Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today announced that it is collaborating with Immersive Partner Solutions to offer a comprehensive, integrated and automated validation solution that optimizes the availability and performance of FlexPod™ converged infrastructures. Immersive's full-lifecycle solution delivers a distinct competitive advantage for FlexPod architecture sellers and servicers.

FlexPod is an integrated computing, networking, and storage solution developed by Cisco and NetApp. Immersive's Converged Infrastructure Deployment Assurance Tool (CIDAT) for FlexPod enables value-added resellers (VARs) to validate FlexPod configurations—based on validated designs and technical reports from Cisco and NetApp—in significantly less time than a manual configuration validation takes.

"Immersive's CIDAT for FlexPod provides Arrow's value-added resellers with a unique way to differentiate their FlexPod offerings," said Troy Fortune, vice president of North American sales for the NetApp business at Arrow. "At Arrow, we are always looking to connect our customers with innovative and value-added solutions that help them stay ahead of the curve."

In addition to deployment validation, Immersive's solution enables VARs to grow their revenue around FlexPod lifecycle management through value-add services, including remote-managed services, continuous support, proactive hardware upgrades and more. The partnership with Immersive will also provide Arrow customers with access to Immersive's team for assistance with FlexPod configuration and validation needs.

"I was privileged to be part of the team that built and launched the FlexPod solution into the marketplace," said Keith Barto, president and chief executive officer of Immersive Partner Solutions. "I started Immersive to meet the specific requests we were getting from customers and resellers for a centralized FlexPod support portal that would improve their visibility into FlexPod environments. I'm excited to collaborate with Arrow to offer our CIDAT for FlexPod solutions to even greater numbers of VARs and IT professionals around the world."

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 as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 56 countries.

About Immersive Partner Solutions

Immersive Partner Solutions was founded to meet the converged infrastructure consulting needs of the high-tech value added reseller. CIDAT—Immersive's Converged Infrastructure Deployment Assurance Tool provides resellers with a managed services offering to continuously validate their customer's FlexPod deployments. Learn more at http://immersivepartnersolutions.com/.

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