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News Release

Avnet Technology Solutions Launches CloudEnhance Programme in the UK

New partner programme opens up market for archiving unstructured data in a cloud environment
Released: 31st October 2013
Publisher: Avnet

Bracknell, UK – 29th October 2013 Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has announced the launch of its new CloudEnhance Programme in the UK aimed at helping business partners and managed service providers to maximise the opportunity around the growth in unstructured data.  Avnet will provide participants in the programme with a complete portfolio of simple, cost-effective and secure, service-based archiving solutions that reduce costs, simplify IT and minimise risk.  As part of the programme, Avnet will use its pivotal position in the channel to facilitate introductions between service providers and business partners to drive increased cloud opportunities for both parties.  

Avnet’s CloudEnhance Programme focuses on the largely untapped market for offering archiving as a managed service rather than the more traditional methods currently used to store large amounts of unstructured data, particularly in distributed and un-virtualised environments.  As a result organisations will benefit from a non-disruptive, high performing approach to moving data into a cloud environment.  Current horizontal solutions include; File Tiering as a Service, File Serving as a Service, Email Archiving as a Service, Microsoft SharePoint Tiering as a Service and File Sync and Share Services. To counteract uncontrolled methods of sharing information Avnet’s File Sync and Share Service in particular enables service providers to build a safe and secure platform for customers looking to tackle governance and security concerns.

In addition to the above horizontal solutions Avnet has also developed a number of vertical sector specific solutions such as Voice Archiving as a Service and Vendor Neutral Archiving as a Service for regulated industries and contact centres.    

According to Sukh Rayat, senior vice president, north region, Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA , “As unstructured data proliferates organisations are re-evaluating their IT strategies. They need to deal with everything from increased performance and capacity requirements, rising power and cooling costs to regulatory pressures.  More often than not, organisations are turning to cloud-based solutions to address their needs and with industry analysts predicting double-digit growth in the public cloud services market channel partners will need to act fast.”

The Avnet CloudEnhance Programme gives business partners the opportunity to manage their clients’ data, effectively transitioning themselves from solution resellers to managed service providers.  Existing service providers can also expect to profit by entering this new high growth area with a series of hosted solutions backed up by commercially attractive pricing models such as simple, usage-based fees, payable per gigabyte per month.  As part of the CloudEnhance Programme, Avnet will proactively introduce value added resellers and service providers, creating new revenue streams for those involved. Resellers without the means to deliver a managed service will be able to broaden their offering to end users in partnership with service providers who will fulfill the datacentre requirement.  In turn service providers will see incremental growth in this part of their business. 

Sukh Rayat explained, “The CloudEnhance programme underlines Avnet’s commitment to helping partners achieve their very best by delivering highly tailored, technically excellent and financially viable solutions to their end customers.  We encourage business partners to work closely with us and each other, to tap into our solutions capability, deep technology skill set and extensive network of suppliers.  CloudEnhance gives business partners and service providers the framework and tools they need to generate new business, maximise profit margins and enable their customers to manage data, simply, securely and ethically.”

Partners engaging in Avnet’s CloudEnhance programme will benefit from an expanding set of managed and hosted services, sales and product training.  Practical support from the Avnet team includes critical business planning, such as assistance with creating joint vendor and vertical market propositions, access to data for market and trend analysis, technical and marketing expertise and access to Avnet’s THE [resource] centrein Bracknell to bring the solutions to life. 

For more information about Avnet’s CloudEnhance Programme visit: www.ts.avnet.com/uk

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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Avnet Technology Solutions
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