Avnet Technology Solutions and Hitachi Data Systems Partner to Deliver Information Management Solutions in Australia

SYDNEY, 3 December 2013 - Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), and Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), have entered into a distribution partnership within Australia. The extension of the existing relationship between the two organisations from the U.S. and markets in EMEA to Australia marks a milestone for both companies committed to empowering the channel to deliver best-in-class infrastructure, content management and converged technologies. The agreement allows Avnet to provide HDS hardware, software and services to customers through its strong network of value-added resellers and system integration channel partners.

“Avnet is committed to enabling solution providers to bring industry-leading hardware, software and services solutions to their customers,” says Darren Adams, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Australia and New Zealand. “The HDS partnership will further allow us to reduce complexity for our partners whilst allowing them to capitalise on cloud, big data and enterprise mobility opportunities in the enterprise and mid-markets. The HDS commitment to a partner-centric model means that our goals are tightly aligned toward enabling the success of our partners and this will drive further engagement with our partner community in Australia and New Zealand.”

Phil Teague, director, industry and alliance solutions in Australia and New Zealand at Hitachi Data Systems, says: “Building on our leadership in infrastructure, content management and converged technologies, Avnet’s scale, solutions design and industry reach will give Hitachi Data Systems additional routes to market for our range of enterprise and mid-market solution offerings. The national distribution agreement allows us to better support our partners and grow our local channel ecosystem with new vertical-focused solution offerings that complement our established partnerships in areas such as storage infrastructure and business continuity.”

The distribution agreement with Avnet forms an integral part of HDS’ continuous investment in its Australian channel, allowing partners to target industries such as Health and Life Sciences, Government, Media and Entertainment, and the Resources sectors with tailored solutions delivered through traditional licence as well as service models. Hitachi Data Systems recently formed the Industry and  Alliance Solutions team in Australia and New Zealand with Phil Teague at its helm and has been growing its channel-focused team with the appointments of Matt Wilson as distribution manager and Ed Daven as channel marketing manager.

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About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 6,300 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world's leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at http://www.hds.com/.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totalled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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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Isabel Wagner
Hitachi Data Systems
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