Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, announced today that it is the only distributor to represent all seven vendor leaders in the October 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. The seven vendors acknowledged in the 2016 "Leaders" quadrant are: Cisco, EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), NetApp, Nutanix, Oracle and SimpliVity. These seven vendors were recognized for completeness of their vision and the ability to execute. Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory firm, publishes its Magic Quadrant market research reports to provide qualitative analysis into various IT markets, their direction, maturity and participants. Integrated systems in the Magic Quadrant context represent combinations of server, storage and network infrastructure, sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit. "We distribute the very best the industry has to offer, and we see this report as further validation of that. Avnet is proud to represent these seven vendors and because of our affiliation with them, our partners can seize new opportunities and accelerate their businesses with the cutting-edge technology their customers demand," said Sergio Farache, senior vice president of strategy and specialist business units for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "Avnet enjoys strong relationships with each of these organizations, and has helped them grow their sales channels and deliver innovative solutions to the partner community. We look forward to strengthening our partnerships with them in the coming years to deliver new and compelling value to the channel ecosystem." Cisco, EMC, HPE, NetApp, Nutanix, Oracle and SimpliVity offer products, services and solutions that stretch across Avnet Technology Solutions' recently introduced solutions specialist business units. Avnet's solutions specialist approach ensures that it, along with its suppliers and partners, continues to meet customers' needs in a rapidly changing market. This business model allows Avnet and its partners to capitalize on next-generation technologies while optimizing its support for data center technologies - both legacy and new. Avnet has dedicated expertise for each of six specialized business areas, including those focused on the data center; cloud; security; cognitive computing, data analytics and internet of things (IOT); mobility; and education services. Avnet also globally represents many of the other vendors in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems, including those shown as "Challengers," "Niche Players" and "Visionaries." Avnet has decades of knowledge in integrated systems and sells more than a billion dollars in integrated systems annually, including converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. Avnet is a pioneer in designing and delivering integrated systems, through teams who provide pre-sales support, quoting and full integration services, and holds inventory in many integrated stack components, speeding partners' time to market and mitigating risk. Avnet has developed a unique combination of IP and services capabilities to improve the hybrid cloud deployment in these environments and extend their capacity with the most relevant public cloud offerings. To learn more about how Avnet can help partners grow their businesses, visit ats.avnet.com. Follow Avnet Technology Solutions on Twitter: @AvnetAdvantage. Connect with Avnet Technology Solutions on LinkedIn: Avnet Technology Solutions. Click to tweet: @Avnet only distributor to represent all 7 leaders in 2016 @Gartner_inc Magic Quadrant for integrated systems. All brands and trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks, and are the properties of their respective owners. Avnet disclaims any proprietary interest in marks other than its own. Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Avnet, Inc. From components to cloud and from design to disposal, Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology by providing a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions. Avnet is a global company ranked on the FORTUNE 500 with revenues of $26.2 billion for the fiscal year 2016. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.