Avnet Delivers the Cloud to the Channel in Australia & New Zealand

Avnet Delivers the Cloud to the Channel in Australia & New Zealand

Avnet Technology Solutions Launches Avnet Cloud Services for ANZ Value-Added Resellers

(Sydney, Australia, 8 August 2012) — Avnet Technology Solutions, a global IT solutions distribution leader and operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), today announced the launch of Avnet Cloud Services to the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) reseller channel. This new service allows resellers to enter the fast growing cloud services market with no upfront investment and provides them with a ready-to-go cloud business practice.

Michael Costigan, vice president of marketing and business innovation for Avnet Technology Solutions, Asia Pacific, said, “Avnet Cloud Services represents a paradigm shift for the IT channel in Asia Pacific and changes the basic assumptions of what IT distributors can offer. This latest addition to our services portfolio represents our ongoing commitment to evolve our channel offerings in line with technology and market opportunities. We believe this is a game-changer for the Australia and New Zealand channel, and we look forward to accelerating our partners’ success as they enter the lucrative cloud services market.”

Avnet Cloud Services forms part of the newly created Avnet Services division of Avnet Technology Solutions, ANZ, and specialises in high availability (99.999%) hosted private cloud, virtualization and disaster recovery solutions. Avnet currently has four datacentres in the Asia Pacific region: two in Sydney, one in Melbourne and one in Singapore. The Australia datacentres are ISO 27001 and ASIO T4 security certified and are supported by 24 local Avnet engineers offering 24x7 support. Avnet’s Australian support operation is also ISO 27001 certified.

Adam Chicktong, general manager of Avnet Services for Avnet Technology Solutions, ANZ, said Avnet guarantees the uptime of the cloud service, as that is what customers demand. “After spending the past 15 years delivering hosted services, we know that data sovereignty, security and uptime are critical. We have invested heavily in high-grade datacentres, a fully accredited support team and government certifications to ensure our resellers can provide their customers with the highest quality service Australia has to offer. We’re now uniquely placed as a distributor, as we can aggregate our vendors’ technologies and solutions along with our proprietary services and offer channel partners the support they need to build profitable cloud businesses.”

Key capabilities of Avnet Cloud Services include:

Proprietary and White Label Services
Avnet Cloud Services offers Avnet-branded services and white label services resellers can brand as their own.

Flexible Business Terms
Avnet Cloud Services offers flexible payment terms whereby Avnet can bill a customer directly and pay rebates to the reseller, or the reseller can maintain the transactional relationship with the customer and Avnet will invoice the reseller at channel rates.

Customer Service
Avnet Cloud Services offers Level II customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, provided by a team of 25 Sydney-based Avnet engineers.

Superior Uptime Guarantee
99.999% uptime guarantee, which equates to a maximum of 26 seconds downtime in a month.

100% Focus on Resellers
Avnet has a dedicated services sales team to train partners to sell cloud services. Avnet also has a dedicated marketing resource to help partners develop a launch strategy and demand generation campaigns. Launch material on offer includes a ready-to-go Website, sales collateral and a selection of demand generation campaigns that can be rebranded and customised to suit individual offerings. Test servers and pre-sales support are also available for partners.

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. For fiscal year 2011, the group served customers and suppliers in more than 70 countries and generated US $11.5 billion in annual revenue. Avnet Technology Solutions (www.ats.avnet.com) is an operating group of Avnet, Inc.

Avnet, Inc.
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, 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 2, 2011, Avnet generated revenue of $26.5 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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Avnet Technology Solutions - Australia Paul Sadler
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