Avnet Technology Solutions India Unveils IBM Business Partner Innovation Center

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The new center provides a platform for partners to test-drive customer-specific solutions built on IBM platform, on-site or remotely.

Avnet Technology Solutions (http://www.ats.avnet.com), a value-added solutions distributor of enterprise computing products and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) unveiled their first IBM Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC) in India. This is Avnet’s second such facility in the Asia Pacific region.

Located at Avnet Technology Solutions India’s sales office in Powai, Mumbai, the BPIC will showcase a wide range of emerging business solutions based on IBM software and hardware platforms available for Avnet business partners. Avnet’s business partners will use this center to test customer-specific solutions in a fully interactive, real-world environment either on-location or remotely. The Center will showcase virtualization, disaster recovery, storage, automation and security solutions for a number of industry sectors. These solutions will run on IBM’s latest hardware platforms including IBM POWER7, IBM eX5 and Blade servers. The Center will enable Avnet to work closely with their business partners and collaboratively generate demand for new opportunities and drive new strategic initiatives through the IBM Ecosystem program.

In addition to technology demonstrations, the Business Partner Innovation Center enables Avnet to provide hands-on solution design consultation, proof-of-concept support and carry out custom educational workshops.

“Our significant investment in the BPIC initiative is very strategic as it helps us provide more value to our Indian business partners and is another step ahead in our journey to becoming the premier Solutions Distributor in the country,” said Naresh Desai, general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, India. “The BPIC gives our business partners unprecedented access to new IBM technologies and market initiatives, providing them with an opportunity to maintain their edge in an increasingly competitive market and leverage this platform to bring technology closer to end customers.”

About Avnet Technology Solutions
As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions collaborates with its customers and suppliers to create and deliver effective solutions that address the business challenges of their end-user customers locally and around the world. For fiscal year 2010, the group served customers in more than 70 countries and generated US $8.19 billion in annual revenue. Avnet Technology Solutions (http://www.ats.avnet.com) is an operating group of Avnet, Inc.

About Avnet
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended July 3, 2010, Avnet generated revenue of $19.16 billion. For more information, visit http://www.avnet.com.

Media Contact:                
Nishi Oswal
Avnet Technology Solutions, INDIA                    
+91 9820075465
nishi(dot)oswal(at)avnet(dot)com

Melinda Ilagan
EASTWEST PR for Avnet Technology Solutions, APAC
+65.6222.0306
melinda(at)eastwestpr(dot)com

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