unique business models," said Jim Aluotto, director, Service Provider Business, Americas Region, VMware. "Arrow's investment in cloud-enabling capabilities, such as the ArrowSphere platform, and its ongoing success, positions us to help service providers develop their own cloud computing solutions to differentiate their offerings and accelerate growth opportunities."

The VMware vCloud Air Network Program was created for organizations that offer cloud computing and/or hosted IT services to enterprise and small business customers. Arrow, through its ArrowSphere platform, extends the vCloud Air Network subscription program, providing companies with significant automation to remove the complexities of provisioning, usage management, billing and reporting.

Through the flexibility of the ArrowSphere platform, solution providers may leverage various engagement paths: Arrow-managed, solution provider-managed, customer-managed or by connecting through an existing e-commerce engine. ArrowSphere simplifies the management of multiple cloud providers and enables the solution provider's cloud business by creating a highly desirable customer experience and automating the provisioning and billing of cloud services. Managed service providers can utilize ArrowSphere to integrate their own services with cloud services and cloud-builder products. For more information, email ecscloudservices@arrow.com.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics ( www.arrow.com) is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 58 countries.

VMware and vCloud Air are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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